NY-BEST Newsletter 11-11-2013

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Battery and Energy Storage Industry

November 11, 2013

In our last newsletter, I shared news of two major initiatives in New York State related to energy storage--the LIPA solicitation for generation, storage and demand response resources (including ~150MW designated for storage) and Governor Cuomo's announcement of $815 million in funding to rebuild infrastructure on Long Island that includes funds for microgrid projects. This week I can share more news of opportunities for storage in the State.

On November 4th, the New York State Public Service Commission, following through on recommendations set forth by Governor Cuomo’s Energy Highway Blueprint, approved a suite of projects to foster grid reliability in the event that the Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) is unable to generate electricity due to the expiration of its federal operating licenses in 2015. The measures approved are expected to include significant opportunities for energy storage projects in Con Edison territory as part of 180MW of load reduction through energy efficiency and demand response efforts. Your can read a press release and see a copy of the full order on the Commission's website.

Taken together, these efforts are strong evidence that New York State is taking a leadership role in the deployment of energy storage on the State's electric grid. We are pleased and proud to be in a state that recognizes the value of energy storage and is willing to support these technologies and open our markets to them. Stay tuned for more!

This Wednesday, November 13th, NY-BEST will host our Energy Storage Supply Chain and Manufacturing Expo and Conference in Rochester, NY. This one-day event is focused on the battery and energy storage supply chain and manufacturing. Attendees will hear from global industry leaders about energy storage technologies, applications and markets as well as from companies that have successfully transitioned and grown their business as part of energy storage supply chain. Attendees will also hear from policymakers in energy and economic development about tools and resources available to assist them. In addition, NY-BEST is inviting companies and organizations interested in highlighting their capabilities and making connections with other key players in energy storage to participate in this one-day Energy Storage Expo which runs concurrent with the conference. With numerous breaks throughout the day, a networking lunch on the exhibit floor and an extended reception, the Expo offers tremendous opportunities for new business connections to be made. You can read the details on our website. I hope to see you there!

Best regards,

William Acker
Executive Director

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NY-BEST Member News:

California Science Center To Use 500 kWh GE Energy Storage System
Santa Ana, Calif.-based Discovery Science Center, a nonprofit education organization, will install a GE Energy Storage Durathon energy storage system paired with Princeton Power Systems' advanced inverter and control solution.

How Food Can Build Better Lithium Batteries
A component of corn starch and the yolk-shell structure of eggs can improve the durability and performance of lithium-sulfur battery cathodes, report researchers. Lithium-sulfur batteries are a promising alternative to today’s lithium-ion batteries. “There is currently a great need for high-energy, long-life, and low-cost energy storage materials, and lithium sulfur batteries are one of the most promising candidates,” says Weidong Zhou, a former postdoctoral researcher in Professor Hector Abruña’s lab at Cornell University and first author of two papers, which are published in ACS Nano and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

8 States Vow 3.3M Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2025
The governors of eight states including California and New York pledged Thursday to work together to create charging stations and other fueling infrastructure needed to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on those states’ roadways by 2025 to curb greenhouse gas pollution. Representatives from all eight states were gathered in Sacramento to sign a memorandum of understanding that would create a task force meant to help increase charging infrastructure, roadway signs and other changes in an effort to buoy the market for electric cars, hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. By 2015, there are expected to be more than 200,000 zero emissions vehicles on roads across the U.S.

3 Factors Driving the Marriage of Solar and Energy Storage
On the surface, it makes little sense to put a big battery bank next to a commercial solar array. As it is, solar power is still more expensive than the grid in many places, so adding pricey batteries would just push the cost of energy up more. But what if you could finance the energy storage equipment, much the way solar panels are financed, and the batteries provided a revenue stream? In an off-grid-solar scenario, old-school lead-acid batteries are just there to provide power at night and on cloudy days. But modern grid-scale battery systems are only put in place to save money or provide services to the grid.

