NY-BEST Newsletter April 27, 2018


 
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NEWSLETTER

April 27, 2018

Dear NY-BEST Members and Colleagues,

This week we are happy to share some important updates regarding opportunities for energy storage in New York State.

As we have shared with you previously, NY-BEST is working with NYSERDA and several partners on an initiative to reduce the “soft costs” associated with deploying energy storage systems. One of the initiative’s area of focus is siting and permitting energy storage and NY-BEST is happy to announce that the Energy Storage Permitting and Interconnection Process Guide for New York City: Lithium-Ion Outdoor Systems guide was released today. The City University of New York (CUNY) Smart Distributed Generation Hub (DG) Hub, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), NYC Department of Buildings (DOB), Con Edison and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) worked together to develop the first comprehensive set of guidelines for installing energy storage systems. This document provides a checklist for energy storage project developers to follow when they are siting energy storage projects in New York City. Both the NYC Department of Buildings and Fire Department of New York had substantial input on this document, and it represents a significant step forward for the deployment of energy storage in the City. The Guide focuses on siting of outdoor lithium ion battery systems, including roof top installations. NYSERDA and CUNY are continuing their work with the City in relation to siting indoor systems.

In other news, NYSERDA issued its second Request for Proposals under the State’s Renewable Energy Standard, part of the Clean Energy Standard that mandates 50 percent renewable electricity by 2030. Under the RFP, NYSERDA is seeking to award up to 20 projects to generate 1.5 million megawatt hours of electricity. The new RFP encourages projects that cost-effectively pair renewables with energy storage. NYSERDA will host a webinar on the RFP and the submittal process for potential proposers on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. You can Register for the RESRFP-18 webinar online.

Finally, we want to thank our colleagues at the Energy Storage Association for hosting a terrific conference in Boston, MA last week. Both Denise Sheehan, Sr. Advisor to NY-BEST, and I participated as speakers in panel sessions. The conference was attended by almost 2,000 people, reflecting the tremendous momentum of the energy storage industry. We engaged in some very productive conversations with energy storage companies from around the nation and around the world and interest remains high in New York State’s Energy Storage Roadmap to achieve Governor’s Cuomo’s storage goal of 1.5 GW.

ICYMI - Informational Resources Available

NY-BEST recently posted our energy storage guide on our website. The Guide details the possible value streams for energy storage systems in New York State and how these values can be effectively combined to compensate an energy storage system for the services it provides to the grid. This release has been timed to coincide with an update to our previously published energy storage fact sheet. Both of these resources, along with informational webinars are available on the NY-BEST website. The Guide is not yet a final document, and any feedback or questions you may have about the Guide can be directed to admin@ny-best.org. These resources were developed with support from NYSERDA as part of its energy storage soft costs reduction program. We welcome your suggestions about additional resources that could prove helpful to catalyze and grow New York State’s energy storage industry.

The NY-BEST Consortium membership continues to grow and I’d like to welcome the newest members of NY-BEST:

E.ON (Chicago, IL) – is a utility-scale project developer, with over 6,200 MW worth of assets across the United States. They have a particular focus on renewables and have been targeting an expanded role in the energy storage industry.

Ashlawn Energy (Alexandria, VA) - provides its VanCharg™ vanadium redox flow battery energy storage system to store electrical power from wind, solar and the grid to provide power during peak power times, back-up power during power outtages, frequency regulation services and demand response services. Ashlawn Energy's VanCharg™ systems are manufactured in the USA.

Best Regards,

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William Acker
Executive Director

Dr. William Acker

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New York Advances REV, Moves to Bring More Energy Storage Online
New York continues to advance the state's REV proceeding, and the steps taken on Thursday touched on a wide range of issues, though all are ultimately aimed at reimagining how the state's grid and utility sector operate. REV launched in 2014, and spans at least 16 major proceedings, along with the investor-owned utilities’ rate cases. On energy storage, the PSC said it "opened the door to distributed generation suppliers seeking to connect energy storage technologies to the distribution system, allowing for projects up to 5 MW to come on-line."

