Duke Energy Carolinas Partners with Anderson County, S.C., on Major Battery Storage Project

Duke Energy Carolinas is partnering with Anderson County, S.C., to build an energy storage project at the Anderson Civic Center that will be part of the company’s long-term strategy to integrate battery technology into the smart-thinking grid it is building in the Carolinas. The battery project will also provide power to a facility that is critical during emergency situations, such as being the site of a hurricane evacuation shelter. This project is part of the company’s ongoing plans to invest $500 million in battery storage projects across the Carolinas over the next 15 years.

Energy Storage with Second Life Batteries by ENGIE and Umicore

On October 8, 2019, an industrial ‘second life’ battery system was first put into use in Belgium. The system consists of 48 used batteries from electric cars, and now forms one large storage battery of 1.2 MW or 720 kWh. Now that the electric car is gaining popularity, the question arises as to what will happen to all batteries once the cars are no longer being used; the partnership between Engie and Umicore will develop applications for these ex-EV batteries.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 was awarded jointly to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino ‘for the development of lithium-ion batteries.’ This lightweight, rechargeable and powerful battery is now used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles. It can also store significant amounts of energy from solar and wind power, making possible a fossil fuel-free society.

‘Germany’s Largest’ EV Battery-Powered Stationary Storage System Will Give Grid Flexibility

A battery storage project using second-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries is set to be built in Germany, with an aim of developing an installed capacity of 20MW. The project is being billed as the largest stationary electricity storage system using EV batteries in Germany, following on from an initial 45MW project in France. The stationary storage system is to be built using EV batteries compiled in containers, using both second-life batteries and new batteries stored for future use in standard replacement during after-sales operations.

Battery System to Provide Frequency Regulation for PJM

A 72 MW/72 MWH battery system owned by a global independent power producer is expected to soon start providing grid services in PJM territory, signaling the storage industry’s increasing maturation and ability to compete with traditional resources. Industry supporters have argued that getting more storage online to support renewables integration and provide other grid benefits would require compensation schemes that allow storage to compete.

DOE Announces Phase 1 Winners of Battery Recycling Prize

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the 15 winners of Phase 1 of the Battery Recycling Prize, a prize that aims to reclaim and recycle critical materials (e.g., cobalt and lithium) from lithium-based battery technology. For a total of $1 million in prizes, these projects focus on cost-effective recycling processes to recover as much economic value as possible from spent lithium-ion batteries.

SmartFlower Solar Partners with NEC to Incorporate Storage Capabilities to its Smartflower System

SmartFlower Solar has partnered with NEC Energy Solutions, who will be supplying the batteries for the Smartflower +Plus. With battery storage being a major area of growth for the clean energy industry, SmartFlower will be able to continuously provide customers with the ability to produce and store clean, reliable energy whether they’re on or off the grid. The Smartflower +Plus is a self-contained solar energy system with 5.5 kWh of battery storage and is fully integrated.

Bolivia in Push to Become Global Battery Industrial Hotspot

Bolivia will try and capitalize on its large lithium reserves to set up an industrial ecosystem around batteries and other storage technologies, according to a top government official. The country’s vice president Alvaro García Linera described the government’s plans for a “lithium industrialization” drive as he attended the opening of a PV project in Oruro, in Bolivia’s west. “Oruro won’t just produce mineral and power but also lithium, lithium hydroxide, cathodes and lithium batteries,” García said as he toured the 50MW first batch of a 100MW PV complex.

Ameresco Completes Energy Storage Project for Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator

Ameresco, Inc. has announced the completion of a comprehensive energy storage project on behalf of Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). The project began in 2015 when Ameresco secured two Energy Storage Facility Agreements from the IESO to design, build, own and operate 2 MW, four-hour “Battery Solid” energy storage systems. These recently completed systems provide 16 MWh in overall energy storage capacity. Both systems absorb power during periods of excess energy supply and deliver it back to the grid when energy demand is high.

Coeur d’Alene Energy Storage Company Looking to Site 2000-Employee Battery Factory

KORE Power is developing battery storage technology which could lead to a manufacturing facility being sited in the state with up to 2,000 jobs. KORE Power produces lithium ion batteries using a similar technology to batteries today, but with higher density and less cost, said CEO Lindsay Gorrill. The cells can be used in a variety of products, ranging from an electric bicycle to the massive storage a utility company would use, he said.