xStorage home energy storage

xStorage home energy storage

Eaton and Nissan said that, unlike Powerwall, xStorage will include professional installation and all requisite extras, such as cables.

Nissan and Eaton make home energy storage reliable and affordable to everyone with ‘xStorage’. Providing a sustainable ‘second life’ for Nissan’s electric vehicle (EV) batteries after their first life in cars is over.

The partners are collaborating to unveil a new residential energy storage unit. They intent to design the most affordable and reliable home power storage system for households. Read More

5 trends battery technology

5 trends battery technologyThese home battery trends can make our energy future green.

We need battery technology to transform fully into a solar economy.

The good news is that battery technology and energy storage are also hitting an inflection point.

Here are 5 trends shaping the future of battery technology and energy storage.

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ZeroCell – intelligent energy storage

ZeroCell - intelligent energy storage

The ZEROCELL stores and manages energy generated from either on-site-harvested energy or from off-site renewable energy transmitted by the electric grid.

HOUZE reveals the ZeroCell: an intelligent device for energy storage.

The device stores and manages energy generated from either on-site-harvested energy or from off-site renewable energy transmitted by the electric grid.

The ZeroCell will be introduced in Euronics International stores starting in December 2016.

The company announced its ZeroCell (TM) smart energy storage appliance in Berlin during IFA 2016, the leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances. Read More

Loss-free Solar Heat Battery

Solar Heat Battery

A chemical reaction transfers the absorbed heat into a special system, where it is stored. This system consists of a container that is mostly filled with salt, and a little water.

Until now, solar heat couldn’t be stored without several loss.

But this is gonna change. 

TNO presents a battery which can be used for solar heat storage without losses.

The heat is held in the salt, and the chemical reaction that trapped it there is reversed to release the heat again when it is needed. ‘It’s all about hydration and dehydration, or wetting and drying salt.

Energy producing buildings

TNO succeeded in developing a solution to store the energy surplus of energy producing buildings in a working lossless heat battery. Read More

Orison plug and play home battery system

Orison plug and play home battery system

Orison’s plug in home battery could help homeowners ditch the grid by connecting to an alternative energy source like solar or wind and saving money because of low rate energy prices

The new Orison plug and play home battery system, stores electricity when electricity rates are low, so the electricity can be used later to avoid paying the higher rates.

Best of all: this new system requires no installation like other home battery setups; you just plug it in and away you go. Read More

Blue Ion Continuum – powerful home battery

Blue Ion Continuum - powerfull home battery

The 8 kWh Blue Ion Continuum battery is a potential game changer: it stores more energy than the 6.4 kilowatt-hour Powerwall and it’s made of better materials

The new Blue Ion Continuum battery stores more solar energy than the Tesla’s Powerwall, and it is reportedly made of sturdier stuff.

This home battery was launched by one of the co-founders of The Tetris Company, Henk Rogers. 

After reading about the destruction of coral, Rogers started Blue Planet Energy to help end dependency on fossil fuels.  Read More

Energy Storage Option: Smart Water Heaters

Energy Storage Option: Smart Water Heaters

CEO, Olin Lagon & Operations Director, Nicole Brodie

A year ago, Hawaiian Electric began deploying smart water heaters as very first residential behind-the-meter real-time energy storage.

Hawaii is transitioning faster than anywhere else from a huge and risky over dependency on imported fossil fuels, particularly for electricity generation.

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New: recycling acid batteries is possible

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Aqua Metals kicks off production of the first AquaRefining Module in Alameda USA

Aqua Metals (USA) has developed a process to recycle lead acid batteries.

These batteries are used to start gas-powered cars.

Their process uses less energy, is less expensive, and is more environmentally-friendly than the standard way to recycle lead acid batteries. Read More

7 US States where Energy Storage Works

7 US States where Energy Storage Works

Tehachapi is nominally a wind energy-related project attached to the 4.5 GW Tehachapi Wind Resource Area, although in actual fact the plant was conceived as a two-year test bed for a wide range of potential grid applications.
When it opened, in September 2014, it was credited with being the largest battery storage project in the North of the US, with 604,832 Li-ion cells housed in 10,872 modules.

Everyone knows California and New York do have behind-the-meter energy storage at a large scale. But there are some sleeper states where the economics already work. 

A new report from GTM Research, The Economics of Commercial Energy Storage in the U.S, outlines the states where demand charges at the largest utility in each state would create a favorable rate of return for commercial batteries. Read More

All-in-one solution portable solar power

All-in-one solution portable solar power

1440WH Home Solar Panels Generator of Solar Power Systems Products Price 250W (125W*2) solar panel, 1440Wh (12V 120Ah) lead acid battery, 220V 600W pure sine wave off grid inverter, 12V 20A solar controller.

