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Final 5MW goes live at UK’s largest council-owned battery storage site

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 15:42 -- Paul Crompton

The final 5MW of a 30MW virtual power plant battery storage project has been  commissioned in the UK by distributed energy software firm Kiwi Power.

The Fideoak Mill site in Somerset county includes 22 units designed to help distributed network operator Western Power Distribution improve grid resilience and support increasing renewables penetration in the power mix.

The lithium-ion batteries have been supplied by China battery-maker BYD.

The project is UK’s largest council-owned battery storage site. 

Kiwi Power installed its demand response hardware on all 22 battery units to enable the site to provide grid balancing services to grid operator National Grid. 

Western Power Distribution requires the site be able to respond to constraint signals in the event of a transmission level issue on the grid and the site’s infrastructure was configured to accommodate this.

Kiwi Power will now use co-optimisation— which includes deep industry expertise with an algorithm that makes up to 17,500 decisions per asset per year—  to maximise the council’s return on investment.

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Probe into lithium-ion ESS explosion that injured fireman concludes with safety recommendations

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 11:07 -- Paul Crompton

A 15-month investigation into an explosion at a lithium-ion battery storage facility operated by the Arizona Public Service (APS) utility in the US has found the cause was a cascading thermal runaway.

The probe into the fire found the explosion on 19 April, 2019, that seriously injured four fire fighters, began with an internal cell failure within one of the battery cells.

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Turning point for US storage deployment as nations largest ESS connects to California ISO grid

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 11:26 -- Paul Crompton

The US’ largest battery storage resource to date was connected to the California Independent System Operator’s (ISO) grid in June— with the 62.5MW lithium-ion system supplying more than a quarter of the area’s battery capacity.

The initial phase of LS Power Group’s Gateway Energy Storage Project in San Diego County signals an era of rapid battery growth for ISO through 2023 as the firm aims toward the state’s procurement targets. 

 
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US firm opens Indian lithium battery factory to target domestic mobility and stationary markets

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 15:32 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Xnrgi has opened a high temperature lithium-ion battery factory in India capable of an annual output of 240MWh of battery storage for the e-mobility and stationary storage markets.  

The plant is producing the US firm’s XM5kWh battery for e-mobile and renewables and UPS applications.

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Coronavirus wipes 10% off China’s lithium-ion battery manufacturing forecast

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 14:25 -- Paul Crompton

Energy research group Wood Mackenzie forecasts COVID-19 will reduce China’s battery storage production capacity by as much as 10% compared to the pre-coronavirus 2020 forecast.

The company predicts governmental measures to minimise human-to-human interaction in China, including factory shut-downs, will hit this year’s battery output by 26GWh.

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BMZ Group and VDE form strategic partnership to push European battery industry agenda

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 09:39 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery producer BMZ Group and technology association VDE Renewables have formed a strategic partnership to promote Europe’s battery storage industry.

Through the Battery Experts Forum conference, organised by the BMZ Group, the partnership aims to promote and strengthen international dialogue within the industry.

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Pacific Corp unveil plans to replace coal plants with 2.8GW of battery storage

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 14:22 -- Paul Crompton

US power company PacifiCorp has released plans to deploy 2,800MW of battery storage to cope with increases in its renewable energy penetration as it looks to close 20 coal power stations by 2038

Nearly 600MW of battery storage will be deployed by 2025 with the remaining capacity set to be installed by 2038 as the Oregon firm plans to close all but four of its coal-fired power station. 

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French power firm EDF buys battery storage project from lead-acid firm Narada

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 12:17 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid battery maker Narada announced on 16 September it had signed a battery storage projects cooperation agreement with EDF Renewables China, the Chinese subsidiary of the French multinational.

The cooperation will start with the acquisition agreement by EDF of a 1.5MW/12MWh battery storage owned and operated since September 2018 by Narada in Jiangsu province, China.

Pic: EDF Renewables China and Narada joined hands on 18th Sep. Mr Tian Yue, CEO of EDF Renewables China (left) and Wang Yuenneng, vice chairman of Narada (right)

 

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Lead-acid firm Enersys hedges its bets with targeting of LIB markets

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 14:03 -- John Shepherd
David Shaffer Lead-acid firm Enersys hedges its bets with targeting of LIB markets

US-based lead-acid battery maker Enersys plans to target the defence and aerospace sectors as it pushes deeper into the lithium-ion battery storage market, the company’s CEO has said.

David Shaffer said Enersys had “added some talent in the aerospace and defence sector specifically to go after some of the thermal battery business, and that's primarily lithium”

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Lithium-ion an ‘unacceptable risk’ claims Arizona regulator

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 11:34 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium-ion an ‘unacceptable risk’ claims Arizona regulator

Alternative battery chemistries to lithium-ion should be used in utility-scale battery storage projects because the technology poses an ‘unacceptable risk’ in the case of a fire, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has claimed.

The damning judgment on the use of large-scale, lithium-ion storage systems comes three months after the fire at Arizona Public Service's (APS) 2MW/2MWh McMicken energy storage facility in Surprise, Arizona.

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