Battery, energy storage conference coming
The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) will host a conference on battery and energy storage at the Hyatt Regency hotel, 125 E. Main St., from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 13.Eighteen experts in the field will participate in panel discussions. Christine Furstoss, General Electric’s global technical director for manufacturing and materials technologies, will deliver the keynote address. Presenting companies include: General Electric, Raymond Corporation, BAE Systems, Ascension Industries, Eastman Business Park, NOHMs, Incodema, ECG Consulting, Cornell-RPI Center for Future Energy Systems, NYS Pollution Prevention Institute, US Small Business Administration, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Empire State Development, NYSTAR, Greater Rochester Enterprise and High TechRochester.

DNV KEMA exec discusses new energy storage testing facility and NY-BEST partnership
Today, we have Rick Fioravanti, a board member with the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) and DNV KEMA’s energy storage applications vice president.DNV KEMA recently moved its energy storage testing facility to New York and is working with NY-BEST to discover and commercialize technologies that will help move renewables, such as wind power forward. In this podcast, Rick is discussing the state of energy storage in the wind industry, advanced energy storage offerings, DNV KEMA’s new energy storage testing facility, and the partnership the NY-BEST.

United Technologies Research Center Wins R&D 100 Award for Breakthrough Energy Storage System
United Technologies Research Center, the research and innovation arm of United Technologies Corp., today announced that UTRC's PureStorage flow battery energy storage technology has been named by industry experts and the editors of R&D Magazine as a recipient of the publication's R&D 100 Award.

Ambri launches its first factory to make liquid metal batteries
Battery startup Ambri has officially cut the ribbon on its first ever battery manufacturing factory in Marlborough, Massachusetts. The company (formerly called Liquid Metal Battery) and backed by Bill Gates, Khosla Ventures and oil giant Total, will use the factory to make its first prototype battery systems for deployment next year and in 2015.

Plug Power Sees Electric-Car Fuel Cells With First Profit Near
Plug Power Inc., a maker of fuel-cells that power fork lifts, may expand into a new market by adapting its systems to extend the range of electric vehicles, Chief Executive Officer Andy Marsh said.

General Electric’s Slow Path to Grid-Scale Energy Storage
Last week, GE Energy Storage announced another grid-scale application for its Durathon sodium-nickel-chloride battery, its largest yet: a 500-kilowatt-hour system, paired with inverter technology from Princeton Power, to back up the nonprofit Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, Calif.

Indian Point Contingency Plans Move Forward
The New York State Public Service Commission, following through on recommendations set forth by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Energy Highway Blueprint, approved a suite of projects to foster grid reliability in the event that the Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) is unable to generate electricity due to the expiration of its federal operating licenses in 2015. The measures approved are expected to include significant opportunities for energy storage in Con Edison territory as part of 180MW of load reduction through energy efficiency and demand response efforts.

Plug Power to test hydrogen fuel cells as range extenders
Plug Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has plans to begin testing its GenDrive energy systems as potential range extenders for battery-powered delivery trucks. Electric vehicles are somewhat notorious for their relatively poor operational range when compared to more conventional vehicles. As such, electric vehicles are often avoided by consumers and businesses due to the inconvenience they represent. Hydrogen fuel cells may serve as effective range extenders for electric vehicles, thus solving the problems associated with low operational range.


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News from Beyond New York:


The Water Heater as Grid Battery Version 2.0
The household electric water heater, long a quiet partner in utility demand response programs, is going through a series of makeovers that just might turn it into tool that can match the challenges happening on the edge of the grid.

Li-ion battery prices still headed way, way down, to $180/kWh by 2020
Navigant Research has forecasted that lithium-ion battery costs may fall by almost two-thirds by the end of the decade, making EVs more price-competitive with comparable gas-powered cars and shortening any plug-in premium payoff period, according to Plug In Cars.

Germany finances major push into home battery storage for solar
The German government has responded to the next big challenge in its energy transition – storing the output from the solar boom it has created – by doing exactly what it has successfully done to date: greasing the wheels of finance to bring down the cost of new technology.

Volvo Reinvents the Battery
Renewable energy and electric vehicles have a common bottleneck to widespread adoption: safe, reliable, inexpensive, and eco-friendly energy storage. Engineers at Volvo have a solution that could have a significant impact on both markets: batteries and supercapacitors that can be integrated into building materials.

