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LG Chem, S&C Complete Large Solar and Battery System in Ohio

LG Chem and S&C Electric Co. announced that they have commissioned a 7 MW / 3 MWh battery energy system, one of the largest solar and energy storage systems in the U.S. The system is owned and will be operated by Half Moon Ventures (HMV), a renewable energy company. It will be used primarily by the local municipal utility of the village of Minster, Ohio.

The battery energy storage system (BESS) and 4.2 MW solar photovoltaic systems are installed in Minster’s service territory. The BESS provides four distinct revenue streams for HMV and the village: frequency regulation, transmission and distribution cost deferral, power quality improvements and peak demand shaving.

Project developers hope the project can be an example of how energy storage provides multiple value streams for numerous stakeholders, while providing end users with improved services and reliability, especially for the 61 million customers served by the PJM Interconnection. PJM is the regional transmission organization (RTO) that manages the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

LG Chem delivered the integrated battery solution and supervised battery installation and commissioning to S&C, which integrated the overall system with the electric grid and provided the power conversion system.

“This project is a key example of how energy storage can generate tangible revenue streams while providing critical grid services,” said Mike Edmonds, president of S&C’s U.S. business unit. “S&C has been able to deliver a comprehensive energy storage solution through its collaboration with LG Chem and is very proud to be moving the energy storage industry forward.”

“LG Chem is continuing to provide world-class solutions for key customers and projects worldwide,” said Sunghoon Jang, LG Chem’s senior vice president of energy solutions. “Collaboration on this project with S&C has provided not only key learnings, but also a system that provides the community with critical grid services, as well as commercially viable revenue streams for the system owner and local utility. This project shows how the energy storage industry has entered another phase with viable projects for customers and end users.”

S&C, with global headquarters in Chicago, provides analytical studies, engineering and asset management services, among other things, to the smart grid and electric utility industries. LG Chem Ltd., based in South Korea, is a global supplier of lithium ion batteries, petrochemical products and other chemicals.

Xcel Energy, Partners Explore Ways to Speed Recovery Efforts With Drone Pilot Program

North Dakota awarded Xcel Energy and its partners a $500,000 grant on June 14, as the state establishes itself as a national leader in the drone industry, while developing better ways to respond to natural disasters.

Xcel Energy, Elbit Systems of America and others are providing $500,000 in matching funds for a pilot program that will research ways to speed recovery efforts following natural disasters. One of the greatest challenges during storms is reaching and assessing damage in hard hit areas. Using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAS), commonly called drones, to send information back to a control center to be analyzed immediately will help save time, money and lives.

“We’re pleased the state of North Dakota is taking the lead on developing drone technology,” said Chris Clark, president Xcel Energy-North Dakota. “We see it as an effective tool that can improve energy reliability and safety for our customers and employees, and we are eager to explore additional ways to use it.”

“North Dakota’s leadership in the UAS industry continues to attract companies from across the globe, and we are fully committed to further developing our expertise and assets as a national hub for UAS research, development and commercialization,” North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley said. “I applaud Xcel Energy, Elbit Systems of America and the University of North Dakota for collaborating and utilizing state resources, such as Research ND, demonstrating that same level of commitment.”

The community of Mayville will be the test site for the pilot program. The University of North Dakota, General Electric, Northern Plains UAS Test Site and Waypoint Global Strategies are other partners in the project.

Xcel Energy, headquartered in Minneapolis, flew the first FAA sanctioned utility flight using drones in North Dakota in October 2015. Xcel Energy inspects 320,000 miles of electricity and natural gas infrastructure, thousands of substations and dozens of power plants in the eight states it serves to ensure the safety and reliability of its energy system. The utility serves more than 93,000 electric customers and nearly 54,000 natural gas customers in North Dakota.

