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

Caterpillar invests in Fisker for solid-state battery tech.

The Caterpillar engineering group’s investment arm, Caterpillar Venture Capital (CVC), has invested an undisclosed sum in Fisker— a Californian electric vehicle start-up that is developing solid-state battery technology.

Ireland pilots hybrid flywheel battery system

A ‘hybrid flywheel battery’ system has started operation in Ireland as part of a pilot system service project.


BYD initiates energy storage in Poland

Chinese batteries and automotive manufacturer, BYD, has started operating its first energy storage project in the Polish market— a system that it was “actively invited” to supply.

BASF to build battery materials plant in Finland

German chemical company BASF is to build a battery materials production plant— its first serving the European automotive market— in Harjavalta, Finland.

EU energy chief’s about-face on lead-acid?

Maroš Šefčovič with Maroš Šefčovič

The European Union’s energy chief has given his first public indication yet that he personally believes advanced lead-acid batteries can be part of the bloc’s future energy mix, despite months of moves against the technology by European institutions.

Northvolt plans Poland battery plant to target European market

Northvolt energy storage system

Swedish lithium-ion start-up Northvolt has announced plans for a new battery production facility in Gdansk, Poland.

Battery system at heart of microgrid in Micronesia

Palau, Micronesia

The government of the Pacific Ocean island nation of Palau has signed an agreement to install a battery system at the heart of a solar and storage microgrid.

SoCal Edison selects esVolta to shore up grid with storage

SoCal Edison Aliso Canyon ESS

Utility-scale energy storage developer esVolta has been chosen to supply four lithium-ion battery storage systems to provide “incremental capacity” in California for utility Southern California Edison Company (SCE).

Cabot Corp, Saft in US low-cobalt cathode research

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected speciality chemicals firm the Cabot Corporation as a technology partner to develop low-cobalt cathodes for next-generation lithium-ion batteries.

Aqua Metals chief upbeat as ingots production gears up

Ingoting process at Aqua Metals' plant in Nevada

Novel US lead-acid battery-recycling company Aqua Metals has “overcome technical hurdles” and is now making lead ingots at a “steady state”, the company’s president has announced.