One Big Step for Mankind ~ Energy Storage Ruling


With the passing of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) order 841, it was one small step for energy storage, and one big leap for renewables. Regulators seek to remove barriers to electric grid storage.

According to a recent article in Electric Light and Power, “As the demand for renewable energy increases, and the patterns for supply and demand change, smart digital substations are beginning to be implemented. Electricity transmission and distribution network operators are preparing to equip power substations with digital control and communication carried by fiber optic networks. This will allow faster communication, enhanced safety and more.
It’s important while implementing digital primary and secondary substation equipment to consider the essential role of the backup battery.
Battery systems can be found in every substation and can provide minutes to hours of backup power during a power outage. They can provide power for switchgear to change the configuration of the network, help isolate lines and clear faults before power can be restored safely. They also can power communication and control equipment, which is fast becoming more important in smart digital substations.
By adopting a battery technology that is compatible with digital control and communication, operators can better integrate their essential backup.” ~

Read the FERC order here.


Written by Laurie Ouding for Bronzeville Energy Collaborative

On May 24th bill HB 3418 passed in the senate and is now awaiting Governor Rauner’s signature, bringing applause from environmental advocates as it is a positive step in the right direction for urban farmers and local food businesses.
To help local governments expand access to urban farming and local food, HB
3418 :

-Allows local governments to create urban agricultural areas, where
beginning, socially- and economically-disadvantaged farmers are operating
urban farms;

-Allows local governments to abate property taxes on urban agricultural
areas; -Allows local governments to reduce water and utilities fees and rates to
rate payers in urban agricultural areas 
- Allows local governments to use TIF revenues to offset the costs of
providing incentives to urban agricultural areas.

The following statement was issued by Laura Calvert, Advocates for Urban
Agriculture Executive Director:
“We commend the Illinois legislature and in particular Rep. Sonya Harper
for lowering barriers to starting and operating urban farm businesses. This
bill will further stimulate our local food system by growing businesses,
jobs, produce, and our economy.”

Representative Sonya Harper and Senator Mattie Hunter provided support for this bill and many other projects and programs, as well as supporting the people who also work tirelessly in advancing progress in urban farming, sustainable food systems and equitable access to healthy food.
The urban agriculture and food business communities are thriving and continuing to grow in Chicago, in part due to political support and organizations like Advocates for Urban Agriculture who rally for these causes and create collaborative relationships throughout Chicagoland.

The future of Chicago is looking greener by the day.

Global Battery Solutions Meets IBEW/NECA


On May 22, 2018 Global Battery Solutions was invited to tour and present its company to the IBEW/NCEA Technical Institute officials and members.

The facility provides hands-on experience that encompasses all aspects of renewable energy, from wind to solar, electric vehicle charging, battery storage, and a variety of techniques for managing and exchanging power with the electrical utility grid.

The Bronzeville Energy Collaborative salutes Local 134/IBEW for “stepping forward into the future of Green Energy and Technology”

Written by Ellington Ellis; Co-founder and managing partner of Global Battery Solutions.

“Thanks for attending the Global Battery Solutions presentation, discussion and tour of the IBEW/NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, Illinois yesterday.”

~John Bzdawka; International Representative/Business Development

Please see the Video below highlighting IBEW.


Sustainability and food systems-what do they have to do with each other?

