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Work on ‘world’s biggest Li-ion ESS’ begins in Southern California

Work on ‘world’s biggest Li-ion ESS’ begins in Southern California

Work has begun on what it said to be the biggest lithium-ion energy storage system, with the ground-breaking of a 100MW/400MWh project for the Alamitos Energy Center in Southern California.

 

Western Australia unveils funds register to grow battery industry

Western Australia unveils funds register to grow battery industry

Western Australia (WA) has launched a ‘Funding Assistance Register’ aimed at bolstering the state’s ambitions to develop a home-grown battery industry.

 

South African Pb start-up awarded bipolar development grant

South African Pb start-up awarded bipolar development grant

Elektron Energy, the South African lead-acid battery start-up, has been awarded around €250,000 (US$282,000) from the EU and national funding authority (DST)-backed Eureka Eurostars initiative to develop its next generation bipolar batteries.

 

First lithium EV packs produced at expanded UK plant

First lithium EV packs produced at expanded UK plant

The first lithium-ion electric vehicle battery packs began rolling off the production lines of UK battery system maker Hyperdrive Innovation’s expanded facility on 11 July.

 

BMZ in lithium joint venture with trucks firm Kion

BMZ in lithium joint venture with trucks firm Kion

Germany’s BMZ group is teaming up with trucks manufacturer Kion to launch a lithium-ion batteries joint venture.

New markets and better batteries to drive Pb growth in Africa

New markets and better batteries to drive Pb growth in Africa

The lead-acid market in Africa is expected to grow by just over 5% CAGR to more than US$1 billion by 2021, according to a report by market analysts Transparency Market Research.

Nevada utility faces fine for failing to earmark energy storage funds

Nevada utility faces fine for failing to earmark energy storage funds

Nevada power utility NV Energy and its subsidiary Sierra Pacific Power Company have an anxious two-month wait to hear if they will be fined for not setting aside $10 million in incentives for energy storage systems in the US state.

Novel real-time monitoring system to extend EV battery life

Bosch novel real-time monitoring system to extend EV battery life

Engineering firm Bosch has developed a cloud-based system that monitors an electric vehicle’s battery-management system to prevent cell degradation, predict lifetime capacity and forecast performance criteria.

VW deepens ties with cell makers to deliver on EV ambitions

VW deepens ties with cell makers to deliver on EV ambitions

Vehicle OEM Volkswagen has created a joint venture and will finance battery production by purchasing up to €50 million (US$56million) worth of cells, the German firm has told news agency Reuters.

NY to invest in BESS incentives for Long Island

NY to invest in BESS incentives for Long Island

New York State has announced a $55 million investment plan to deploy battery energy storage systems on Long Island, including commercial and residential projects.

 

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