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2014 DOE/OE Energy Storage Program Peer Review Dates Announced

Posted: 02-06-14

The 2014 DOE/OE Energy Storage Program Peer Review meeting will be held Sept. 17-19 at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, Washington DC, highlighting the breadth and diversity of the DOE Energy Storage program.

More than 100 projects will be presented, spanning electro-chemistry and materials development, component and system testing, economic and system analysis, and full demonstrations. More than 360 people representing multiple countries attended the 2012 Peer Review, and more than 400 people are expected in 2014.

DOE's Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Program is sponsoring the three-day event, which will feature projects from Sandia National Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ARRA, ARPA-E, SBIR, and university energy-storage projects will also be presented. Presentations from previous Peer Review meetings are available in the Conference Archives.

Details for registration will be announced at a later date.

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ESTAP Webinar: Duke Energy's Energy Storage Projects

Posted: 11-04-13

Clean Energy States Alliance and its Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) project will host a webinar 1-2 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, Nov. 13, with the U.S. Dept. of Energy - Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories on Duke Energy's battery energy storage projects.

The webinar will provide an overview of Duke Energy's deployed systems and summarize lessons learned and opportunities to make energy storage a valuable part of the electric grid. Duke Energy has deployed six different battery systems that cover a wide range of battery chemistries, sizes, locations on the grid, and applications. These projects are demonstrating how energy storage can create value on the electric grid, exposing what opportunities remain to make this technology scalable, and providing a platform to develop new sources of value.

This webinar is free, but registration is required at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/836238496. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

Following an introduction by Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager in the U.S. DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the webinar's speakers include Dan Sowder, P.E., and Dr. Zak Kuznar, PhD, senior project managers from the Duke Energy Emerging Technology Office. The event will be hosted by Todd Olinsky-Paul, ESTAP project director at Clean Energy States Alliance.

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DOE Energy Storage Program Manager to present ESNA 2013 Awards

Posted: 09-06-13

Dr. Imre Gyuk, manager of the Dept. of Energy's Energy Storage Program, will emcee the Energy Storage North America Awards ceremony during the ESNA 2013 conference and expo to be held Sept. 10-12 in San Jose, CA. The ESNA awards go to projects that tap into multiple value streams, with nominees evaluated on innovation in services supplied to the grid, financing model, ownership model, and technology. Information on the ESNA agenda, speakers, and attendance is available on the ESNA website at http://www.esnaexpo.com.

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ESTAP Webinar: Optimizing the Benefits of a PV with Battery Storage System

Posted: 09-03-13

Clean Energy States Alliance and its Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) project will host a webinar 1-2 p.m. (EDT) Monday, Sept. 16, with the U.S. Dept. of Energy - Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories.

The webinar will discuss how PNM's Prosperity Energy Storage Project, funded in part through the ARRA/DOE Smart Grid Storage Demonstration Program, has continuously demonstrated, with very high reliability figures, utility scale PV smoothing and shifting. PV smoothing has been demonstrated utilizing a variety of assigned smoothing battery capacities, control algorithms and signal inputs. Extensive 1 second data has been gathered and is being statistically analyzed through a numerical methods optimization approach in order to determine the optimal level of smoothing required for the project's associated 500 kW PV installation. A factsheet about the project is available for download from PNM.

This webinar is free, but registration is required at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/186489264. After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

Following an introduction by Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager in the U.S. DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the webinar's speakers include Steve Willard, PNM Resources Project Manager, and Dan Borneo, Engineering Project Manager with Sandia National Laboratories.

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Registration Opens for EESAT 2013

Posted: 07-30-13

Registration is now open for the Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT) 2013 Conference to be held Oct. 20 - 23, 2013, in San Diego, CA. Registration for attendees will be accepted via the conference's secure registration web page until the Sept. 20, 2013, deadline, after which late registration costs may apply.

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ESTAP Webinar: An Overview of the Electricity Storage Handbook

Posted: 06-11-13

Clean Energy States Alliance hosted a webinar June 18, 2013, titled "Highlights of the DOE/EPRI 2013 Electricity Storage Handbook in Collaboration with NRECA." To support the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories led the effort to update the Electricity Storage Handbook. The Handbook is a how-to guide for utility and rural cooperative engineers, planners, and decision makers to plan and implement electricity storage projects.

A recording of the webinar is available on the Clean Energy State Alliance's website.

Following an introduction by Dr. Imre Gyuk, Energy Storage Program Manager in the U.S. DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the webinar's speakers include Georgianne Huff, Sandia National Laboratories, and Abbas Akhil, Renewable Energy Ventures, LLC.

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EESAT 2013 Call for Papers Announced

Posted: 06-07-13

The Electrical Energy Storage Applications and Technologies (EESAT) Conference 2013 Call for Papers has been announced and the EESAT Committee urges all interested individuals to consider submitting a paper for presentation at this highly visible, international conference.

To present at EESAT, a one-page abstract of a formal paper is due for consideration by the EESAT Committee no later than July 10, 2013. Please review the Abstract Requirements and Guidelines (PDF, 124 kb) carefully before submitting your abstract. Initial one-page abstracts will be chosen by the Committee from all one-page abstracts submitted by this deadline.

