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High demand charges make storage development a winner

High demand charges make storage development a winner

US-based Solect Energy, Massachusetts’ leading commercial-scale developer of solar energy systems with over 400 installed projects has announced it is launching an energy storage division.

‘First battery connected to a floating wind farm’

‘First battery connected to a floating wind farm’

Younicos, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aggreko, has won a contract to supply “the first battery storage system connected to the world’s first floating wind farm”, Hywind Scotland.

 

Canadian company buys out South Korea’s iQ Power

Canadian company buys out South Korea’s iQ Power

South Korea’s battery manufacturer iQ Power Asia Inc. has been acquired by Vancouver-based lead-acid battery maker Discover Energy and will operates as a subsidiary under a new name.

 

Hype— the secret ingredient of ultra fast charging

Hype— the secret ingredient of ultra fast charging

The race to bring fast charging to the mobile phone market through new battery developments reached a new peak last week with Samsung and relative newcomer Enervate using consumer electronic marketing and hype to bring their products to the global stage.

Elon, Now do it for Swindon UK!

Elon, Now do it for Swindon UK!

Having pulled off 100MW of storage in 100 days. Best Battery Briefing has found the next target for Tesla…

 

Musk wins battery bet

Musk wins battery bet

So Elon Musk has won his bet to build a 100MW storage battery for South Australia in 100 days and he doesn’t have to give it away free. Switch-on was due last Friday. South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, who was due to visit the installation, said the battery storage system will help support South Australia during the upcoming summer season, and reduce its reliance on other states for additional energy.

 

German-Chinese JV on lithium-ion technology

Germany-Chinese JV on lithium-ion technology

The German enterprise ElringKlinger (EK) has signed a framework agreement on a joint venture (JV) for lithium-ion battery technology with Sichuan Chengfei Integration Technology Co Ltd (CITC) from China.

 

Korean battery makers line up in Europe

Korean battery makers line up in Europe

Further evidence of a Korean “land grab” of future European EV markets came last week with SK Innovation's announcement that it plans to invest around KRW1 trillion ($920 million) to build an electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Hungary and to expand production facilities for EV batteries in South Korea.

Lead offers best choice for grid storage — but who knows it?

Lead offers best choice for grid storage — but who knows it?

The lead battery industry must redouble its efforts to show investors and utility operators that lead batteries are a perfectly usable and cost effective means of providing grid-scale energy storage, a seminar in London heard last month.

 

UK gets 'national battery facility'

UK gets 'national battery facility'

A partnership between academe, the city of Coventry and other local partners was announced last week with GBP80 million ($108m) government funding. The National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NBMDF), was announced by Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, while attending an energy conference on the University of Warwick campus.

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