ROUNDUP: Duke Energy’s pilot plan, 200MW NSW PV-plus-storage application, SunPower’s college project

News in brief from this week in energy storage around the world.

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Energy storage could have significant impact on US businesses’ energy costs ‘in nearly every state’

More than a quarter of US commercial and industrial (C&I) electricity users could potentially use energy storage to lower premium rates they are charged during periods of high demand, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has found.

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Former SpaceX battery engineer’s start-up lines up US$30m funding and US$65m sales

An EV and stationary energy storage battery start-up headed by former SpaceX, Tesla, Apple, Amazon and Samsung designers and engineers has mobilised almost US$100 million of financing and contracts to kickstart manufacturing operations.

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US Energy Storage Association ‘encouraged’ by DOE’s grid reliability review

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) assessment of reliability and security of the country’s electrical grid network is “encouraging”, the Energy Storage Association’s head has said in her initial reaction to the report’s publication.

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Nine-hour energy storage requirement makes one natural gas replacement project in California tricky

The requirement of nine hours of energy storage duration at a project touted as a possible replacement for a new natural gas plant in California makes it tough for the newer technology to compete on cost, an analyst has said.

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US Army invests in 1MW energy storage system for 10MW PV plant at military post in Alabama

PV energy provider SunPower announced Wednesday that it has broken ground on a 10MW PV project at the Redstone Arsenal US Army post in Alabama that will also feature a 1MW energy storage system.

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US Army invests in 1MW energy storage system at military post in Alabama

PV energy provider SunPower announced Wednesday that it has broken ground on a 10MW PV project at the Redstone Arsenal US Army post in Alabama that will also feature a 1MW energy storage system.

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Coronal Energy completes 120MW of solar for US Department of Defense

Independent Power Producer (IPP) and developer Coronal Energy has completed 120MW for the US Department of Defense.

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S&C, Ameren hold successful 24-hour islanding test on microgrid system

Utility company Ameren and smart grid company S&C Electric Company announced that they have conducted a successful 24-hour islanding test in August at the recently deployed Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois.

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Municipal utility LADWP to increase reliability, keep rates low with 20MW energy storage system

An agreement to construct a 20MW lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS) has been approved by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), which would reduce reliance on natural gas generation.

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GridBank Li-Ion provider Alevo files for Chapt. 11 bankruptcy protection

Alevo, a US energy storage provider which only started shipping its containerised solutions in January, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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