NY-BEST Newsletter August 31, 2016

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August 31, 2016

Yesterday, NY-BEST filed our initial comments on the Utility Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) Handbooks—the most recent REV-related filing in the State. Overall, our comments can be viewed as a call for additional detail and transparency in the BCA process, and for a more fulsome accounting for the many benefits that storage has been proven to provide to the grid. Our comments can be read by following this link.

NY-BEST and our valued partners will be unveiling our  “Capture New York’s Energy” Pavilion at The Battery Show Conferenceon September 13-15 in Novi, Michigan. We hope you will join us as we take part in this internationally attended program to highlight what New York State has to offer the energy storage industry. We encourage you to stop by our “Capture New York’s Energy” Exhibit Booth (Number 1857) where we will be discussing the tremendous assets, resources, markets and policies New York has to offer the battery and energy storage industry.

We are extremely grateful to our booth partners, Eastman Business Park, a Kodak business; Rochester Institute of Technology; and DNV GL, for supporting this initiative to showcase New York State’s energy storage “ecosystem” on an international stage. The “Capture New York’s Energy” exhibit will feature each of our partners and include information and materials explaining their unique offerings. NY-BEST Executive Director, Dr. William Acker, and DNV GL Energy Storage Leader, Davion Hill, will be speaking on Wednesday, September 14 on energy storage growth opportunities and case studies/lessons learned.

For further information about the event and to register for your pass, please visit the event website or contact the show organizers at info@thebatteryshow.com Please note that there is no cost to attend the exhibition hall and visit “Capture New York’s Energy” at Booth No. 1857. If you have any questions or would like additional information about NY-BEST and our participation in the event, or to learn how you can be a part of future “Capture New York’s Energy” Pavilion exhibitions in the future, please contact us at info@ny-best.org

I’d also like to invite you to attend our upcoming Annual Energy Storage Technology Conference at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, in Syracuse, New York on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

This one-day conference focuses on the latest technological advances, research, development, and commercialization efforts in fuel cells, batteries, and energy storage technologies. Attendees will hear from industry and academic leaders throughout the day about new energy storage research, products, applications and future directions for the industry. The conference will also feature funding and business model experts, followed by a reception. I hope you will join us in Syracuse in October.

I’d like to welcome the newest member of NY-BEST:

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William Acker
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Dr. William Acker

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Batteries Win Biggest Energy Storage Competition of the Year
Batteries won big in the U.K.’s contest to provide power that can be dispatched quickly to help keep the electricity grid stable, a step that will help the nation expand the amount of renewable energy it’s using. The companies that won National Grid Plc’s enhanced frequency-response tender include EDF Energy Renewables Ltd., Vattenfall AB, EON SE, Low Carbon, Element Power Ltd., RES and Belectric Solar Ltd. Of the 64 sites with storage units that bid, 61 were batteries, marking the first time National Grid will used the technology at that scale. They will supply electricity at 1 second’s notice.

Consortium to bring flow battery technology to data-centres
American technology company Microsoft and Houston-based energy firm NRG Energy have both put $1 million capital investment into the project. Research will be carried out through a partnership between the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and research and development firm Southwest Research Institute. Australia-based flow battery firm RedFlow Energy Storage Solutions and Gildemeister (a subsidiary of German manufacturer DMG Mori Aktiengesellschaft) energy solutions have been involved in the project.

Tesla & Faraday Future Veterans Launch New EV Battery Pack Firm Romeo Power, Claim New Batteries Will Outperform Anything On Market
The new Santa Monica, California–based startup was launched by the noted tech names Michael Patterson and Porter Harris. Harris, now the CTO of Romeo Power, was previously the Chief Battery Architect at Faraday Future, and a technology expert at SpaceX. He was involved in the design of battery strings at Faraday Future and the development of batteries used in the F9 rocket at SpaceX, as well as in the development of the Crew Dragon Spacecraft life support systems at SpaceX.

Cornell Researchers Use CO2 to Make Electricity
Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases have been long characterized as one of the leading causes of global warming. And with the seemingly limitless sources of emission — from general breathing of countless living species to vehicular and industrial emissions — the amount of carbon dioxide seems to be ever increasing. It is then, a huge waste of a resource when you consider how comparatively limited the human use of this abundant gas is. Prof. Lynden Archer, chemical and biomolecular engineering, the James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering, and Wajdi Al Sadat, grad — who are the authors of this paper — have created a cell which can use carbon dioxide to produce electricity via electrochemical reactions.

Big Batteries Will Help Bring Clean Energy to San Diego
The batteries are being built by an arm of power giantAES, called AES Energy Storage, and the company has been building such projects for close to a decade. The project is one of a growing number of planned battery farms in California and other states, as utilities look for better and greener options to generate and deliver energy to their customers and meet the state’s regulations. Building owners are also buying energy from batteries to lower their monthly energy bills.

Behind the largest battery storage system in the US
Plans for the largest battery-based storage system in the US were announced last week with storage firm AES Energy Storage set to build 37.5MW across two arrays for the utility San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) in California. Energy Storage News caught up with Brian Perusse, vice president of AES Energy Storage and Jim Avery, chief development officer of SDG&E to get an insight into AES’s Advancion storage system technology and the drivers behind the project.

