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With Favorable Policies of New Energy Vehicles, EVEXPO Inaugurates in May, 2018

The fact that China has carried out research on fuel vehicles’ withdraw time from the market has further confirmed the future development trend of global vehicle industry, indicated by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China in September, 2017. In addition, the new release of considerable double-score policy will certainly further drive vehicle practitioners’ steps towards new energy areas.

Under such circumstance, it is of great importance for enterprises obtaining relevant policies and information so as to seize great opportunities. For this purpose, 2018 China (Guangzhou) International Electric Vehicle Industrial Ecology Chain Exposition & Global Electric Vehicle Leadership Summit (hereinafter referred to as “EVEXPO 2018”) will be grandly held in Guangzhou International Sourcing Center during May 9-11, 2018. With the theme of “Green Development & Creative Interconnection” and the philosophy of “integrating resources, interfusing industry and green sharing”, EVEXPO 2018 is committed to building a “vehicles, pile, electricity, manufacture, park, internet” six in one whole industrial chain ecosystem. During EVEXPO 2018, the Leadership Summit will promote the industry development by focusing on “policy, market, technology and capital”, insisting on the development ideas of “strategic cooperation, resource sharing, mutual benefit and win-win”, aiming at setting up a bridge among government and enterprises, facilitate the high-connect in aspects of capital, information, technology, market and so on.

It is expected that national, provincial and municipal relevant directors, industry associations, leading enterprises in new energy vehicle industry and related industries, suppliers, supporting manufacturers, mainstream media in South China, national professional media specialized in new energy vehicles, investors at home and abroad will attend and conduct negotiation.

Your participation is warmly welcome and EVEXPO 2018 will take full advantage of resources in order to advance recognition level and build up a leading position of enterprises.

For details of EVEXPO 2018, please feel free to contact us.

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European Grid Edge M&A Alert: Centrica Buys REstore for $81M

REstore, the Belgian startup that’s taken a leading role in Europe’s emerging demand response markets, has been acquired by U.K.-based utility and energy provider Centrica for €70 million ($81.4 million) in cash. It’s the latest acquisition in a year busy with European utilities shopping for startups to help them compete in a distributed energy future.

Friday’s deal will give Centrica control of REstore’s portfolio of 1.7 gigawatts and counting of peak load across the U.K., France, Belgium and Germany. Since its 2010 founding, REstore has grown from a few megawatts of industrial load to more than 150 industrial and commercial customers including ArcelorMittal, Praxair, Sappi and Barclays.

Centrica will integrate REstore into the Distributed Energy & Power unit of its Centrica Business Solutions business, one of many utility-owned energy services companies competing for commercial and industrial market share in deregulated energy markets in Europe and around the globe.

Centrica has centered its acquisition strategy around these opportunities, ranging from its purchase of building sensor startup Panoramic Power for $60 million in 2015, to buying Danish energy trading platform Neas Energy for $249 million and combined heat and power provider ENER-G Cogen for $212 million last year. 

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Is A Subsidy On LED Lighting Economically Viable?

The governments in many countries have been nudging their citizens to move away from electricity guzzling incandescent bulbs to greener alternatives like LED. Incandescent bulbs are, in fact, banned in a number of countries. According to an estimate, the ban on the use of incandescent bulbs has helped Europe save as much as 40 TWh of electricity each year, not to mention reduction of CO2 emissions by as much as 15 million tons.

But the switch to LED is not going to be easy, at least in poor and developing countries. Despite the dramatic fall in prices of LED bulbs over the past several years, they are still five to ten times more expensive than incandescent bulbs. That is not to say that LED bulbs are not a better alternative. Studies show that LED bulbs can have a lifespan of over 50,000 hours. To give this some perspective, the corresponding figure for an incandescent bulb is just 1,200 hours. In other words, if you were to run a bulb for twelve hours every day, an incandescent bulb would last for just 100 days. In comparison, the LED bulb could last well over 11 years.

These studies however may not make much sense to the average daily wage worker who might be more concerned about the higher capital investments required to install an LED bulb. To such a consumer, the per-unit costs matter more than the lifespan.

