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  GTM’s Grid Edge Newsletter | June 5, 2015


 

June 5, 2015

This week’s grid edge roundup comes with a healthy dose of energy storage news, starting with Monday’s roundup of key facts, figures and quotes from last week’s Energy Storage Association conference in Dallas. We took a look at global lithium supplies and new extraction techniques to meet the booming demand for lithium-ion batteries, and highlighted Daimler’s chase after Tesla into the stationary energy storage market. On the investment front, we talked to storage system software vendor Greensmith about its $4.9 million funding, and laid out new funding news and price targets for zinc-iron flow battery startup ViZn Energy Systems. In news beyond grid batteries, Smart Wires raised $30.8 million for its transmission power routing tech, Apple’s first HomeKit products went on sale, UK distribution utilities are turning to sensors and software to deal with challenges in integrating solar and wind power into the grid, and Texas got a reminder of the price it’s paying for slow progress on opening its grid markets to demand response.

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Yours,
Jeff St. John, Reporter, Greentech Media

 

LATEST NEWS:

Are We Measuring Energy Use All Wrong?

Are We Measuring Energy Use All Wrong?
Stephen Lacey – June 5, 2015

The Energy Gang talks about a new way to understand economy-wide efficiency.

 

 

ViZn Targets $200 per Kilowatt-Hour for High-Power Flow Batteries

ViZn Targets $200 per Kilowatt-Hour for High-Power Flow Batteries
Jeff St. John – June 4, 2015

Startup has raised just under $30 million and lined up 21 megawatts in contracts.

 

 

Will Battery Storage Create an ‘iPhone Moment’ for Australia?

Will Battery Storage Create an ‘iPhone Moment’ for Australia?
Giles Parkinson – June 4, 2015

“Just as 2007 was the iPhone moment, 2015 might be seen as the Tesla moment.”

 

 

Smart Wires Raises $30.8M for Transmission Power Routing

Smart Wires Raises $30.8M for Transmission Power Routing
Jeff St. John – June 4, 2015

Money to turn high-voltage grids into flexible networks for solar and wind power

 

 

Energy Jobs: SolarCity, SDG&E, PowerCell, DNV GL, Ingeteam, Innovari, Cambrian

Energy Jobs: SolarCity, SDG&E, PowerCell, DNV GL, Ingeteam, Innovari, Cambrian
Eric Wesoff – June 3, 2015

Executive moves in cleantech, utilities, energy generation, finance, and venture capital

 

 

GTM Research: 5 States Where Energy Storage Could Thrive

GTM Research: 5 States Where Energy Storage Could Thrive
Mike Munsell – June 3, 2015

Here are the diamonds-in-the-rough storage markets.

 

 

Greensmith Raises $4.9M to Scale Up Energy Storage Software

Greensmith Raises $4.9M to Scale Up Energy Storage Software
Jeff St. John – June 3, 2015

Nearly 500MW in pipeline, sights set on $10 million raise with strategic and VC investors

 

 

Let the Battle Begin: Apple HomeKit Products Hit the Shelves

Let the Battle Begin: Apple HomeKit Products Hit the Shelves
Katherine Tweed – June 2, 2015

Lights, sensors, smart thermostats and smart plugs are just the beginning.

 

 

Demand Response Could Have Saved Texans $85M in One Day

Demand Response Could Have Saved Texans $85M in One Day
Katherine Tweed – June 2, 2015

No political will for meaningful demand response in Texas

 

 

Is There Enough Lithium to Maintain the Growth of the Lithium-Ion Battery Market?

Is There Enough Lithium to Maintain the Growth of the Lithium-Ion Battery Market?
Tam Hunt – June 2, 2015

Are we nearing peak lithium?

 

 

Daimler Enters the Market for Stationary Energy Storage

Daimler Enters the Market for Stationary Energy Storage
Julia Pyper – June 2, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz branded batteries will go on sale later this month.

 

 

The Energy Storage Industry Charges Up in Texas

The Energy Storage Industry Charges Up in Texas
Eric Wesoff – June 2, 2015

Reflections on the state of energy storage in 2015 from the stage and the ESA trade show floor

 

 

Tollgrade, Smarter Grid Solutions Using Data to Open UK Grid to PV and Wind

Tollgrade, Smarter Grid Solutions Using Data to Open UK Grid to PV and Wind
Jeff St. John – June 2, 2015

Despite being colder and bigger than Hawaii, the U.K. is experiencing similar DG integration issues.

 

 

An Australian Company Says Its New Extraction Process Could Bring Unlimited Lithium Supplies

An Australian Company Says Its New Extraction Process Could Bring Unlimited Lithium Supplies
Jason Deign – June 1, 2015

“Micas could eclipse all the other resources currently known.”

 

 

Driving Blind: The Worst Examples of Outdated Data Skewing Renewable Energy Projections

Driving Blind: The Worst Examples of Outdated Data Skewing Renewable Energy Projections
Eric Gimon and Sonia Aggarwal – June 1, 2015

Policymakers need better data to make informed decisions about the quickly changing energy sector.

 

 

Nearly Half of Western US Power Plants Vulnerable to Climate Change

Nearly Half of Western US Power Plants Vulnerable to Climate Change
Katherine Tweed – May 29, 2015

The desert Southwest will be the hardest hit.

 

 

Why Cleantech Startups With the Best Products Can Still Suck at Selling

Why Cleantech Startups With the Best Products Can Still Suck at Selling
Rob Day – May 29, 2015

Rob Day offers some lessons on selling product, gained over the last decade.