Lockheed Martin to Provide Lithium Energy Storage Systems to Peak Power Inc.
Maryland-based Lockheed Martin, will supply approximately 17 MWh of GridStar™ Lithium energy storage systems to Peak Power Inc., a North American energy storage services provider. The units will be installed in Ontario, Canada, and along the East Coast of the United States. Peak Power Inc. will use its own intelligent Synergy™ software, combined with GridStar Lithium energy storage systems, to forecast the most expensive peak demand events and shift energy consumption for its customers during these peak moments. This is expected to result in a reduced amount of peak demand on the grid and lower electricity costs for customers.

BMW Developing Different Battery Cells for Sexier Designs
One of the most tantalizing benefits of electric power for tomorrow's cars and trucks goes well beyond such powertrains' instant torque and greener footprint: It's the amount of freedom the technology gives car designers. Without needing to package a boxy engine, transmission and fuel system, EVs have had car designers salivating over the promise of truly clean-sheet models for some time now. But even then, there are spatial limitations, and BMW is reportedly working to solve them. According to Automotive News, BMW is engineering differently sized battery cells for different applications to enable sexier and more space-efficient body designs.

"The Future of Energy is Here" Panel Highlights Vandium Flow Batteries
The 2018 Advanced Energy Conference, titled “The Future of Energy is Here,” wrapped up its three-day event in New York City on March 29th. The robust agenda of North America’s most comprehensive and influential energy event explored topics headlining energy news today — energy storage and efficiency, smart buildings, microgrids, alternative fuel vehicles, modern utility grids, and, of course, wind, solar, and geothermal power. The event was sponsored by NYSERDA, National Grid, NY Power Authority, Stony Brook University, PSEG Long Island, NextERA Energy Resources LLC, Statoil, and the NY State Smart Grid Consortium.

Tesla's Massive Battery in South Australia is Outperforming Conventional Generators
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has praised the first few months of the Tesla big battery in South Australia, saying it is faster and smarter than conventional turbines. In a new report, the grid operator has illustrated how the battery was used in frequency control and ancillary services market. Graphs in the report show that the battery was able to provide a more accurate and faster response than conventional generators. Of particular note is the graph that shows the battery response to a major outage of a fossil fuel generator in NSW on December 18.

Gigafactory Relocation to New York State Underway
Magnis Resources Limited (ASX:MNS) (“Magnis” or the “Company”) is pleased to advise that Imperium3 New York (iM3NY) has made good progress on its New York Gigafactory project with the relocation of the battery plant from North Carolina now underway.

Lockheed to Introduce Flow Battery in Bid to Boost Renewable Energy
Lockheed Martin Corporation, a company more synonymous with defense and aerospace operations, is developing a new “flow” battery made of inexpensive, nontoxic materials that can help utilities save money and use more renewable energy. “You open up a chance not only to make renewables more marketable and more useful, you might even change the structure of at least a portion of the utility market,” Leo Mackay, a senior vice president for sustainability and ethics at Lockheed, told reporters at the company’s Global Vision Center in Virginia.

Anglo American Platinum to install Eight Primus Power Battery Systems
Anglo American Platinum has announced that Primus Power will be installing eight EnergyPod battery systems at its Amandelbult mine, in the Limpopo province, South Africa. The energy storage project at Amandelbult deepens the ongoing partnership between the companies. Having first invested in Primus Power through the Platinum Group Metals Development Fund (PGMDF) in 2014, Anglo American Platinum is both a strategic investor in Primus and a supplier of the platinum group metals (PGMs) used as a catalyst on the titanium electrodes inside the EnergyPod. The mining company explained in a statement that the eight EnergyPods will provide Amandelbult with 200 kW of power and 1,000 kWh of energy. These batteries are charged when demand for, and cost of grid electricity, is low.

Solar Energy Lights Up SUNY New Paltz's Campus
The new solar energy system at SUNY New Paltz is designed for savings: Money, impact on the environment and power for a time of need. The college's new solar energy and battery storage system was a $1.4 million project. It is the culmination of collaboration between the state, the college and various energy entities. The first phase of the project, which has been in the works for several years, is complete. A few months back, solar lit up the Sojourner Truth Library and, more recently, Elting Gym. The State University of New York, College at New Paltz, is one of first colleges in the state with a system that combines solar, battery storage and smart inverters — a technology that manages the energy flow between solar power and the electric grid using research, according to the New York Power Authority. The combined system means solar energy can be stored in batteries and used later.

