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April 19, 2016

Earlier this week, NY-BEST was invited to attend an event with DEC and NYSERDA to announce climate smart community funding in the recently passed New York State Budget. As Transportation emissions are the largest greenhouse gas emissions sector, New York has launched ambitious actions to drive down these emissions. Governor Cuomo has signed on to the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) MOU, and the International ZEV Alliance to move the state forward on reducing emissions from cars, as well as embarking in the Transportation and Climate Initiative with a coalition of 12 Northeastern states. Through the Environmental Protection Fund, New York State will now provide major new funding to help communities mitigate and adapt to climate change, including new incentives for clean vehicle purchases and infrastructure, including $3 million in the budget to support public charging/fueling stations and for municipalities to purchase ZEVs.
The State also approved and funded a ZEV consumer rebate program with rebates of up to $2,000 for the purchase of ZEVs.  The rebate will incentivize the purchase of ZEVs and help NY meet its goal of 850,000 ZEVs on the road by 2025.
Both of these programs are currently being designed by DEC and NYSERDA and we expect to have more news in the coming weeks.

I’d like to welcome the newest member of NY-BEST:
Lockheed Martin Energy Storage (Cambridge, MA) offers turn-key energy storage solutions for commercial, industrial, and utility customers. Backed by a full Lockheed Martin warranty, our modular energy storage systems are designed for performance, reliability, and low total cost of ownership. Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Lockheed Martin Energy offers energy management, energy storage, nuclear systems, ocean energy, and bioenergy solutions.

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EnerSys Acquires Florida Based Advanced Lithium Battery Manufacturing Business
EnerSys a global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of certain assets of The Enser Corporation (ENSER), headquartered in Pinellas Park, Florida. ENSER is a leading manufacturer of molten salt "thermal" batteries used in powering a multitude of electronics, guidance, and other electrical loads on many of today's advanced weapon systems.

Con Edison's progressive solar move
Con Edison, the investor-owned utility providing electricity to 3.4 million customers in New York City, and solar company SunPower have formed a progressive collaboration to offer solar energy systems to homeowners. Con Edison will deliver personalized energy usage details to its customers through the utility's innovative, digital Connected Homes platform starting this spring, and, by fall, SunPower solar will be highlighted as an effective, clean energy solution for managing consumer electricity costs in Con Edison's Home Energy Reports.

The Grid Edge Awards: Building the 21st-Century Energy System
The 20th-century power grid is an engineering marvel, delivering power generated at central power plants to millions of end customers through a transmission and distribution network that represents the world’s largest machine. The 21st century power grid will be all this, plus a lot more. This new grid will require technologies and business models that can link utilities and customers to turn distributed energy resources like rooftop solar and electric vehicles from grid disruptors into grid assets. It will also need new regulatory structures and energy markets to allow the cost-effective application of energy efficiency, demand management and energy storage systems required to integrate massive amounts of intermittent wind and solar power into the grid at large.

RES Group: Experience with solar and wind makes financing of batteries possible
RES (Renewable Energy Systems) claims the company’s experience with structuring solar, wind and transmission finance deals has made successful financing of large-scale battery projects possible. The UK-headquartered company, which nonetheless has a significant presence in the US, including grid-balancing frequency regulation projects in the competitive market hosted in the PJM service area, has executed 88MW / 51 MWh of battery-based storage projects worldwide. In “Five lessons from the storage frontline”, a feature article first published in PV Tech Power and launched today on Solar Media’s Energy Storage News site, authors from RES including Andy Oliver, the company’s CTO for the Americas, claimed that the conditions for financing large-scale batteries, while still challenging and at their early stages, is becoming more and more feasible.

