Is Adding Solar Batteries Worth it?

Seeking to help states better address the value proposition of solar+storage systems, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) engaged Clean Power Research (CPR) to develop a methodology that could be used to value solar energy coupled with battery storage. The methodology described in the report can be applied in any location. It focuses on Hawaii as an example, as it is likely to be an early adopter of storage regulations.  "The concept of adding batteries alongside a utility customer's solar array intrigues utility customers, solar developers, and utility planners on several levels, but the underlying question for everyone is whether adding batteries is 'worth it,'" says Jason Keyes, Partner at Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP, attorney for IREC and report collaborator.  Though still at a nascent stage, the recent rapid growth in the distributed energy storage market suggests that now is an opportune time to take a closer look at distributed energy storage, especially in combination with distributed solar, and the values it has to offer. The new IREC study lays out the methodology to do just that and sets forth a pathway for more robust analysis and dialogue.   Cont'd...  

SunEdison and Green Charge Networks Team Up To Deliver Additional Electricity Savings With Solar Plus Energy Storage Offering

Silicon Valley Power is the First Joint Customer of the New Strategic Partnership ----California Commercial and Municipal Customers Can Save Even More with Zero Upfront Costs

First energy storage system for primary frequency regulation in France

Alstom and Saft's innovative energy storage goes live at EDF's Concept Grid

24M Introduces the Semisolid Lithium-Ion Battery

Company Emerges from Stealth with $50M in Private Capital and a Revolutionary New Technology That Will Slash Today's Lithium-Ion Battery Costs by 50%

Swedish fuel cell developer PowerCell receives its first order of the S2 fuel cell stack platform

A German company has ordered two fuel cell stacks of the S2 platform of 25 kW each.

24M Introduces the Semisolid Lithium-Ion Battery

Today, 24M emerged from stealth mode to introduce the semisolid lithium-ion cell, a revolutionary technology that solves the grand challenge of energy storage by enabling a new, cost-effective class of the lithium-ion battery. 24M’s semisolid lithium-ion is the most significant advancement in lithium-ion technology in more than two decades and combines an overhaul in battery cell design with a series of manufacturing innovations that, when fully implemented, will slash today’s lithium-ion costs by 50% and improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries. The technology will accelerate the global adoption of affordable energy storage. Until now, the energy storage field has had two options to try to drive down costs – build massive and complex factories to produce lithium-ion batteries in high volumes or pursue entirely new chemistries that may never move from the lab to the commercial floor. With the invention of the semisolid lithium-ion battery, 24M presents a third option – work with the world’s preferred energy storage chemistry and unlock new opportunities for cost reductions through new cell design and manufacturing innovations. 24M’s platform is the most significant advancement in lithium-ion technology since its debut more than 20 years ago.

Intersolar - THE ENERGY STORAGE INDUSTRY TURNS OUT IN FORCE

ees Europe 2015 packs a punch with higher exhibitor numbers and dedicated conference

BioSolar Announces Development of a Super Battery Technology

The company's technology doubles the capacity, lowers the cost, and extends the life of lithium-ion batteries

Intersolar - GNB Presents Energy Storage Products at Intersolar

Intersolar Europe is taking place from 10-12 June in Munich, Germany

Intersolar - Samsung SDI Unveils New Energy Storage Products at Intersolar Europe 2015

Samsung SDI (KRX:006400) unveiled two residential energy storage systems (ESS), 5.5kWh and 8.0kWh, at Intersolar Europe 2015 in Munich, Germany.

LG's IT Company Takes Step into the American Energy Storage Market

To keep up with these trends, LG CNS, a leader in the Korean IT service market, has emerged as a new force in energy storage system integration around the globe.

First electricity storage system to connect cells in parallel marks a quantum leap in technology

Battery cell control system extends lifespan of storage devices and reduces costs

IRENA Roadmap Breaks New Ground on Renewable Energy Storage

Energy storage roadmap released at ninth IRENA Council meeting

Saft expands its Li-ion solar energy storage portfolio with new Intensium Home 10M system designed for prosumers*

Intensium Home 10M is a high performance 10 kWh/ 10 kW battery designed specifically for high-end residential and small commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. ---- New partnership with KACO new energy GmbH teams Intensium Home 10M with the perfect inverter to enable prosumers to maximize their self-consumption. ---- Saft Li-ion energy storage systems are ideally suited for "behind the meter" and swarm** applications.

Mercedes-Benz To Follow Tesla With Its Own Home Batteries

Stephen Edelstein for Motor Authority:  Tesla Motors may be the first automaker to try selling standalone battery packs for powering homes and businesses, but it may not be the only one for long. Mercedes-Benz could soon enter the energy storage business as well. A division of parent company Daimler has been testing battery packs that can power houses or store excess electricity from the grid, and plans to launch commercially in September, according to Australia's Motoring. Called ACCUmotive, this division was created in 2009 to develop lithium-ion batteries. Like Tesla before its recent announcement, the Daimler arm has been testing energy storage systems under the radar for some time. It recently built an energy storage array operated by German electricity joint venture Coulomb. The array consists of 96 lithium-ion modules that together boast a combined 500 kilowatt hours of storage capacity, which is used to stabilize the Saxony Kamenz power grid. There are plans to expand it to 3,000 kWh of capacity. ACCUmotive has reportedly delivered more than 60,000 lithium-ion cells to customers—which may include Mercedes itself—and employs more than 250 people. 

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