Written for by food sustainability author Laurie Ouding, RN

In looking at the industrialized food systems and their evolution over their years, one might think that we have made a lot of progress for the better. The reality is, that it has become a corporate owned, globally damaging monstrosity that has not only impacted the planet detrimentally, but has also caused an increase in nutritionally related diseases from eating processed foods, traveling thousands of miles to get to consumers.
Industrialized food practices have been more concerned about economic growth then the impact on the environment, resulting in long term damage to our air, land and water systems. An increased use of chemical pesticides over the last half century in conjunction with industrialized agricultural practices and genetically modified crops have damaged the air and water supplies along with creating pesticide resistant weeds and insects, thus creating a greater need for more and different pesticides-a vicious cycle damaging our ecosystem. Industrialized livestock farming, where animals are kept in confined areas, create particle pollution with methane, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide gas going out into the atmosphere. Agriculture affects climate change and climate change affects agriculture.
In creating these large food systems, we have introduced more processed foods, prepackaged and convenience type foods to consumers, making up 51% of what consumers are purchasing either at the grocery store or online. The impact these processed, “convenience” foods have on our health over time is evident by the increase in diabetes, obesity, malnutrition, chronic constipation, gastrointestinal illnesses, heart disease, etc over the last 20 years as these have become more accessible. Overall, we are getting more food than previous generations, but less nutrition, hence the increased health issues.
The highest rates of diabetes and obesity occur in neighborhoods where fresh food is inaccessible. What we eat and drink directly affects our health and yet there are places where culturally appropriate, healthy foods are not available in certain areas. This is evidenced by the existence of children who are obese, yet malnourished, which occurs when the quantity of food outweighs the quality of food eaten. A parent with minimal income may choose to have more of a cheaper food which is less healthy, than a smaller quantity of healthier food that costs more. Visit any typical corner store in a poor neighborhood and you will find a plethora of highly processed, sugar laden, fat filled products with nary a fresh fruit or vegetable in sight.
The solution to these problems are simpler than what you may think and requires us to go backwards in some ways. Meaning back to a time when food was grown and purchased locally, people cooked what they purchased and ate together. Growing your own food may seem simplistic and difficult in some areas/climates but prior to the industrialized food system development, it is how people fed their families, lived healthier lives and thrived. It is not only possible, it is necessary to improve health outcomes and for the benefit of our planet.
From an urban standpoint, we need to create more farmer’s markets, community food growing areas, and grocery stores in all neighborhoods, which is essential for healthy food access. However, access alone is not the answer-we must also provide community outreach in the form of nutrition education and cooking classes, which needs to be culturally appropriate to promote behaviors leading to improved health outcomes. Nutrition education needs to begin at birth-for the parents and then continually for the child as they grow. This needs to occur as part of every school curriculum’s STEM programming along with agriculture, the food cycle, food systems, etc.
Every physician graduating from medical school takes the Hippocratic oath “ First do no harm”. Another, more relevant quote from Hippocrates “Let thy food be thy medicine, thy medicine be thy food”. We can either continue to poison our earth and ourselves, or we can “revolutionize” our food system by getting back to the basics of growing our own food, knowing where it comes from and breaking bread together as a family, as a community.

Biomimicry in Action – “this is innovation inspired by nature”


Copyright © 2018

Melissa Breyer highlights in her Treehugger article, that researchers at Scientific America believe that “understanding the adhesive properties of frog feet could lead to better tire design, and perhaps even a nonslip shoe. Thanks, frogs!”

Biomimicry (Bio-Mimic-Ree). At its elementary level biomimicry looks at the structure of organic matter and determines how it functions. Humans then replicate this structure to create sustainable technology products. ~ Ellington Ellis

Read the full story here




Batteries from Electrical Vehicles to be reused in utility grids, business and homes in Bronzeville

Tesla is not the only “Powerwall” in Town.

Ellington Energy working in conjunction with the Bronzeville Energy Collaborative, Grand Valley State University, Global Battery Solutions (GBS), Navitas Advanced Solutions Group, and with the support of a Department of Transportation Grant, intends to create an epicenter of “Energy Storage Products” utilizing repurposed batteries from Electric Vehicles.

Lithium-ion batteries are high performance energy storage devices, whose use will continue to expand with the electrification of the global passenger and commercial vehicle fleets. A fundamental question is what to do with such batteries after their performance has degraded to the point where they are no longer capable of servicing their original vehicular applications. A used vehicle battery may still be able to store 75% of the original energy content, and able to charge and discharge at 50% of the original rate. As such, a used battery potentially retains both economic and practical use that can be utilized or reclaimed through repurposing activities.

Ellington Energy will utilize scalable battery modules described above, a scalable packaging strategy, and a scalable BMS design and manufacturing process are the missing links necessary to establish a robust repurposed and second-life lithium-ion battery supply chain. The modular and scalable approach will also allow Ellington Energy to serve markets outside of the transportation industry improving economies of scale. Reduction of development costs will significantly alter the return on investment models and open new markets for refurbished lithium batteries.

Tesla Powerwall

GBS has established a sustainable supply of end-of-first-life lithium ion batteries and developed a process that qualifies battery cells for a second life applications. Navitas Advanced Solutions Group is a leading developer of turn-key lithium-ion battery systems and currently serves customers in government, military, and commercial market sectors around the world. The project team’s combined knowledge and capabilities provide all the necessary components to establish a turnkey operation capable of repurposing lithium ion batteries into second life energy storage products.