Another $1.2 Billion Substation? No Thanks, Says Utility, We'll Find a Better Way
Consolidated Edison, the iconic utility that provides New York City's electricity, discovered a problem in the summer of 2014. Within a few years, the demand for power in an area spanning parts of Brooklyn and Queens would outpace what existing infrastructure could supply, especially during the peak demand of the hottest summer days. The traditional solution would be to add a substation. But that would cost $1.2 billion or more and represent a more-of-the-same approach to the electric grid—a central station with long inefficient wires, less resilience to the effects of climate change and more fossil fuel use. Con Ed was not thrilled.

Banks Embrace Energy Storage When It Has Long-Term Contracts
Energy storage may be an emerging technology, but that doesn’t necessarily mean banks and investors are scared of it. “When you go to the banks, they say, ‘We can get comfortable with the technology,’” John Zahurancik, president of Arlington, Virginia-based AES Energy Storage LLC, said in an interview Tuesday at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance summit in New York. “Nobody wants to be at the back of the bus.” Banks are looking for long-term assurance that the systems will bring in money, especially long-term contracts. “The revenue certainty is the question,” Zahurancik said. “When there’s more to do, you’ll see financing coming.”

Deep Dive: Chevrolet Bolt Battery Pack, Motor And More
General Motors opened the curtain concealing the battery pack and drivetrain of the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt EV (details), which will be launched in little more than half a year. With the help of LG Chem, GM managed to quickly develop a long-range, appealing electric car with decent performance in an affordable price-range. Prior to the Bolt EV’s introduction, there simply will not be any electric model with comparable specs. A 60 kWh battery, over 200 miles of expected EPA range and price from $37,500 prior incentives.

ITM Power PLC sells storage system to German energy firm
ITM Power PLC (LON:ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, has sold a 1 megawatt (MW) electrolyser system with some additional equipment to German green power firm ZEAG Energie for an undisclosed sum. ITM expects to deliver the power-to-gas energy storage system to the customer in the first quarter of next year along with a compressor and apparatus to fill tube trailers. The system will be owned and operated by ZEAG, but housed in a specially constructed building at Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt (DLR), the German Aerospace Centre in Lampoldshausen.

First IC + Module to Simultaneously Provide Ground Fault Detection, High Voltage Measurement and Accurate Coulomb Counting New from Sendyne
Sendyne, a developer of sensing, modeling/simulation and control products, has introduced the first single IC and module capable of performing ground fault detection / isolation monitoring while simultaneously providing accurate current, high voltage and temperature measurements. Reliable ground fault detection is a necessity for high voltage systems such as xEVs and vehicle charging stations in order to prevent unintended leakage currents from causing potentially lethal threats to human safety. In the case of xEVs, various international agencies and governments have set standards and regulations for isolation monitoring, such as UN Reg. 100, FMVSS305 and ISO6469-1. . Sendyne’s SFPGFD adheres to all of these. That said, conventional systems for ground fault detection rely on sensing static voltages and employing asymmetrical bleed resistors, making them incapable of sensing some leakage sources.

Energy storage in 2016: Where do we go now?
If 2014 was a mostly behind-the-scenes series of Eureka moments and 2015 was the year energy storage started to go mainstream, where does it go from here? The obvious answer is out of the factories and into grids, micro-grids, businesses and houses the world over. It will happen at a different pace in different regions, and each market will have its own drivers – and barriers – to adoption. Here are seven distinctive takes on what the industry is predicting – and hoping for – in 2016 and beyond. More and more battery developers are looking to find solar partners, but for us one of the biggest questions looking to 2016 and beyond is the amount of vertical integration and cost curve savings that these guys can pull off.

N.Y. utilities seek new pricing plan for distributed energy
The local utility of the future will be home to more rooftop solar, smart grid technologies and independent energy service providers. But it will need something else, experts say -- entirely new ways of pricing customer-supplied electricity supplies and conservation measures. The owner of several upstate New York utilities has asked Massachusetts Institute of Technology experts to design such a pricing strategy to help them meet the requirements of the state's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) utility restructuring policy.

