CA Storage bill + MN Community Solar 10x larger than the next state

September 10th, 2018 by John Farrell  Originally published at ilsr.org. Updated monthly around the 15th Updates Minnesota’s community solar program hit a record 401 megawatts of operational capacity in August 2018. The chart above shows the progress of projects through the program since August 2015, and the nearly two-year lag between the program launch in December 2014 and the successful ignition of multiple megawatts of …

Coal-Killing Energy Storage Grows By 200% In US

September 10th, 2018 by Tina Casey by Clean Technica  File this one under O for Oops, Never Saw That One Coming. President* Trump campaigned on a promise to save coal jobs in the US, but he missed that thing about the potential for explosive growth in the energy storage market. Now the chickens are coming home to roost, and that spells bad news …

Tesla bringing on Grohmann batter production machines to triple the current rate for 1/3 of today’s cost, get to 8,000 battery packs/week

September 13th, 2018 by Kyle Field on Clean Technica Tesla is receiving 3 new Grohmann machines from Germany to raise production at Gigafactory 1 to 8,000 Model 3 battery packs per week. Tesla recently invited a team of institutional investors from Worm Capital for a tour of Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, Nevada. They came away with some new nuggets of insight around battery …

Chemists make breakthrough on road to creating a rechargeable lithium-oxygen battery

University of Waterloo. “Chemists make breakthrough on road to creating a rechargeable lithium-oxygen battery.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 August 2018. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180823143913.htm. Chemists have successfully resolved two of the most challenging issues surrounding lithium-oxygen batteries, and in the process created a working battery with near 100 per cent coulombic efficiency. The new work demonstrates that four-electron conversion for lithium-oxygen electrochemistry is highly …

The benefits of distributed storage would well exceed its costs, yielding $2-3 of grid savings for each dollar spent

According to a recent study, the benefits of distributed storage would well exceed its costs, making storage a cost-effective resource that utilities must employ under Massachusetts law. The benefit/cost findings may be applicable in other states, to the extent that the Massachusetts grid is representative of other grids nationwide. By William Driscoll in PV Magazine, 24 Aug 2018 Image: Flickr  A …

V2G services can provide EV owners with an addition $11,000 over 10 years, in addition to residual value, but battery degradation is still a question

Why Fleets Can Overestimate The Total Cost Of Ownership For EVs.  By Joshua Gordon, FleetCarma, August 7, 2018 The total cost of ownership (TCO) measures the real cost of a vehicle. Due to regulation and cost pressures, fleet owners are continuously looking for ways to reduce operating costs. Traditionally, the life-cycle costs of conventional vehicles (CVs) have remained unchanged. However, with the …

55% annual increase in lithium-ion battery installations will bring 800% increase by 2022

Lithium-Ion Battery Installations Forecast to Grow 55% a Year Through 2022 Global lithium-ion battery deployment will grow by an average of 55 percent per year over the next five years according to a new forecast from GTM Research. The market is starting from a small baseline and heading into a period of surging demand for electric vehicles and battery storage systems. (Greentech …

Analysis Reveals That World’s Largest Battery Saved South Australia $8.9 Million In 6 Months, near 20% annual yield

August 6th, 2018 by Kyle Field, Clean Technica and original article in Renew Economy  Tesla’s 129 megawatt-hour (MWh) Hornsdale Power Reserve (HPR) battery in South Australia continues to pull new tricks out of its hat and raking in the savings for South Australian residents along the way. Renew Economy estimates that the battery saved a jaw-dropping $5.7 million in its second quarter of operation …

A Battery of Choices

Excerpt from:  A Battery of Choices, August 15th, 2018 by The Beam By Noah Kittner and Daniel Kammen, University of California Berkeley Kittner, N., Lill, F., & Kammen, D.M. Energy storage deployment and innovation for the clean energy transition. Nature Energy 2, 17125 (2017). Paper and supplemental data are available online at: http://rael.berkeley.edu/project/innovation-in-energy-storage/ In a world where we depend on sunlight and the wind …

Local storage saving utility money during heatwaves

Using customer batteries as a power source saved Vt. utility $500K, July 2018 An innovative program in Vermont that uses batteries in customers’ homes as a “virtual power plant” paid off to the tune of almost half a million dollars during the recent heat wave, according to the utility running the project. “During that peak usage, peak hour, every megawatt …