NY-BEST Newsletter February 27, 2018

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February 27, 2018

Dear NY-BEST Members and Colleagues,

On February 15th, FERC unanimously approved a final rule directing the ISO/RTOs to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources in capacity, energy, and ancillary services markets. Although the full impact of this order is yet unknown, a key portion of the directive is that storage systems will be allowed to purchase and discharge energy at the wholesale rate. This will eventually open up many opportunities for energy storage. The order gives the ISO/RTOs 270 days from its announcement in the Federal Register, to submit compliance filings. Beyond the FERC announcement, two important orders were recently issued by the PSC regarding DERs and energy storage. More information on these matters, can be found on the NY-BEST website, in the policy documents section.

We would like to congratulate Imperium3, led by NY-BEST member and BRIDGE Program participant Charge CCCV (C4V), for their acquisition of Alevo's lithium-ion battery manufacturing assets, currently located in Charlotte, NC. This acquisition will accelerate the development of Imperium's new factory in Endicott, NY. Production is expected to begin during the first half of 2019.

NY-BEST's Annual Meeting and election of new Board Members will take place Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM at our Annual Meeting and Conference: Capture the Energy 2018 in Albany, NY. Please review the list of 2018 Board Candidates in preparation for meeting them and voting at the Annual Conference. This year’s list of candidates boasts many qualified leaders in the industry and are being elected in 3 categories: industry, academic, and at-large. There are 16 candidates, running for 8 open seats.

We are gearing up for our 8th annual Capture the Energy Conference on March 14-15, 2018 in Albany, NY at the new Albany Capital Center. We have a great line-up of speakers, including Alfred Griffin, President the NY Green Bank, who will be providing a keynote on March 14th and discussing Governor Cuomo’s recent commitment of $200 million from the NY Green Bank for energy storage. I’m excited to share that we have sold out our exhibitor space in our new expo hall. There are still a few opportunities for sponsorship available for the conference.

I’d also like to invite you to join us for our Pre-Conference Workshop, "Deploying Energy Storage in New York: Updates, Insights and What to Watch in 2018”. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 1:00- 5:00 PM at the conference site in Albany. I hope you will join us for this half-day pre-conference workshop to get the latest updates and insights from experts on energy storage siting, permitting, interconnection, codes and standards, as well as an overview of the New York State’s policy landscape for energy storage.

Registration for the conference is now open. With the announcement of the 1,500 MW goal for energy storage, the time is ripe to be part of it. I hope to see you there.

Best Regards,

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William Acker
Executive Director

Dr. William Acker

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The outlook for Energy Storage in New York is bright - here's why
2018 promises to be an exciting year for energy storage in New York State. The year began with a major announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo who, in his annual State of the State address, announced a new energy storage initiative and set an unprecedented 1.5GW target for energy storage deployment in the state by 2025. Governor Cuomo also announced the investment of more than US$260 million in funding to accelerate the growth of the industry. The initiative is intended to spur the widespread deployment of energy storage systems in the state and grow 30,000 jobs in the state’s energy storage industry.

Korean Battery Makers Stepping Up Efforts to Increase Competitiveness in ESSs
Secondary battery makers are stepping up their efforts to tap into the fast-growing ESS market. The global ESS market is expected to grow rapidly as the US, the largest consumer has been showing a sign of deregulation. Therefore, Korean companies are focusing on increasing their competitiveness through business allances with foreign companies. According to the battery industry and the financial investment industry on February 25, the global ESS market will grow from 1.2GW in 2017 to 9.7GW in 2024, chalking up an average annual growth rate of about 35%. There is also a prospect that the growth rate will be further raised by expansion policies of major countries leading the installation of renewable energy generation facilities such as the United States. Korean companies such as LG Chem and Samsung SDI which are leaders in ESS market shares are concentrating on strengthening their competitiveness while making a foray into related markets.

BMW plans to build battery electric Minis in China
German automaker BMW says it’s in talks to build battery electric models of its Mini cars in China, which would be the first time the iconic cars have been made outside Europe. BMW said in a statement Friday it has signed a letter of intent with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motor. China is the world’s largest market auto market and BMW delivered 560,000 vehicles to customers there last year, of which some 35,000 were Minis. BMW already co-operates with local manufacturer Brilliance in China.

