NY-BEST Newsletter 1-3-2013

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Battery and Energy Storage Industry

January 3, 2013

Happy New Year!

The past year has been one of many successes for NY-BEST, our members and the energy storage community at large. It has also been a year that came with challenges that are typical for the development of new technologies and their deployment in the marketplace. Despite these challenges, I remain steadfastly confident in the future of the advanced battery and energy storage sector, and I both invite and request your earnest efforts in the coming year to build on the progress to date and take it much further.

A few highlights of the year through the lens of NY-BEST: in March, we held our largest-ever Capture the Energy conference and Annual Meeting in Troy; throughout the year we held a series of meetings that included technology conferences in New York City, Albany and Rochester; we made great progress on the NY-BEST Product Commercialization Center to be sited at Eastman Business Park in Rochester; our second Investor Forum in New York City drew record numbers of investors; and we mentored and advised dozens of companies in their efforts to develop and commercialize their technologies and grow their businesses here in New York State. Further, we completed work on the New York State Energy Storage Roadmap--a key effort that will serve as a guide and help us chart a course to future growth and success. The roadmap was released in the 3rd quarter along with the economic impact study that NY-BEST commissioned that showed the potential for our sector to generate upwards of 40,000 new jobs in New York State by 2030.

Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York State continued to make investments and plans that will support and catalyze the growth and opportunities for energy storage companies and products through efforts that included the Energy Highway initiative and the inclusion of energy storage in the set of advanced "smart grid" technologies that will be deployed to make the future grid stronger and better; numerous funding opportunities from NYSERDA that have supported and funded dozens of battery and energy storage technologies through R&D and deployment funds, and; including energy storage as one of the ways that New York State will become more able to withstand and recover from events such as superstorm Sandy that are being finalized as I write this message by the members of each of the three commissions--NYS Ready, NYS Responds and NYS 2100.

I thank you for your continued interest and support for these and many other activities and efforts throughout the past year, and look forward to your continued involvement.

Best Regards,

William Acker
Executive Director

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NY-BEST Member News:

ClearEdge Buys UTC Power’s Fuel Cell Business
ClearEdge Power of Hillsboro, Oregon, a manufacturer of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, is acquiring fuel cell industry veteran UTC Power.

Scientists Offer Clues to More Powerful Lithium-Ion Batteries
Scientists from the Northeastern Center for Chemical Energy Storage at Stony Brook University (NECCES) have developed methods of examining lithium-ion reactions in real-time with nano-scale precision. Their research, funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) via the NECCES, was reported in Tracking lithium transport and electrochemical reactions in nanoparticles, published in the recent issue of Nature Communications.

Hydrogenics Delivers Energy Storage System to E.ON in Germany 
Hydrogenics Corporation , a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power modules, today announced that it has delivered, on time, a two megawatt "Power-to-Gas" energy storage system to E.ON, one of the world's largest power and gas companies. Installed in Falkenhagen, Germany, the groundbreaking application will be fully commissioned early in 2013 and use surplus renewable energy to produce hydrogen for storage in the country's existing natural gas pipeline network. Under this contract, first announced in June, 2012, Hydrogenics provided the entire hydrogen production facility and will service and maintain the site for a period of five years.

Plug Power stays focused on 2013 GenDrive fuel cell sales after layoffs
Plug Power Inc.’s decision to eliminate 22 jobs last week should be enough to avoid future layoffs, despite being years away from reaching profitability.

GE Built a Better Bus Battery
Electric cars and buses may quickly be gaining ground on their internal combustion counterparts, but they still face numerous technical hurtles before becoming the de facto transportation technology, the first of which is that current battery chemistries either allow for high voltage output over a short time or low voltage over a long time. If only there was a way to combine the best of both batteries. Oh wait, GE just did.

