NY-BEST Newsletter 9-18-2012

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Bringing you the latest updates from the
Battery and Energy Storage Industry

September 18, 2012
Thank you to everyone who helped to make last week's back-to-back conferences on batteries and fuel cells at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University of Albany such a great success.  The two days provided a wealth of insights, information and updates from leading academics and industry representatives that spanned topics from battery longevity and durability to progress updates on fuel cell deployments and hydrogen infrastructure initiatives.
I'd like to invite you to attend our upcoming webinar--The Roadmap for Energy Storage in New York State: The Important Policy Choices and the Economic Potential of this Sector for New York State to be held on Wednesday, September 26, from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT. This Webinar will be the first public event to highlight the New York State Energy Storage roadmap and the results of the economic impact study recently completed for NY-BEST on the potential for the energy storage industry in the State. There is no charge for this event, and you can register to attend by following this link. Register today!
I'd also like to welcome our newest member:
Veeco, Inc. (Plainview, NY) is the market leader in manufacturing equipment for the LED & Solid State Lighting industries, the High frequency and power device industries using Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) deposition,as well as the Hard Disk Drive industry. Veeco is exploring the possible application of its existing high tech manufacturing equipment and technology to the battery and energy storage industry.

Best Regards,

William Acker
Executive Director

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NY-BEST Member News:

GE And Xtreme Power Form Strategic Alliance To Deliver Energy Storage For The Grid
Advanced grid battery startup Xtreme Power has always said that it's not just a battery chemistry shop, but a one-stop grid energy storage solution, including the software to make it all run smoothly. Looks like General Electric has taken Xtreme up on the offer. Last Monday, GE announced it was tapping the Austin, Texas-based startup for its "Xtreme Active Control Technology" (XACT), and planned to use it to integrate GE's own line of Durathon batteries into grid applications.

Sensors Are Key to Better EV Batteries
New battery chemistries might help to get more electric vehicles on the road. But we still haven't squeezed the optimum performance out of the designs we have, like the good old lithium-ion battery.

Electrovaya Acquires Majority Shares in Miljobil Grenland as, a European Lithium Ion Battery Company
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 09/05/12 -- Electrovaya Inc. (TSX:EFL) today announced that it has acquired 71.6% of the shares of Miljobil Grenland AS (MBG), bringing Electrovaya's shareholding to 78.1% of MBG. MBG is based in Porsgrunn, Norway.

Samsung SDI ends electric battery venture with Bosch
South Korean rechargeable battery maker, Samsung SDI Co Ltd, said on Wednesday it would pay $95 million to buy its German partner's 50 percent stake in electric battery maker SB LiMotive Co Ltd, ending a joint venture formed in 2008.

Ambri and Utility-Scale Storage: Another Emerging Story of Government Investment in Energy Innovation
Utility-scale energy storage start-up Ambri is emerging as a potential clean energy game changer, but is also a budding story of the role of government in supporting breakthrough technologies. Its potential impact cannot be overstated. Utility-scale energy storage is critical for making clean energy-produced electricity a viable option everywhere.

ACAL Energy receives funding to boost fuel-cell development
The latest funding round of £3.25m has been raised from existing investors, including clean technology asset management group I2BF, the North West Fund for Energy and Environmental (NWF4E&E) and the PFCC2 (both managed by CT Investment Partners) and SC Green Tech Ventures (Sumitomo's investment arm). Additional contributions were made by smaller investors and by the company's management.

Saft Batteries to offer Modular Li-Ion Solutions for Home Solar
The arena of battery suppliers worldwide is plentiful, all boasting of individual tweaks with Li-Ion battery technology that makes their cells better suited for solar applications than others. And after you have exhausted the forums and blogs, sifting through endless opinions and research you are still left with so many paths to follow. One thing is for sure, Saft batteries have been used throughout the world effectively and as designed for over 30 years.

General Electric and Urban Green Energy Unveil True Social Innovation
General Electric and Urban Green Energy (UGE), a renewable energy technology manufacturer, have joined forces to unveil true social innovation. They have installed the world's first integrated wind-powered charging station for electric vehicles (EV); the Sanya Skypump, which pairs UGE's vertical wind turbines with GE's EV charging technology. The first such charging station has been set up at the headquarters of Cespa, in Barcelona. GE has indicated it will begin to put in stations later this year in the U.S. and Australia at shopping malls, universities and other locations.

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News from Beyond New York:

CIA venture In-Q-Tel backs battery startup
LONDON - In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the Central Intelligence Agency, has invested an undisclosed amount in Imprint Energy Inc., a startup developing zinc-based rechargeable battery technology.

Fuel Cell Industry Finally Gaining Traction, Shipments to Triple
Last year was the most successful for the fuel cell industry yet and shipments are poised to triple this year.

Report: Thermal energy storage capacity will nearly triple in the U.S. by 2020
Thermal energy storage (TES) has been used commercially for many decades, largely to shift peak energy use into lower-cost periods. It's also used at concentrated solar power plants to improve energy production by storing heat for later power generation.

Building Cheap Batteries to Circumvent the Grid
Microgrids, which typically combine renewable energy, batteries, and conventional diesel generators to provide electricity around the clock, are bringing power to remote villages around the world that don't have access to the conventional grid. But they're limited by the high cost and short lifetimes of batteries. Aquion, a startup based in Pittsburgh, is developing a battery that could be just as cheap as lead-acid batteries - the cheapest available now - but last two or three times as long, greatly lowering the lifetime cost of microgrids.

Department of Energy Publishes 2011 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report
The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) published the 2011 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report on September 6. The report highlights the trends and achievements of the fuel cell and hydrogen energy industry in commercialization, as well as research and developments, in 2011.

No energy storage = no solar project?
Of the five power purchase agreements between BrightSource Energy, a solar thermal company, and Southern California Edison under consideration, two have received a thumbs down from California Public Utilities Commission staff.

Head of ARPA-E Sketches Course for Energy Research
ARPA-E is a Department of Energy research agency with a mission of funding risky technology ideas with the potential to improve energy security and reduce emissions from energy. Since it start three years ago, the research agency has generated a number of promising technologies in a range of areas, such as batteries, cost-effective biofuels, and more efficient buildings.

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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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