World's largest lithium ion battery prevents South Australian blackouts: report
The world's largest lithium ion battery in South Australia has "taken the straw off the camel's back" and saved the state from a number of blackouts, a report has found. The battery, which was built by U.S. energy storage giant Tesla and begun operation in December 2017, stabilized South Australia's energy network, a report by the Australia Institute released on Friday found. The report, authored by energy expert Hugh Saddler, also found that emissions from Australia's National Electricity Market fell to their lowest level since 2004 in January.

AES breaks ground on Hawaii's largest solar-plus-storage system
A subsidiary of US power company AES Corp has broken ground on what it says is the largest solar-plus-utility-scale-battery system in the state of Hawaii. AES Distributed Energy is building the facility on former sugar land between Lawa?i and Koloa on Kaua?i's south shore. The project envisages installing a 28-MW solar photovoltaic park and a 100-MWh, five-hour duration energy storage system.

Highview Power and SNC-Lavalin to deploy liquid air energy storage
Highview Power, which provides long-duration energy storage solutions, will be collaborating with SNC-Lavalin to deploy energy storage solutions for utility-scale applications in North America. This alliance between the liquid air energy storage provider and professional services and project management company will address the rapidly growing utility-scale energy storage market that is expected to be worth over $3.6 billion by 2025, according to Navigant Research.

Endicott battery manufacturer expects quick ramp-up after acquiring NC company Alevo
North Carolina's loss is now Endicott's gain. Imperium3 NY, a lithium-ion battery company based at the Huron campus, will fast-track local production with the acquisition of almost-new equipment from a bankrupt North Carolina company. The start-up announced it is buying the entire contents of the former Alevo battery plant in Concord, North Carolina, for pennies on the dollar and moving the entire operation to Endicott. Published reports indicate Imperium acquired $200 million worth of assets for $5 million in a bankruptcy auction.

Saft creates European battery alliance with Siemens, Solvay, and Manz
French battery maker Saft, part of energy group Total, said on Thursday it had formed an alliance with European partners Siemens, Solvay and Manz to research, develop and build a new generation of batteries. The move is part of a European efforts to develop battery manufacturing to compete with Asian and U.S. manufacturers. The European Union’s executive arm invited the bloc’s industry chiefs in October last year to work towards a European battery consortium which could benefit from the executive’s support and funding.

General Electric splits energy storage business into new unit
Late last year, GE announced a restructuring effort that included $20 billion in divestitures and marked the industrial conglomerates continuing effort to strike the right balance of businesses. The restructuring organizes the company around three key industries: healthcare, aviation and power generation. The company is now honing its approach within its GE Power unit by putting its energy storage business into a separate unit. “We have the direct attention of our CEO,” Mirko Molinari, global commercial and marketing executive for energy storage at GE Power, said at at GTM's Solar Summit Mexico. “We're bullish on storage as part of our broader portfolio.”

Enel to build 22-megawatt battery storage plant in Germany
Enel Green Power Germany, a subsidiary of multinational energy business Enel, has signed an agreement to build and manage a 22-megawatt (MW) lithium-ion battery storage plant in Cremzow, Brandenburg. The company signed the deal to work with ENERTRAG, a German wind energy business, and Leclanche, a Swiss company specializing in energy storage solutions. Around 17 million euros ($20.94 million) will be invested in what will be Enel's first energy storage plant in Germany.

Navitas Systems Announces New US Lithium Custom Cell Manufacturing Line with Lockheed Martin Corp. as First Strategic Customer
Navitas Systems LLC, a leading provider of lithium energy storage products for commercial, industrial and government/military customers, announced today that it has installed a new, automated lithium-ion cell production line at its Advanced Solutions Group facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This state-of-the-art facility has the capability to produce more than one million custom format pouch cells per year, enabling Navitas to design, prototype and produce both advanced cell chemistries and unique form factors optimized for high-demanding performance requirements and packaging envelopes. Cells supported range between sub-1 Amp hour size to 60Ah.

Tesla in Talks to Supply Battery Storage to Con Edison
On February 6, Orange & Rockland Utilities, a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, New York’s largest utility company, filed a proposal with the state’s Public Utilities Commission to test whether adding Tesla Powerpack grid storage batteries “can provide a range of services with costs and benefits shared by multiple stakeholders,” according to a report by the American Public Power Association. Tesla will own and develop the battery systems. It will work with O&R to develop multi-use operational strategies designed to balance power distribution among stakeholder groups that include participating customers, the distribution system, and Tesla.

