Breakout Year for Energy Storage

Locational Capacity will be the dominant application in 2016. In other words, battery systems targeted at the grid's most congested load centers will be first and foremost used to provide four hours of peak shaving capability, and other grid balancing services when available.

Super Cathode Battery Technology

This Q&A will focus on the incorporation of BioSolar Super Cathode technology with lithium-ion batteries - and how your technology can achieve significantly higher capacity with costs below $100/kWh, which is less than half of today's lowest cost lithium-ion batteries.

German battery maker launches scheme to share solar power

Reporting by Vera Eckert for Reuters:  German battery maker Sonnenbatterie has launched a scheme to connect households with solar panels and other consumers, aiming to better distribute surpluses of the renewable energy and help members to become more independent of conventional suppliers.

The start-up company hopes the scheme, called "sonnenCommunity", will boost demand for its batteries which store solar power, allowing owners to use the clean energy even when weather conditions are not favourable.

SonnenCommunity takes the storage idea a step further, allowing solar power to be shared among its members.

Sonnenbatterie said the scheme would initially target the 1.5 million solar power producers who, if they sign up to the community, will receive a battery storage system with a starting price of 3,599 euros ($3,812). But eventually, the offer will also be open to non-producers, it added.

If the idea of battery-powered buildings takes off, it could pose a challenge to traditional utilities such as RWE and E.ON, which still derive the bulk of their power from big centralised power stations running on fossil fuels.  Full Article:

12v Lead Acid Bipolar Battery with ElectriPlast Plates

ElectriPlast is a conductive plastic. By utilizing Long Fiber Technology(LFT) we are able to achieve high levels of electrical conductivity.

Eos Partners with NEC Energy Solutions to Supply Game-Changing Utility Scale Battery Solution

Because our technology is safe, modular, and easy to install, we can deploy this solution on a distributed basis-within the load centers where this capacity is needed most.

"Yolks" and "shells" improve rechargeable batteries

Aluminum could give a big boost to capacity and power of lithium-ion batteries.

AspectSolar Portable Power Solutions Announces EnergyBar 100

Designed with green battery technology, the EnergyBar 100 is manufactured with no known carcinogens, is recyclable and there is no thermal runoff.

Vanadium Flow Batteries for Global Academy of Technology (GAT) College

By implementing the IMERGY storage solution in the premises, GAT is able to store the energy produced by the PV panels during the day and use it during the non-solar time, thus eliminating the diesel generator run to provide clean power when needed.

ViZn Energy Systems Enters Partnership with Jabil to Manufacture its Redox Flow Battery

Jabil will help ViZn ramp up production capabilities to fulfill current orders and meet expected delivery commitments over the next 12 months.

Saft recognized for energy storage marketplace commitment & leadership

Saft leaders accept Brad Roberts Outstanding Industry Achievement Award at the Energy Storage Association (ESA) Annual Conference & Expo.

"Designer carbon" boosts battery performance

Mark Shwartz, Stanford Univ.:  Stanford Univ. scientists have created a new carbon material that significantly boosts the performance of energy-storage technologies. Their results are featured in ACS Central Science.
"We have developed a 'designer carbon' that is both versatile and controllable," said Zhenan Bao, the senior author of the study and a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford. "Our study shows that this material has exceptional energy-storage capacity, enabling unprecedented performance in lithium-sulfur batteries and supercapacitors."
According to Bao, the new designer carbon represents a dramatic improvement over conventional activated carbon, an inexpensive material widely used in products ranging from water filters and air deodorizers to energy-storage devices.
"A lot of cheap activated carbon is made from coconut shells," Bao said. "To activate the carbon, manufacturers burn the coconut at high temperatures and then chemically treat it."
The activation process creates nanosized holes, or pores, that increase the surface area of the carbon, allowing it to catalyze more chemical reactions and store more electrical charges.

Gexpro Launches a New Battery Energy Storage Solution

As a leader in energy solutions, Gexpro will be the system integrator using industry-leading technology from each of the supplier companies.

Technological trends under the spotlight - ees Europe's accompanying program

ees Europe 2015 takes place alongside Intersolar Europe at Messe München from June 10-12.

AllCell and LG Develop High Performance Lithium-Ion Battery for Material Handling Market

A Navigant Research report estimates that revenue from fuel cells, fast chargers, and Li-ion batteries in the material handling market will be $556MM in North America by 2020, compared to $121MM in 2013.

Duke Energy, University of South Florida St. Petersburg unveil solar battery project

100-kilowatt solar installation powers university's parking garage --- Excess solar energy stored in an industrial-size battery system --- Project enabled by $1 million grant from Duke Energy Florida

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