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New and improved grid-scale energy storage technologies are gaining popularity. Pumped hydro storage is efficient, but installations are expensive and time-consuming to build. Lithium-ion batteries are common in small applications, but building large-scale lithium-ions remains prohibitively expensive. Ultracapacitors and flow batteries have their niche uses. And some cutting-edge solutions aggregate many small amounts of storage, whether from electric vehicle batters, uninterruptible power supplies, or the thermal storage embodied in water heaters. Scroll down for insight into this important sector.

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Ice Energy wins 16 contracts from SCE and other smart grid wins

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This week’s smart grid wins roundup touches on energy storage, smart meter deployments and solar installation projects. The collection also includes a milestone for Silver Spring Networks and an energy efficiency award for Building IQ.

Toshiba to demo renewables + hydrogen power system

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Toshiba Corporation will conduct a demonstration of an independent power supply system that incorporates renewable energy and hydrogen. The system, which will run on water and sunlight, will be able to provide electricity and hot water during emergencies, and act to help manage changes in power demand at other times.

A cheaper, practical battery solution for renewables in remote locations?

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Startup Aquion Energy has introduced a new battery energy storage solution designed for use with renewables in remote locations. It is said to have a life cycle comparable to other long-lasting battery systems, with the added appeal of being relatively inexpensive.

Smart grid wins: a hectic pace for the energy storage sector

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As you will notice, this week’s selection of smart grid wins focuses on the energy storage sector. It also includes news on customer engagement, a smart grid program for San Antonio and a project to enhance grid stability in Michigan.

Brattle Group: grid integrated storage could be a big plus for ERCOT

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Grid-integrated distributed electricity storage could provide substantial benefits to the Texas power system managed by ERCOT. Among other advantages, storage deployment could reduce power outages for customers and defer transmission and distribution investment, according to a report from the Brattle Group.

Smart grid wins: new projects in energy storage, metering and more

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Smart grid wins for this week include a new energy storage project for Stem, Silver Spring Networks’ customer engagement and energy efficiency deal with Consumers Energy, metering projects for Atos and GE and more project news.

MIT thinks it has the answer for a cheaper, longer-lasting EV battery

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Battery technology advances seem to be coming faster all the time as scientists and researchers put their own spins on ways to improve battery performance. Now, a team from MIT says it has come up with a lithium battery that could be transformational in terms of cost and performance for electric cars.

Smart grid wins: the latest smart grid projects and developments

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As usual, it’s been a busy week for smart grid projects. Read about OwnEnergy’s agreement to provide wind power to Yahoo! Inc., S&C Electric’s energy storage project with Australia’s Ergon Energy and a smart grid partnership between DOE, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Chattanooga’s EPB.

Really? Breakthrough said to be the “next big thing” in battery technology

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Scientists from a Singapore technical university have come up with a battery capable of recharging to 70% capacity in two minutes, and it will last much longer than today’s lithium-ion batteries. The development could affect many industries and markets, particularly electric vehicles.

Pioneering Enel to launch business incubator for smart grid tech innovation

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Italian utility Enel has always been a pioneer in the utility industry, and shows no signs of stopping. With financial backing from the EU, Enel is launching a business incubator for clean tech startups with new innovations in smart grid-related technologies.

New standard signals the next era in grid-scale storage

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What is it going to take to get energy storage off the ground? Sure, the market is growing but there have always been obstacles to widespread adoption and solid growth. Newly released plug-and-play energy storage standards could help clear some of those roadblocks. Read about a new draft specification from MESA Standards Alliance and SunSpec Alliance.

A quick scan of smart grid and related markets

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The energy industry environment changes constantly and while market forecasts aren’t written in stone, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on what the analysts envision for the future. Click to read about predictions for programmable DC power supplies, demand response, energy storage and other markets.

Smart grid wins: a smart cities collaboration, Hawaii’s smart grid upgrade and more

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Read this week’s smart grid wins for a quick look at a new smart cities project collaboration, Hawaii’s progress with its smart grid technology upgrade, a new acquisition for Schneider Electric and more projects and developments.

North America's two biggest energy storage projects

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Two grid-scale energy storage technologies are being put to the test, one in California and another in Utah. The large projects, involving lithium-ion batteries and compressed air, are expected to yield serious answers to questions regarding storage capabilities, benefits and value. Click to learn more about the projects.

Smart grid wins: Checking in with the latest projects and developments

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This week’s collection of smart grid wins features news from companies large and small, well-known and not so well-known. Read the story for an overview of an array of projects in addition to two new partnerships for Riello UPS and Itron.

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