New York City to Test 5 New Flyer Electric Buses
The New York City Transit Authority has launched a test and evaluation program of five New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric, 40-foot heavy-duty transity buses. New Flyer hopes that a positive test result will open the way for volume orders from America’s largest transportation network; while at the same time, NYCT is using the tests to develop requirements for future procurements. The e-buses will use fast chargers at route ends, as well as an on-route overhead charging systems from Siemens. Later this year, New Flyer electric buses and charging systems will be introduced in Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City, and Boston.

BU Professor Recognized for Pioneering Lithium-Ion Battery
The Binghamton University professor best known for his role in the invention of lithium-ion batteries has been elected to the National Academy of Engineers. M. Stanley Whittingham, a distinguished professor of chemistry, materials science and engineering at Binghamton University and director of The NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage, received notice of his election to the National Academy of Engineering just 30 minutes before it was publicly announced.

US Researchers develop new redox flow compound
As storage grows into an ever more important part of the energy system, redox flow batteries are often touted as a technology that could rival lithium-ion applications in the large-scale sector. Finding affordable chemicals that can carry sufficient charge for long periods without degrading, however, remains a barrier to the technology’s widespread adoption – although some commercial projects utilizing redox flow batteries are already underway. Scientists from the University of Rochester, working alongside colleagues from the University of Buffalo, have discovering a promising compound for use in redox flow batteries, which they say could transform the energy storage landscape.

News From Beyond New York

FERC's Historic Energy Storage Ruling: A Doomsday Countdown for Natural Gas Peakers?
If storage is the Swiss army knife of the electric grid, then U.S. energy regulators are breaking out their tool belts. Last week brought a historic ruling at FERC. Commissioners told regional grid operators to create rules valuing the grid services of energy storage. Will it screw natural gas peakers -- or maybe cut, saw, file, prune, hook or crimp them? Later in the podcast, infrastructure redux. The White House’s infrastructure plan is out. When it comes to energy, the Trump administration is making pipelines a priority, and largely bypassing clean energy.

Turkey's Zorlu Holding signs $4.5 billion battery deal with China's GSR Capital
Turkey’s Zorlu Holding has signed an agreement with Chinese investment firm GSR Capital for investments in battery production totaling $4.5 billion until 2023, Zorlu’s chief executive said on Sunday. In a statement, Zorlu Holding CEO Omer Yungul said Vestel (VESTL.IS), owned by Zorlu, and GSR Capital would work together to each build 50 percent of a “mega battery factory” of 25,000 megawatt (MW) capacity.

China puts responsibility for battery recycling on makers of electric vehicles
China will make manufacturers of electric vehicles (EV) responsible for setting up facilities to collect and recycle spent batteries, as part of its efforts to tackle mounting waste in the sector, say new rules published on Monday. China, which began promoting electric cars in 2009, aims to become a dominant global producer as it bids to curb vehicle emissions, boost energy security and promote high-tech industries. But with lithium battery production already up by half in 2017 and waste set to hit as much as 170,000 tonnes this year, the government is racing to improve its recycling capabilities and stamp out what could become a growing source of pollution.

Nissan completes high density battery production line in Sunderland
Nissan and its partners have completed the development of a new manufacturing process at its Sunderland plant to produce high density 40kWh battery cells for both electric vehicle and stationary energy storage systems. The High Energy Density Battery (HEDB) project was one of the winning projects under a competition run in 2015 by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), in partnership with government. It set out to invest up to £60 million in collaborative research and development funding to support the development of low carbon, low emission automotive propulsion technologies.

Energy Storage Remains Key Component of Clean-Energy Agenda
If New Jersey is going to achieve the Murphy administration's ambitious clean-energy goals, storing the energy created by renewable power sources such as solar and wind will be crucial. To that end, a controversial nuclear subsidy bill up for consideration today in committees and posted for a vote on Monday in the state Senate also sets goals of 600 megawatts of energy storage by 2021, and 2,000 megawatts by 2030.

VW teases upcoming self-driving all-electric sedan with massive 111 kWh battery pack
Over the last year, Volkswagen has been unveiling a series of electric vehicle concepts that serve as the basis of its new generation of production electric vehicles coming in 2020. Today, VW released the first images of its latest EV concept – an all-electric sedan with autonomous driving capability. VW’s series of “I.D.” concept vehicles are powered by the company’s new MEB platform. There’s the I.D., which is a Golf-sized vehicle expected to be their first mass-market EV in 2020, there’s also the crossover all-electric I.D. CROZZ Concept, and then there’s the I.D. BUZZ electric microbus coming in 2022.