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DNV GL report criticizes EU demand response regulations

In a study commissioned by the EURELECTRIC industry association, DNV GL has found that a financial model proposed by the European Commission could limit the effectiveness of demand response as a way to ensure a reliable and economically stable energy system.

The EU directive aims to stimulate the use of demand response in all member states, by bringing a new player; an aggregator, into the electricity value chain. An aggregator is responsible for combining consumer loads and generated electricity, to be traded on the electricity market.

The criticisms, found in DNV GL’s report Demand Response Activation by Independent Aggregators as Proposed in the Draft Electricity Directive, center on the fact the draft currently prohibits financial compensation to stakeholders who are left at a disadvantage by the independent actions of an aggregator.

The report recommends that EU Member States be allowed to make their own decision regarding demand response compensation, based on their individual market circumstances, and recommends several possible financial models, which DNV GL says would have significant benefits over the current ‘no compensation only’ proposal.

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Enterprise IT Startup Innowatts Brings In $6 Million

Innowatts closed $6 million in Series A financing. Three investors participated in the round: Shell Technology Ventures, Iberdrola Group, and Energy & Environment Investment.

Innowatts is an easy-to-use online marketplace that provides home and business owners the power to personalize energy products by analyzing smart-meter data through its complex algorithms. In doing so, Innowatts gives every family and business the opportunity to choose its ideal electricity plan. The company creates a personal profile for each client’s home or business, then communicates that personal profile to energy companies to create energy plans that meet with the client’s individual energy needs. Clients can then simply compare and choose the customized plan that works best for them.

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Upstarts Upset the Energy Market

In June 2011, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to phase out nuclear power turned the German energy market upside down. The market had long dominated by four major players – E.ON, RWE, Vattenfall and EnBW – but smaller businesses have shaken up the renewables market ever since.

Those changes can be seen throughout the countryside from roofs shiny with solar panels to towering wind turbines as energy production becomes more decentralized.

The shift has forced big players to adapt. E.ON and RWE’s spinoffs Uniper and Innogy add two new players in the rapidly expanding field of digital energy.

One such disruptor is Lichtblick, among Germany’s first green-energy electricity providers, launched 19 years ago and now, with 650,000 customers, a pioneer distributor of green energy. Its chief executive, Heiko von Tschischwitz, says the energy market is on the cusp of a revolution thanks to digitization. “The formal liberalization that we experienced in 1998 was nothing compared to what’s coming,” he said. “The era of simple energy provision is over.”

Lichtblick itself has to fight to stay ahead of the curve. Mr. von Tschischwitz is trying to work out how to connect solar roofs, mini cogeneration units, battery storage systems and electric cars to virtual power plants and energy storage systems – and also enable people to view how much power they use.

Energy providers indeed face a “digital shock,” said Jens Strüker, an academic specializing in energy management at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences. “If the big energy providers don’t react now, they’ll be crowded out of the market,” he said.

All face the same challenge: to manage electricity generation and consumption and offer customers new services in a world in which nearly all electronic devices are connected to the internet, Mr. Strüker said. Soon, the power grid will connect to data networks and intelligent electricity meters will help to regulate consumption and production. With smart home technology, consumers will be able to regulate their energy consumption by remotely controlling outlets, thermostats and security systems, increasing energy efficiency. The dream is for entire cities with grids that intelligently manage electricity flow to match supply to demand.

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It’s Been a Decade Since Google Jumped Into Energy. Is It Any Closer to a Moonshot?

It’s been 10 years since Google shifted some of its attention from bits and bytes toward the world of therms and electrons.

It started with a wide-ranging investment and R&D initiative, called RE<C, designed to make renewables cheaper than coal. That initiative was abandoned in 2011 after engineers realized they were tackling the wrong problems.

Today, new renewables are far more competitive than coal. But the economic shift didn’t play out in the way Google imagined.

In the decade since, Google has since dabbled in pretty much everything — power electronics, home energy analytics, smart thermostats, residential geothermal, flying wind, solar lead generation, autonomous cars, and direct corporate procurement.