The EESAT 2013 will be Oct. 21 - 23, 2013, at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel in San Diego, CA. Registration will be 4 - 6 p.m. The opening reception will be 6 - 8 p.m. Oct. 20, 2013.

Details for the conference will be announced via the EESAT website as they become available.

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ESTAP Webinar on Smart Grid, Grid Integration, Storage and Renewable Energy

Posted: 05-10-13

The Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership project of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and the U.S. Dept. of Energy will present a webinar 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. EST May 16, 2013, featuring a discussion of how the smart grid and smart meters, demand response, and energy storage affect the deployment of intermittent renewable energy.

This webinar is free, but space is limited so registration is required at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/359189000. After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

The webinar's speakers include Tom Stepien, CEO of Primus Power, and Ron Dizy, President & CEO ENBALA Power Network.

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ESTAP Webinar on Sandia's Maui Energy Storage Study

Posted: 03-04-13

The Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership project of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and the U.S. Dept. of Energy will present a webinar 2 - 3 p.m. EST March 6, 2013, featuring a case study conducted by Sandia National Laboratories on the Island of Maui and the goals of increasing its renewable energy capacity and the role of energy storage.

This webinar is free, but space is limited so registration is required at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/364676024. After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar. Also, the report is currently available for download (1.3 MB , PDF).

The Hawaiian Island of Maui plans to provide as much as 40 percent of its system capacity by renewable energy resources by 2015. Maui Electric Company (MECO) plans for three large wind farms and a significant distributed deployment of photovoltaics. This work investigates strategies utilizing energy storage resources in reducing anticipated wind curtailment and mitigating any increases in production costs.

The webinar's panelists include DOE's Imre Gyuk, as well as Sandia's Dan Borneo, James Ellison, Dhruv Bhatnagar, and Ben Karlson.

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PNNL and SNL Announce an ESS Protocol Working Group Webinar

Posted: 02-13-13

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Sandia National Laboratories will conduct a webinar 2:30 - 4 p.m. EST March 1, 2013, to discuss upcoming work on the Protocol for Uniformly Measuring and Expressing the Performance of Energy Storage Systems (PDF, 1.6 MB).

The webinar will focus on the three areas. Because the protocol currently covers peak shaving and frequency regulation applications, the efforts will look for ways to enhance the protocol to cover additional applications and metrics. It will apply the protocol to actual ESS technologies, installations, and applications while identifying relevant enhancements to the protocol and securing and reporting actual performance data. It also will foster the application and use of the protocol as a basis for more formal U.S. and international standards development.

For information on participating in the webinar, contact Dave Conover at PNNL.

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News

Draft Storage/Stationary Battery Standards List Is Available from UL

Posted: 04-03-14

A draft listing of Storage/Stationary Batteries Standards is now available for download from the Publications page of this website. The list is courtesy of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL).

In addition to summarizing the scope of each standard, the listing identifies whether the standards pertain to Safety, Performance or other purpose, as well as providing some cross-referencing to related standards.

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ES-Select Tool Update Is Available

Posted: 03-19-14

An update of the ES-Select™ Storage Selection Tool developed by DNV-KEMA is available for download, featuring a number of enhancements.

The update adds gas turbines and demand response data to calculate payback comparisons as alternatives to energy storage, calculation of the best storage "price" by balancing profit against market penetration, an option to export ES-Select data to Microsoft Excel, and new scatter charts that show correlation between energy storage parameters.

First-time users should download and run the ES-Select™ installer, which includes its supporting library. Once ES-Select™ is installed, the update installer then should be downloaded and run. If an earlier version of ES-Select™ is installed already, only the latest ES-Select™ update installer is needed.

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Advanced Energy Storage Device Testing Call for Proposals Opens

Posted: 01-08-14

The 2014 Winter Call for Proposals is open for Sandia National Laboratories' Advanced Energy Storage Device Testing. The testing is provided through the Energy Storage Test Pad (ESTP) in conjunction with the Energy Storage Analysis Laboratory (ESAL) to provide independent, third-party testing and validation of performance and reliability from the cell level up to 1+ MW AC electrical energy storage (EES) systems. The deadline for application is Jan. 15, 2014, and notifications will be sent out in February. The next call for proposals will be Jan. 16 through July 15, 2014. For more information, contact Dr. Summer Ferreira at (505) 844-6972.

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Sandia researcher authors 'Battery Energy Storage System' for Springer-Verlag London

Posted: 09-12-13

Sandia National Laboratories researcher Stan Atcitty recently coauthored a chapter titled "Battery Energy Storage System" in Power Electronics for Renewable and Distributed Energy Systems, a volume published last July by Springer-Verlag London. This chapter discusses the various technical components of battery energy storage systems for utility-scale energy storage and how these technical components are interrelated. Atcitty's coauthors were Jason Neely, David Ingersoll, Abbas Akhil and Karen Waldrip.

