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South Australia funds further battery storage

Dan van Holst Pelkaan

South Australia’s state government has launched an AUD50 million fund for new energy storage projects in the region. This fund will be used to accelerate investment in grid-scale energy storage, needed to address intermittency in the South Australian electricity system.

Workshop highlights US attraction to zinc-based batteries

Mike McDonagh

Zinc-based batteries— and their potential role in energy storage system applications— were in the spotlight at an international workshop in New York City hosted by the National Alliance for Transportation Batteries, NAATBatt.

Zimbabwe ‘to build batteries’ on back of lithium mining

July Moyo

Zimbabwe’s government has set out proposals to build battery-manufacturing plants as part of a “lithium beneficiation” programme.

Tesla adds battery storage to Gannawarra solar farm

Tesla battery system at Gannawarra Solar Farm

A 25MW/50MWh Tesla lithium-ion battery pack has entered service at the 60MW Gannawarra solar PV farm to create the first integrated solar and storage project in the state of Victoria, and the largest in Australia.

China launches ‘first solid state production line’

China has reportedly started operations of the country’s first solid-state battery production line in the city of Kunshan, in eastern Jiangsu Province.

Mitsubishi to supply parts for (another) ‘world’s largest energy-storage system’

Japanese electrical manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric has received an order from the Chiyoda Corporation to provide its BLEnDer RE energy management system to monitor and control a 240 megawatt/720 megawatt-hour lithium-ion battery system at Kita-Toyotomi Substation in Teshio, Hokkaido.

Gravita confirms lead processing expansion in Africa

Gravita Pb

Indian lead producer and exporter Gravita has confirmed plans to expand its lead-acid battery scrap processing operations overseas with two new facilities in Africa.

BMZ takes control of TerraE to launch German cell production ‘by 2020’

Sven Bauer

Lithium-ion developer and producer BMZ has taken control of German peer TerraE Holding, in a move to cement Germany’s position as a future leader in European battery cell manufacturing.

Vargo takes over at Exide Technologies as Koelsch steps down

Tim Vargo

US-based lead-acid giant Exide Technologies has named Timothy Vargo as president and chief executive officer to succeed Vic Koelsch.

Second life for Nissan batteries in Endesa power plant

Melilla power plant

Spanish utility Endesa is to re-use batteries taken from Nissan Leaf electric vehicles in a “pioneering” storage system at its Melilla power plant.