Navigant Predicts 2.5 Million EV Supply Equipment Units by 2025

A new report from Navigant Research claims the global market for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) is expected to grow from around 425,000 units in 2016 to 2.5 million in 2025. The report, “Electric Vehicle Charging Services,” examines the global market for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging equipment sales and services. It covers the major market drivers for the residential and commercial charging segments and analyzes the potential uptake of alternating current (AC), direct current (DC) and wireless electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). Global market forecasts for charging equipment sales, segmented by region, charger type and residential, workplace, public and private markets, extend through 2025. The report also examines the potential to secure revenue via public charging services and increased electricity demand, as well as the competitive landscape for charging companies.

During the next few years, the market for electric vehicle charging will experience a transitional phase, as affordable long-range battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are introduced; premium automakers roll out their PEV offerings; and utilities increasingly engage with this market, the report says. Meanwhile, governments are looking to promote PEV charging, especially in Europe and China, which seek to build on the recent success of its PEV market. In addition, the report expects U.S. utilities to become bigger players in the charging infrastructure space.

“Entities looking to serve this market need to understand the coming changes, as they will affect the types of chargers in demand as well as the business model for operating EV chargers,” said Lisa Jerram, principal research analyst with Navigant Research.

“High-power direct current fast chargers will be increasingly in demand, as will connected Level 2 chargers that can be easily managed by a range of end users, including utilities.”

As today’s charging market continues to shift from serving early adopters of PEVs to a broader customer base, charging companies will need to respond to and recognize new market opportunities, according to the report. Demand for fast charging is expected to grow, encouragement of multi-unit dwellings and workplaces to adopt charging will become a focus, and issues such as interoperability that hamper the market will need to be addressed.

An executive summary of the report is available for free download at navigantresearch.com/research.

 

U.S. Representatives Introduce Bipartisan Energy Storage Tax Relief

U.S. Reps. Mike Honda (D-California) Chris Gibson (R-New York), Tom Reed (R-New York) and Mark Takano (D-California) recently introduced H.R. 5350, the bipartisan Energy Storage for Grid Resilience and Modernization Act. The legislation will provide the same tax credit that renewable energy installations get, for those companies and homes that install energy storage facilities.

“We must create better infrastructure in our nation, including our electrical grid,” said Honda. “Tax credits will help create a market-based solution to increase the use of both energy storage and renewable energy. This legislation will help America become energy independent and help create good, family-wage jobs in a sustainable industry. I’m proud to sponsor it, along with my colleagues.”

U.S. Rep Mike Honda (D-California)
U.S. Rep Chris Gibson (R-New York)
U.S. Rep Mark Takano (D-California)
U.S. Rep Tom Reed (R-New York)

“We care about creating sustainable, reliable and affordable energy for families and businesses across our nation,” said Reed. “This bipartisan bill provides a commonsense approach to meeting our evolving energy demands. It is only right that we work across the aisle to overcome our energy challenges and we believe this legislation is part of that solution. We appreciate Congressman Honda’s leadership on this issue and are glad to join him in this effort.”

H.R. 5350 will clarify the tax code by making it explicit that both businesses and individuals would be eligible for tax credits. Businesses and factories that generate energy through batteries would be eligible for a 30 percent tax credit. Households and businesses that purchase energy storage systems for their property would also be eligible for a 30 percent tax credit.

“Making energy storage technology more accessible to businesses and consumers is a critical component of our efforts to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and lower our utility bills,” said Gibson. “This legislation removes barriers to advancing innovation in energy efficiency and transmission and creating jobs. I am proud to partner with Congressmen Honda, Reed and Takano in advocating for its adoption.”

“Battery energy storage is a transformational technology capable of changing the energy landscape,” said Takano. “Supporting its development will help create a grid that is more secure, more reliable and more affordable for consumers. Perhaps most importantly, battery storage is compatible with any source of energy, which will allow us to leverage the full array of renewable and traditional energy sources needed to power the nation.”

The legislation is also supported by numerous industry groups, including the Energy Storage Association, the National Hydropower Association, Enphase Energy, STEM Inc., Green Charge Networks and Imergy Power Systems.

