March 20, 2018
Dear NY-BEST Members and Colleagues,
I would like to lead off by thanking all of you who attended Capture the Energy 2018 this past week at the Albany Capital Center. Despite inclement weather making travel difficult, and forcing some last-minute speaker changes, the event was a rousing success. It was the most well attended conference in NY-BEST history, and the conversations around the event made it clear that the state’s energy storage industry is growing quickly and maturing at a fast pace. My thanks also to the many sponsors and exhibitors who helped to make the event a great success—we couldn’t have done it without you.
As a quick reminder, if you attended the NY-BEST Capture the Energy Conference in Albany, NY and have not yet provided feedback through our survey I’d ask you to take a moment to do so. Your feedback helps us continuously improve and make sure that future events are even better. On a related note, presentations that the speakers agreed to make publicly available will be put up on the NY-BEST website in the coming days. If you have questions about whether a specific presentation will be made available please do not hesitate to reach out to the NY-BEST team at email@example.com, and one of our team members will get back to you.
As some of you may have heard either during the conference or elsewhere, NY-BEST recently released its energy storage guide, which details the possible value streams for energy storage systems in the 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 energy storage fact sheet, and both of these resources are available on the NY-BEST website. The guide is not yet a finalized document, and any feedback or questions you may have can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. These resources were developed with sponsorship from NYSERDA as part of their soft costs reduction program.
The NY-BEST Consortium continues to grow and I’d like to welcome the newest, with the exception of anyone who joined during the conference, members of NY-BEST:
Dowd Battery Co., Inc. (Grand Island, NY) - is a team of DC standby power specialists we provide sales, battery system design including battery cabinets, mobile battery stations, installation services, energy storage applications, battery disposal, and preventative maintenance services. Dowd Battery Co., Inc. is a manufacturer’s representative for EnerSys and HindlePower.
Li-ion Tamer (Lewis Center, OH) - is a battery safety development and manufacturing company. First conceived as a safety device for nuclear submarines, the Li-ion tamer product has evolved into products and conceptual products for the marine, transportation, grid storage, residential energy, and laboratory safety markets. The company’s work with the U.S. Navy resulted in an expanded team of developers that included DNV-GL and Beckett Energy Systems in work funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Navitus Strategies (Furlong, PA) - is an energy storage power electronics consulting services firms which provide business development and revenue obtainment strategies for manufacturers, financiers and software developers of all aspects of battery storage equipment. In addition, Navitus works a wide variety of private market clients to assist them in their evaluation of solar, solar plus storage, and or microgrid applications.
Novivolt, Inc. is a battery recycling company. The company is in the process of setting up one of United States' first and largest Lithium-Ion recycling plants that will produce pharmaceutical grade Lithium Carbonate, battery-grade Cobalt and other battery raw materials. Novivolt's technology partner is Attero Recycling Private Limited, one of India's largest E-Waste recycling company. Attero is also a pioneer in Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling and has processed in excess of 1000 Metric Tons during the last year.
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Saft Alliance Takes Aim at Asia's Dominance in Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing
Saft, the 100-year-old French battery maker now owned by Total, last month unveiled an alliance aimed at taking on Asia’s dominance in the lithium-ion market. The alliance, which includes chemicals firm Solvay, battery assembly specialist Manz, industrial giant Siemens and “other leading European companies,” will embark on an ambitious program of research to develop the “battery of the future." The program will be focused on creating advanced high-density lithium-ion and solid-state batteries for electric vehicles, energy storage and sectors such as defense and electronics, where Saft already has a substantial foothold.
GE Aims Coal-Killing Energy Storage Solution at Willing Customers
The US Department of Energy recently floated the idea of carving out a place for small coal power plants in the distributed energy landscape of the future, but it looks like the agency’s latest attempt to save coal is a day late and a dollar short. In the latest development, GE has just begun pitching a new energy storage project with the evocative name The Reservoir, and it puts the prospect of a coal powered future where it belongs: on the shelf.
