Energy storage news: 07.05.14

A USD$23m battery and energy storage technology, test and commercialisation centre has been opened at Eastman Business Park, Rochester, New York by NY-BEST and DNV GL.

A USD$23m battery energy storage technology, test and commercialisation centre has been opened at Eastman Business Park, Rochester, New York by NY-BEST and DNV GL. Photo credit: DNV GL

The energy storage news headlines from our Twitter feed this week.

  • Ambri, the liquid metal battery battery storage start-up, has raised USD$35m in C-round funding, from investors including Khosla and Bill Gates.

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Conference to feature biggest names in energy storage

The NY-BEST Capture the Energy conference will explore developments in technology, policy and opportunities for energy storage in New York and California.

Developments in technology, policy and opportunities for energy storage in New York and California will be examined at the NY-BEST Capture the Energy conference. Photo credit: Matt H Wade

Vendors and developers are set to get insights into two of energy storage’s most important global markets at a key industry event next week. Progress in California will come under the spotlight as Arthur O’Donnell, energy division supervisor of the state’s Public Utilities Commission, takes the stage at the New York Battery and Energy Storage (NY-BEST) two-day annual conference, Capture the Energy. O’Donnell will be sharing a panel with Margarett Jolly, director research and development at ConEdison of New York, in a panel session titled ‘Expanding markets for energy storage on the grid.’ ConEdison is currently moving ahead with an incentive programme that includes energy storage.

The whole State of New York, meanwhile, is tipped to become one of the big energy storage hotspots in the US, after California, with recent studies indicating the industry could yield more than 11,000 new jobs state-wide by 2020 and 43,000 new jobs by 2030.
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NY-BEST presents microgrids forum

The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) and the Pace Energy and Climate Center will explore the current policies and markets for microgrids in a special forum on June 11 at Pace University’s New York City campus.

Speakers at the event will include professionals from AES Energy Storage, the Pace Energy and Climate Center, Consolidated Edison of New York, Demand Energy, DNV KEMA, S&C Electric, the New York Energy Policy Institute, the Smart Grid Consortium and others.

Senator wants DoD to work with energy storage

After touring the NY-BEST commercialisation centre in New York State, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was keen to get the US Department of Defense (DoD) into energy storage, according to a report in Political News.

“Given that Department of Defense is the nation’s largest energy user, I am certain the work of … NY-BEST could help enhance the Department’s efforts to reduce its fuel needs while increasing its renewable energy capabilities,” she said. “The consortium is also a key center for communication, education and interaction in the industry and will position New York State as a global leader in these technologies.”

The senator is a member of the US Armed Services Committee, and NY-BEST (The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium) is an industry-led organisation with more than 100 companies, including leading suppliers of military batteries.

Energy storage to create 11,400 NY jobs

The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST), has released an Economic Impact Study and Roadmap for Energy Storage in New York State, which suggests the sector could grow by 10,000 to 11,400 new jobs in New York by 2020 and 30,000 to 43,000 new jobs by 2030.

The study found that New York’s energy storage industry currently employs approximately 3,000 and is responsible for more than US$600 million in annual global sales. It calculated the expected growth by focusing primarily on potential in electric grid applications and transportation.

As a result of the study, NY-BEST has prepared a roadmap which aims to establish robust local energy storage markets, create “value chain clusters” of companies to service manufacturers and stimulate the commercialisation of advanced technologies.