The Energy Storage for Grid Resilience and Modernization Act has been assigned to the Committee on Ways and Means for a hearing and for markup, before it is voted on by the entire House of Representatives.

FPL Launches Energy Storage Project in Conjunction With White House Summit on Scaling Renewables and Storage

Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) announced an innovative new energy storage pilot project in conjunction with the White House summit on scaling renewable energy and storage with smart markets, announced on June 16. FPL’s project aims to strengthen the electric grid by testing multiple applications of advanced battery technologies under real-life conditions.

FPL will install several different types of battery systems at locations in the southern Florida counties of Miami-Dade and Monroe to research a range of potential future benefits of energy storage, including grid reliability and power quality. In addition, the research has the potential to improve the integration of renewables in the future as FPL continues to expand its use of solar energy to serve its 4.8 million customers.

“President Obama believes in the need to transition to a cleaner, more reliable and affordable 21st century power grid. Under his leadership, transformations in how we produce and consume electricity are decreasing carbon pollution, scaling up renewable energy and generating savings on consumers’ energy bills,” the White House noted in a statement announcing a series of federal and private-sector commitments, including FPL’s project.

“FPL is one of the cleanest, most affordable energy providers in the nation because of our persistent commitment to investing in the future. We are always looking long-term, and we recognize that energy storage has enormous potential for both the reliability of the grid and the advancement of affordable clean energy,” said Eric Silagy, FPL’s president and CEO.

FPL’s energy storage pilot program will look at various applications of battery technologies to study potential benefits. Key components of the project are:

“- Repurposing used “second-life” batteries from more than 200 BMW electric vehicles to test peak shaving for better grid management during periods of high demand via a storage system to be installed in a densely populated residential area in southwestern Miami.

“- Designing a mobile storage system that could be relocated as needed to prevent power interruptions at major, economically important events (e.g. nationally televised sports, etc.). FPL plans to build the portable battery system in time for testing during the 2017 Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on the island of Key Biscayne.

“- Building a battery back-up system in the Flamingo community of Monroe County-the southernmost tip of Everglades National Park, where a visitor center, campground and water treatment facility lie 45 miles from any other electric customer-to study ways to improve reliability for isolated areas and develop microgrid foundations.

“Many miles from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Flamingo is the southernmost developed area in Everglades National Park, providing essential support and amenities so visitors have the opportunity to view wildlife in their natural, undisturbed setting. Because of our remote location, the concept of having clean, quiet, on-site back-up power is exciting. FPL’s project could make a big difference for us and our ability to provide uninterrupted access to this national treasure for thousands of people around the world,” said Mike Jester, chief of facilities management for Everglades National Park.

FPL expects to begin construction on the project this summer with most components in operation by the end of the year.

The project is an extension of FPL’s clean energy research program, which includes a major, commercial-scale distributed solar energy system that opened in April at Florida International University’s College of Engineering in Miami.

In addition, the company continues to make progress on the construction of three new solar power plants that will be among the largest solar power facilities ever built in the eastern U.S. Comprising more than 1 million solar panels, the new, cost-effective plants will begin powering FPL customers later this year, tripling the company’s use of energy from the sun.

FPL’s commitment to clean energy is not new. Because of investments that have been made year after year, FPL is cleaner now than the 2030 carbon emissions rate goal set for Florida by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, according to the company. At the same time, FPL’s typical residential customer rates are about 30 percent lower than the national average.

In addition, as part of NextEra Energy Inc., FPL can leverage the learnings and technical expertise of its sister company, NextEra Energy Resources LLC, which has energy storage installations in operation or development in Arizona, California, Maine, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Canada.

Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving more than 4.8 million customer accounts or more than 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida.

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ABB Commissions Diesel-Solar Microgrid in South Africa

Swiss firm ABB commissioned an integrated solar-diesel microgrid installation at its 96,000 square meter Longmeadow facility in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company said this solution brings together fully grid-connected and off-grid functionalities designed to maximize the use of renewable energy and ensure uninterrupted power supply to keep the lights on and the factories running during any planned or unplanned power outages on the main grid supply.

