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Xtreme Power Commissions CCET Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Xtreme Power, Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies
Date: 2013-10-25
Kyle, Texas-based Xtreme Power, a world leader in integrated power management and energy storage solutions, unveiled its new 1MW, 60 minute system for the Texas Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) in Austin. CCET is a collaborative research and development consortium that brings together state university research centers, energy utilities and electric industry leaders. The project is included in a U.S. DOE's smart grid demonstration analyzing the benefits of using energy storage for wind energy integration.

The CCET project in Lubbock, Texas, marks the first time Xtreme Power's PEAK Series system has used lithium ion batteries from Samsung SDI. (Source: CCET, Xtreme Power, PR, 21 Oct., 2013) Contact: CCET, (512) 472-3800,; Xtreme Power, (512) 268-8191,

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Salem Smart Power Center Installs EnerDel Grid Backup (Ind. Report)
Date: 2013-06-03
On May 31, the Salem Smart Power Center opened in Salem, Oregon, as a part of a series of smart grid energy delivery tests. The tests were designed to help further integrate renewable energy sources into the electrical grid. The 8,000 square foot Salem facility is built with an energy storage system from Indianapolis-based Enerdel Inc. -- a 5-megawatt, lithium-ion battery system containing 1,440 batteries that work in conjunction with generators within a microgrid smoothing power flow and reducing outages.

Portland General Electric (PGE) and Eaton Electrical Service and Systems, an industrial manufacturer, developed the new $23 million project. The initial investment included $178 million in matching funds from the US DOE. There are 15 other such DOE funded smart grids around five states in the Pacific Northwest.

The power center's smart grid system allows PGE to store renewable energy, something that could not be done with previous technology. Software within the grid allows the electric utility to store energy when production costs are low and draw energy from the storage device when prices are higher.

The smart energy grid was developed as part of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project (PNW-SGDP). The project creates micro-grids to serve areas of several hundred homes and businesses. (Source: Salem Smart Power Center, Various Other Sources, iTech Post, 22 June, 2013) Contact: EnerDel, Cave Roberts, CEO, (317) 703-1800,,

Tags Smart Grid news,  Enerdel news,  Energy Storage.Lithium-Ion Battery news,  Smart Grid news,  

Calico Licenses PNNL Advanced Energy Mgmt. Portfolio (Ind. Report)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ,Calico Energy
Date: 2013-02-01
Calico Energy Services reports that it has licensed Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) portfolio of advanced energy management Intellectual Property (IP). The IP was licensed through Battelle, which manages PNNL for the U.S. DOE

. The IP was developed in response to the challenges facing electric utilities, including the need to improve reliability, reduce costs, and integrate renewable energy. The portfolio coordinates large numbers of smart grid assets, including demand response, distributed generation, and distributed energy storage typically owned and controlled by customers.

PNNL's development of the technology was funded by DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and the ARRA Act. The Patent Portfolio is based on a single, integrated smart grid model that utilizes an economic signal to automatically balance supply and demand at the lowest possible cost.

PNNL's technology has proven effective in real-world installations, such as the Pacific Northwest GridWise™ Demonstration Project, which PNNL led on Washington State's Olympic Peninsula from 2006 to 2007. A related version of the technology is also being used in the Battelle-led Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, a large-scale project designed to help bring the nation's electric transmission system into the information age. (Source: Calico Energy Services, 29 Jan., 2013) Contact: Calico Energy Services, Michael Miller, President & COO, (425) 440-0201,; PNNL,

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FERC Report Highlights Co-op Smart Grid Growth (Ind. Report)
Date: 2013-01-09
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) just released report, Assessment of Demand Response & Advanced Metering, notes that U.S. electric co-ops lead the nation in smart meter implementaion and in the adoption of smart grid technologies for their members. As in previous surveys, the report found that electric cooperatives have the largest penetration, nearly 31 percent, among categories of organizations; well above the 22.9 percent penetration level for all U.S. utility customers that FERC reported for 2011. The report also found that advanced metering penetration among co-ops increased from 16.4 percent in a 2008 survey to 24.7 percent in 2010 to 30.9 percent in 2012.

The report also pointed out NRECA's smart grid initiative among efforts supported by the DOE's Smart Grid Demonstration Program project. NRECA's Enhanced Demand and Distribution Management Regional demonstration has focused on technologies that could benefit more than 700,000 members in a dozen states. More than 230 electric co-ops participated in the study. (Source: FERC, ECT Coop, Jan. 8, 2013) Contact: FERC, (202) 502-8200,; ECT Coop, (703) 907-5500,,

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DNV KEMA Report Surveys Smart Grid Demo Projects (Int'l)
Date: 2012-11-07
Energy consulting and testing & certification company DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability was hired by Netbeheer Nederland -- the Association of Energy Network Operators in the Netherlands -- to study smart grid demonstration projects around the world, with a focus on technical, policy, regulatory and social aspects. The points learned from this study will help inform network operators involved in current and future smart grid projects in the Netherlands.

