NY-BEST Newsletter April 6, 2018


 
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NEWSLETTER

April 6, 2018

Dear NY-BEST Members and Colleagues,

We are currently celebrating the coming end of the winter here in New York and looking forward to an exciting year in the energy storage industry.

Our Capture the Energy Conference in mid-March was a tremendous success, with more than 375 attendees, 50+ sponsors and exhibitors and a stellar line-up of keynote speakers and panelists. We are grateful to all of you who braved the weather to join us in Albany and we are looking forward to seeing you next year. NY-BEST members elected three new members to the NY-BEST Board of Directors: Fouad Dagher from National Grid, Margarett Jolly from Con Edison and Doug Staker from Demand Energy and several incumbers were re-elected, A full list of NY-BEST Board members and officers is available on our website.

Executive Director Bill Acker Standing at Capture the Energy PavillionThe NY-BEST team just returned from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where we and our major partners, Kodak and RIT, as well as promising New York-based start-ups exhibited the “Capture New York’s Energy Pavilion” at the International Battery Seminar. The exhibit highlights the product development and commercialization resources New York State offers the energy storage industry. The team engaged in some very productive conversations with energy storage companies from around the nation and around the world. Interest in New York State’s energy storage industry continues to grow, and our pavilion exhibit is proving to be a great method of outreach.

New Informational Resources Available

As some of you may have heard during the NY-BEST Conference, 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:

Abundant Solar (Rochester, NY) - Abundant Solar Power Inc. (“ASP”) is a U.S. subsidiary of Abundant Solar Energy Inc. ASP is a full service solar developer with over 85 MW under development in New York and Maryland. ASP focuses on commercial, industrial and community solar opportunities. With highly competitive levels of industry experience in commercial solar PV installations, procurement, structural and electrical engineering, international and local business development and strategy, Abundant is equipped to take a solar development idea, turn it into a viable, energy producing entity with healthy financial returns for its investors, property owners and stakeholders.

Cogen Power Technologies (Latham, NY) - is recognized as an industry leader in planning, developing, and operating cogeneration systems. Along with providing turn-key solutions for clients in the healthcare, college/university, manufacturing, and other industries, Cogen currently owns and operates a cogeneration plant – giving us a unique advantage and expertise in understanding the complexities of the development and implementation process from both sides of the table.

Tradewind Energy (Lenexa, KS) - is one of the largest wind, solar, and storage project development companies in the U.S. We deliver long-term power projects that tap into nature's resources to produce low-cost, sustainable energy for our nation. We've earned a reputation for innovation in the market, for our highly skilled and passionate team, and for our deeply held respect for the people, environment, and communities where we develop our projects.

Unifrax, LLC. (Tonawanda, NY) - is a global leader in high performance specialty fibers and inorganic materials used in high-temperature industrial, automotive and fire protection applications. Our products provide substantial improvement in thermal performance, save thousands of dollars in energy costs and can help reduce your operations environmental footprint. The company has been shifting its attention towards the energy storage industry.

Best Regards,

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William Acker
Executive Director

Dr. William Acker

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New Patented Method to Use Paper Biomass to Create Lithium-Sulfur Batteries
A team of researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have formulated a technique to use this inexpensive and copious paper biomass to construct a rechargeable lithium-sulfur battery. This type of a battery could be used to power big data centers as well as provide an economical energy-storage option for microgrids and the traditional electric grid. “Our research demonstrates the potential of using industrial paper-mill byproducts to design sustainable, low-cost electrode materials for lithium-sulfur batteries,” said Trevor Simmons, a Rensselaer research scientist who designed the technology with his colleagues at the Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES). He has patented the process with graduate student Rahul Mukherjee.

China Considering Energy Storage Mandate for Wind
In response to a potential mandate, a California-based energy company said it installed a battery storage system for wind power in the Chinese capital. Primus Power announced Sunday it installed a battery component at the Beijing campus of Etechwin, a subsidiary of Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind. When tied into variable energy resources like wind and solar, battery components can ensure stable output. Guoju Zhang, a lead researcher at Goldwind, said Beijing is considering a mandate that would require all wind developments to include a battery storage system.

