Invenergy's Grand Ridge Energy Storage Project Named Finalist for Prestigious Industry Award

Illinois Project Short-Listed for Excellence by Energy Storage North America

ViZn Energy Systems' 2MW Zinc-Iron Redox Flow Battery System Selected by Hecate Energy for Ontario IESO Project

System to be largest commissioned flow battery installation in North America and Europe

Dynapower Expands U.S. Presence With New West Coast Office

Dynapower to better serve West Coast markets and customers

A new era for hydrogen energy unveiled by summer students at DNV GL

How can hydrogen help Japan transition to renewable energy? Students working for DNV GL this summer made the case for the floating installation 'Jidai' that produces hydrogen from seawater and wind energy.

Students Charged Up Over New SolarMax Technology University

Innovative Curriculum Debuts in San Bernardino County High School

Kentucky Municipal Power Company Uses Sunverge Energy Storage Systems for Innovative Demand Response Program

Glasgow Electric Plant Board Plans to Install 165 Customer-Sited Smart Energy Storage Systems to Reduce Peak Demand by 25 Percent and Lower Customers' Power Bills

Tesla already has reservations for $1bn worth of energy storage

Tesla has taken 100,000 reservations for its Powerpack and Powerwall battery products, worth approximately $1bn, according to founder Elon Musk. Speaking on the company’s quarterly earnings call, Musk said Tesla had taken reservations (non-binding agreements) which led him to believe the company would sell $50m of storage in the fourth quarter of 2015, and up to $500m in both 2016 and 2017. Musk said: "If you just take the reservations that have been made thus far, it's well over $1 billion worth of Powerpacks and Powerwalls. And that's with no marketing, no advertising, no sales force to speak of, really, we're not trying to sell it". Tesla chief technology officer Jeffrey Straubel, who was also on the call, said that around 70% of the reservations were for the larger 1MW Powerpack system, which is focused at commercial users and large-scale energy generators.   Cont'd...

Inc. 500/5000-honored solar distributor SimpleRay adds APS microinverter line

SEATTLE - Three-time Inc. 5000-honored solar distributor SimpleRay has added the APS microinverter line to its product offerings. "We want to make sure we have the best products on hand to match each installer's projects," said Geoff Stenrick, SimpleRay president and CEO. "APS fits in well with our philosophy by offering low-cost, well established microinverters. They're easy to design with, and fit our customers' needs well. They're a great fit for us overall."

Kickstarter Projects August 2015

Here are a few alternative energy crowd funding projects that you may find interesting.

High Current Cabling System from Amphenol Meets Energy Storage Needs

SurLok Plus is ideal for electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles commercial and residential battery storage systems

FuelCell Energy Announces Additional Fuel Cell Sales to South Korean Partner and Highlights Asian Manufacturing

FuelCell Energy sells 5.6 megawatts of fuel cell modules to POSCO Energy for Asian market demand ----Commencement of POSCO Energy fuel cell manufacturing on schedule for fall 2015 commercial production ----Asian manufacturing volume supports additional cost reductions globally

Tantech Holdings to Produce EDLC Carbon Based Aluminum Batteries in Cooperation with Major Battery Manufacturer

Trial production is expected to commence later this month

Norway Could Provide 20,000MW of Energy Storage to Europe

Mike Stone  for GTM:  Norway has a lot of hydroelectric plants: a total of 937 of them, which provide a population of 5 million with around 98 percent of its electricity. In fact, the Scandinavian country is home to roughly half of all the hydroelectric water storage reservoirs in Europe. This vast system could also offer a Europe a substantial amount of energy storage -- up to 20 gigawatts of it -- if an ambitious scheme currently being proposed can overcome political and social hurdles and get the necessary funding. That’s according to Kaspar Vereide, an engineer at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. And his models suggest it could all be achieved in seven years. Vereide is not alone in thinking Norway could become a vast green battery for Europe. The Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy has concluded that there are four realistic scenarios for pumped hydro energy storage in the country, ranging from a Nordics-only scenario, where Norway only looks after its own needs, plus some of those of its Scandinavian neighbors; to a so-called ‘big storage’ scenario, which, it says, would see “Norwegian hydropower play an important role in integrating variable renewable sources into the European power system by providing large volumes of balancing over various time horizons to the North Sea countries through highly integrated grids and power markets.” It’s this "big storage" scenario -- with Norway becoming "the green battery of Europe" -- that Vereide has in mind.   Cont'd...

Battery Costs Set To Fall 60% By 2020 From Energy Storage 'Megashift'

By Sophie Vorrath for RenewEconomy:  The key role energy storage will play in the electricity grids of the future – and the vital importance of investing in and testing the various emerging battery storage technologies – has been highlighted in a major report published by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency on Monday, which predicts a 40-60 per cent price plunge for certain battery technologies by 2020. The 130-page report prepared by AECOM predicts a “mega-shift” to energy storage adoption, driven by demand – from both the supply side, as networks work to adapt to increasing distributed and renewable energy capacity, and from consumers wishing to store their solar energy – and by the rapidly changing economic proposition; a proposition, the report says, that will see the costs of lithium-ion batteries fall by 60 per cent in less than five years, and by 40 per cent for flow batteries.  Cont'd...

Three New York organizations reduce operating costs with Capstone Combined Heating and Power turbine systems from GEM Energy

Three New York organizations in different industries are saving money and reducing emissions with Capstone combined heating and power turbine systems from GEM Energy. Syracuse VA Medical Center; Owens Corning's Delmar insulation plant in Feura Bush; and Harbec Inc.'s plastics manufacturing facility in Ontario all will benefit from the low-emission Capstone turbines while reducing their cost of operations.

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