As technology transforms the energy sector, regulators look to keep pace
From microgrids to smart homes, the way energy is produced and consumed is changing, with technology the driving force. For regulators, this rapid transformation is throwing up a series of issues. "Regulation needs to keep up with the pace of innovation, and sometimes that's a challenge for us regulators," Andrew Burgess, from U.K. energy regulator Ofgem, told CNBC. "What we need to do is to make sure that the regulatory rules change in line with innovation." An increasing number of homeowners are set to produce their own energy, usually via solar panels installed on their properties. And one of the big changes set to take place in the sector, as renewables become more widely used, is the increasing importance and uptake of energy storage systems.

Does California Offer a National Model for Energy Storage Rules?
Energy storage has frequently been cited as the critical missing link in an electric infrastructure designed to maximize the benefits of cheap, renewable energy. Because energy from the sun and the wind is inherently intermittent, it has not been able to satisfy a round-the-clock need for electricity. And in many places we’ve built more renewable capacity than we can use, when the sun is shining, or when the wind is blowing. For example, in sun-soaked California and the West, electric grid operators have recently been confronted by the challenge of “over-generation” during peak solar hours of the day, which can result in the curtailment of solar generation to avoid overloading the grid with electrons. Similarly, in Texas, so much wind blows at night that the electricity off-takers can sometimes get paid through “negative” power prices to use the wind power.

Lithion Power to Invest $1 Billion to Create Battery Swap Ecosystem
Lithion Power, a Delhi-based company that offers battery as a service for electric vehicles, plans to invest around $1billion along with its partners to create an ecosystem for e-vehicle drivers to swap batteries on daily lease or rental. “This is an emerging marketbased model that we have created, and we are targeting shared mobility, which has high asset utilisation, with our product,” Piyush Gupta, director at Lithion Power, told ET. He said the company and its partners will cumulatively invest around $1 billion, or about Rs 6,410 crore, over the next 2-3 years.

Sensor tech for commercial lithium-ion batteries finds they can be charged five times faster
Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick have developed a new direct, precise test of Lithium-ion batteries' internal temperatures and their electrodes potentials and found that the batteries can be safely charged up to five times faster than the current recommended charging limits. The new technology works in-situ during a battery's normal operation without impeding its performance and it has been tested on standard commercially available batteries. Such new technology will enable advances in battery materials science, flexible battery charging rates, thermal and electrical engineering of new battery materials/technology and it has the potential to help the design of energy storage systems for high performance applications such as motor racing and grid balancing.

Big Batteries Are Becoming Much Cheaper
Huge battery arrays are undermining peakers—the gas-fired power plants deployed during peak demand—and could in the future completely change the face of the power market. Batteries are hot right now. Energy storage was referred to as the Holy Grail of renewables by one industry executive, as it would solve its main problem: intermittency. No wonder then that everyone is working hard on storage. They are working so hard, it seems, that prices, which used to be a major obstacle along the path toward renewable energy storage gaining ground, have fallen much lower than the price of traditionally generated and stored energy, the Wall Street Journal notes in a recent story on giant batteries.

Maryland is first state to launch energy storage tax credit
Maryland passed legislation last year authorizing its energy storage incentive, but has only now formally launched. The rules include several technologies, flexibility in how funds are distributed, and specify what use cases the systems will address. MEA Director Mary Beth Tung said the "first in the nation, energy storage tax credit ... empowers all Marylanders to support grid resiliency and serves as a model for all other 49 states.” The cost of energy storage is expected to continue falling and widespread deployment could be used to maintain grid reliability.

California regulators first to allow multiple revenue streams for energy storage
The California Public Utilities Commission in mid-January became the first state regulator to issue revenue stacking rules for energy storage projects, but the rules could be more of a starting point than an end point. Revenue stacking — the layering of uses for a storage system to allow for more than one revenue stream — has become something of a Holy Grail for energy storage projects since the concept was included in a 2015 paper by the Rocky Mountain Institute. The idea is that the economics of energy storage can be optimized by using its unique characteristics to act as both load and supply, which gives it the flexibility to provide multiple uses or applications, sometimes simultaneously, and therefore layer on more than one revenue stream.

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