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John Shepherd

Leclanché hints at battery tech 'breakthrough'

11/03/2019

Is Europe picking up the pace on batteries? The answer is 'yes'… if initial indications reported by BEST Battery Briefing are anything to go by.

Although Switzerland-based battery company Leclanché is playing its cards close to its chest, CEO Anil Srivastava revealed to BBB the firm is promising to introduce a "breakthrough" battery technology as part of its contribution to a German government-backed consortium for battery development. Although based in Switzerland, Leclanché has a strong manufacturing base in Germany.

Meanwhile, Munich Re has launched a battery performance insurance policy which already has its first taker— US-based all-iron flow battery maker Energy Storage Systems. The insurance product could help boost investor confidence when it comes to backing major energy storage projects, which is just the kind of innovation the sector needs to move ahead.

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Storage doomsayers unite

This writer tries to avoid TV news these days; From the refugee torrent out of Africa into Europe, the tit-for-tat terrorist bombings in the Middle east, it’s just too awful to contemplate. Batteries, (when not arming bombs and missiles) are relatively innocuous things and when involved in the firming of renewables, they do good. But last week, at the Electricity Storage Association’s technical meeting, the industry was told it is not doing anywhere near enough.

What matters: FIFA or ESA….the ball is in your court.

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Musk has set the pot boiling

It’s funny how us lesser beings can pursue a technical topic till we’re blue in the face and no one seems to take any notice. Electrical Energy Storage is just one such topic.

Savannah 2015— the verdict

Well, BCI sure has gone digital— the only analogue service was Ann Noll and her ‘ring out your dead’ bell. I remember Michael Mayer of ELBC fame in a similar role but that’s another story.

Apple Electric Car? B*ll*cks !

Short of a definitive announcement from the company, you can take all the stories about Apple coming up with electric car any time soon as total bollocks and a figment of a flaccid and useless mainstream press adding up one and one and making it 27.

The editor’s take

AABC: Lead is far from dead again and nobody else is making money!
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Musk was right… now make it happen

What’s your definition of good engineering? Mine would include making use of the stuff that’s already there, cannibalising (if necessary) existing kit to make what I need or want to try. That’s what I learned as a kid messing around with electronics half a century ago and I’m glad to say it's a philosophy that rings true with some of the best minds out there today.

Alevo: The Apple of energy storage?

North Carolina-based Alevo believes it is 'redefining energy', y'all.

Energy storage: Not ready for prime time (yet)

There’s good reason to believe energy storage is not ready for prime time. Not yet.

Seriously missing Google

It’s only the absence of Google that makes you realise just how dependent we’ve become on it and how valuable it is.

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