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SONNEN grabs another Tesla employee as it expands into US

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 14:46 -- Paul Crompton
SONNEN grabs another Tesla employee as it expands into US

Rivalry between firms Sonnen and Tesla seems to extend beyond residential energy storage products to include employees. 

German residential energy storage system firm Sonnen has hired former Tesla Energy’s North American sales manager Blake Richetta.

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Grid-scale storage only just making financial sense

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 13:08 -- Paul Crompton
Grid-scale battery storage only just making financial sense say Uk Power Network

Batteries ability to transform the UK’s grid-scale energy landscape will become clearer as prices drop, claim electricity utility UK Power Networks.

The comments by Suleman Alli, the company’s director of Safety, Strategy and Support Services, came after a two-year trial testing lithium-ion technology in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

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New York University and firm to develop next generation lithium-ion battery

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 14:39 -- Xuan Zhong

Two New York organisations have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to develop next generation lithium-ion batteries for aerial drone and mobile robots applications.

The joint research programme will see Graphene 3D Lab supply materials to Stony Brook University, who in turn will make its facilities available as the pair develop light-weight battery packs.

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Economics of second-life lithium ESS years from adding up

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 10:03 -- Xuan Zhong

The economics of reusing batteries from plug-in vehicles for residential energy storage systems (ESS) doesn’t make sense, at least according to technology analysts Lux Research.

Lux came to the conclusion after comparing a residential 11.2kWh ESS system using second-life batteries at around $4,600 against a new 7kWh system, at $6,000.

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Off-grid lithium-ion system points way to hybrid ESS future

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 11:44 -- Xuan Zhong

With batteries becoming the ‘go to’ technology in small and large-scale renewable energy projects, it can only be a matter of time before prices fall and the industry reaches its tipping point.

This week, for example, wind turbine firm Gamesa has announced it has chosen lithium-ion technology for its hybrid off-grid system in La Muela, Spain.

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EV and ESS lithium-ion demand boosting battery-grade graphite market

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 10:58 -- Xuan Zhong

With each lithium-ion battery requiring up to 20 times more graphite than lithium, demand for high quality graphite is increasing in parallel with the electric vehicle and energy storage markets.

Kibaran Resources Limited is the latest firm to announce it has produced ‘superior quality, battery-grade’ graphite for the battery market from its Epanko Project in Tanzania.

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Performance boosting membrane may lead to new type of battery

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 11:14 -- Xuan Zhong

Scientists in the US claim to have cured self-discharge and thermal runaway issues in lithium-ion batteries— and potentially paved the way for higher performing electric vehicles.

Researchers at Ohio State University developed a ‘smart’ membrane after studying how cell membranes in the human body expand and contract in response to electrical charge.

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High-performance lithium-sulfur meets pressure tests

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 11:26 -- Xuan Zhong

A consortium of UK companies is ready to move to the development phase of a 24-month project to make a ‘deep-dive’ pressure-tolerant lithium-sulfur batteries.

The MAS (Marine Autonomous Systems) Consortium is a group of UK companies and academic partners led by Steatite and funded by Innovate UK and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

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China plant doubles AGM battery capacity to meet start-stop demand

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 09:54 -- Xuan Zhong

Johnson Controls cited rising start-stop vehicle demand for expanding production capacity of its Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries in China.

The US firm is increasing the capacity of its AGM production lines in its Changxing Plant, Zhejiang province facility to more than three million units a year.

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Toyota boosts lithium-ion battery safety on new plug-in hybrid

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:01 -- Xuan Zhong

Engineers at Japanese automaker Toyota claim to have tamed volatile lithium-ion batteries while increasing power at no significant extra cost, according to newswire Reuters.

Lithium-ion battery safety concerns not only exist in mobile devices, think of Samsung’s heartbreak, but also electric vehicles.

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