Bay State Wind Partners with NEC Energy Solutions
Bay State Wind, the 50-50 partnership between Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind, and Eversource, New England’s premier transmission builder, today announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent to work collaboratively with Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions to develop an energy storage solution for its 800MW wind / 55 MW – 110 MWh energy storage combined project. The Bay State Wind project will represent the world’s largest wind-paired energy storage system for commercial-scale energy, which will be located in the South Coast region of Massachusetts.
Tesla Bidding on Xcel Energy Battery Storage Plan
Xcel Energy has solicited bids on a series of grid-scale battery storage installations in Colorado. When completed and online by 2023, they may qualify for the title of largest battery installation in the world, according to PV Magazine. Tesla is one of the companies bidding on the projects, which were announced last December. Other companies in the running are AEIF Battery Storage, Convergent, and NextEra Energy Resources. Tesla’s bid is for the largest of all the batteries — 75.4 megawatts.
Pilot project for flywheel storage underway in Hawaii
A pilot project for kinetic energy storage has begun operation on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The project features flywheel energy storage technology, provided by California’s Amber Kinetics – the first time the company’s flywheels have been commercially deployed in the United States. The 8 kW/32 kilowatt-hour flywheel was installed by American Electric, at Hawaiian Electric’s Campbell Industrial Park generating station on Oahu. The project aims to test the technology and to collect data on its suitability for future utility-owned storage projects in Hawaii, as well to allow Amber Kinetics to further its technology offering.
Mercedes-Benz invests $120 million in battery factory to expand electric car effort
It’s interesting to see all the different approaches that automakers are taking to secure battery supply for their electric car efforts. In the latest example, Mercedes-Benz announced today that it is investing 100 million euros (~$120 million USD) in a battery factory in Thailand. The initiative is part of Mercedes-Benz’s recently announced electric vehicle production plan. which includes 6 factories around the world and a ‘global battery network’. That ‘global battery network’ includes several partnerships with suppliers and now the latest is with Thailand’s TAAP. Daimler’s investment will expand the company current battery production facilities in Bangkok and finance a new facility.
DNV GL to build independent platform for energy storage system monitoring, analytics
DNV GL has recently started the development of an independent platform for integrated monitoring and performance reporting of energy storage systems (IMPRESS). Now, DNV GL calls energy storage experts to join a customer advisory board to steer the development of the independent storage monitoring solution. Different energy storage systems have different monitoring systems, making quick and easy comparison of performance data of multiple storage systems almost impossible. Being able to compare the performance of a storage systems will help to get insight in the best performing systems. This allows to select the best performing energy storage systems and improve the energy management systems in order to manage a healthy portfolio.
GE Says Its New Battery Product Can Cut Grid-Scale Storage Installation Times in Half
GE has released a containerized energy storage product with a competitive advantage for installation time. The 1.2-megawatt, 4-megawatt-hour Reservoir system marks a new entry into the standardized, large-scale battery market. It reflects a strategic shift at GE’s storage practice, which recently reorganized after an initial foray into battery manufacturing and a detour in commercial and industrial energy services. Reservoir sounds like many other containerized battery solutions already available from companies like Fluence, BYD, Mitsubishi, LG, Samsung and others. The goal is to lower costs to developers by standardizing the product and factory-testing the enclosures for quality control.
NextEra builds largest solar+storage plant in USA
NextEra is one of the world’s largest owners of renewable energy, and they’re taking steps to be in the same position in the energy storage market. The company was recently discovered, per a tip from one of pv magazine’s readers, to be behind the largest energy storage bids yet received globally – and now they’re announcing the nation’s largest solar+battery storage project connected to the power grid. FPL, a NextEra subsidiary that serves 50% of the Florida electricity market, has connected a DC-coupled 10MW/40MWh battery to their 74.5 MW-AC Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center. The solar park is located on 440 acres in central Florida and is being built in a partnership with the Babcock Ranch – a 100% renewable powered development..
State backs big energy projects: Large solar farms proposed for towns of Florida, Sharon
The state has announced financial backing for 26 solar, wind or hydropower energy projects around New York, including eight solar farms planned in the Capital Region or eastern Mohawk Valley. A list of competitive awards released Friday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office includes approval for one solar project in Pattersonville, in Schenectady County, one in Mayfield in Fulton County, and three projects each in Montgomery and Schoharie counties. Some of the largest solar development companies in the United States are involved in some of the projects, and two are among the biggest projects being proposed in the state.