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FERC Chairman Wellinghoff to be EESAT 2013 Keynote Speaker

Posted: 07-17-13

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff has been scheduled to provide the keynote address at EESAT 2013. First appointed as a Commissioner to the FERC in 2006 then named Chairman of the FERC by President Barack Obama in 2009, Chairman Wellinghoff is an energy law attorney with 37 years experience in regulatory, consumer, and commercial law. Before joining FERC, he was in private practice focusing exclusively on client matters related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and distributed generation.

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2013 Electricity Storage Handbook Released

Posted: 07-03-13

The DOE/EPRI 2013 Electricity Storage Handbook in Collaboration with NRECA (PDF, 12 mb) has been released and is available for download. It was jointly authored by the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories, Electric Power Research Institute, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and AECOM Technical Services, Inc.

The Electricity Storage Handbook is a how-to guide for utility and rural cooperative engineers, planners, and decision makers to plan and implement energy storage projects. The Handbook also serves as an information resource for investors and venture capitalists, providing the latest developments in technologies and tools to guide their evaluations of energy storage opportunities. It includes a comprehensive database of the cost of current storage systems in a wide variety of electric utility and customer services, along with interconnection schematics. A list of significant past and present energy storage projects is provided for a practical perspective.

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NV Energy Electricity Storage Valuation Study Released

Posted: 06-28-13

Sandia National Laboratories' Electric Power Systems Research Dept. and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Advanced Power and Energy Systems Group have released a jointly authored report that examines how grid-level electricity storage might benefit the operations of NV Energy in 2020, and assesses whether those benefits justify the cost of the storage system.

Titled "NV Energy Electricity Storage Valuation" (PDF, 933 kb), the report finds that grid-level storage adds the most value to the 2020 NV Energy system by providing regulating reserve, and that a grid-level storage facility in the 2020 NV Energy system may have a positive net present value at today's storage system prices, provided that regulating reserve from a fast ramp rate resource is valued more than that from a slow ramp rate resource.

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ESS Program Website Updates

Posted: 05-29-13

The Dept. of Energy's Energy Storage Program website has a number of updates that may be of interest to members the energy storage community.

The ES-Select™ Storage Selection Tool developed by DNV-KEMA has been updated recently, including enhancements in cash flow and payback analyses. Also, the DOE International Energy Storage Database provides free, up-to-date information on grid-connected energy storage projects and relevant state and federal policies.

On the ESS Program's Publications page, a number of recent SAND Reports have become available for download. The most-recent titles include Performance Testing of Zinc-Bromine Flow Batteries for Remote Telecom Sites (SAND2013-2818C), New Wholesale Power Market Design Using Linked Forward Markets (SAND2013-2789), and Southern Company Energy Storage Study (SAND2013-2251).

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ES-Select Tool Update Is Available

Posted: 04-30-13

An improved version of the ES-Select™ Storage Selection Tool developed by DNV-KEMA is available for download. The new version includes a number of enhancements in cash flow and payback analyses as well as ease of use. Users are greeted with a newly structured homepage that simplifies the use process and identifies early on, feasible storage options for the user's selected applications before the user may need to have a further dive into specifics. Besides the strengthened business analysis capabilities, ES-Select™ now offers more flexibility for users to enter their storage data and adjust other storage option parameters like costs that are subject to change as technology costs come down.

First-time users need to download and run the ES-Select™ installer, which includes its supporting library. Once ES-Select™ is installed, the update installer then should be downloaded and run. If an earlier version of ES-Select™ is installed already, only the latest ES-Select™ update installer is needed.

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ES-Select Tool Updates Released

Posted: 02-21-13

The latest versions of the ES-Select Tool Installer and Updates has been released and are available from the ES-Select website, providing a variety of improvements in functionality and usability. Existing users of ES-Select only need to download and install the Update utility, while new users should download and install the main installation utility.

The ES-Select™ Tool aims to improve the understanding of different electrical energy storage technologies and their feasibility for intended applications in a simple, visually comparative form. It treats the uncertainties in technical and financial parameters as statistical distributions.

ES-Select™ was developed by DNV-KEMA in collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories, and is licensed for public use.

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Reports Available for Download

Posted: 02-06-13

A number of reports have been publicly released by the Sandia National Laboratories' ESS Program. These are available at the ESS Program's Publications page. The most-recent titles include the following:

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ES-Select Tool Update Is Available

Posted: 01-23-13

An improved version of the ES-Select Storage Selection Tool developed by DNV-KEMA is available for download. The new version includes enhanced cash flow and payback analyses, as well as improved ease of use. The new homepage simplifies the use process and immediately identifies feasible storage options for the selected application. In addition to the strengthened business analysis capabilities, ES-Select offers more flexibility for users to enter storage data and adjust other storage option parameters, including costs that are subject to change as technology costs come down.

The program's improved energy storage feasibility scoring algorithm better identifies applicable storage options for the selected application. A new algorithm for bundling multiple grid applications helps users understand the realizable potential and value for a storage system to serve multiple applications simultaneously. These enhancements simplify the analysis process of bundled services and enable users who are unfamiliar with energy storage to evaluate a bundled business case.

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