Do you want off-grid? The portable solar power market just keeps heating up, with new configurations of larger sizes of ‘solar panel plus battery storage system‘ starting to hit the shelves.

Especially the mobile renewable energy products which combine

  • solar,
  • battery
  • and inverter system

that offer all-in-one solution for off-grid and emergency applications. Read More

40% cheaper home battery

40% cheaper home battery

Peak shaving software is built-in to the sonnenBatterie pro, adjusting to your usage and rate tariff using self-learning software for optimal results in any facility without changing the way you do business.

With a home battery, people are able to to take power into their own hands. Its the key to the transition away from fossil fuels.

Recently, the German manufacturer Sonnen, introduced in the United States, a 40 percent cheaper home battery.

The 4 kWh SonnenBatterie will cost $ 5,950 including inverter.

The price is excluding installation costs. Read More

Merits Heat Battery Tested

Merits heat battery

The thermal energy can be stored with a high density while limiting the energy losses to the ambient

Since May 2016, the Merits prototype of a compact rechargeable heat battery is tested. The test will take the whole summer. 

The battery is developed including high energy density thermochemical materials that can supply required heating, cooling and domestic hot water for a dwelling with up to 100% renewable energy sources (e.g. the sun) throughout the year. Read More

New German battery: Tesvolt

New German battery: Tesvolt

The Tesvolt storage system is available in six different versions from 10 to 120 kWh which can be combined. For a large-scale storage system with a capacity of 1 MWh, a ready-made container is available at Tesvolt

The German companies SegenSolar and manufacturer Tesvolt introduced an Lithium energy storage system of 30 kWh and more.

Each cell in the system can be controlled separately, which ensures a long-lasting effect.

SegenSolar, a large solar power company, intends to sell the Tesvolt energy storage system online and via various distribution centers worldwide. Read More

US Energy Storage Update

US energy storage plants

Tehachapi is nominally a wind energy-related project attached to the 4.5 GW.
When it opened, in September 2014, it was credited with being the largest battery storage project in the North of the US, with 604,832 Li-ion cells housed in 10,872 modules.

This blog focuses on the Borrego Springs, Tehachapiand and Notrees energy storage projects and examines the long-term impact that they will have on the future project pipeline in the US.

According to the Energy Storage Association’s US Energy Storage Monitor, 60.3 MW of storage was deployed in the third quarter of 2015, a twofold year-on-year increase.

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Saltwater Battery gets $ 33 mln

Aquion SeaWater Battery

Aquion did come up with a breakthrough saltwater battery. It is environmentally friendly, cost effective and has a life cycle way beyond any other battery: up to 5,000 cycles.

The development of sustainable saltwater batteries enters the next level.

The American company Aquion Energy has received $ 33 million extra finance.

Previously, Bill Gates invested in Aquion Energy.

Saltwater conductor

Aquion developed batteries that can store solar and wind energy to serve as backup for times when there is no wind nor sun. Saltwater batteries are not new, but the batteries from Aquion are special because they are using salt water as a conductor, instead of acids or bases.

Aquion has come up with a clever twist on a 200 year old salt water battery technology using:

  • Activated carbon (anode)
  • Manganese oxide (cathode)
  • And basically a salt water electrolyte

They have come up with a breakthrough solution. It is environmentally friendly, cost effective and has a life cycle way beyond any other battery: up to 5,000 cycles

So what’s Aquion’s energy storage innovation?

The startup — which was backed by Bill Gates and VCs like Kleiner Perkins and Foundation Capital — is making a low cost, modular grid battery made from basic materials like sodium and water.

The battery pairs a carbon anode with a sodium-based cathode, and a water-based electrolyte shuttles ions between the two electrodes during charging and discharging.

The technology was developed out of Carnegie Mellon University by founder and chief technology officer Jay Whitacre.

By using basic materials, Aquion is hoping its product is inexpensive enough to disrupt the current grid battery market.

Aquion’s CEO Scott Pearson:

“When the battery has been manufactured at a commercial scale for awhile, the price point of the battery could be $300 per kilowatt hour. That’s about a third of the cost of some of the more expensive lithium ion battery grid products.”

Advantages

  1. Saltwater batteries are tolerant to wide temperature ranges, partial state of charge cycling, and daily deep cycling with minimal degradation.
  2. In addition to the safety and sustainability advantages of using water as electrolyte, another advantage is the thermal mass of the embodied water means that Aquion products neither heat nor cool rapidly. As such, the products can operate in a very wide operating temperature window because they simply take so long to heat and to cool.
  3. The saltwater battery chemistry relies on charge/discharge mechanisms which are unaffected by partial state of charge – these batteries can sit indefinitely at partial, or even no state of charge, without irreversible capacity loss like lead acid batteries.