Battery-Powered Nissan Leaf Number 1 In Norway, But Could Fuel Cells Be In The Fast Lane?
It’s a measure of battery-electric car makers desperation that a company likeNissan Motor Co brags about its all electric Leaf being the number one best-selling car – in Norway, for one month in October. But according to one analyst, over-priced and range-eccentric electric cars might never have their day in the sun because they will be overtaken by fuel cells and hydrogen power.

For Tesla Motors, Success Is All About the Batteries
Most of the news coverage of the Tesla Motors earnings call last night focused on how the company’s stock fell, in spite of the fact that Tesla is on track to meet its sales and margins goals. But in terms of the long term success of the company, a more important part of the call was CEO Elon Musk’s comments about batteries. We’ve said before that batteries are the limiting factor in electric vehicles, but our point has mainly been that they’re too big and expensive (see “How Tesla is Driving Electric Car Innovation” and “Will Electric Vehicles Finally Succeed?”). Musk highlighted another challenge: sheer production capacity.

Tesla Considers Building The World's Biggest Lithium-Ion Battery Factory
Tesla Motors TSLA is looking at building a lithium-ion battery factory that will likely be the biggest in the world, said CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday.

Charging electric vehicles disrupts power grids less than expected
As electric vehicle sales rev up, there are concerns that more battery-powered and plug-in hybrid cars might disrupt the nation's power grids. If a large number of electric vehicles (EVs) in close proximity plug in at peak times -- like after work on a hot summer's day -- it could prompt a power surge and overwhelm the local transformer. But a new report by the Texas-based Pecan Street Research Institute finds there may be little to fear, at least in the near term.

Panasonic Doubles Forecast Amid Shift to Auto-Related Businesses
Panasonic Corp. doubled its full-year profit forecast after benefiting from a weak yen and boosting battery sales, including winning a contract to supply Tesla Motors Inc. Net income will probably total 100 billion yen ($1 billion) in the year ending in March 2014, the Osaka-based company said in a statement today. That compares with its July projection of 50 billion yen and the 68.9 billion yen average of 15 analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

Better batteries could recharge start-stop savings
A major global battery producer says the 5- to 8-percent fuel and emissions savings from start-stop batteries can be nearly doubled, approaching the savings associated with mild hybrid vehicles. Johnson Controls has developed what it calls a “bridge,” its 48-volt lithium-ion Micro Hybrid Battery. While the compact battery does not mimic the work of the battery packs that run gas-electric hybrids, it is capable of doubling their current 8 percent fuel/emissions savings.

Fuel cell-powered data centres could cut costs, carbon
Using fuel cells to power server racks instead of hooking data centres up to the electricity grid could potentially realise significant opex and capex savings, but would require a radical rethink of data centre design. A group of Microsoft researchers believe that using fuel cells to power data centres could potentially result in an "over 20% reduction in costs using conservative projections", cutting infrastructure and power input costs. Fuel cells could also cut the carbon dioxide emissions by using hydrogen or natural gas to generate power.

Li-ion Battery Backup Market to Grow Six-Fold
While stationary battery back-up systems for industrial users, hospitals and data centers aren’t the exciting new darlings of the emerging battery market, they will provide a steady and reliable source of growth and revenue for battery manufacturers that are eager to grow. While battery technology is growing by leaps and bounds to meet new market demand for solar-tied grid storage and electric vehicles, there are certain market sectors that have always relied on batteries.

First ride: 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will beat Nissan Leaf in range, boasts Tesla-built battery
Mercedes-Benz may have chosen to fly journalists to Germany for an exclusive preview of its 2014 B-Class Electric Drive, but the mood in Stuttgart was focused almost entirely on the United States.

Electric vehicles aren't out of juice just yet
Despite rumblings in the press, it's not time yet to give up on the electric car. Currently 14 plug-in models are available from eight automotive manufacturers including the Tesla S (TSLA), the GM Volt (GM), and the Nissan Leaf (NSANY). But sales have been disappointing. According to the Electric Drive Transportation Association, only 68,000 plug-in hybrids and all-electrics have been sold in the U.S. so far this year. That compares to 11.7 million cars sold in total. That rate is well below industry estimates, suggesting that the public is wary of the high costs of EVs plus the dreaded range anxiety -- running out of juice on a dark country road.


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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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