Eos, Siemens Make Battery Deal

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Eos Energy and Siemens are partnering on battery technology. The deal, according to Eos, enables Siemens’ system integration and project execution capabilities to be used in Eos’ Aurora platform.

The press release says that the two companies already have developed an energy storage system featuring AC power conversion and controls that enable modular installation and ease of maintenance. Testing and product validation will occur with the Pacific Gas & Electric (in a California Energy Commission-funded project) and at the University of California at San Diego.

Energy storage clearly is a hot item. Yesterday, Energy Manager Today posted on a partnership between Adara Power and Aquion Energy. The arrangement will integrate Adara’s iC3 intelligent controls and cloud connectivity into Aquion’s Aspen batteries.

There also is news on the user front. In Woodbridge, CT, a 2.2 MW fuel cell was officially commissioned this week at the high school. The cell, which has been operational since last month, is a hedge against debilitating weather events such as Superstorm Sandy. The cell now is selling power into the grid. The system, which is owned by The Illuminating Company, will be fully operational when underground cabling to other buildings it will server are completed.

Energy storage is set to explode. The World Bank Group and the Energy Management Sector Assistance Program, in a new report, say that energy storage in emerging markets worldwide will grow 40 percent in the coming decade, adding about 80GW of capacity to the 2GW in use today. That will drive research and development. Some of that research will be on lithium-ion batteries.

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