The Link below gives a background on the foundation of the proposed Bronzeville Energy Storage Model. Ellington Ellis of GBS and Ellington Energy participated in the Mineta Study:

The work described in this report was sponsored by the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium and the U.S. DOT Research Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) with matching funds provided by Grand Valley State University (GVSU). This sponsorship is gratefully acknowledged.

Sybesma’s Electronics of Holland, Michigan, participated as a full partner. This work would not have been possible without the support and personal involvement of Hank Sybesma, President of Sybesma’s Electronics. The contributions of Ellington Ellis of Global Battery Solutions are gratefully acknowledged.” ~ MNRTC Report ~ 2014

-Bronzeveille Energy Collaborative

ENGIE North America has this week announced the acquisition of Chicago based SoCore

FedEx-Hagerstown-MD-SoCoreEngie North America is on a buying spree, and their most recent stop was Chicago. Early this year the mammoth French clean energy company purchased UK based Connected Energy, California based GreenCharge, and Infinity Renewables.  Engie, now, this week, has acquired Chicago based SoCore.

The Bronzeville Micro-grid is shining a little brighter, and the Illinois Commerce Commission’s (ICC) decision, to allow ComED’s Bronzeville Micro-grid, is appearing a little smarter.

Read the full Engie North America story here.   By Joshua S. Hill



Bronzeville in Green


A new study confirms and highlights the need for Bronzeville becoming  a smart community. The authors of the new study point to a fundamental fact: America cities that engage smart technologies will greatly benefit its citizens.


An article written in the Curbed New Design states that U.S. cities can save billions with green, resilient design. “A financial case for green roofs, solar panels, and permeable pavement” – By Patrick Sisson

According to Sisson’s  article, the study  attest that changes that come from city-wide smart green technologies adoption would also provide more proportional benefits to citizens living in low-income areas.” The article outlines that “due to lack of trees and greenery, and the higher likelihood of living in or near areas covered in dark, impervious surfaces, these residents suffer more from summer heat, air pollution, respiratory illness, heat stress, and high health costs than the population at large. 

A previous study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that, in U.S. cities, African Americans and Hispanics are 51 percent and 21 percent more likely, respectively, to live in high heat risk urban areas than non-Hispanic white Americans.”

Read the full article:  “U.S. cities can save billions with green, resilient design, says report.”



Creating Clean Energy, Technology Jobs in Bronzeville

A group of Bronzeville tech savvy investors, businessmen, professors and researchers are bent on creating thousands of technology jobs in Bronzeville, as well as in the surrounding Southside area. The group intends to create, not Silicon Valley, but Lithium Valley, in the heart of the Southside. Ellington Ellis, one of the founding members of the Bronzeville Energy  Collaborative (BEC), says the area is ripe for energy storage (Battery) research and development. With the great institutions being just a stone’s throw away, U of Chicago, IIT, Argonne National Laboratory, the local talent and the great entrepreneurship spirit, that has always been a part of Bronzeville since the great Migration, the area is prime to create advance manufacturing, and technology components.

We will create thousands of jobs over the next 5-10 years. In 2018 alone, we plan to locate a lithium-ion battery research and repurposing facility, creating over 300 jobs, says Ellis.

Along with the planned lithium facility, BEC is discussing with city and private citizens in exploring the creation of a smart city that will have, wireless electric vehicle charging stations, traffic sensors, Vehicle to infrastructure capabilities. The group sees Bronzeville as an epicenter of energy storage innovation. But more than creating and delivering smart products and service to Bronzeville, Ellis states that emphasis will be placed upon Biomimicry. Biomimicry is the belief that behind smart products and cities are smart people. It is not enough to have smart products and infrastructure, but the intelligent devices must mimic life, all life. No longer will Bronzeville be an extractive district where people come in to benefit from and not benefit for. We are a Citizenry of the present, developing the future for all its citizens. When Bronzeville slumbers, Chicago sleeps. Bronzeville has awaken, and Chicago is roaring. Here comes Bronzeville.

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A completely over-molded wireless charger that fist in the console just like the OEM rubber insert. Just connect our fused 12VDC cable through the console. An optional connector at the console surface allows easy removal of the wireless power insert.

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Qi Technology inventor and GBS – Co-owner Dave Baarman at CES

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