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2017 Renault ZOE Shocks World, Hits 400 Kilometers (250 Miles) Of Range!

Renault has apparently swooped in and beaten the long-hyped Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 to market with a long-range, affordable electric car. Keeping that a secret must have taken some serious discipline! Granted, it isn’t a straight comparison, but it’s still a notable step forward by Renault. The new Renault ZOE, which can be ordered starting October 1, has an NEDC-rated range of 400 kilometers (~250 miles). The NEDC system is much more lenient than the EPA rating system, so this doesn’t mean the ZOE actually competes with the Chevy Bolt’s 238 miles of EPA-rated range or the Tesla Model 3’s eventual range (which is supposed to be no lower than 215 miles), but it still makes the new ZOE th

AMS to install 7MW of Tesla Powerpacks at California water utility

Energy storage system integrator Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) has struck a deal to install the largest network of energy storage systems at a public water agency in the US. The 7MW energy storage network, providing 34MWh of storage capacity, will utilise Tesla’s Powerpack batteries. The Tesla units will be placed at the 11 most energy-intensive facilities owned by the Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD), the largest retail water agency in Orange County, California. These include three water treatment plants, a deep aquifer treatment system, a groundwater de-salter facility and six high-energy pumping stations. The California Energy Commission reckons the transportation and treatment of

Sydney company taking CSIRO developed UltraBattery to off-grid and renewable energy projects

A new lead acid battery developed by a consortium with the CSIRO is being trialled on off-grid conditions, including as storage for intermittent renewable energy. Called the UltraBattery, it takes the 150-year-old lead-acid battery technology, like those used to start cars, and adds a super-capacitor. The consortium was an international one, with CSIRO in Australia, the battery was built by Furukawa Battery Company in Japan and tested in the United Kingdom through American based Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium. Now an Australian company, Ecoult in Sydney, has been commercialising it in a system it calls UltraFlex. That uses the UItraBattery as a system for off-grid and dual-purpose app

Daimler opens largest second-hand EV battery storage facilty

World's largest 'second-use' battery storage unit set to connect to the German grid Carmaker Daimler has completed construction of the world’s largest energy storage facility using second-hand car batteries in Lünen, Westphalia, in Germany. The new site, which utilises batteries from Daimler’s second-generation smart fortwo electric cars, will provide 13MWh of capacity to the German energy market by the end of the year. Daimler said the first power units are already plugged into the German energy grid. Daimler said in a statement energy output from the facility will be made available to the “winner of weekly auctions among the network operators for primary controlling power range”. The proje

Breaking the Ice with Thermal Energy Storage

Quick quiz: Where can somebody find a very common substance that has the potential to drastically reduce energy spending – especially at peak price points when electricity is most expensive? Answer: Any freezer. Granted, the scale in the use of ice to cool a building and to cool a glass of ice tea is significantly different. But the bedrock principle of energy transfer is the same. Thermal cooling leverages that concept by freezing water at night, when the energy required to do so is less expensive. The melt water is stored and circulated as it is needed during peak demand times the next day. Thus, the heavy lifting — the energy-intensive process of freezing the water — is done at a point at

BMW and Bosch open new 2.8 MWh energy storage facility built from batteries from over 100 electric c

BMW has a couple of initiatives to give a second life to used battery packs from its electric vehicles. Earlier this year, the German automaker announced a wall mounted battery storage system, not unlike the Tesla Powerwall, using BMW i3 22 kWh or 33kWh battery packs. Today it announced that it completed and started testing, in partnership with Bosch, a new utility-scale energy storage facility again using used electric vehicle battery packs – but the scale is much more impressive. The new power station is located in Hamburg, Germany. It uses 2,600 battery modules from more than 100 electric vehicles for a total power capacity of 2 MW and a storage capacity of 2.8 MWh. The system is used to

