NY-BEST Newsletter June 1, 2018

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June 1, 2018

Dear NY-BEST Members and Colleagues,

As many of you know, NYSERDA, in partnership with the New York Public Service Commission (PSC), is planning to release the New York Energy Storage Roadmap in the coming weeks. NY-BEST has been working hard to make sure the roadmap accurately reflects the needs of the energy storage industry and is hopeful that this effort will present major opportunities for the State’s energy storage industry. Any questions about the NYSERDA roadmap should be directed to info@ny-best.org. Beyond the Roadmap, NY-BEST has been focused on providing technical assistance to companies deploying—or planning to deploy—energy storage projects in the state. If you are planning an energy storage project in New York State, and have questions about compensation, regulatory challenges, siting, or any other related issues please do not hesitate to reach out to the NY-BEST Team for support.

In other news, Sustainable CUNY has two important events coming up in the next few weeks. The first is a webinar on June 5th about the Energy Storage Permitting and Interconnection Process Guide for New York City: LI-ION Outdoor Systems. REGISTER TODAY! The webinar is designed to provide building owners and project developers with an understanding of the permitting, interconnection and approval processes for outdoor Li-ion Energy Storage Systems(ESS) in New York City and contains specific requirements tailored to NYC's densely built environment. This webinar will walk participants through the Guide and provide further details about the siting requirements and specifications, as well as provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions. The webinar is presented by the Sustainable CUNY Smart DG Hub in collaboration with NY-BEST and is supported under NYSERDA's Energy Storage Soft Costs Reduction Initiative.

CUNY’s second event is coming up on June 19th at John Jay College. This event is CUNY’s 12th annual Solar + Storage summit and will feature speakers from FDNY, DOB, both city and state government, as well as companies. There will be extensive roundtable discussions focused on various aspects of the energy storage industry and all interested parties should try to attend. One of the important areas of discussion will surround battery system testing and representatives of UL will be participating in the discussions.

ICYMI - Call for Speaker Abstracts

The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) Consortium, in partnership with the Southern Tier Incubator, is hosting its Annual Fall Technology Conference “Clean Energy and Energy Storage Technologies: Growing a Clean Energy Economy” on September 27th, 8 am – 6:30 pm at the Doubletree Hotel, Binghamton, New York.

This one-day conference will showcase the very best speakers, panels and posters from the rapidly expanding clean energy field. Topics will include innovations in technology development, commercialization and market applications and will cover all varieties of clean energy, energy storage, and other enabling technologies.

We invite everyone to submit your ideas for interesting and engaging presentations.

Submission Deadline: Monday, June 11, 2018

Email us your ideas for discussions, panels, and posters. Email your 1-2 page speaker abstract to Ashley Weaver at weaver@ny-best.org

Best Regards,

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William Acker
Executive Director

Dr. William Acker

Upcoming Events

Annual Fall Technology Conference

Sep 27 8:00 am - 6:30 pm

Clean Energy and Energy Storage Technologies: Growing a Clean Energy Economy

NYC’s Permitting & Interconnection Guide for Outdoor Lithium-Ion ESS

Jun 5 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Energy Storage Permitting and Interconnection Process Guide for New York City: Lithium-Ion Outdoor Systems is designed to provide building owners and project developers with an understanding of the permitting, interconnection and approval processes for outdoor Li-ion ESS in New York City and contains specific requirements tailored to NYC's dense built environment.

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Plug Power Aims to Improve Fuel Cell Technology
ompany intends to make fuel cells less expensive and more powerful Plug Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cell technology, has been focusing on improving its products and increasing revenues recently. The company aims to develop a fuel cell stack that is two times as powerful as its current offerings and 25% less expensive to manufacture. By improving fuel cell technology, Plug Power believe that it will be able to take advantage of new opportunities in emerging markets as well as those where the demand for hydrogen is growing at a rapid pace.

Lockheed Martin Selected to Provide GridStar Energy Storage for ComEd Microgrid Project in Chicago
ockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) signed an agreement to supply a GridStar™ Lithium energy storage system to ComEd, Illinois' largest electric utility. The 2 MWh system will be integrated into ComEd's Bronzeville community microgrid project in Chicago. A microgrid is a small power grid with defined boundaries that can operate both when connected to the larger electrical grid and as an "island" when there's an interruption on the main grid. It draws on distributed energy resources, like solar power, to serve customers within the microgrid footprint. These benefits extend to surrounding communities, with reliable energy allowing better access to food, supplies and public services. Lockheed Martin's GridStar Lithium storage system will help ComEd integrate and use multiple energy resources to provide electricity to critical facilities in an emergency, when the microgrid is not connected to the main electric grid.