Tesla Semi does its first production cargo run with batteries on board
Tesla is putting its new electric Semi to work, with its first run as a “production” vehicle — for a familiar client. Tesla itself is the customer, as the trucks were equipped with trailers loaded up with battery packs fresh from the Gigafactory assembly line, heading to the Tesla Fremont car factory in California. Elon Musk shared an image of the trucks at work, with both the matte black version and the silver one with the aero hood, which presumably are the same they showed off at the official unveil (they’re the same color, at least). The trucks had full-size trailers attached, which is not what they’ve been equipped with during previous sightings.
Tesla loses top spot, Sunrun becomes biggest US residential solar installer
Elon Musk is no longer leading the charge in residential solar. Tesla installed 87 megawatts of commercial and residential solar in the fourth quarter, including about 50 megawatts at homes, according to a GTM Research estimate. Rival Sunrun added 85 megawatts of residential systems in the same period, according to a statement Tuesday. Counting only that part of Tesla’s operation, Sunrun took the lead in the third quarter. The changing of the guard comes more than a year after Tesla bought Musk’s debt-burdened SolarCity for $2 billion. Tesla has since prioritised profitability in solar over growth-at-all-costs as the company seeks to transform itself into a solar and battery giant to complement its electric vehicles. Tesla has ceded solar market-share in most quarters since that deal, and without SolarCity trumpeting solar, the US residential market contracted in 2017 after at least 16 consecutive years of growth.
Agreement Signed with Siemens
Magnis Resources Limited (“Magnis” or the “Company”) (ASX:MNS) is pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Siemens to collaborate with Magnis and Charge CCCV (C4V) to enhance its lithium-ion manufacturing technology via synchronous approach of digitisation and automation. This collaboration would be extended to all Imperium3 projects, starting with New York. Siemens will play a major role in the factory digitisation, automation and in-line manufacturing technology for the next generation of lithium-ion battery plants. Under the agreement, Siemens will identify resources at their expense to develop a clearly defined functional specification for the use of Siemens industry software and automation solutions, and to provide the benefit of technology standards to help build next generation manufacturing plants – the digital enterprise for battery production.
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Rolls-Royce and Superdielectrics enter energy storage agreement
The agreement will see Rolls-Royce combine its material science and technical expertise with Superdielectrics’ novel hydrophilic polymers that have been shown, in partnership with researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Surrey, to have potentially outstanding energy storage properties. Dr Dave Smith, director of Central Technology, Rolls-Royce, said: “We believe that electrification will play an increasingly important role in many of our markets over the coming years and by working with partners on potential new technologies for energy storage we can ensure that Rolls-Royce is well positioned to take advantage of new developments.”
Northern Territory Gov't supports million dollar battery-powered plane race from London to Australia
An ambitious plan for a battery-powered plane race from London to northern Australia has received the backing of the Northern Territory (NT) government. The proposal was put forward by businessman Dick Smith who said it should be timed to mark the centenary of the Great Air Race of 1919 from Britain to Australia. Smith has put up 1 million Australian dollars (771,000 U.S. dollars) in prize money, a step-up from the 10,000 Australian pounds on offer for the 1919 race. Smith's initial proposal relied on the federal government support but then-minister for industry, innovation and science Greg Hunt said his department was "unable to support the proposed race." However, 18 months on from Hunt's rejection, Smith's idea has been handed a lifeline by NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner and a group of major event entrepreneurs who have joined forces to make the race happen.
British billionaire to tackle Tesla for title of world's biggest battery
In November last year, Tesla completed construction of the world's biggest battery in South Australia. But now, just a few months later, another contender is looking to swoop in and steal the crown from Elon Musk and co. Simec Zen Energy and British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta are planning to build an even larger storage battery in the same Australian state. The new battery system is set to be built in Port Augusta, storing energy harvested by a solar farm currently under development at the Whyalla Steelworks. When it's completed, the new system is set to boast an installed capacity of 140 MWh and be capable of on output of up to 120 MW, compared to Tesla's 129 MWh/100 MW system at Jamestown.
