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Australia trials shared home battery storage

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Tesla PowerBank

In a “first” for Australia, a 105kW/420kWh Tesla PowerBank will be installed to provide 52 homes with shared access to energy storage for a 24-month trial.

The 52 shares of the community battery in Mandurah, Western Australia— which will be jointly owned and operated by Western Power and Synergy— sold in less than two weeks.

Each of the customers will be allocated a maximum of 8kWh of virtual storage— at the cost of AUD1 (US$0.72) per day— which they will use to store energy from solar panels during the day, and drawn down the power to avoid evening peak charge periods.

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South Australia kick-starts home BESS finance scheme

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Steven Marshall

South Australia has launched a scheme to help finance the installation of battery storage systems in some 40,000 homes across the state.

Premier Steven Marshall (pictured) said subsidies would be worth up to AUD6,000 (US$4,200) per home battery system installed.

German battery storage company Sonnen is the first provider to benefit from the scheme, after it announced plans to manufacture its lithium iron phosphate battery storage systems at a former car manufacturing plant in the state.

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Redflow to supply batteries for South African telecoms towers

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Tim Harris

Australian flow battery producer Redflow has won an order to supply five of their zinc-bromine units to provide standby energy storage for remote telecoms towers in South Africa.

The sale was made through Redflow’s long-term South African partner, Specialized Solar Systems (SSS), which Redflow said it has worked with to enable its batteries to serve as standby power systems (SPS).

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Battery ‘first’ for Australian gas plant

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 16:46 -- John Shepherd
Mt Stuart Power Station

A grid-scale battery being installed at an Australian gas-fired power station is said to be a “first” for the country.

Power company Origin told BEST Battery Briefing the four-megawatt lithium-ion battery at its Mt Stuart Power Station, in Townsville, would improve security of electricity supply to homes and businesses across North Queensland.

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Novonix battery pilot line to ‘accelerate’ R&D

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:22 -- John Shepherd
Novonix battery pilot line to ‘accelerate’ R&D

Australia-based Novonix Limited has said its new fully-commissioned lithium-ion battery cell pilot manufacturing line in Canada will “accelerate” R&D cycle time and reduce costs.

The Nova Scotia facility will support R&D into “a wide range of battery material”. Novonix said the “initial focus” will be on supporting the company's ‘Pure Graphite’ anode material production joint venture with Coulometrics in the US.

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Australia considers batteries ‘performance standard’

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:32 -- Xuan Zhong
Australia considers batteries ‘performance standard’

A government-backed project has been launched in Australia to define a “performance standard” for home battery storage systems connected to solar power systems.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) said the aim is to develop a standard that covers battery systems ranging from residential to small commercial systems, with estimated maximum size estimates of 100 kilowatts peak power and 200 kilowatt-hours stored energy.

 

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UltraCharge targets military with pouch cells joint venture

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:32 -- Xuan Zhong
UltraCharge targets military with pouch cells joint venture

Israel-based lithium and flow battery developer UltraCharge is set to jointly manufacture its high voltage lithium-ion battery pouch cells in Indonesia with domestic lead-acid firm PT Garda Persada.

Under the terms of the deal, Australia-listed UltraCharge will also market and distribute the pouch batteries with Persada— which will hold a 70% stake in the joint venture.

 

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China firm increases Australia lithium investment

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:54 -- Xuan Zhong
China firm increases Australia lithium investment

One of China's largest lithium hydroxide and carbonate producers, Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group, is boosting its investment in Australian lithium producer Core Exploration.

Sichuan has used its Yahua International subsidiary to give Core Exploration $1.4 million as share placement – in addition to $2m cash it pumped into the firm last year.

 

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Century Yuasa ‘plans lead line expansion’

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:02 -- Xuan Zhong
Century Yuasa ‘plans lead line expansion’

Australia-based battery manufacturer Century Yuasa reportedly plans a multi-million dollar investment to expand its production of lead-acid battery plates.

Century Yuasa’s general manager of operations, Matthieu Anquetil, told Australia’s Courier Mailthe company will invest AUD6m ($4.6m) in a new line at the company’s Carole Park factory in Brisbane.

 

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Australian graphite firm joins UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:15 -- John Shepherd
Australian graphite firm joins UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge

Australian graphite producer Talga Resources is to collaborate on work including cell production with partners under the UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge R&D programme.

Talga said it has signed formal agreements through its UK subsidiary, Talga Technologies, to work on initiatives including battery pack design and assembly.

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