The study focused on the differences between continents. For instance, in the US, smart grids are mainly used to make variable energy rates possible and to reduce peaks in electricity use. In Europe, the emphasis is on energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions, whereas in some parts of Asia the priority is on improving the reliability of the energy network. Smart grids are an important precondition to making the energy transition possible. Dutch network operators invest approximately €1.5 billion annually in the replacement and expansion of their grids. The Netbeheer Nederland report Networks for the future showed that between €20 and €70 billion extra must be invested before 2050 in order to adapt and 'smarten' the energy grids. It is imperative that these investments be practical. An earlier cost-benefit analysis showed that smart grids are profitable, due to consumer behavioral adaptation in response to variable energy rates as well as to cost savings in the construction of the energy grid.

Before the network operators can decide to make such sizeable investments, it is important that they first gain smaller-scale experience with the different aspects of a smart grid. To that end, the network operators started a number of test sites, where these aspects are tested for feasibility in practice. The experiences are shared among the network operators and with other stakeholders, with the aim of using this knowledge to make the right choices for the future. Now the results of the DNV KEMA study can be used for this purpose as well. Netbeheer Nederland (the Association of Energy Network Operators in the Netherlands) is the branch organization for all electricity and gas network operators. (Source: DMV, Nov.6, 2012) Contact: DNV KEMA,

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EPRI Reports on Smart Grid Demo Initiative Progress (Ind. Report)
Date: 2012-08-13
EPRI reports that its Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative has advanced past the half-way mark and research is yielding solid results. While two utilities joined the initiative in 2011, Ergon Energy from Australia and Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), others have been actively deploying equipment to the point where data collection and analysis have enabled completion of case studies focused on specific portions of the demonstrations, the EPRI report says.

The initiative is a seven-year international collaborative research demonstrating the integration of distributed energy resources (DER) in large scale demonstration projects. In total 23 utilities are participating with a common goal of shared learning covering a wide breadth of technology, deployment, and program results. Case studies include:

  • Simulation of community energy storage by American Electric Power;
  • Remote dispatch of customer-owned resources and assessment of achieving increased reliability with distributed energy resources by Con Edison;
  • Response precision of an open architecture virtual power plant by Electricite de France;
  • Smart green circuits, distribution volt-var control integrated with wind turbine inverter control, and smart meter customer behavior trial by ESB Networks;
  • Impact of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) on demand response by Commonwealth Edison;
  • Integrated distributed energy resources (IDER) management by FirstEnergy;
  • Customer acceptance and technology adoption by Kansas City Power & Light;
  • Use of storage for simultaneous voltage smoothing and peak shifting by Public Service of New Mexico;
  • Conservation voltage reduction and volt-var optimization by Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and
  • Capacitor bank health monitor by Southern Company.

    During 2012, the highest three priority research topics under investigation are distribution management system (DMS) applications, DMS integration, and cybersecurity for field equipment. (Source: EPRI, Aug. 10, 2012) Contact: EPRI, IntelliGrid,

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  • Japanese Companies Launch Japan-U.S. Collaborative Smart Grid Demo Project in Albuquerque (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2012-05-22
    On May 17, nine Japanese companies -- Shimizu Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, Sharp Corporation, Meidensha Corporation, Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and TheFurukawa Battery Co., Ltd. -- launched a demonstration study for the Albuquerque Business District Smart Grid Demonstration Project as part of NEDO's Japan-U.S. Collaborative Smart Grid Demonstration Project. The demonstration study will continue for two years, ending in March 2014.

    The Project demonstration study will be conducted using an existing three-story, 7,000-square meter commercial building with an electric power load near 400 kilowatts (kW). A micro grid (to supply power from the demand side) will be installed in the building from power sources consisting of a 50kW photovoltaic (PV) power generation system, a 240kW gas-engine generator, 80kW fuel cells and a 90kW battery system. By controlling each of these power generation systems, the demonstration study will: perform demand and supply adjustment within the building based on requests from a commercial electric utility supplier; operate the power generation systems according to energy and heat demand within the building itself, and: compensate for power output fluctuations in the PV power generation system of the regional utility company.

    U.S. Project participants side include Public Service Company of New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratories(SNL)and the University of New Mexico. In addition, Accenture and Itochu Corporation will respectively undertake Project data management and demonstration site management support. (Source: NEDO, PR, 21 May, 2012)

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