New way to recycle lithium-ion batteries could be a lifeline for electric cars and the environment
The promise of a global electric-vehicle transformation has a looming problem. The cathodes in the lithium-ion batteries typically used in electric vehicles are made of metal oxides that contain cobalt, a metal found in finite supplies and concentrated in one of the globe's more precarious countries. But an assistant professor at UC San Diego says he has developed a way to recycle used cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries and restore to perform as well as they did when new.
Audi decides to start battery production for its electric car programme
Audi's top management will decide in the next year or two whether to build batteries for its vast electric-car programme in its high-cost German home market, its chief executive said. Audi's labour leaders have urged management to invest in battery-cell technology and to assemble powerpacks at the two core factories in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, where R&D operations and two thirds of the 91,000 workforce are based. "We have not yet taken a decision on this matter," Chief Executive Rupert Stadler told journalists after the brand's annual news conference on Thursday. Audi has set up battery-making facilities in Brussels where the carmaker will start making the all-electric e-tron sport-utility vehicle this year.
Sustainable proton battery promises to beat lithium on cost and energy storage
The team, based at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, believes that the breakthrough is a significant step toward meeting the world’s growing demand for energy storage in a more affordable and sustainable way than lithium batteries. “Powering batteries with protons,” explains lead researcher John Andrews, an RMIT professor who has been researching sustainable energy for nearly 40 years, “has the potential to be more economical than using lithium ions, which are made from scare resources.” The primary resource that is used in the proton battery is carbon, which, Prof. Andrews points out “is abundant and cheap compared to both metal hydrogen-storage alloys, and the lithium needed for rechargeable lithium ion batteries.”
Battery Storage Project Could Save San Diego County Water Authority $100,000 Yearly
The San Diego County Water Authority is expecting to save approximately $100,000 per year thanks to commercial-scale batteries installed at the agency’s Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant near San Marcos. The batteries were installed at no charge to the Water Authority as part of an agreement with Santa Clara-based ENGIE Storage. The system charges from either the grid or onsite solar energy production to store low-cost energy. ENGIE Storage’s GridSynergy software then allows the Water Authority to use that energy for plant operations during high-demand periods when market prices typically peak. Onsite energy is generated by more than 4,800 existing solar panels at the Twin Oaks facility that produce an estimated 1.75 million kWh of electricity each year.
Hoylman-Colton bill would make NY the first to achieve 100% renewable energy
Legislators and environmental advocates say New York can be the national leader in the move to 100 percent renewable energy. Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan, and Assemblyman William Colton, D-Brooklyn, are sponsors of a bill (S.5908/A.5105) that would require New York state to rely completely on renewable energy by 2032. While Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard calls for the move to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030, many believe that it isn’t good enough. “We have an emergency catastrophe on our way and yet we are not realizing that we have to do something today,” Colton said.
Battery Markets and Metals Markets Have Officially Collided
Lithium, cobalt and nickel are experiencing price fluctuations as global tech and auto giants race to lock down these crucial battery materials. All three metals were rising in price through the early part of 2018, according to the latest research from Wood Mackenzie's newly launched Battery Raw Materials Service. The data charts out ups and downs in those metal prices over the next five years, which will play an increasingly significant role in the cost structure for advanced batteries. The analysts expect lithium demand to grow by approximately 42 percent between 2017 and 2020, prompting an expansion of materials supply. But, they note, there’s a lag time between expanding raw metals production and churning out battery-grade materials.
Volkswagen just gave Tesla a $25 billion battery shock
Volkswagen AG secured 20 billion euros ($25 billion) in battery supplies to underpin an aggressive push into electric cars in the coming years, putting pressure on Tesla Inc. as it struggles with production issues for the mainstream Model 3. The world’s largest carmaker will equip 16 factories to produce electric vehicles by the end of 2022, compared with three currently, Volkswagen said Tuesday in Berlin. The German manufacturer’s plans to produce as many as 3 million electric cars a year by 2025 is backstopped by deals with suppliers including Samsung SDI Co., LG Chem Ltd. and Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. for batteries in Europe and China. With the powerpack deliveries secured for its two biggest markets, a deal for North America will follow shortly, Volkswagen said. In total, the Wolfsburg-based automaker has said it plans to purchase about 50 billion euros in batteries as part of its electric-car push, which includes three new models in 2018 with dozens more following.
