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

ESA publishes safety guidelines for energy storage projects

The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) has published safety guidelines for deploying energy storage systems that include how to plan for and mitigate potential operational hazards.  

 

Firms announce plans to deploy the US’ first liquid air energy storage system

Liquid-air energy storage firm Highview Power Storage and project developer Encore Renewable Energy have announced plans to deliver a 50MW/400MWh system in the US— a first for the country.

 

Tesla files lithium-ion pouch cell patent aimed at the EV and energy storage markets

Tesla Motors Canada has filed a patent for a lithium-ion pouch cell containing ‘fewer operative, electrolyte additives’ with the potential to be used in energy storage applications including vehicle and grid-storage— Tesla’s key markets.

 

Chinese firm commissions lithium-ion anode materials factory

China’s Chenyu-Fuji commissioned the first phase of its lithium-ion battery anode materials plant on 1 January with the goal of producing 20,000 mt/year when the facility is completed. 

California earmarks funding for non lithium-ion ESS technology

Lithium-ion is undoubtedly the battery du jour of the modern world, but the California Energy Commission is looking at alternatives to the chemistry for tomorrow’s energy storage system applications.

 

Bank agrees loan to help troubled South African utility deploy energy storage

China headquartered New Development Bank (NDB) has agreed to a ZAR6billion ($420 million) loan to South African power utility Eskom to build up to 360MW of energy storage in the country.

 

Audi and Umicore to recover cobalt and nickel from lithium-ion batteries as they continue to pursue closed loop goal

Vehicle OEM Audi and recyclers Umicore have recovered 90% of the cobalt and nickel from the German car maker’s e-tron battery packs during the test phase of their strategic research project. 

 

Year-long project aims to enhance lead recycling value chain with advances in smelting process

Lead battery recycler Gopher Resource has formed a research collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to improve its reverberatory furnaces.

 

UN proposes limit lithium batteries SoC during transportation

Lithium-ion batteries should be limited to 30% state-of-charge (SoC) when being transported, a sub-committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe has proposed.

 

Indian battery factory fire kills one

One firefighter was killed and many injured when a fire broke out at battery manufacturing plant in New Delhi on Thursday, 2 January.

 

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