Stina to Close Battery Storage Acquisition, Gildemeister GmbH
Stina Resources Ltd. is pleased to report and provide an update on the acquisition of the Gildemeister assets. Gildemeister was one of the world's first and largest researchers, developers, manufacturers and distributors of vanadium flow batteries. As industry leaders, they installed vanadium flow batteries at over 100 sites around the world. The finalization of the acquisition of the assets of Gildemeister GmbH from the Austrian administrator is progressing. In February 2018, Stina created a subsidiary to assume the assets and operations of Gildemeister. The subsidiary, Enerox GmbH, is an Austrian company headquartered in Vienna.

RPI Researchers Use Self-Heating Technique to Anneal and Eliminate Lithium Dendrites; Self-Healing Anode
Researchers at Rensselaer have developed a new technique using heat to enable self-healing lithium-metal anodes to eliminate dangerous dendrite buildup, paving the way for higher energy density battery technologies. Despite their extremely high energy density, lithium (Li) metal electrodes are not currently deployable in commercial rechargeable batteries because electrochemical plating and stripping invariably leads to growth of dendrites that reduce coulombic efficiency and eventually short the battery. Numerous approaches have been proposed to eliminate dendrite formation.

Plug Power Continues to Expand the Hydrogen Economy with Hybrid Fueling Station Solutions
Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), a leader in providing energy solutions that change the way the world moves, continues its leadership in design and construction of hydrogen fueling stations with the deployment of its novel GenFuel hybrid hydrogen fueling station in Apple Valley, California. The hybrid station combines the best attributes of liquid hydrogen storage with on-site hydrogen generation. For customers, the combined results of the GenFuel hybrid solution include lower hydrogen fuel costs, reduced capital expense, and the flexibility to easily respond to demand peaks. In addition, the on-site hydrogen generation capability provides operational continuity throughout logistical emergencies in which fuel delivery may be interrupted.

Magnis Resources Secures Strategic Stake in US Lithium Battery Technology Group
Magnis Resources Ltd (has made a strategic investment to acquire a 10% interest in leading US-based, lithium-ion battery technology group, Charge CCCV LLC. The company has also secured an exclusive agreement over selective patents, which will assist in driving Magnis’ growth in the lithium-ion battery sector. C4V has a wide range of patents and technology for current and future lithium-ion battery materials and manufacturing, which are pivotal to Magnis’ ongoing business development in the sector. Magnis will acquire a 10% stake in C4V for a total of US$7.5 million, comprising an upfront consideration of US$2 million, US$2.5 million in Magnis shares and a further $3 million cash payment to be paid within the next 12 months.

Itron, Sonnen Say Battery Partnership Will Let Utilities Maximize Grid Efficiency
Utilities are increasingly turning to distributed resources and consumers are showing a growing interest in grid-tied energy storage. This newest wave of products is focused on utilizing as much cheap, preferably clean and possibly self-generated energy as possible, while also allowing people to customize to their system needs. The sonnenBatterie eco has a maximum capacity of 16 kWh, and can be installed in 2 kWh steps. By comparison, ABB's new REACT 2 inverter and energy storage product can be installed in capacities of 4 kWh, 8 kWh and 12 kWh.

Is Offshore Wind a Better Deal With Batteries?
A partnership between developer Bay State Wind and NEC Energy Solutions this month highlighted a growing push to pair energy storage with offshore wind. Bay State Wind said it will work with NEC Energy Solutions to add batteries to an 800-megawatt offshore wind farm planned for 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The project will represent the world’s largest wind?paired energy storage system for commercial?scale energy, said Bay State Wind, which is a joint partnership between the Danish power company Ørsted, formerly known as Dong, and U.S. transmission builder Eversource.

StorEn Technology's Vanadium Flow Battery Prototype Outpacing Expectations
StorEn* is reporting favorable initial validation results of its vanadium flow battery (VFB) prototype during testing at Environment Park, a leading cleantech scientific and technology accelerator in Turin, Italy. The testing has been focused on innovative, patent-pending solutions from StorEn Technologies that build on vanadium battery durability and sturdiness by enhancing the electrical efficiency of the stack, the energy density of the electrolyte, and the module.

