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

Scientists develop first fully rechargeable carbon dioxide battery

Amin Salehi-Khojin

Lithium-carbon dioxide prototype batteries can match the cycle life of lithium-ion after scientists at a US university developed a method of preventing the traditional failure modes of the technology.


India plans to build another lithium-ion battery facility after JV sign pact with Gujarat government

Plans to build a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in India moved forward this week with a memorandum of understanding to invest INR49 billion ($690 million) signed between a Japanese joint venture and the state government of Gujarat.

APS still months from closing investigation into US lithium-ion ESS explosion

An investigation into the fire at a 2MW/2MWh lithium-ion energy storage system in Arizona, US, is expected to close by the end of the year— eight months after the incident at the Arizona Public Service (APS) owned facility.


Talga and Leclanché sign MoU to trial graphene silicon lithium-ion battery anodes

Switzerland energy storage firm Leclanché will evaluate Australian firm Talga Resources’ range of graphene silicon anode products with the intention of developing commercial products for the lithium-ion battery industry. 


Power supply report highlights Great Britain’s growing reliance on batteries

Frank Gordon, head of policy at REA

Power exports from batteries to Great Britain’s distribution network has risen by nearly 10,000% in just four years, according to a report by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and ElectraLink.


Australia frees up AUD50M for studies into microgrid deployment

An AUD50 million ($34 million) cash pot has been released by the Australian government to fund feasibility studies into how microgrids can replace, upgrade or supplement existing power supplies.


Australia adopts its first standards to ensure safe delivery of energy storage projects

Australia’s first rules governing the safe installation of energy storage systems were introduced on 11 October, five years after consultation on the guidelines first began.


Rolls Royce opens microgrid validation centre in Germany

UK engineering firm Rolls-Royce has commissioned a Microgrid Validation Center at the headquarters of its Rolls-Royce Power Systems subsidiary in Friedrichshafen, Germany.


New corporate slogan marks lead battery firm GS Yuasa’s move into lithium-ion

Lead-acid battery maker GS Yuasa is redefining its brand by establishing a new corporate slogan, “Creating the Future of Energy”, to signal a change in its business model that incorporates lithium-ion. 


Argonne boosts silicon anode performance in lithium-ion batteries with new electrolyte mixture

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have developed an electrolyte mixture and additive they claim boosts the energy density of next generation lithium-ion batteries by up to 50%.