The Two Things To Note In The DOE's Solar + Storage Initiative

Michael Kanellos  for Forbes:  The Department of Energy doled out $18 million in grants this week as part of an effort to drive down the cost of solar plus storage down to less than 14 cents a kilowatt hour. The DOE, under its SunShot program, has long had a goal of driving down the cost of solar alone to 6 cents per kWh by 2020.  So far, the program has hit its milestones.

Grants recipients include Austin Energy, Carnegie Mellon University, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Aquion Energy, among others.

The DOE regularly gives out grants, but the latest program is somewhat interesting because:

First, that’s a really low price for storage. Utility-scale solar, generally cheaper than residential solar, without storage delivered power for 14 cents a kilowatt hour in 2014. The cost of batteries, however, has been declining rapidly. Ten years ago, batteries progressed slowly compared to other electronic devices: Tesla Motors TSLA +0.50% co-founder and CTO J.B. Straubel was famous for noting that the performance of batteries doubled every decade, versus the roughly two year cycle for semiconductor.   Cont'd...

WILL BRAKE FOR BATTERIES: SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, CONSTELLATION, AND VIRIDITY ENERGY ANNOUNCE 8.75-MEGAWATT ENERGY STORAGE PROJECT

One of the nation's largest behind-the-meter battery storage networks will capture and reuse the energy created by braking subway trains

Ideal Power Partners With Austin Energy on US DOE-Funded Projects to Integrate Solar PV and Storage for Commercial Sites

Stem Partners on US DOE-Funded Project to Integrate Distributed Resources on Hawaii Grid

Company's intelligent storage selected by Hawaiian Electric for SunShot Initiative project

Amber Kinetics Announces Game Changing Energy Storage Contract With PG&E

Amber Kinetics, Inc. announces signing a landmark, multi-year Energy Services Agreement (ESA) with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for 20 megawatts of storage using its game changing, four-hour duration Gen-2 Flywheel Systems©. The company believes its steel flywheel technology will drive down pricing while enhancing operational safety and flexibility for utility-scale energy storage.

ViZn Energy Systems Wins Contract for Flow Battery System from Idaho National Laboratory

ViZn's 128 kW/320 kWh flow battery system expected to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2016.

Corvus Energy announces vastly improved performance specifications for its current industry-defining lithium ion battery systems.

Corvus' rigorous testing program with the Laboratory of Alternative Energy Conversion (LAEC) at Simon Fraser University, one of the preeminent battery testing and research facilities in North America, and its on-going monitoring of its deployed systems has validated improved specifications for the flagship AT6500 lithium ion energy storage product platform. The Corvus module will now be designated as AT6700 to reflect the validated energy capacity of 6.7kWh.

Fraunhofer CSE-led team wins Energy Department SHINES award to integrate solar PV, energy storage, and facility load management at utility distribution scale

A Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE)-led team has been selected for a $3.5M Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.

Maxwell Technologies Selected for China Guodian Corporation's First Ultracapacitor-Based Wind Energy Storage System

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL), a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage and power delivery products, announced today its ultracapacitors have been selected by Beijing Huadian Tianren Electric Power Control Technology Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China Guodian Corporation, as the core component of a wind farm energy storage demonstration project. One of the five largest power producers in the country, China Guodian Corporation's system is the first megawatt (MW)-scale, ultracapacitor-based wind farm energy storage system in the world.

OutBack Power Presents Energy-Storage Backed Systems during International Builders Show

Pre-wired renewable energy equipment empowers contractors, designers, architects with standards compliance, energy independence for homeowners

JuiceBox Energy Teams with Sprint for Real-Time Communications & Control for its Energy Storage Solution

JuiceBox Energy to use Sprint M2M Command Center to monitor and control renewable energy storage systems nationwide.

Smart Grid, Battery/Storage and Efficiency Companies Raise $1.7 Billion in 2015

Smart Grid funding up with $425 Million; Battery/Storage raised $397 million; Energy Efficiency increases to $852 million

SEPA statement on DOE Grid Modernization funds

Statement from Julia Hamm, President and CEO of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), on the Department of Energy's announcement of $18 million in funding for grid modernization projects.

ViZn Energy Systems Wins Contract for Flow Battery System from Idaho National Laboratory

ViZn Energy Systems Inc. (ViZn), a leading provider of energy storage systems for microgrid and utility applications, announced that it has received an order for a 128 kW/320 kWh redox flow battery system based on its zinc-iron chemistry from Idaho National Laboratory (INL), part of the Department of Energy's (DOE) complex of national laboratories.

DetecTape Identifies New Leaks in the Hydrogen Industry

DetecTape, a new low cost visual leak detector designed for the hydrogen industry, is now available.

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