South Africa has the highest electricity consumption in the sub-Saharan region and demand continues to outpace supply. Power shortages, fossil fuel price volatility, environmental concerns and the increased focus on renewable energy sources like wind and solar, are leading to the search for sustainable solutions. Africa, Asia, South America and other parts of the world face similar challenges.

ABB’s microgrid installation in Johannesburg comprises its PowerStoreà¢â€ž- battery-based grid stabilizing system to address frequency and voltage fluctuations. It also includes a distributed control system (DCS) to manage the supply of power and balance the fossil-fuel and renewable energy sources in accordance with loads, in a coordinated manner, enabling access to utility grade power.

The 1 MVA/380 kWh PowerStore and DCS, together with a 750 kW rooftop photovoltaic field have been added to the existing back-up solution at the location to boost renewables and provide continuity of supply during disruptions or transitions from grid to island operation. A cloud-based remote service system will be deployed for the operations and maintenance of the microgrid.

“This innovative microgrid solution helps address a real-world challenge by providing stable and cost-effective continuity of power supply while minimizing environmental impact,” said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s Power Grids division.

ABB’s microgrid technology is installed in more than 30 global locations across a diverse range of applications serving remote communities, islanded grids, utility grid support and industrial campuses. ABB is a global technology company in power and automation. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.

Prysmian Group Touts Milestone in 700-kV and 600-kV Cables

Italian firm Prysmian Group announced the successful development and testing of its new 700 kV mass Impregnated (MI-PPL) and 600 kV extruded (XLPE) cable systems for high-voltage direct current (HVDC) applications.

“It is the first time in the cable industry that voltages at these high levels have been achieved,” said Massimo Battaini, senior vice president of energy projects at Prysmian Group. “These are also the first developments in cable technology that enable HVDC power transmission systems beyond 3 GW per cable bipole, and as such, are capable of more than double the power transmission capability of DC cable systems currently in service.”

Prysmian Group stated in a release that these achievements illustrate the robustness and reliability of both XLPE and MI-PPL technologies for HVDC applications to the highest voltage levels. In addition, Prysmian Group claims the voltage upgrades resulting from these achievements allow for increasing the power transmission capability by up to 15 percent beyond the previously highest voltage achieved with 525 kV XLPE technology, as well as beyond voltages currently achieved with high-performance PPL technology at a voltage level of 600 kV.

These milestone achievements follow the Prysmian Group’s recent announcement of the successful testing of the 525 kV DC XLPE and 525 kV P-Laser cable solutions in December 2015 and March 2016, respectively.

For these new voltage classes, Prysmian Group addressed the challenges of optimizing reliable industrial processes with strict technological parameters and providing complete systems of cable and accessories with the best dielectric properties.

HVDC cable links are key components in delivering sustainable energy systems for the bulk transmission of electrical power over long distances, whether across or between countries. Throughout its history, Prysmian Group has been involved in the development of technological solutions for power grids, including cable systems for HVDC applications. These latest milestone developments allow it to offer some of the most advanced technologies available and provide transmission system operators engaged in developing, extending and upgrading their power grids with real options for the design and implementation of performance optimized and cost efficient high power grid links and interconnectors.

The company has been awarded a new contract worth approximately 34 million Euros ($38.5 million U.S.) plus options for a second cable link valued at approximately 25 million Euros ($28.3 million U.S.) by Terna Rete Italia S.p.A.-the power transmission grid operator in Italy. The contract is for submarine power cable links in the Venetian Lagoon. The project includes two 14 km and 6 km long high-voltage alternate current (HVAC) 132 kV cable links. The cables will be produced in the Arco Felice plant near Naples. Commissioning is scheduled in 2017.

Prysmian Group is a global company in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry. It employs 19,000 people across 50 countries and 88 plants. It operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, special cables for applications in many different industries and medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors.

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