Lowering Battery Prices: Primet Precision Materials
Vehicle electrification is a great idea until you start to recognize how expensive the batteries are.  It is not that today’s battery technology is bad (Lithium Ion), it is just extremely expensive to manufacture inexpensively.  One startup from Ithaca, New York called Primet Precision Materials noted in the SAE Journal of Vehicle Electrification “No molecule is to this industry, to any industry, unless it can be made in large quantities, at low cost, reproducibly batch to batch, and at a high percentage of its theoretical performance.”  In other words, driving down processing costs are the key to introducing more hybrid PHEV and battery cars on the street.

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News from Beyond New York:

Two Advances Point Toward a Cheaper Electric-Car Battery
For the roads to start filling up with electric cars, batteries will need to get much cheaper—as much as 80 percent cheaper by some estimates (see “How Improved Batteries Will Make Electric Vehicles Competitive”). Two recent advances that make an experimental type of battery much more practical could lead to such cost savings.

Inside the next generation of smartphone and tablet batteries
Batteries are a hot topic right now, but for all the wrong reasons, as the technology is struggling to keep up with advances in processor speeds and high resolution displays. Leyden Energy has developed a new type of battery which will change all that, and is working closely with manufacturers to bring it to your future smartphone or tablet.

U.S. Taxis Get Greener; Hybrid & Electric Cabs Increasing
For decades, the stalwart of the taxi ranks has been the full-size sedan. Sturdy, simple and cheap to buy, cars like Ford's Crown Victoria have become part of the landscape in cities like New York. But with rising gas prices and concerns over emissions, things are really changing.

Towards cheaper and better EV batteries: Sulphide or Magnesium?
The cost and performance of electric car batteries are considered by many as the major barrier to faster uptake of EVs. Intensive research in the field of battery chemistry points to some promising alternative solutions. Although the commercialisation of such novel batteries is years away, laboratory tests indicate that both cost reduction and power density enhancement are in the horizon.

Eggshells for Energy Storage
Mitlin, a professor of chemical and materials engineering at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada, is working on a way to turn waste eggshell membranes and egg whites into materials for high-performance supercapacitors. Supercapacitors offer high power density, charging and discharging far faster than rechargeable batteries. Unfortunately, they store much less energy. Mitlin thinks the membranes inside eggshells could help crack that problem.

Connecticut Scheduled to Get Massive Fuel Cell Park for its Power Grid
Will the lower prices of natural gas encourage the building of additional fuel cell parks? FuelCell Energy last week declared an agreement with Dominion Power in which the power company had planned to put up one of the biggest US fuel cell projects.

Bosch Forms Battery System Unit, Powers Fiat 500e
With the relevant authorities having given their approval, Bosch is moving ahead with the reorganization of its lithium-ion traction battery operations following the dissolution of its joint venture with Samsung, SB LiMotive. Effective immediately, the former operating units SB LiMotive Germany GmbH in Stuttgart and Cobasys LLC based in Orion, Michigan, will be incorporated into the Bosch Group as a wholly owned subsidiary under the new name Robert Bosch Battery Systems.

Tesla Begins East Coast Fast-Charging Corridor
Tesla Motors officially opened on Friday the first 480-volt Supercharger stations on the East Coast, effectively making possible a Boston-to-Washington trip in the company’s Model S sedan, which the Environmental Protection Agency has rated at 265 miles of range with the larger 85-kilowatt-hour battery pack.

Worldwide Capacity of Advanced Batteries for Utility-Scale Energy Storage Will Multiply Nearly 200-fold by 2022
According to a recent report from Pike Research, the market for advanced batteries will roughly double each year over the next five years, and continue growing steadily beyond that. By 2022, the total worldwide capacity of advanced batteries for utility-scale energy storage will reach nearly 16,000 megawatts (MW) – an almost 200-fold increase from 2012 – the study concludes.

Study Suggests 99.9 Percent Renewables Is Feasible and Cost-Effective
A study by researchers at the University of Delaware modeled how well renewables could sustain a big chunk of the U.S. grid—72 gigawatts worth, where the entire country has a capacity just north of 1000 GW—and found as high as 99.9 percent reliability at reasonable cost

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This news update is provided as a service to members and interested parties of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium. NY-BEST is an industry-led coalition working to build a vibrant, world-class, advanced battery and energy storage sector in New York State.

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