Why Tesla's new battery pack is so important
Tesla Motors announced a breakthrough on Tuesday that was the stuff of energy nerds: a new battery pack for its performance cars that packed more energy into it. The not-so-geeky result of that new 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack are cars that can accelerate more quickly and can drive for longer on a single charge. This milestone isn’t just another notch on Tesla’s belt. It shows how as Tesla TSLA -1.95% continues to innovate, it’s leading the auto industry, and it’s far ahead of competitors when it comes to developing electric car battery technology.

The bi potential use for used electric car batteries
Almost a third of electric car batteries are expected be reused by 2025, providing important applications for the power grid and buildings, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The report estimates that there will be 29 gigawatt hours of used batteries created by electric cars by 2025, and 10 gigawatt hours of those will be repackaged and find new life storing energy for buildings, home owners, and utilities.

News From Beyond New York

How Much Energy Storage Would Be Needed for California to Reach 50 Percent Solar?
A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory attempts to quantify the answer. The authors model several scenarios in which the California grid generates 50 percent of its power from solar by 2030. To do so will require some pretty major changes, including more flexible baseload generation, as well as more deployment of electric vehicles, exports to other states and demand response.

Graph of the Day: Energy Storage Already Profitable for Some
There is no shortage of speculation these days about when and in what form battery storage will become economic for consumers. But according to new research from US-based consultancy McKinsey & Company, that time has already come – but only for a chosen few. According to the report, and illustrated in the graph below, battery storage makes economic sense, right now, for a subset of commercial customers in “each of the four most important applications:” demand-charge management, grid-scale renewable power, small-scale solar-plus storage, and frequency regulation.

Fraunhofer tests energy storage in a lake
Researchers from Fraunhofer IWES are putting hollow spheres in Lake Constance to see whether the technology could be used to store offshore wind energy. StEnSEA - Stored Energy in the SEA - is an R&D project investigating a way of storing large amounts of electricity underwater. Germany’s Research Ministry and its Economics Ministry provided funding from January 2013 to June 2016. At the end of the year, the researchers will begin four-week of tests using a three-meter sphere in Lake Constance. The concrete spheres that will eventually be used later will be 10 times bigger – 30 meters in diameter. Each one will be able to store 20 megawatt-hours of electricity, equivalent to four hours of one what an offshore wind turbine can produce when it is running full blast.

Jeff Dahn’s Research Team Improves High-Voltage Lithium-Ion Battery Cell Performance Through Ethylene-Carbonate-Free Electrolytes
Jeff Dahn’s battery technology research team at Dalhousie University in Canada has developed a new means of improving high-voltage, lithium-ion battery cell performance through the use of cyclic carbonates as the enablers for ethylmethyl carbonate (EMC)-based electrolytes, rather than conventional options, according to recent reports.

What Moakley Courthouse's Old-School Cooling System Could Teach Us About Energy Storage
The state has launched a $10 million energy storage competition. It's seeking demonstration projects to help utilities overcome the biggest drawback to generating electricity from the wind and sun. They only produce power some of the time. "Storage is the key technology to help us to really use renewables when the sun isn't shining, when the wind isn't blowing," says Matthew Beaton, the state's secretary of energy and environmental affairs. "We can still rely on those electrons that were generated from those resources. This is one of the most exciting areas because there are so many different forms of storage that are out there. Storage is going to be incredibly important."

A Texas startup's big energy idea: storing electricity underground
Mandell, co-founder and chairman of Quidnet, is part of a growing number of entrepreneurs in an emerging market to use batteries or other technologies to bank electricity when prices and demand are low, and discharge it when they are high. The US market installed 221 megawatts of energy storage projects in 2015, up from the 65 megawatts added in 2014, according to GTM Research. The market research firm expects the annual installation to exceed 1 gigawatt in 2019. The energy storage market is growing fast primarily because of the increasing amount of solar and wind energy being produced across the country, from rooftop solar panels to acres of wind turbines. Storing solar and wind energy for later use circumvents a big disadvantage of these two types of low-carbon energy: they can’t always produce electricity whenever needed because demand fluctuates, reaching a peak in the early evening when people return home and turn on appliances or during hot summer months.

The New Economic of Energy Storage
Many people see affordable storage as the missing link between intermittent renewable power, such as solar and wind, and 24/7 reliability. Utilities are intrigued by the potential for storage to meet other needs such as relieving congestion and smoothing out the variations in power that occur independent of renewable-energy generation. Major industrial companies consider storage a technology that could transform cars, turbines, and consumer electronics. Others, however, take a dimmer view, believing that storage will not be economical any time soon. That pessimism cannot be dismissed.

New electrical energy storage materials shows its power
A powerful new material developed by Northwestern University chemist William Dichteland his research team could one day speed up the charging process of electric cars and help increase their driving range. An electric car currently relies on a complex interplay of both batteries and supercapacitors to provide the energy it needs to go places, but that could change. “Our material combines the best of both worlds -- the ability to store large amounts of electrical energy or charge, like a battery, and the ability to charge and discharge rapidly, like a supercapacitor,” said Dichtel, a pioneer in the young research field of covalent organic frameworks (COFs).

'Ideal' Energy Storage Material for Electric Vehicles Developed
The energy-storage goal of a polymer dielectric material with high energy density, high power density and excellent charge-discharge efficiency for electric and hybrid vehicle use has been achieved by a team of Penn State materials scientists. The key is a unique three-dimensional sandwich-like structure that protects the dense electric field in the polymer/ceramic composite from dielectric breakdown. Their results are published today (Aug. 22) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).