Tesla to Build Energy Storage Facility in California

Tesla Motors has won a contract to build a 20 MW/80 MWh Powerpack-based energy- storage system at South California Edison’s Mira Loma substation. Tesla beat out several firms in the running for the energy storage bid and was the only bidder awarded the utility project out of the solicitation. Tesla claims that once completed, the system will be the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world, with enough energy to power more than 2,500 households or the ability to charge 1,000 Tesla vehicles. The contract became available after a rupture in the Aliso Canyon natural gas reservoir in California caused a methane gas spill that displaced more than 8,000 residents while pumping out 1

Gov. Cuomo ‘blown away’ by SolarCity’s (soon-to-be Tesla’s) new ‘Gigafactory’ after visit

SolarCity has its own “Gigafactory” for solar panels going up in Buffalo where it plans to produce at least 1 gigawatt of capacity per year. The plant, which is largely being funded by the state of New York through Gov. Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion”, had a few setbacks, especially after state funding was put on hold as lobbying connections were investigated, but now the factory is almost ready to start production just as Tesla is about to close its acquisition of SolarCity. For the occasion, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo visited the factory yesterday and came back impressed (via Buffalo News): “I am just blown away by this facility. When you see it, you are just blown away by the reality of it.” For its

Mexico Will Launch Carbon Pricing In November

On Monday, September 7 (the Labor Day holiday in the US), the government of Mexico announced that the nation “south of the border” would soon join the growing ranks of countries that have adopted cap and trade to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Mexico’s pilot carbon pricing program will begin in November on a trial basis for 12 months. The demonstration project will serve as a testing ground for a national carbon market that Mexico intends to launch in 2018. The program follows a standard model of similar greenhouse gas reduction programs. Cap and trade does not confer the immediate and deep benefits of taxing carbon. However, it does constitute an effective beginning to reducing lo

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56,000 Miles In A BMW i3 Rex, Using Just 50 Gallons Of Gas

"My 2014 BMW i3 REx is now 27 months old, and the mileage on the odometer just recently surpassed 56,000 miles. I’ve needed a little over 15,000 kWh of electricity, and exactly 50 gallons of gas to power the vehicle thus far. That means I’ve driven on pure battery about 96% of the time, and managed an impressive overall gasoline consumption of 1,120 mpg.Normally I wouldn’t highlight the gasoline use in my electric car; it’s really not something most electric vehicle owners like to do. However, as many Chevrolet Volt owners can attest to, adding a range extender to a short range (under 100 mile AER) electric vehicle can expand its versatility immensely. While I haven’t needed to use the REx o

Axiom Exergy to Install More Than $5 Million Worth of Energy Storage for Utility Consolidated Edison

Axiom Exergy's Refrigeration Battery Enables Grocery Stores and Cold Storage Facilities to Control Energy Costs and Prevent Food Spoilage During Power Outages RICHMOND, CA and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 6, 2016) - Owners of grocery stores and other cold storage facilities in parts of Brooklyn and Queens can now receive incentives from Con Edison's Neighborhood Program for installing Axiom Exergy's thermal energy storage system. The Axiom Exergy Refrigeration Battery stores cooling instead of electricity to help businesses manage their energy usage, reduce demand charges on their electric bills, and prevent food spoilage. Over $5 million dollars worth (between 1.5 and 2 MW) ofRefrigerat

Ocean Power Technologies Deploys Commercial PowerBuoy with Energy Storage

Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) deployed its first commercial PB3 PowerBuoy—a wave energy conversion system that incorporates energy storage—off the coast of New Jersey this July. The Pennington, N.J.–based firm has been working to advance its PowerBuoy technology since the firm was founded in 1994. Development of the wave energy conversion technology for naval and civilian applications was catalyzed by small-business innovative research (SBIR) funding awards from the U.S. Navy. By 1997, following trials of a handful of PowerBuoy designs in the Navy’s wave tank facility and in the Atlantic Ocean, OPT demonstrated that the buoy could operate for more than 11 months at sea and endure harsh ocea

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