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UK sees decline in proportion of lead-acid batteries recycled

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 13:20 -- paul Crompton
UK sees decline in proportion of lead-acid batteries recycled

Predictions that the number of lead-acid batteries recycled would decline in the run-up to classification changes appear to have come true.

The changes, brought in by the UK’s Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), came into effect in January 2016.

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US regulators agree grid-scale lithium battery storage tests

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 16:00 -- paul Crompton
US regulators agree grid-scale lithium battery storage tests

US State regulators have given utility-holding company Xcel Energy permission to test the use of large lithium batteries to store solar power.

The testing will take place at two sites in the Stapleton neighbourhood in Denver, Colorado.

On one site, Xcel will install a utility-scale power system at a car park at Denver International Airport.

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Europe’s biggest battery innovation centre opens to develop emerging chemistries

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:25 -- paul Crompton
Europe’s biggest battery innovation centre opens to develop emerging chemistries

Amid a plethora of grants and developments boosting the UK’s battery industry this year, England has now been chosen as the home of Europe’s largest battery innovation centre.

The £50m Energy Innovation Centre at the University of Warwick (Warwick Manufacturing Group) opened this month to provide development space for new battery chemistries from concept to market ready technology.

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Partnership develops ‘game changing’ air freight containers as shipping ban looms

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 09:11 -- paul Crompton
Partnership develops ‘game changing’ air freight containers as shipping ban looms

Two firms are set to capitalise on a ‘fire-resistant’ freight container just two weeks before a ban on shipping lithium-ion batteries on passenger planes comes into affect.

Dutch firm Teijin Aramid and US company MACRO Industries are working together to develop, manufacture and commercialise

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Catalyst creator comes to rescue of lead-acid in cars

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 15:54 -- paul Crompton
Catalyst creator comes to rescue of lead-acid in cars

Will Jones, the battery entrepreneur who made a small fortune developing recombination catalysts for failing VRLA batteries in the ‘90s has come up with what he believes is a solution to premature lead-acid battery failure in mico hybrids— likely to be the dominant automotive technology in the next 20 years.

Jones, writing to BEST magazine, claims the problem isn’t with the fundamental chemistry but its charging regime.

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Firm unveils thin nonwoven battery separator for lithium-ion and supercapacitors

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 11:40 -- paul Crompton
Firm unveils thin nonwoven battery separator for lithium-ion and supercapacitors

Ultra thin nonwoven separators have been developed for lithium-ion and supercapacitors batteries by US firm Dreamweaver International.

The patented technology relies on lighter weights and high compression to produce nonwoven separators that could be produced as low as 10–12 microns thick. 

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Lead-acid firm East Penn set to move into lithium and ESS markets

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 14:19 -- paul Crompton
Lead-acid firm East Penn set to move into lithium and ESS markets

Lead-acid firm East Penn Manufacturing is moving with the times as it looks to reclassify itself as an energy storage company— including embracing lithium-ion technology.

The company’s CEO Daniel Langdon spoke of the new ‘mindset’ during an interview with the Reading Eagle Business Weekly newspaper from where the company is headquartered.

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Does latest VP appointment signal new direction for lead-acid firm?

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 16:04 -- paul Crompton
Does latest VP appointment signal new direction for lead-acid firm?

With the search for new and better lead-acid batteries to rival other technologies, two appointments at US deep-cycle firm Trojan Battery has hinted at a new development.

The appointment of Michael Everett as the firm’s senior vice-president of engineering, is possibly the most eye-catching of the two. 

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JCI drives an ‘evolution’ in stop-start technology combining lead-acid and lithium-ion

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 16:00 -- paul Crompton
JCI drives an ‘evolution’ in stop-start technology combining lead-acid and lithium-ion

Global giant Johnson Controls says it is driving an evolution in stop-start technology— while the rest of us wait for a revolution to happen.

Advanced Market & Technology Strategist Craig Rigby told BBB that the growth of the stop-start market had superseded all expectations, far outweighing the uptake in the electric vehicle (EV) market.

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Australia’s home battery storage sector gets multi-million dollar boost

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 16:07 -- paul Crompton
Australia’s home battery storage sector gets multi-million dollar boost

The burgeoning residential battery storage market in Australia has been boosted further by a multi-million dollar investment by the country’s largest publicly traded energy retailer AGL Energy Ltd.

AGL agreed to invest $20 million into US firm Sunverge’s lithium-ion Solar Integration System (SIS), a second generation.

The SIS combines advanced lithium batteries with a control platform that allows power to flow to and from the grid as part of a virtual power plant.

The AGL investment comes on top of £7 million already put in to Sunverge by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Siemens Venture Capital (SBCVC) and Total Energy Ventures International.

“This will help Sunverge establish operations in Australia and overcome barriers to the widespread deployment of storage systems,” said ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht.

“Residential battery storage is currently in its infancy in Australia. While only a small number of systems are currently installed, there is a lot of interest in the technology.

“The partnership between AGL and Sunverge will accelerate the roll-out of a state-of-the art grid-integrated battery storage solution to Australia’s large household storage market.”

Home storage system makers are lining up to get their products into the Australian market.

Queensland-based Energex installed the country’s first Tesla Powerwall in January along with one of Sunergy’s storage systems.

And in February, Brisbane firm Redflow announced it would be launching its residential energy storage system – backed by its zinc bromine battery – in March, with the first installations expected for June.

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