University of Connecticut Signs Agreement to do High-Capacity Lithium Ion Battery Research
The University of Connecticut has signed a three-year research agreement with a Fairfield County company that is developing high-capacity lithium-ion batteries for such uses as giving electric vehicles greater range between charges and energy storage for use at a later time. The value of the research agreement with Wilton-based Cadenza Innovation is $700,000, according to UConn officials. The work UConn scientists will be doing for Cadenza involves highly specialized materials analysis and synthesis for use in lithium-ion-based energy storage. Cadenza has developed a way of packaging lithium-ion batteries that increases the amount of energy the batteries can produce.

Montauk Grid Battery Facility Approved
Clearing has begun for an energy-storage facility on a site between Fort Pond and Fort Pond Bay in Montauk after a sharply divided East Hampton Town Planning Board voted to approve the project on March 14. The vote was 4-3. The board had held off on its final discussion and vote on the project since early January, to allow its newest member, Ed Krug, to “get up to speed” on the proposal, as the board’s chairman put it. Mr. Krug voted to approve the project.

Stem Expands its Executive Leadership Team
Mark Triplett joins Stem this week in a new executive position of Chief Operating Officer (COO), responsible for deployment, supply chain, and programs. Triplett brings more than 20 years of experience developing, selling, and delivering complex technology solutions in energy storage, smart grid, DERS, utility operations, and enterprise software. Triplett has held several COO and executive sales positions, most recently as COO of Green Charge Networks, and earlier as President of Software and COO at UISOL, an Alstom-owned DRMS enterprise software application product exclusively for the utility industry.

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Lithium Battery Recycling is Focus of Joint Venture
White Plains, New York-based Metallica Commodities Corp. LLC (MCC) and South Korea-based SungEel HiTech Co. Ltd. have announced the establishment of a joint venture that will target the recycling of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) in the North American market. The joint venture, SungEel MCC Americas LLC (SMA), will draw upon MCC’s global network of agents, traders, suppliers, electronic recyclers and customers and SungEel’s LIB recycling process, which it describes as proprietary.

Energy Storage Association Praises Aspects of Federal Spending Bill
The Energy Storage Association (ESA) recently applauded increased federal funding for energy storage in the recently passed omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2018 while noting the absence of certain measures from the legislation that would have advanced energy storage deployment. The bill includes an approximately $1.5 billion increase in funding for U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) clean energy innovation investments over the prior fiscal year, ESA noted.

Berkeley Study Finds Self-Driving Electric Taxi Fleets in Manhattan would Deliver Significant Cost and Environmental Benefits
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley have analyzed the cost, energy, and environmental implications of a fleet of self-driving electric vehicles operating in Manhattan. Using models they built and data from more than 10 million taxi trips in New York City, they found that the cost of service provided by a fleet of shared automated electric vehicles (SAEVs) would be $0.29-$0.61 per revenue mile—an order of magnitude lower than the cost of service of present-day Manhattan taxis and $0.05–$0.08/mi lower than that of an automated fleet composed of any currently available hybrid or internal combustion engine vehicle (ICEV).

Re-Thinking Concentrating Solar Power With Thermal Energy Storage
Solar photovoltaics (PV) has been growing at an exponential rate, more than doubling in the past 3 years to reach over 300 GW of power generation capacity [1]. This has been driven by cost reduction, making rooftop solar more attractive to homeowners, and making utility-scale installations competitive against conventional fossil-fuel power plants. On the other hand, concentrating solar power (CSP) has experienced less growth. Globally, just 1.5 GW of new CSP capacity became operational from 2015-2017. The United States hasn’t installed any new CSP capacity at all since September 2015 [2].

The World's Biggest Solar Project Comes With a 'Batteries Included' Sticker
The world’s biggest-ever solar project -- a $200 billion venture in Saudi Arabia -- comes with a “batteries included” sticker that signals a major shift for the industry. SoftBank Group Corp. partnered with the oil-rich Saudis this week to plan massive networks of photovoltaic panels across the sun-drenched desert kingdom. The project is 100 times larger than any other proposed in the world, and features plans to store electricity for use when then sun isn’t shining with the biggest utility-scale battery ever made. The daytime-only nature of solar power has limited its growth globally partly because the cost of batteries was so high. Utilities that get electricity from big solar farms still rely on natural gas-fired backup generators to keep the lights on around the clock. But surging battery supplies to feed electric-car demand have sent prices plunging, and solar developers from California to China are adding storage to projects like never before.