Samsung and LG Have a Battery Problem
The days of Korean tech companies lagging behind their rivals in Japan are long over. From smartphones to advanced screens, subsidiaries of Samsung and LG have market share that Japanese brands such as Panasonic should envy. One notable exception is the batteries used to power electric vehicles. Panasonic makes 36 percent of them (it’s partnered with Tesla), compared with less than 8 percent for LG Chem and 5 percent for Samsung SDI. That’s becoming a bigger deal: Worldwide demand for electric vehicles swelled 87 percent last year, to 672,000, according to SNE Research. To increase their share of the market, LG and Samsung have been counting on demand from China, which last year made up a third of the market for electric-vehicle batteries.

‘Catching the Sun’ Documentary Gets on New York Times Critics’ Pick List
One notion underlying Shalini Kantayya’s winning documentary, Catching the Sun, is that solar power is not only a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels but can also effectively curtail unemployment. The film begins in Northern California, which has experienced at least one refinery accident, and where clean-energy initiatives -- Sungevity, Solar Richmond -- are hiring and training area residents. With brisk, fluid concision, the film jumps to countries fast-tracking solar energy production: Germany and China, which is “now the leading country in terms of how fast they are implementing sustainable technology at really large scale,” according to Peggy Liu, chairwoman of the nonprofit Joint U.S.-China Collaboration on Clean Energy.

Netlist And Paper Battery Company Enter Strategic Alliance To Deploy Non Volatile Memory
Netlist, Inc., a leading provider of high performance and hybrid memory solutions for the cloud computing and storage markets, and Paper Battery Company, developer of innovative energy technologies, today announced a strategic alliance at the Open Server Summit in Santa Clara, California. The two companies have developed a solution that maximizes the number of Netlist Non-Volatile DIMM (NVDIMM) products that can be deployed into a single server, resolving the current challenges which arise due to cabling, space and thermal limits. "Netlist has been an innovator in Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) solutions for over a decade. We are excited to continue that innovation by incorporating the revolutionary energy sources of the Paper Battery Company with our NVDIMM's," said Brian Peterson, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Netlist.

JuiceBox Energy Residential Storage Solutions Aggregated to Achieve Utility-Scale Smart Grid Milestones
JuiceBox Energy, a privately-held Silicon Valley company committed to providing safe, reliable, intelligent, and connected energy storage, has achieved a significant milestone of 5MWh peak-shifted by their network of distributed residential energy storage systems. The deployed systems have collectively provided homeowners with 25,000 hours of reliable back-up power and a reduction of approximately 9,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. “We’re immensely proud that our energy storage technology has attained these performance goals with greater than 99% availability,” said Neil Maguire, CEO of JuiceBox Energy.

Why Energy Storage May Be The Most Important Technology In The World Right Now
In 1882, Thomas Edison built Pearl Street Station, the world’s first steam powered electrical distribution plant. In the years that followed, intense competition broke out between he and George Westinghouse, which became known as the War of the Currents, and the technology improved markedly in the coming decades. As Robert Gordon pointed out in The Rise and Fall of American Growth, by 1940 life had been fully transformed. Even middle class homes had most of the modern conveniences we enjoy today, including refrigerators, air conditioners, telephones and radios. Soon, they would have TV’s as well. Today, we’re going through a similar revolution. Just as electric light became competitive with gas light more than a century ago, renewable energy and electric cars are becoming competitive with technologies based on fossil fuels. However, for the new technologies to become truly transformative, we need to develop a new generation of batteries to power them.

News From Beyond New York

As Renewables Boom, Companies Explore Energy Storage Technology
Batteries can store energy for later, but companies are looking for cheaper alternatives. Three reporters examine technologies that employ air, salt and ice. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Renewable energy like solar and wind is finally coming of age. Costs are way down. Of course, the sun doesn't always shine, and the wind doesn't always blow when we need it to. It's All Tech Considered. Today the race to store energy - as our three stories point out, it is going far beyond the typical battery. Lauren Sommer from member station KQED in California starts us off.