Vivint Solar to Offer LG Chem RESU Batteries to Solar Power Customers
Vivint Solar, Inc. (NYSE: VSLR), a leading full-service residential solar provider, announced today it is now offering LG Chem RESU batteries, an energy storage system for household use, directly to its California customers. The company plans to expand this solar plus storage solution coast to coast throughout 2018. "This adaptation underscores our commitment to expanding access to the best-in-class clean energy technologies for our customers," said Vivint Solar CEO David Bywater. "RESU is one of the most popular energy storage systems on the market and enables homeowners to take a meaningful step toward energy self-sufficiency. Home batteries can help our customers gain greater control over the renewable energy they generate and play a pivotal role in maximizing value from their clean energy ecosystems."

NextEra Energy, SRP Unveil Arizona Evening Peak Dispatch PV-plus-Storage Project
NextEra Energy Resources and utility Salt River Project (SRP) have completed the Pinal Central Solar Energy Center in Arizona, an integrated PV plant equipped with a battery. The 20MW project is Arizona’s largest utility-scale solar farm paired with a battery storage system, and will generate enough energy to power 5,000 households. Equipped with a 10MW lithium-ion battery storage system, the storage portion stores energy which can be dispatched during the early evening peak, when households tend to demand more energy and solar generation is ramping down. The renewable installation is comprised of 258,000 PV panels and was developed on 104 hectares of land east of Casa Grande.

Siemens Gamesa Pursues Hybrid Wind and Solar Projects with Energy Storage
Siemens Gamesa, the leading turbine manufacturer, is looking to go beyond wind — into hybrid systems with solar and storage. The company’s chief technology officer, Antonio de la Torre Quiralte, told GTM that Siemens Gamesa remains committed to the wind market. However, it is increasingly interested in other technologies to reduce renewable energy intermittency. “Following the merger about one year ago, we realized that our two former companies were quite interested in resolving the renewable problem, which is discontinuity,” he said. “As part of our business strategy, there is a clear mandate from our CEO and our board that we will resolve, with a huge investment in new technologies, solutions for the market that will allow, quite soon, stable renewable procurement of energy.”

DOE SBIR/STTR FY18 BES Phase 1 Release 1 Awards Include 15 for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the 2018 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 1 awards, including 15 projects focused on high density hydrogen storage, innovative ionomers (ion-containing polymers) in the catalyst layer, gas diffusion layers, and membranes for electrochemical production of hydrogen. These projects are awarded through the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES). Award winners include:

Answering The Call for Long-Duration Energy Storage
A “may day”’ call this year came from the U.S. Department of Energy. The DOE made a $30 million funding commitment to long-term energy solutions through its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) office. “Long-term,” as defined in the project scope, starts at 10 hours and extends up to 100 hours of stored energy. Funding from the new program called DAYS (Duration Addition to electricitY Storage) is open to any technology able to meet siting, output, and cycle requirements. And the solution must deliver an average cost of 5¢/kWh cycle across the range of storage durations.

Lockheed Supplying LI-ION System to Chicago Community Microgrid Demonstrator
A community microgrid in Chicago will be supplied with lithium-ion battery storage from aerospace and defence giant Lockheed Martin, allowing it to be ‘islanded’ from the local grid network. Bronzeville, in the South Side of Chicago, is hosting a community microgrid built by utility Commonwealth Edison (ComEd). It is being developed with the help of a US$5 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and is acting as a demonstration of the technology and its uses. According to the utility, the ‘microgrid cluster’ is being built in an area which has 10 facilities that provide critical services to the town, with the project addressing energy security and resiliency in the local area as well as aiding the integration of renewable energy including solar PV.

Siemens Partners with Swedish Start-Up Behind $4bn Battery Factory
Siemens has teamed up with Northvolt, a Swedish battery cell start-up founded by two former Tesla executives, in a project to build “the world’s greenest batteries” at what will be Europe’s largest battery factory. Northvolt, founded in 2016 to enable the European transition to renewable energy, has laid plans for a $4bn plant expected to start large-scale production by 2020. “It’s super important that Europe builds its own ecosystem for this energy transformation,” Peter Carlsson, Northvolt founder and chief executive, who until 2015 was head of supply chain head for Tesla, said at a presentation in Munich.

