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

Berkeley Lab names new head of energy storage and distributed resources

The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has appointed electrochemical systems engineer Robert Kostecki as head of its energy storage division.


Oxis signs trading deal with Sanyo Trading to target Japan market with its lithium-sulfur technology

A trading partnership will see Sanyo Trading Company market UK battery developer Oxis Energy’s lithium-sulfur and battery systems in Japan.


Report backs up lead battery industry’s recyclability boast in the US

In recent weeks the US lead battery industry has taken some blows to its environment claims, but a new Battery Council International (BCI) report has ratified the widely held understanding that lead batteries– at 99% recyclability– are the most recycled consumer product in the country.


US/China joint venture to target Asia Pacific energy storage market

China firm GCL System Integration and US company Powin Energy have formed a joint venture to target Asia-Pacific’s front-of-the-meter energy storage systems market.


BMW secures €10 billion lithium-ion cell supply with CATL and Samsung

German vehicle OEM BMW has secured long-term supply deals worth a total of €10 billion ($11 billion) from lithium-ion cell manufacturers Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and Samsung SDI.


World’s biggest lithium-ion ESS set to get even bigger as Australia continues to embrace renewables

Just over two years since Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk announced a ground-breaking energy storage project, with the type of Twitter fanfare only he can muster, the world’s biggest lithium-ion system is about to get 50% bigger.

Firm secures permission to build second 49.5MW ESS at ‘critical time’ for adoption of UK storage

Harmony Energy is set to double energy storage capacity at one of its UK substations to handle 2.4GW of offshore wind generation connected to the site.


Battery firms partner to test the benefits of silicon current collectors in lead batteries

Lead battery firms Gridtential Energy and Hoppecke Battery have entered into a technology evaluation agreement to test the performance capabilities of bipolar batteries.


StoreDot demonstrates lithium-ion powered two-wheeler that's fully chargeable in five minutes

Fast charging ability along with energy density is part of the holy-grail of battery technology, typically difficult to achieve with standard lithium-ion technology due to temperature rise, safety and cycle life degradation.


Merger of flow battery firms sees Avalon move its CEO into RedT’s top seat

UK-based vanadium redox flow battery firm RedT will integrate the chief executive officer of US energy storage firm Avalon Battery Corporation on the successful completion of a merger between the two firms.