Nissan Spins up New Plant to Give Second Life to EV Batteries
At a small plant intended to help revitalize a town ravaged by the 2011 earthquake, Nissan Motor Co. is giving its costly electric vehicle (EV) batteries new life after they pass their peak performance. Global automakers are looking for ways to make cheaper EVs and prolong the life of their batteries, which can account for up to one-fifth of each vehicle's cost and are made from increasingly costly materials, including cobalt and nickel. Starting in May, 4R Energy Corp., a joint venture between the Nissan and Sumitomo Corp. will begin selling rebuilt replacement lithium-ion batteries for the first-generation Leaf. The batteries will be produced at the new factory in Namie by reassembling high-performing modules removed from batteries whose overall energy capacity has fallen below 80 percent. They will be sold in Japan for 300,000 yen ($2,855.51), roughly half the price of brand-new replacement batteries for the world's first and best selling mass-marketed all-battery EV.

Sunnova Rolls Out SunSafe Solar + Battery Storage Technology Service for New and Existing Customers in Puerto Rico
Sunnova Energy Corporation, the largest provider of distributed residential solar service in Puerto Rico, announced today it has continued to expand its Sunnova SunSafe™ solar + battery storage service offering, through its network of local partners, to homeowners across the island. Sunnova is the first—and only—residential solar service provider to offer solar + battery storage technology services on the island. In addition, Sunnova is the only residential solar service provider to offer a 25-year solar + battery storage contract with a comprehensive warranty and performance guarantee to ensure long-term peace of mind for homeowners.

Lithium Werks Acquires Industrial Business of A123 Systems
Lithium Werks announces that it has acquired the original A123 Systems manufacturing plants located in Changzhou, China. These plants were the first to introduce the revolutionary NanoPhosphate® technology in the form of cylindrical cells that have been used globally in a wide array of applications, especially in the industrial market. As part of the transaction, Lithium Werks has taken over the customer relationships in China, Europe and the United States as well as the operations, staff and product designs associated with the Changzhou business. Lithium Werks is also the new owner of the POWER. SAFETY. LIFE. trademark that characterized A123’s product portfolio in its early years. The transaction was financed through the working capital of Lithium Werks.

Who Should Own Energy Storage? Britian's Debate Continues as DNO Calls for 'Collaboration'
Northern Powergrid (NPg), one of 14 distribution network operators (DNOs) licensed to operate the UK's electricity system below transmission level, has called on the energy sector to collaborate to decide the future of network-scale energy storage after differences in the role of network owned and operated batteries emerged between differing DNOs. NPg, which serves 8 million people across three regions in the north of England: the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, has been bullish in the past about its ambitions to manage its own battery assets as it moves towards a more active distribution system operator (DSO) model.

Energy Storage for Peaker Plant Replacement: Economics and Opportunity in the U.S.
Will energy storage replace peaker plants? Perhaps the greatest near-term promise for energy storage is in its ability to act as a peaking resource on the grid. Approximately 20 gigawatts of new peaker capacity is expected to come online in the next 10 years, according to Wood Mackenzie's H2 2017 base-case view. 4-hour energy storage system units could start to become competitive with new peaker plant capacity in five years.

French Utility Company EDF Plans Energy Storage Push
French utility company EDF has a goal of 100% carbon-free power by 2050. Energy storage will be a big part of achieving that goal. The company already has 5 gigawatts of installed grid-scale storage, but plans to increase that to 15 gigawatts by 2035. Adding the extra 10 gigawatts of storage called for by its new Energy Storage Plan will cost about $10 billion. The plan is designed to allow EDF to keep pace with competitors such as Enel, E.ON, and Total. Of those 10 gigawatts, 6 will be industrial-scale projects that include pumped hydro storage and batteries. 4 gigawatts will consist of individual batteries for retail customers, companies, and municipalities, according to a report by Reuters.

The Time Has Come for Battery Net Metering
Net metering compensatessolarcustomers for the power they contribute to the grid — but if they route the electrons through a battery, they’re out of luck. Utilities understandably don’t want to pay net-metering rates for batteries charged by grid power. So far, that means solar generation stored in batteries for later use doesn’t earn net metering dollars either. That could change, once the California Public Utilities Commission responds to a petition that, unusually, drew support from both the solar industry and utilities.

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