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The Energy Storage Networks covers the markets on the functions, operations, and government regulation of global energy storage markets

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    To uncover some of the basic features, benefits, and challenges of blockchain technology, we’ve asked Cassie Bowe of Energy Impact Partners (EIP) to join us for this episode of EnergyWorks. Cassie is an Associate Vice President with EIP, a venture capital fund that invests in energy technology. Today, we discuss how blockchain technology works and […]

    The post What is blockchain technology and will it affect energy storage? appeared first on Energy Storage Networks.

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    Consumers Energy has announced that it is seizing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape Michigan’s energy future with a plan that embodies its Triple Bottom Line commitment to people, the planet and prosperity. The company will file an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) this week with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) that outlines the path to using […]

    The post Consumers Energy proposes plan to end coal in Michigan, adding renewables & battery storage appeared first on Energy Storage Networks.

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    By: Jim McDowall, Saft business development manager From remote islands to the frigid Arctic, residents of isolated communities across the globe rely on diesel-dependent microgrids to support their power needs. The high cost of diesel in these remote areas combined with potential challenges in fuel delivery logistics are driving operators to consider renewable energy integration. […]

    The post Why is lithium-ion advantageous for remote microgrid energy storage? appeared first on Energy Storage Networks.

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    Masdar and the Norwegian multinational energy company Equinor (formerly Statoil) have installed, and will soon begin testing, a new battery system designed to store electricity generated by Hywind Scotland, the world’s first commercial-scale floating wind farm. The battery storage solution is the first in the world to be connected to an offshore wind farm. The…

    The post ​Masdar and Equinor inaugurate world’s first battery storage facility connected to an offshore wind farm appeared first on Energy Storage Networks.

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    By Curt R. Ledford, a Nevada-based attorney with McDonald Carano What a ride it has been. Just three years ago, I was walking up to the hearing room of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada in Las Vegas and was greeted by vocal mob of solar supporters, dozens of news cameras and even one Hollywood […]

    The post Solar-plus-storage is moving forward in Nevada appeared first on Energy Storage Networks.

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    Arthur D. Little (ADL) has released a new study, “Future of batteries: Winner takes all?” Based on extensive market analysis, the report examines the current enormous level of activity in the sector, which has seen existing and new players invest over $13.7 billion over the last two years. It predicts future trends that will meet […]

    The post Next-generation Li-ion technology to lead battery market appeared first on Energy Storage Networks.

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    By Philippe Hartley, principal at Clean Financing The challenge in financing energy storage is getting someone else to own it. Cost and availability of financing, in general, are directly tied to risk. The ample amount of capital looking to invest in energy looks for proven and simple. Storage is neither. Utilities’ defensive tariff filings are […]

    The post Financing commercial energy storage: Wall Street’s not biting, yet appeared first on Energy Storage Networks.

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    By John Connell, vice president of Crown Battery’s SLI Products Group Renewable energy systems are a battery torture test, from extreme temperatures to ­­­deep discharges. An unreliable, short-lived battery can leave your company, client or home in the dark (literally). That’s why you want every battery benefit you can get. Automation in battery manufacturing eliminates […]

    The post How automation in manufacturing is improving battery quality and life appeared first on Energy Storage Networks.

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    Energy Storage North America (ESNA) issued a call for nominations for the 2018 ESNA Innovation Awards, which are presented annually for innovation, excellence, and impact in energy storage. Key evaluation criteria include project innovation, impact on transforming the storage ecosystem, opening new markets, tapping into multiple value streams, overcoming operational challenges, and increasing reliability, efficiency and […]

    The post Nominations open for ESNA Innovation Awards appeared first on Energy Storage Networks.

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    Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced grant funding has been awarded to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Stanford School of Engineering’s Spormann Laboratory to conduct new power-to-gas and energy storage research. The two entities will receive $800,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). SoCalGas will provide co-funding of $400,000 in addition to $125,000 of seed funding it provided in 2017. The initiative will research the use of […]

    The post How microbes may contribute to large-scale storage technology for excess wind & solar power appeared first on Energy Storage Networks.

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    Editor’s note: This article comes from Columbia Engineering and is authored by Holly Evarts. Columbia University material scientists used a specialized type of microscopy to observe ions moving in liquid electrolyte. Their findings could lead to improved battery safety and energy storage. Lithium metal batteries hold tremendous promise for next-generation energy storage because the lithium metal […]

    The post Scientists take a closer look at lithium batteries appeared first on Energy Storage Networks.

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    This week, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) provided its initial approval of Xcel Energy’s Colorado Energy Plan (CEP) to close coal-fired units 1 and 2 at the Comanche Generating Station in Pueblo 10 years ahead of schedule. Colorado’s largest utility will replace that coal generation with a $2.5 billion investment in mostly renewable energy […]

    The post Xcel’s Colorado Energy Plan to add more renewables & battery storage approved appeared first on Energy Storage Networks.

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    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $5 million is available as part of the first rebate designed specifically for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces, office buildings, multi-family apartment buildings, and public locations such as theaters, malls, parks and retail locations. The installation of charging stations for public use supports the […]

    The post New York launches first EV charging station installation rebate appeared first on Energy Storage Networks.

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    EVgo announced that the exact location and availability of more than 1,000 EVgo electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers will be populated on Google Maps, adding another way EV drivers across the country can quickly and easily find an EVgo fast charging station to fuel up and get back on the road. As of today, Google […]

    The post Google Maps to feature more than 1,000 EVgo fast chargers appeared first on Energy Storage Networks.

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