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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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Green light for Australia battery storage standard

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 12:01 -- John Shepherd
Green light for Australia battery storage standard

New rules aimed at preventing “high risk and dodgy” battery storage systems being installed in homes and businesses in Australia have been backed by regulators.

The Clean Energy Council (CEC) said the expected introduction of a new standard, which follows a five-year consultation period, was “a major win for a safe and credible battery industry and puts an end to the risk from poor quality battery installations in Australia”.

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Eos deploys ‘Znyth’ tech for US storage projects

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 14:00 -- John Shepherd
Eos deploys ‘Znyth’ tech for US storage projects

Grid-scale battery system developer Eos Energy Storage is deploying its aqueous, zinc hybrid cathode (‘Znyth’) technology for two projects in the US.

The company’s Aurora 2.0 battery system has been installed by utility Duke Energy as part of a DC-coupled solar-plus-storage system in North Carolina. Separately, Aurora is being used for behind-the-meter storage at the University of California, San Diego, in a project funded by the California Energy Commission.

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Leclanché expanding e-mobility batteries with new facility

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 14:08 -- John Shepherd
Leclanché expanding e-mobility batteries with new facility

Swiss battery storage company Leclanché is to ramp up production capacity for lithium-ion battery modules for transport applications at a new facility in Switzerland.

Leclanché is partnering with Italian industrial automation firm Comau for the project, which will see an automated production line installed in a new facility being built at a technology park adjacent to Leclanché’s headquarters in Yverdon-les Bains.

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Shell teams up with Convergent for battery storage projects

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 16:29 -- John Shepherd
Shell teams up with Convergent for battery storage projects

Shell has announced plans to install industrial battery storage systems at a number of its facilities as part of a joint venture with energy storage developer Convergent Energy & Power.

The fossil-fuel giant’s Shell New Energies division said the partners are starting with an initial 21MWh of lithium-ion battery systems at two Shell Canada Products facilities in Ontario. 

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Upside Group starts up latest lead-carbon BESS in Germany

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:38 -- John Shepherd
Upside Group starts up latest lead-carbon BESS in Germany

A second large-scale lead-carbon battery storage system has been put into operation in Germany by the country’s Upside Group.

The 16 MW/25 MWh installation at Bennewitz, in the state of Saxony, uses batteries supplied by China’s Narada— as does Upside’s first such lead project at Langenreichenbach, near Leipzig.

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Tesvolt races to claim European gigafactory first

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 13:33 -- John Shepherd
Tesvolt races to claim European gigafactory first

German lithium battery storage firm Tesvolt says it is in pole position to open Europe’s first battery storage gigafactory, as it prepares to launch expanded manufacturing operations in Germany.

Tesvolt did not announce a date for completing production lines at its new Lutherstadt Wittenberg facility, but said the plant will have an eventual annual production capacity of more than 1GWh and an initial 12,000m2 of floor space will be available next month— when production at an existing adjacent facility will switch to the new plant.

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UK under fire for battery storage tax hike proposal

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 09:47 -- John Shepherd
UK under fire for battery storage tax hike proposal

UK proposals to increase tax on low-carbon technologies such as battery storage— announced as Britain had its first week without using electricity from burning coal since the 1880s— have come under fire from the renewables industry.

The surprise bid to increase value added tax (VAT) rates on a range of technologies, also including solar and biomass boilers, was made during a consultation launched by the government’s tax collector HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
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Generac acquires lead and lithium battery storage firm Pika

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 11:21 -- John Shepherd
Generac acquires lead and lithium battery storage firm Pika

US-based power products group Generac Holdings has acquired lead-acid and lithium-ion battery storage firm Pika Energy for an undisclosed sum.

Generac president and CEO Aaron Jagdfeld said Pika’s development of systems for the residential and commercial market would give the group “a considerable edge as we expand into the rapidly developing market for energy storage”.

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