What Makes the Tesla Model 3 Battery Pack So Light?
It’s not just the new 2170 cells. Major changes to the battery pack structure have been made as well. The Tesla Model 3 pack weight (lb/kWh) is 15% lighter than the original Model S 85 kWh battery and 6% lighter than Tesla’s most advanced battery in the P100D.* Of course, the new 2170 cells are a big part of the weight savings. Musk divulged that Tesla has quietly increased the nickel content of their cells which should decrease the weight of the pack. Also, the new 2170’s result in a smaller pack footprint because the cells are taller and this lowers the pack footprint and therefore the weight of the pack case. According to Jason Hughes, the Model S battery case is a whopping 275 lbs, which is over 20% of the pack weight so reducing the protective case weight is a big deal.

News From Beyond New York

Scientists Discover How a Pinch of Salt Can Improve Battery Performance
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London, University of Cambridge and Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research have discovered how a pinch of salt can be used to drastically improve the performance of batteries. They found that adding salt to the inside of a supermolecular sponge and then baking it at a high temperature transformed the sponge into a carbon-based structure.

Puerto Rico Authority Seeks Microgrid System
Seeking a “cutting edge” solution that will help shape Puerto Rico’s energy future, a local redevelopment authority has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a microgrid system at the 3,409-acre former Naval base on the island’s eastern flank. The Local Redevelopment Authority for Roosevelt Roads (LRA) is requesting proposals to finance, develop, and manage a microgrid in the area contiguous to the municipalities of Ceiba and Naguabo. The authority, an arm of the storm-ravaged island’s Economic Development Agency, will oversee the property over the next 25 years.

How Energy Storage Options Are Changing the Electricity Industry
The way we power our world is changing more quickly than most people expected. Thanks to a confluence of earth-conscious technologies and an explosion in public interest, the world is shifting to renewable energies at a rapid clip. This is only half of the equation though. Even with the widespread adoption of solar and wind power, without a reliable way to store the energy we produce when we don’t have immediate need for it, we’re still left relying on fuels like coal and oil to get by.

Just How Much Business Can Batteries Take From Gas Peakers?
Batteries emerged as a viable peak power resource so quickly that it’s hard to know what happens next. Regulators in states like California and Arizona have turned to batteries instead of conventional natural-gas plants to provide flexible power for evening peaks. They see this as crucial in containing the major cost driver for utilities, and in developing a cleaner, more efficient grid. The storage industry believes this trend will accelerate quickly. Still, batteries can’t do everything that a gas combustion turbine can do.

New Device Could Increase Battery Life of Electronics by a Hundred-Fold
Among the chief complaints for smartphone, laptop and other battery-operated electronics users is that the battery life is too short and--in some cases--that the devices generate heat. Now, a group of physicists led by Deepak K. Singh, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri, has developed a device material that can address both issues. The team has applied for a patent for a magnetic material that employs a unique structure--a "honeycomb" lattice that exhibits distinctive electronic properties.

Another Flow Battery Maker Tries Residential - in Germany
A startup hopes to crack Germany’s residential energy storage market with a flow battery, despite problems for the technology elsewhere. VoltStorage, of Olching, Bavaria, is commercializing Europe’s first redox flow battery for home use in a move that echoes Redflow’s brief excursion into the residential market in Australia. The VoltStorage Series 100 battery, with 3.6 kilowatts and 6.8 kilowatt-hours of capacity, was being offered at a preorder price of €5,999 (about USD $7,060). It is not clear if this price includes installation costs and sales tax.

US House Committee Cuts Federal Energy Research, Boosts Energy Storage
Today, the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations passed legislation that would cut Energy Department funding. Renewable energy and energy efficiency programs would sustain a $243 million dollar cut, while ARPA-E, a program key to advancing clean energy technology creation and development, would be slashed by about $28 million. The White House had proposed eliminating ARPA-E in their budget proposal for fiscal year 2019. The legislation would, however, also increase funding for federal energy storage programs.

Hydrogen is the Energy Future
There is truth in Professor Underwood’s assertion (Letters, 16 May) that nothing can surpass the “round trip” efficiency of lithium-ion batteries from, for example, solar input to final user’s output. But in focusing on this undoubted advantage he omits the overriding issue of energy storage at very much larger scales. It is this concern which has driven the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (not in the “gas industry’s pocket”, by the way) to take a serious look at hydrogen, which used to be a substantial component of our former “town gas”, derived rather filthily from coal, but which can now can be derived very cleanly from solar and wind power, directed through the water-splitting magic of modern electrolytic machinery.