FERC to assess distributed solar-plus-storage impact on wholesale markets
The impact of distributed solar-plus-storage, including aggregated systems, will be included in an assessment of electricity storage’s participation in wholesale electricity markets by the US’ national regulator, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Announced last week, FERC has given US regional transmission operators (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs) such as California’s CA ISO a short window, just until 2 May, to offer their comments on electricity storage’s potential role in wholesale markets and in maintaining a low-cost, reliable network.

Solar And Wind Energy May Be Nice, But How Can We Store It?
Renewable energy like solar and wind is booming across the country as the costs of production have come down. But the sun doesn't always shine, and the wind doesn't blow when we need it to. This challenge has sparked a technology race to store energy — one that goes beyond your typical battery. Batteries are often used to store solar power, but it can be a costly endeavor. A company called SolarReserve may have found a solution: It built a large solar plant in the Nevada desert that can store heat from the sun and generate electricity for up to 10 hours even after sundown.

Is Brooklyn's Microgrid-On-The-Blockchain The Future Of The Electric System?
A new micro-grid project in Brooklyn is pointing the way to a new type of energy system: one based around local electricity generation, energy trading between neighbors, and less reliance on traditional utility companies. The TransActive Grid, a joint venture between Lo3 Energy and ConsenSys, a Bitcoin developer, is a co-operative system. On one side of President Street, five homes with solar panels generate electricity. On the other side, five homes buy power when the opposite homes don't need it. In the middle is a blockchain network, managing and recording transactions with little human interaction.

Researchers cook up new battery anodes with wild mushrooms
Carbon fibers derived from a sustainable source, a type of wild mushroom, and modified with nanoparticles have been shown to outperform conventional graphite electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. Researchers at Purdue University have created electrodes from a species of wild fungus called Tyromyces fissilis. "Current state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries must be improved in both energy density and power output in order to meet the future energy storage demand in electric vehicles and grid energy-storage technologies," said Vilas Pol, an associate professor in the School of Chemical Engineering and the School of Materials Engineering. "So there is a dire need to develop new anode materials with superior performance."

Combined electrolyte-separator for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries withstands high temperatures
According to its developers at Rice University, Texas an essential part of the non-flammable, viscous composite is hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN). The team led by materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan said batteries made with the composite functioned well in temperatures of 150 degrees Celsius (302 degrees Fahrenheit) for over a month with negligible loss of efficiency. Test batteries consistently operated from room temperature to 150 C, setting one of the widest temperature ranges ever reported for such devices, the researchers said.

SDG&E signs contracts for 20 MW of energy storage, 18.5 MW energy efficiency
San Diego Gas & Electric yesterday announced energy storage and efficiency investments in the city, aiming to help reduce usage, control customer bills and keep the lights on for several hours in the event of a power outage. The utility announced it signed a contract with Hecate Energy Bancroft LLC for a 20-MW energy storage facility capable of powering 28,000 homes for up to four hours. The other half of the utility's announcement is an 18.5 MW efficiency program it will run with Willdan Energy Solution, which aims to help control usage in local buildings related to heating and air conditioning, refrigeration, lighting and other commercial features. Approval of the storage facility would put SDG&E "well ahead" of its state-set energy storage procurement goals, the utility said.

Hydrogen-fuelled cars back on the horizon as technology improves, costs drop.
Automakers and fuel cell developers say the hydrogen-powered age is almost here — again. Hyundai now has a hydrogen-fuelled vehicle available in Canada, and Toyota wants to introduce theirs here too, while Canadian fuel cell developers that include Ballard Power Systems and Hydrogenics have been busy putting their product in everything from trains to buses and forklifts. A fuel cell produces electricity through a chemical reaction, but without combustion. It converts hydrogen and oxygen into water, and in doing so, creates electricity. "There has been a big change, particularly in the past year," said Eric Denhoff, president of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. But this is hardly the first time proponents have been excited about the technology.

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