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

Researchers increase performance capabilities of lithium-sulfur cathode by 50%

Scientists from Singapore-based NanoBio Lab (NBL) have developed a means of making lithium-sulfur cathodes that increase specific energy and curbs capacity fade. 


Pivotal buys bi-polar technology with goal of making cheaper lead-acid batteries

US battery firm Pivotal Battery has bought proprietary bipolar plate technology from Integral Technologies as it looks to develop cheaper and lighter lead-acid batteries.


Pacific Corp unveil plans to replace coal plants with 2.8GW of battery storage

US power company PacifiCorp has released plans to deploy 2,800MW of battery storage to cope with increases in its renewable energy penetration as it looks to close 20 coal power stations by 2038


Lithium-ion battery pioneers win Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Image icon John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino are the Nobel laureates in chemistry for 2019 Photograph- Niklas Elmehed:Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

The three people responsible for bringing lithium-ion battery technology to the world have been awarded Nobel prizes in chemistry.


Nickel zinc firm wins million-dollar contract to deliver backup power to US Air Force

The US Air Force will use a nickel zinc energy storage system for black-start power services after signing a two-year deal with ZAF Energy Systems.


Flow battery firm opens R&D facility in Germany

VanadiumCorp Resource is set to open a vanadium redox flow battery research and development facility in Karlsruhe, Germany.


CBI unveils five-year innovation roadmap to boost the performance capabilities of lead batteries

The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) published its technology innovation roadmap on 8 October with clear goals to increase the performance of advanced lead batteries by up to five times by 2025.


Russia to ignore lithium-ion and lead-acid in growing ESS industry

Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak

Russia’s energy storage system (ESS) market is forecast to reach $3 billion by 2025 as production costs fall during the next five years, predicts the country’s Ministry of Energy.


French power firm EDF buys battery storage project from lead-acid firm Narada

Lead-acid battery maker Narada announced on 16 September it had signed a battery storage projects cooperation agreement with EDF Renewables China, the Chinese subsidiary of the French multinational.


Lead battery industry a boon to the US economy and jobs market

Kevin Moran, executive vice president of BCI

Employee numbers in the US lead battery industry have risen 20% in two years as the market contributed $26 billion in total economic output to the national economy, a new study has found.