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All the news and views from the world of energy storage and associated industries.

Kokam deploys ‘high energy’ BESS systems in South Korea

South Korean battery company Kokam has been selected to provide photovoltaic-connected battery energy storage systems for two projects in the country.

Study ponders lithium industry future for Quebec

Sarah Houde

A study has been launched into the development of Canada’s Quebec province as a manufacturing and commercial hub for the lithium-ion battery industry.

Investment boost for Massachusetts battery start-ups

24M Technologies manufacturing process

Two battery technology start-ups in Massachusetts have filed paperwork indicating that they have each raised more than US$20 million in new investment.

Arsenal gunning for battery storage

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for BESS at Emirates Stadium

London-based Arsenal Football Club has become the first UK football club to install significant energy storage, after unveiling a lithium-ion battery system that will store enough energy to power Emirates Stadium for the duration of a match.

US transport chief to form lithium safety groups

Elaine Chao

The US government is forming groups of experts to study lithium-ion battery safety issues in manufacturing and transportation.

JCI and Toshiba to work on lead-lithium dual-battery systems

Johnson Controls International’s (JCI) soon-to-be-sold Power Solutions business is joining forces with Toshiba to manufacture lithium-ion batteries that will be “paired” with lead-acid battery technology as part of dual-battery systems for carmakers.

Loan deal expansion plan for Greek lead-acid maker Sunlight

Sunlight Xanthi factory

Greek lead-acid battery maker Sunlight is to expand manufacturing and new product development boosted by a €12.5 million (US$14.2m) financial shot in the arm from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

SK Innovation battery project targets US automotive market

Governor Nathan Deal

SK Innovation plans to invest 1.98 trillion South Korean won (US$1.01 billion) to establish an electric vehicle (EV) batteries production base in Jackson County, Georgia as they look to establish themselves in the US, “the largest battleground of global automakers”.

University enlists hybrid storage system to combat emissions

UK-based energy storage company redT has put a 1 megawatt-hour energy storage system (ESS) into operation at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia.

Finnish mining firm eyes lithium hydroxide production

Finnish mining company Keliber Oy has launched a pilot-scale programme for the possible production of battery-grade lithium hydroxide.