3 breakthroughs reduce our CO2 emissions

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Three scientific breakthroughs will enable us to quickly reduce these emissions according to venture investor Bill Joy.

It can not be missed: we have to combat our CO2 emissions to stop climate change.

Breakthroughs

We have some news: Three scientific breakthroughs will enable us to quickly reduce these emissions according to venture investor Bill Joy. A pre-publication – including an update of the companies he mentions. Read More

SolarWatt modular battery system

SolarWatt modular battery system

An uncomplicated dismantling of the entire battery also allows SOLARWATT to recycle more than 80% of the product at the end of its life.

SolarWatt, settled in Berlin Germany, has been presented an modular battery storage system with two basic components, each the size of a shoebox.

The modular system is suitable for any number of different applications. From home storage up to industrial use. 

The SolarWatt storage system seems to be the first modular system that flexibility adapts to customer requirements.

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Cuny developed a 100-dollar limit battery

Cuny developed a 100-dollar limit battery

During three years of research involving thousands of experiments, the CUNY chemical engineers achieved both goals by intercalating (inserting) copper into a kind of manganese dioxide known as birnessite that had been modified with the metal bismuth.

Cuny researchers developed a new battery which is able to charge thousands of times and will save a lot of energy at low costs.

The researchers were able to achieve both goals in a single battery.

They reached the “magic number” of $ 100 per kilowatt hour for energy, according to Bright.

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Port Amsterdam coal free

Port Amsterdam coal free

In the transition period, storage and transportation of fossil fuels such as gasoline, diesel and kerosene will grow. International cargo flows remain important als long as societies still can not fully rely on green alternatives.

Coal free in 2030. That is one of the ambitions of the Port of Amsterdam.

And the Port of Amsterdam has more ambitions: it aims to become the battery of the city by producing and storing more renewable energy and heat for the city.

The next five years, the port will transform to the center of cities heat and sustainable electricity.
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Stanford: Cheap Battery with Urine

Stanford: Cheap Battery with Urine

Festivals encourage the donation of urine. It could be also used for batteries according to Standford University

Researchers at Stanford University have developed an inexpensive battery for renewable energy. This is done by making use of urea, a substance which is to be found in fertilizers and urine. Isn’t this great news? 

Standford University in a press release:

A new low-cost, high-performance battery could provide an inexpensive storage solution for solar power, which is abundant during the day but must be stored for use at night.

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Japan is moving faster towards hydrogen

Japan is moving faster toward hydrogen

If you can prove something like a hydrogen society can work in a city like Tokyo, then it’s a matter of how do they scale it, how do the Japanese ensure that all the ancillary consequences have been addressed, and you only really do this by testing it out.

Japan is moving faster than expected toward an hydrogen energy future. Prime Minister Abe has become a vocal advocate for hydrogen – both to stimulate developments in technology and to help the resource-poor nation lower greenhouse gases. With Japan relying more on fossil fuels since the shuttering of most of its nuclear reactors after the Fukushima disaster almost six years ago, it’s a push that’s gained more urgency.

Toyota is at the forefront of Japan’s efforts to use hydrogen and fuel cells to power cars, heat homes and keep factories running. Other companies pursuing the technology include Panasonic Corp, Toshiba Corp and JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. Read More

Battolyser: the super battery

Battolyser: the super battery

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

The Battolyser, which will be used as a super battery in a gas power plant, is becoming a reality. 

For the first time, TU Delft researchers led by Prof. Fokko Mulder have produced an integrated battery electrolysis system – known as a ‘battolyser’ – that can not only store or supply electricity efficiently as a battery but can also split water into hydrogen and oxygen using electrolysis.
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Power Storage: the options

Power Storage: the options

In Stephentown, New York, Beacon Power has build a 20MW / 5MWh plant consisting 200 carbon fiber FlyWheels.
These FlyWheels make between 3000 and 5000 cycles per year through their input in the frequency regulation market.

Power Storage: The world does have a lot of options but its still expensive.

In order to manage supply and demand our renewables, we need to store the electricity when the wind is blowing hard and the sun shines brighter than there is demand.

For instance, Berkeley wind energy experts suggest a likely average cost reduction of between 24% to 30% by 2030 and 35% to 41% by 2050 across the three wind applications studied — onshore wind, fixed-bottom offshore wind, and floating offshore wind.

There is a further 10% chance that cost reductions could be more than 40% by 2030 and more than 50% by 2050. BetterWorldSolutions offers you a number of actual, technically available options. Read More

Battery 2nd Life project

Battery 2nd Life project

Vattenfall: Our stated goal is to integrate this battery storage facility into the energy system and to give a large number of similar small local facilities access to the market through electricity trading

2nd Life project with used BMW batteries for balancing the grid. Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch test electricity storage with repurposed EV batteries in Hamburg.

  • 2,600 used battery modules from over 100 electric vehicles are being merged to form a large electricity storage facility in Hamburg
  • The stored energy is available within seconds and can help to keep the electricity grid stable

Cordelia Thielitz, General Manager Bosch Energy Storage Solutions: Electricity storage systems are a key success factor for the new energy landscape.

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Can we repurpose EV batteries?

 Can we repurpose EV batteries?

V-Storage started a pilot using old batteries from busses as an energy storage system. The ‘old’ batteries are placed in a large container. They intent to use the stored energy to electrify busses and to increase the Grid Balance. The pilot will start in January 2017.

In four or five years, the batteries in the roughly one and a quarter million EVs currently on the road are going to start to wane. EV owners will either replace them, or replace the cars entirely.

That means we’ll have a lot of used batteries (with plenty of life left in them) but which are no longer suitable for EVs. What to do?

One possibility is repurposing them to serve as grid-connected energy storage.

Storage is valuable to the grid for many reasons, including its ability to smooth out fluctuations in supply, allowing for more integration of variable renewable energy. Read More

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030

EU Roadmap Energy Storage 2030 recommends options to boost the share of renewable energy in the European energy storage market

This Roadmap and recommendations aim to describe the future European needs for energy storage in the period towards 2020-2030. It also gives recommendations on which development will be required to meet the needs. 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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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

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.

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First electric highway

First electric highway

When the truck goes outside the electrically-powered lane, the pantograph is disconnected and the truck is then powered by the combustion engine or the battery-operated electric motor.

The first electric highway of the world is developed in Sweden.

The first part of an electric highway is ready to use. This project is the result of the collaboration between Siemens and Scania.

It’s a two-kilometer stretch of freeway in central Sweden with power lines stretched over the righthand lane.

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SolarCity: grid of the future

SolarCity: grid of the future

SolarCity connected mini grids

SolarCity – started in 2006 in California – fulfills all consumer renewable energy needs. From power generation to storage and transportation.

As an aggregator, they offer a full service lease construction:

  • Solar panels for the energy
  • Tesla batteries for the energy storage at your house
  • 24/7 monitoring the house energy balance
  • Energy shifting algorithms to exchange the energy in your neighborhood

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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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