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Latest news: 24-volt version Hybrid Ion battery

In June 2016, Aquion Energy has introduced the Aspen 24S, a 24-volt version of its award-winning Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) battery.

The new product is designed for energy-intensive applications that use solar panels, such as off-grid solar-powered LED lighting, as well as small pumps and motors. It is also an ideal drop-in replacement for existing systems using 24-volt lead-acid batteries.

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Beyond Li-Ion

Beyond Li-Ion: : let's surprise you with the PNNL battery

Beyond Li-Ion: : let’s surprise you with the PNNL battery

Lithium-ion is not going down without a fight, and researchers are still finding new ways to improve the technology. 

However, this new PNNL energy storage solution could easily win on cost as well as energy density. Read More

Vanadium Batteries to Australia

Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

Gildemeister considers the Australian market one of enormous potential and suitability for storage systems like the CellCube

Vanadium Australia has a deal with German battery maker Gildemeister Energy Storage to sell the CellCube range of vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB) in Australia, as part of the company’s plans to take on the large-scale solar and energy storage market. 

The deal with local commercial solar installer Sun Connect, will allow Australian Vanadium (AVL) to ramp up its activity in Australia’s commercial and utility-scale battery markets. Read More

Bacteria instead of Lithium?

Bacteria battery by Sam Molenaar

Sam Molenaar believes that, with further optimization, the bacteria-based battery could rival the performance of lithium-ion batteries at a lower cost and with greater safety.

A rechargeable battery driven by bacteria? Lithium-ion batteries are limited by safety issues, high costs and other factors. Sam Molenaar and his colleagues from Wageningen University wanted to come up with a less expensive, more sustainable solution. 

The research team combined two separate microbial energy systems. One system used bacteria to form acetate from electricity, while the other one converted the produced acetate back into electricity. Read More

LFP or NMC battery?

LPF or NMP battery?

The LFP battery is still preferred because of its low energy density. But, NMC batteries are slowly taken over because of their higher energy density.

Batteries are booming business. In the energy world, the Lithium-Iron Battery (LFP) still has a lot of advantages. Because of its low energy density, this battery is pre-eminently suited for Energy buffers (stationary storage). 

However, we see that NMC batteries are slowly taken the position of the LFP because of their higher energy density and because prices are leveling.  Read More

Power Storage in Ammonia

Liquid Ammonia as battery

If this large-scale storage of renewable energy in liquid ammonia succeeds, communities can cover long low wind and solar energy periods

Is liquid Ammonia the solution for energy storage?

Big energy company Nuon, together with the Technical University Delft started a pilot project in which renewable energy will be stored in liquid ammonia. Read More

Battery for floating wind park

battery Batwind stores energy floating wind park

Battery Batwind stores energy floating wind park

The world’s first floating wind park, Hywind, offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, after Scotland, will store it’s renewable energy in a 1MWh lithium battery.

In 2018, Norway’s Statoil intents to test the battery which is named ‘Batwind’.
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Microsoft saves energy with cloud storage under water

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Microsoft stores the data in a water proof container

Saving data in the deep sea can save energy. This is Microsofts conclusion after an experiment of three months with a data center in a container at sea.

The new Microsoft data center near the Scottish coast will be used for 864 servers and 27.6 petabytes of storage. The IT company is investigating whether cooling by seawater offers a solution for reducing energy consumption. Read More

5 trends in energy storage systems

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To promote the flexibility of batteries, new parties are needed. A new player is the aggregator, an entrepreneur that will converge power storage in batteries, charging stations, electric cars, Power to Heat and flexible usage and sells this as a package deal. This could be an energy company, but also car leasing companies.

This is the eve of the revolution of the battery. Although, the market in Europe is still small: a single network operator is experimenting, but the number of electric vehicles is growing fast.

But there is more. We noticed a lot of developments, particularly with the lithium-ion battery. These are the 5 trends in energy storage we want to share with you. Read More

Insights with the Smart Energy Connector

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When something is wrong with an energy meter, the SEC shows this in an alarm screen and you will get an automatic email

The Smart Energy Connector (SEC) is a very easy and sophisticated energy registration system for businesses. This plug&play system gives insights where, how much and how much energy is being used at any moment. Read More

In 5 years, cheap batteries as backup for smart grids

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Governments can remove unnecessary barriers to energy trade market for line – and reserve power

In five years, batteries will be a good option as a backup for the grid. The batteries are inexpensive enough to take the lead as storage systems for renewables.
Storage of energy is indispensable for a reliable and affordable energy system.
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