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Tesla forms battery R&D firm in China

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:46 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla forms battery R&D firm in China

Tesla has formed a new company in China for the research and development of batteries and energy storage devices, according to authorities in Beijing.

The new company has been named Tesla (Beijing) New Energy R&D Co Ltd, with a registered capital of $2 million, according to a document filed with the Chaoyang branch of the Beijing Administration for Industry and Commerce. The document is listed in China’s National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System index.

 

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UK reforms “will limit battery innovation”

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:13 -- Xuan Zhong
UK reforms “will limit battery innovation”

Just weeks after the UK’s battery sector was promised cash to become a global leader in R&D, ministers have been warned new electricity market reforms could make it harder for battery storage firms to compete.

A consortium of UK universities is spearheading R&D for the battery industry under the government-backed Faraday Challenge investment programme.

 

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Bank mulls first battery storage investments plan

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:11 -- Xuan Zhong
Bank mulls first battery storage investments plan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is reviewing how it invests in the energy sector— which could see it financing battery storage projects for the first time, BBB can reveal.

The bank is working on a blueprint to update its existing ‘Energy Sector Strategy’ (ESS)— approved four years ago and which did not even mention battery storage.

 

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Elon, Now do it for Swindon UK!

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:13 -- News Editor
Elon, Now do it for Swindon UK!

Having pulled off 100MW of storage in 100 days. Best Battery Briefing has found the next target for Tesla…

Public Power Solutions (PPS), the wholly-owned company of Swindon Borough Council, the governing body of a small town between London and Bristol, has submitted a planning application to build one of the UK’s largest battery-based electricity storage facilities.

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Musk wins battery bet

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:10 -- News Editor
Musk wins battery bet

So Elon Musk has won his bet to build a 100MW storage battery for South Australia in 100 days and he doesn’t have to give it away free. Switch-on was due last Friday. South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, who was due to visit the installation, said the battery storage system will help support South Australia during the upcoming summer season, and reduce its reliance on other states for additional energy.

The editor reflects: In 2002, I was one of a number of guests of SAFT and ABB to celebrate the commissioning of a 40MW battery in Fairbanks, Alaska.

 

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10MW battery boost for Czech solar firm

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 09:27 -- Xuan Zhong
10MW battery boost for Czech solar firm

Czech solar PV company the Solar Global group is to build a 10MWh battery storage facility in the southeast of the country.

Solar Global founder Vitezslav Skopal said the facility, to be built in Ochoz, “will become the largest in Central and Eastern Europe”.

 

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AES to build Hawaiian solar-storage facility

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 10:50 -- Xuan Zhong
AES to build Hawaiian solar-storage facility

Work has started on a major solar and battery storage project on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

AES Distributed Energy Inc., part of the US-based AES Corporation, is building the 20MW “five-hour duration” storage system on the island— together with a 28MW Oasis solar system from Silicon Valley-based SunPower Corp.

 

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Shoto develops carbon fibre-grid battery for start-stop

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 09:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Shoto develops carbon fibre-grid battery for start-stop

Chinese lead-acid battery company Shuangdeng Group (Shoto) said it has developed a new carbon fibre-grid battery technology that could be used for start-stop systems.

The battery “completely subverts the traditional lead-acid battery manufacturing process, using carbon fibre mat instead of a lead alloy skeleton”, Shoto said.

 

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Chinese partners sell Samsung battery business shares

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 10:32 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese partners sell Samsung battery business shares

Two Chinese shareholders have put a total of 30% of shares in Samsung SDI's joint venture battery company on the market, according to China’s Tianjin Property Rights Exchange (TPRE).

Samsung SDI (Tianjin) Battery Co., Ltd. (SDITB), set up in China in 2015 October, is a manufacturer of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

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Camel invests in Croatian battery tech start-up Rimac

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:57 -- News Editor
Camel invests in Croatian battery tech start-up Rimac

Chinese battery maker the Camel Group is investing EUR30 million ($35.3m) in Croatian electric vehicle technology firm Rimac Automobil.

Zagreb-based Rimac, whose products include battery packs and battery management systems for the automotive, nautical and bicycle markets, said the deal represented the “single largest foreign direct investment in a Croatian technology company”.

 

 

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