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

Power multinational EDF reveals electric mobility ambitions with purchase of Pivot Power

EDF Renewables UK, a subsidiary of the French power firm EDF Group, is vying for top spot in the UK battery industry with the buy out of energy storage and electric vehicle charging firm Pivot Power.

ABB opens Swiss factory to manufacture lithium-ion modules for mobile applications

Swiss technology firm ABB is making lithium-ion energy storage systems for mobility applications at a new production facility in Baden, Switzerland.


Scientists tackle power and stability concerns to develop cathode for sodium, magnesium and aluminium batteries

Scientists at the University of Maryland have re-designed battery cathodes to make more efficient, stable and affordable rechargeable sodium, magnesium and aluminium batteries.


ESS Inc gains $30 million funding for iron flow battery making process

Energy storage firm ESS Inc will use $30 million in new funding to expand and automate the manufacturing process of its second-generation iron flow battery technology. 


Investigation finds South Korea must up safety regulations after lithium-ion battery storage fire

Independent energy and certification body DNV GL found weaknesses in monitoring and prevention lead to ‘major issues’ and subsequent fire in South Korean energy storage system.


UK’s first commercial liquid air storage facility to deliver grid services

Highview Power plans to build a 50MW/250MWh cryogenic energy storage (liquid air) facility to provide stability services to the UK’s power grid.


Gridtential to produce 24V and 48V lead batteries using its silicon technology next year

Gridtential Energy plan to produce 24V and 48V versions of lead batteries using its patented Silicon Joule technology throughout next year, the company told BEST Battery Briefing.


Deal paves way for 400MWh of battery energy storage systems in Australia

Australia’s utility-scale energy storage market is set to grow after a deal between Maoneng and power retailer AGL to deliver 200MW/400MWh of capacity in New South Wales.


Lithium battery fire sparks closure of recycling facility

An investigation has been launched into a fire started by a lithium-ion battery that destroyed a recycling facility in the US on 24 October.


Lead battery firm Water Gremlin’s Minnesota plant closed amid lead poisoning in children

Lead battery terminals maker Water Gremlin's plant in White Bear Township, Minnesota, remains closed after children of its employees were found to have elevated blood lead levels on 26 October.