What can we conclude about the company’s track record? And at a time of uncertainty in both venture capital and government support, is Google the best vessel for cleantech R&D?

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Vehicle To Grid Plan Pays Off For Electric Car Drivers In Europe

In a vehicle to grid experiment involving 100 electric car and truck owners in Europe and Enel, one of Europe’s largest utility companies, the owner of the electric Nissans earned an average of $1,530 a year from the program. — more than the cost of charging the vehicles for a year’s worth of use. The test also uncovered something equally surprising — vehicle to grid schemes may actually slow the rate at which lithium ion batteries degrade in normal use. Cash back and lower degradation? That’s music to any electric car owner’s ears.

Vehicle To Grid

Let’s not get out ahead of the story, however. The vast majority of electric cars are not equipped to participate in vehicle to grid or V2G usage. They are made to take electricity in to charge the battery, not send it back to the grid. Making a car compatible for V2G use may cost more, cancelling out some of the possible savings.

At the end of a one year trial period, researchers studied the data and concluded that if V2G is controlled by a “smart grid algorithm that is designed to minimize battery degradation, an [electric car] connected to this smart grid system can accommodate the demand of the power network with an increased share of clean renewable energy, but more profoundly that the smart grid is able to extend the life of the EV battery beyond the case in which there is no V2G.”

Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects that the electricity consumption from EVs will rise from 6 terawatt-hours today to 1,800 terawatt-hours in 2040, or more than 40 percent of current U.S. electricity demand. Having all those cars connected during the majority of the day would permit grid operators to balance the electrical loads in the system, saving utility companies lots of money — money they would be willing to share with the owners of the cars making all this possible.

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Hydrogen + Fuel Cells NORTH AMERICA at SPI 2017, Las Vegas

September 10-13, 2017
Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV, USA

Store Solar Energy – Make Hydrogen

  • Market leaders like ITM Power, Nel Hydrogen and Hydrogenics present the storage of renewable energy through electrolysis
  • Toyota, Honda and Hyundai will offer fuel cell cars for a test drive
  • Air Liquide and WEH Industries inform about hydrogen refueling
  • Ballard and SAFCell inform about their latest fuel cell technologies

One of the major topics of Hydrogen + Fuel Cells NORTH AMERICA will be the storage of renewable energies. Wind and solar energy can be stored through the production of hydrogen via water electrolysis. ITM Power, Nel Hydrogen and Hydrogenics will inform about their latest electrolyser technologies.

Test drive a fuel cell car!
All visitors of SPI 2017 get the chance to test drive the following fuel cell cars: Toyota Mirai, Honda Clarity and Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell. The test drive will be located in front of the exhibition hall, the cars will be featured by the California Fuel Cell Partnership.

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Stem and CPower to Combine Behind-the-Meter Batteries and Demand Response

Behind-the-meter batteries and demand response can add up to more than the sum of their parts, according to CPower and Stem.

On Tuesday, the demand response provider and the behind-the-meter battery startup announced they’re combining their technologies into an “integrated solution for managing electricity demand” for commercial, industrial and institutional customers, starting in California.

The new partnership is based on a simple set of premises. Batteries are fast and reliable energy resources for buildings looking to reduce demand charges or offer grid services, but expensive compared to the technology to control building HVAC systems, refrigerators, factory production equipment, and other energy-intensive loads. But these load control systems, while relatively cheap, are less flexible and fast-reacting than batteries, and limited by the fact that sometimes they simply can’t be turned off.

Combining the two in an integrated package, however, can harness the better qualities of each resource, and allow customers to tap a broader range of cost-reduction and revenue-generating capabilities, according to Jason Babik, CPower’s senior VP of business strategy and development.

“If you’re solving it all with a battery, it’s going to be an expensive solution. If you’re doing it all with curtailment, it’s going to be a potentially disruptive solution,” he said in an interview. But combining the two “can be really a ‘one plus one equals three’ type play, because you have a more dynamic resilient response to an event or a need.”

“We’re in the early days of the partnership, but our vision is that you can be switching between curtailment and batteries in a way that’s transparent to the customers — they’re not noticing that both are happening in an automated fashion,” he said.

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