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Britain's Ovo Is Taking On Tesla to Forge the Future of Energy
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NGOs Get Charged Up Over Batteries in Climate Fight
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Total Buys Stake in US Battery Developer Ionic Materials
Total's venture capital unit has acquired a stake in Ionic Materials, a privately held battery developer based in Massachusetts for an undisclosed amount, the French oil and gas company said on Wednesday. Ionic Materials provides research and development services and focuses on developing advanced materials targeting high energy density batteries that it says are safer and cheaper than traditional ones. "We have decided to invest in Ionic Materials in order to keep a closer look on this technology which may represent one of the most promising path for the development of solid-state batteries," Total said, declining to say how much shares of the company it has acquired.

State-Federal Concerns Could Dim FERC's Landmark Storage Order
The promise of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 841 as a vehicle to accelerate the growth of energy storage could be dimmed or at least slowed down by pushback from state and utility interests. Several organizations have filed requests for rehearing or clarification on the order, which aspires to remove barriers that could inhibit the participation of energy storage in the capacity, energy and ancillary services markets operated by regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs). The order, issued in mid-February, directs RTOs and ISOs to come up with new tariffs that would allow energy storage resources to provide multiple electricity market services.

Disordering Cathodes Eliminates the Need for Cobalt in Lithium-Ion Batteries
Cobalt is a critical component in the cathodes for lithium-ion batteries because it provides the physical structure they need to operate properly. But most of the cobalt used today is mined in the Congo, often by children. Fossil fuel advocates have seized on that fact to attack electric cars, even as they continue to poison the atmosphere with the waste products of their fuels. As the demand for lithium-ion batteries has increased, so has the price of cobalt. Now researchers at the University of California – Berkeley have found a way to create disordered cathodes that use metals other than cobalt — such as manganese — in their cathodes. Not only are other metals far less expensive than cobalt, the new cathodes have 50% more capacity.

Sterling and Wilson Launches Hybrid and Energy Storage Division
India-based EPC firm Sterling and Wilson has forayed into hybrid power plants and energy storage solutions and is already in advanced discussions for its first such projects in Africa and Europe. To date, the company, which is targeting 1GWh of global hybrid deployment, has worked on EPC for a cumulative portfolio of 8GW of capacity encompassing co-generation CHP and gas-based power, solar and diesel-powered generators. Sterling and Wilson has appointed Deepak Thakur as CEO of its Hybrid & Energy Storage Business. The company has also appointed Vishwanathan Iyer to lead the global business development, marketing and strategic activities for the new unit, having previously spearheaded S&W’s Solar Business Development unit in India.

Volkswagen Factory Will Build Up To 500,000 Battery Packs Per Year
Volkswagen confirmed that the Braunschweig factory in Germany will produce battery packs in volume for the automaker’s upcoming electric cars based on the MEB platform. Volkswagen Braunschweig already was producing packs for VW plug-in electric cars, but now – with introduction of the first next-generation models – scale will increase to up to 500,000 packs annually. The news comes as Dr. Herbert Diess replaced the Matthias Müller as the CEO of Volkswagen.

The Supersized Future of Energy Storage
n the battery industry, records seem set to be broken almost as soon as they are hit. This is what may be about to happen with the largest battery storage system to date, if a California company gets all the permits it needs to build a 350-MW installation in the desert near Palm Springs. When Tesla completed its 100 MW/129 MWh last year, it became a hallmark in the evolution of renewable power, signaling that the race for bigger and better storage systems was just beginning. Now, Recurrent Battery has staked its own claim in this race. The San Francisco-based company is the U.S. unit of Canadian Solar and it has plans to build a 350-MW solar farm in the California desert along with a battery storage system of the same size. The Crimson project will span 2,500 acres. However, it is far from certain it will be completed.

Shell Canada Delves Into Vanadium Flow Battery Technology
An engineer with Shell Canada has come up with a way to use a by-product from the oilsands of Alberta to create large utility-scale electricity storage for renewable energy projects. Vanadium is a lesser-known medium-hard, steel-blue metal that rarely exists in nature as a free element, but it can be found in about 65 minerals, including magnetite, vanadinite, carnotite, and patronite. It also can be found in phosphate rock and in the oil sands of Canada.

