Mercedes-Benz Energy Storage enters the U.S.

Daimler AG is expanding its stationary energy storage business to the U.S. market. After this years’ founding of the German Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH, a completely new subsidiary responsible for the development and global sale of Mercedes-Benz brand stationary energy storage, Daimler takes a further step towards growing the market. The newly established Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC is assuming the development and sales of stationary energy systems for residential, commercial and utility applications for the North-American market. Boris von Bormann, U.S. solar industry expert, has been selected as the CEO for…

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A Second Life for Used Batteries

Hamburg/Munich/Stuttgart – What should be done with still-usable batteries at the end of their life cycle in electric vehicles? The Battery 2nd Life project organized by Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch merges them into a large storage facility in Hamburg, Germany, to keep the electricity grid stable. 2,600 used battery modules from over 100 electric vehicles are being merged to form a large electricity storage facility in Hamburg Storage stabilizes the electricity grid within seconds Electromobility and electricity storage are two core elements of the new energy landscape. Used batteries from…

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Researchers design solids that control heat with spinning superatoms

Abstract: Researchers found that the thermal conductivity of superatom crystals is directly related to the rotational disorder within those structures. The findings were published in an article in Nature Materials this week. Researchers design solids that control heat with spinning superatoms: Carnegie Mellon University and Columbia University collaborators discover the cause of vastly different thermal conductivities in superatomic structural analogues Carnegie Mellon University’s Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Jonathan A. Malen was a corresponding author of the paper titled “Orientational Order Controls Crystalline and Amorphous Thermal Transport in Superatomic Crystals.”…

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Samsung-Sungrow SDI Energy Storage Launched

Sungrow, the world’s largest PV inverter manufacturer, announces the official start of operations of Sungrow-Samsung SDI Energy Storage Power Supply Co.,Ltd. at a ceremony in Hefei, China. The $170 million joint venture between Sungrow and Samsung is able to provide complete Energy Storage System (ESS) solutions incorporating lithium batteries, power conversion and energy management systems, that can reach an annual capacity reaching up to 2000MWh. Sungrow-Samsung SDI Energy Storage is committed towards development and manufacturing of integrated ESS solutions, including core components such as power conversion systems, Samsung SDI Li-Ion…

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Cryogenic energy storage gets development push in Europe

The EU CryoHub project will investigate the potential of cryogenic energy storage to integrate renewable energy in industrial food refrigeration. Industrial food refrigeration at refrigerated warehouses and food factories presents a novel use case for renewable integration. With their substantial demand for cooling and the availability of large quantities of waste heat, cryogenic energy storage offers a promising technology to enable on-site storage of renewable energy during periods of high generation and its use at peak grid demand. However, to date, such applications have been limited because of the poor…

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California’s Advanced Energy Sector Booms

Employment figures in California show that the advanced energy industry is growing faster than most other long-standing industries. California’s advanced energy industry is growing exponentially and this is evident in its employment statistics. The industry is responsible for the employment of over half a million workers-this is up 18% from 2014 and six times the rate of statewide employment growth. That is according to research from the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) Institute… read more

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