Storage Will Be Energy's Next Big Thing
Think the plummeting costs of solar and wind are transforming the energy landscape? Then you should be betting on ways to warehouse that power. To understand why, consider: Unlike almost all their rivals in the energy-generation space, solar panels and wind turbines are mass-produced goods. That means they’re subject to the rules of continual improvement and falling costs that we see with semiconductors, household products and clothing as production volumes rise and factories undercut each other. Traditional power plants are essentially large-scale construction projects, which rarely achieve the same sorts of efficiency dividends. As a result, the cost of new-build renewables has been sinking. The highest-cost solar and wind projects in the U.S. will now produce electricity at least as cheaply as the lowest-cost coal plants, according to a report last year by Lazard Inc.

Cash Injection Boost's Sonnen's Solar Energy Storage Investment in Australia
German battery manufacturer sonnen is keen to expand its solar energy storage investment in Australia with a major new injection of funds. Sonnen has secured funding of US$71 million from Shell Ventures to implement its ambitious plans. According to sonnen’s chief executive Christoph Ostermann, the battery storage giant wants to expand its Australian grid-related services. It does this by allowing users of its hallmark sonnenBatterie product to take up the manufacturer’s unique sonnenFlat service, which is available in many parts of the country.

New Jersey's Approval of 2 GW Energy Storage Target Applauded
A set of ambitious policy measures have been put in place in New Jersey, after Governor Phil Murphy signed off documents that aim towards 100% clean energy for the state by 2050. The Renewable Energy Bill, A3723, and Zero Emissions Certificate Bill S2313, were passed in April, but as PV Tech blogger Edgar Gunther wrote a few days ago, had yet to be given the rubber stamp of approval by the Governor. Renewables bill includes storage target As reported by Energy-Storage.News at the time of the bills’ passing, A3723 on renewable energy includes a target to achieve 600MW of energy storage by 2021 and then 2,000MW by the year 2030. Technology types or applications are not specified.

Panasonic Now Offering Beefed Up Battery for Residential Solar + Storage (17.1 kWh of Capacity)
Panasonic Eco Solutions of North America sent word of a significant upgrade to the Harbor Smart Battery portfolio with the Harbor Plus Smart Battery, which now clocks in as the solar industry’s most powerful and efficient smart battery with 17.1 kilowatt hours (kWh) of capacity and real power output of up to 10 kilowatts (kW). Additionally, the Harbor Plus Smart Battery now delivers 21 percent more energy and 30 percent more peak power than the next leading home smart-battery solution, enabling homeowners to extend solar power longevity, better manage energy around peak-rate periods and withstand off-grid scenarios at a more cost-effective price per kWh of storage.

What Happens When Renewables Eat Their Own Profits?
The plummeting cost of renewables could be a double-edged sword if energy markets fail to deliver the financial returns to justify further investments, experts believe. In the U.K., for example, a study by Cornwall Insight, an analyst firm, this month found that unsubsidized renewable energy projects could cease to be viable by the 2030s because solar and wind generation would have pushed wholesale power prices so far down. The company modeled the U.K. energy system and found, unsurprisingly, that periods of low or even negative pricing would become more commonplace as the level of low-cost solar and wind increased on the grid. By 2034, the analysis revealed, negative prices could account for 13.5 percent of out-turn periods. At the same time, there would be an increase of energy pricing spikes, caused by the need for flexible generation to step in when wind or solar was not available.

Forbes Story Ranks Capital Region Seventh Among Flourishing Manufacturing Cities
The Capital Region ranks seventh among large U.S. metropolitan areas where manufacturing is thriving, according to a Forbes article by two scholars. Joel Kotkin, a fellow in urban futures at Chapman University, and Michael Shires, a professor of public policy at Pepperdine University, examined manufacturing jobs in more than 300 metropolitan statistical areas and various trends beginning in 2006. They based their rankings on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Sungrow Wins Deal to Supply Over 50 MWh of ESS Solutions to North America
Sungrow, the global leading inverter and ESS solution supplier for renewables, recently announced winning a set of projects, totaling over 50MWh, following the ESA Energy Storage Conference & Expo held in Boston, Massachusetts. These projects will span multiple sites across Massachusetts, California and Ontario, using customized systems including its recently launched 2MW-4.2MWh system solutions. Sungrow has proved to be a "one-stop shop" for all commercial and utility-scale energy storage system needs. The company supplies energy storage inverters, Li-ion batteries and advanced battery management systems through its joint venture with Samsung SDI, known otherwise as Sungrow-Samsung SDI (SSEP). Targeting large C&I and front-of-meter utility applications, SSEP's 2MW-4.2MWh system integrates all functions and system auxiliary components, which are certified to UL1741-SA and UL9540 standards. The fully integrated package offers the optimized performance and maximized system efficiency and is designed for easy deployment with low O&M costs and 'all in one' warranty approach.

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