Germany Set to Boost Battery Manufacturing: Minister
Germany’s economy and energy minister, Peter Altmaier, said Tuesday the government is ready to offer support to battery makers for electric vehicles (EV), with one potential option an exemption from certain energy levies. The official, who last month succeeded Brigitte Zypries, told an industry event the future of battery cell manufacturing must be guaranteed, and it wasn’t necessarily a matter for car makers, Kallanish Energy notes. He said the government could support companies in the battery-manufacturing chain to be freed of some electricity charges.

America Leads Global Energy Storage Development, But China's Catching Up
Energy storage has gone global, but in a lumpy and heterogeneous way. That's the upshot of new report on worldwide storage deployments from GTM Research. The U.S. and Australia led the pack in 2017, thanks to several mega-projects coming online, and market drivers that reward storage investment. Germany and Australia thrive in the residential storage segment, which hasn't achieved significant scale in the U.S. China is just getting started, but could surpass almost everyone in deployments over the next five years.

Residential Storage Faces Sunny Prospects This year
Interest in residential energy storage is rising in the U.S., especially when combined with rooftop solar. A new report by EnergySage found that in 2017, 74% of solar shoppers surveyed said they were also considering a home battery system. While acknowledging that interest has yet to translate into an equivalent sales volume, the EnergySage report said, “batteries present a massive new market opportunity for installers, manufacturers, lenders, and utilities to capitalize on in coming years.” “It is important to qualify what they are saying,” Brett Simon, senior energy storage analyst at GTM Research, told Utility Dive. People are more frequently asking about energy storage, but interest doesn’t always convert to deployment, he noted.

The Spectrum of Resiliency - What Role Does Energy Storage Play in a Microgrid?
Microgrids and energy storage are highly promising and frequently discussed topics in the energy community. Growing cybersecurity threats and frequent natural disasters that pose risk to the electric system have made microgrid solutions a desirable infrastructure improvement for customers and utilities. At times, however, the terms “microgrid” and “energy storage” are used interchangeably – implying energy storage systems naturally provide energy security. It is important to recognize that microgrids and energy storage are not the same thing. The answer to whether energy storage is essential to a functioning microgrid is: well, it depends. Energy storage is a flexible, versatile distributed energy resource that can provide significant benefit to a microgrid.

Overheard at the Energy Storage Association Annual Conference
Energy storage deployment will likely grow to 35 GW by 2025 as consumers, businesses and government agencies increasingly support the technology, industry experts said last week. “Our industry created the momentum for the unanimous support to unleash the benefits of storage through FERC Order 841,” Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman said at her organization’s 28th annual conference. “This is a watershed moment, friends, this is our moment.”

Six Lithium-ion Battery Chemistries: Not all Batteries are Created Equal
Lithium-ion batteries are essential to today’s technology and can be found in nearly every portable device, as well as electric vehicles. Smartphones, laptops, tablets, cordless power tools, and grid-energy storage are just a few examples that are powered by the excellent battery, which have been a mainstay of electronics since their commercialization back in 1991. The battery’s popularity is due in part to their ability to pack a significant amount of energy into a relatively small space with low weight. Like most batteries, the lithium-ion version offers the same components inside the cell to produce power from a chemical reaction—a positive electrode, a negative electrode, and an electrolyte. In the most widely used in Li-ion technology (for mobile devices) for example, the positive electrode is made of lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4), the negative is typically made of carbon (graphite), and the electrolyte is usually comprised of lithium salt in an organic solvent.

Falling Grid-Scale Storage Prices Create "Watershed Moment"
In remarks to the 28th annual conference of the Energy Storage Association held in Boston last week, ESA head Kelly Speakes-Backman was euphoric. “This is a watershed moment, friends, this is our moment,” she said. “On a regular basis, our teams are in contact with ISOs and RTOs who are seeking guidance in how to create markets and support rules that enable more storage on the transmission level, distribution level, in businesses, and in homes.” RTO Insider reports she enthused that the energy storage industry will grow to 35 gigawatts by 2025 and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs along the way. Energy storage will account for $4 billion in cumulative operational savings during that time while avoiding 3.6 million metric tons of carbon emissions.

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