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

Japanese firms team up to create 1MWh second-life lithium-ion ESS business

Three Japanese firms are in talks to develop a business that will reuse end-of-life lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) batteries in energy storage systems.


American manganese reports promising lithium-ion battery recycling results

Recycled materials firm American Manganese has received positive results from third-party testing of its RecycLiCo™ lithium-ion battery material recycling just weeks after completing the fifth and final stage of tests at its pilot plant.


Lead batteries left out of consultation document as UK proposes to increase planning threshold for ESS projects

Lead batteries were omitted from the UK government’s consultation paper suggesting the planning threshold for energy storage system (ESS) projects in England be lifted— making it easier for higher capacity energy storage projects to be deployed.

UK firm to launch 1,500-mile aluminium-air power system for electric vehicles next year


If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. So when news that a UK inventor had designed an aluminium-air battery that lasts 1,500 miles, costs £0.08p per mile to run and can be swapped in 90 seconds for free, BEST’s attention was piqued. 


US customs seize a shipment of fake lead batteries in San Juan raid

US customs seize a shipment of fake lead batteries in San Juan raid

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers seized 1,072 counterfeit rechargeable deep-cycle lead batteries at the Port of San Juan, the organisation reported on 23 October.


Lead-acid battery maker Exide Industries enters India’s e-rickshaw business

Exide Industries is set to enter India’s e-rickshaw market by launching its first model, branded 'Exide Neo', following the launch of its rickshaw specific E-Ride range of lead batteries. 


Lithium-ion battery recycling MoU between SMS Group and Neometals

Neometals has signed a memorandum of understanding with German firm SMS Group to jointly fund and evaluate research on a lithium-ion battery recycling technology.


Kore Power plans to increase global output to 16GWh with US plant

Lindsay Gorrill, CEO of Kore Power

Energy storage firm Kore Power announced on 22 October it plans to build a 10GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in the US based on the model it is using at its 6GWh plant in China.


GS Yuasa’s first overseas lithium-ion battery plant starts operations in Hungary

Lead-acid battery maker GS Yuasa has begun operations at its first lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility outside of Japan— although the company is ‘not allowed’ to release information on the type of cell.


Utility to build 5MW lithium-ion battery storage project for emergency and grid services

Power utility, Duke Energy Carolinas, lithium-ion, energy storage system, Anderson Civic Center,

Power utility Duke Energy Carolinas is building a 5MW lithium-ion energy storage system at a center that will serve as a shelter during emergencies such as hurricane evacuation.