Energy Storage fund looks to raise £100m from London listing
One of the world’s first energy storage investment funds is to list on the London market. Gore Street Capital, a private equity group, said it plans to raise £100m from the initial public offering of its Gore Street Energy Storage Fund later this month. The fund will invest in large-scale batteries.
GTM: US could smash 1 GWh deployment in 2018
While research published this week demonstrates that the US as a whole is embracing energy storage technology, with regulator FERC's recent wholesale market ruling likely to have a "significant impact", the picture varies greatly when looking from state-to-state, an analyst has said. GTM Research found that in four years between 2013 and 2017, the US deployed over a gigawatt-hour (1,080MWh) of grid-connected energy storage. While the last quarter of 2017 was relatively down on the corresponding period a year before – around 77MWh to about 230MWh in Q4 of 2016 – this was due to the impact of long duration lithium-ion projects expedited in California in response to the Aliso Canyon gas leak. Interestingly, despite the higher megawatt-hour capacities of those Q4 2016 (and Q1 2017) projects, installations in megawatts were slightly less down in Q4 2017, partly because of the growth of behind-the-meter projects, which took a 55% share of the total megawatts deployed. Behind-the-meter grew 79% year-over-year, while GTM senior analyst Dan Finn-Foley told Energy-Storage.News that the research group expects BTM to overtake grid-level projects for deployments by 2022.
The Battery Will Kill Fossil Fuels - It's Only a Matter of Time
Three weeks ago, a U.S. agency sent the clearest signal yet that fossil fuels’ days are numbered. True enough, the carbon-burning economy has been declared to be on its death bed umpteenth times before. But this came with a time frame related to the ultimate killer: the battery. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that so-called energy-storage companies such as Tesla Inc. and AES Corp. can compete against traditional power plants in U.S. wholesale markets by the end of 2020. “This is a watershed event,” said Joel Eisen, an energy law professor at the University of Richmond, not unlike the time when regulators opened up the telecommunications market in the 1970s with rulings that ushered in the digital age by giving computers fair access to phone lines.
China to start EV battery recycle programs in four regions
China plans to start electric vehicle (EV) battery recycle programs in the greater Beijing Hebei Tianjin region, the Yangtze River, Pearl Delta River and Central China areas to curb pollution, the industry ministry said on Monday. The pilot program comes after the Chinese government made EV manufacturers responsible for setting up facilities to collect and recycle spent batteries. Vehicle markers and battery makers will explore ways to set up a system to recycle used EV batteries, while local governments will provide policy supports including industrial fund for the trial, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said in a document. China has set goals for electric cars and hybrid vehicles to make up at least one-fifth of its auto sales by 2025. But a rising glut in lithium, a major ingredient in rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles, could become a growing source of pollution.
IRS Letter on Home Batteries Could 'Open Floodgates for Residential Storage Retrofits'
The Internal Revenue Service has indicated that federalsolartax credits extend to battery systems added as retrofits -- a policy that could “open the floodgates” for residential solar installers eager to add energy storage to their mass-market offerings. That’s how GTM Research analyst Brett Simon summed up a letter from the IRS, released Friday (PDF), in reply to a query from an unnamed married couple. They claimed a federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for a battery, inverter, wiring and software they added to their existing rooftop PV system, set up so that it will only store energy from the solar panels, and otherwise be available day or night to respond to power outages or to reduce overall load.
California utility SDG&E seeks 166 MW energy storage as public emergency response asset
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), one of California’s three main investor-owned utilities (IOUs), said this week that it will add resilience and backup capabilities to public sector buildings through the procurement of “up to 166MW” of energy storage. According to a proposal submitted by the utility to regulator California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), public sector buildings that serve as emergency facilities during emergency situations, providing safety and security in earthquakes, forest fires and other potential disasters, would be supported by seven energy storage projects.