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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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Utility sells battery assets stake to boost investment

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 14:58 -- John Shepherd
Utility sells battery assets stake to boost investment

US-based power company Duke Energy is selling a minority stake in its renewables business including battery storage assets to infrastructure investment firm John Hancock.

Duke said the sale would help fund “future growth capital plans”— and as a continuing majority owner, Duke committed to expanding its commercial renewable energy business.

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Probe launched into Arizona BESS explosion

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 17:44 -- John Shepherd
Probe launched into Arizona BESS explosion

An investigation is under way after an explosion at a lithium-ion grid-scale battery storage facility in the US operated by the Arizona Public Service (APS) utility.

APS told BEST Battery Briefing today several firefighters and a police officer needed hospital treatment as a result of the “catastrophic failure” of the 2MW/2MWh system at its McMicken facility in the city of Surprise, Arizona.

Firefighters were called to the site after smoke was discovered at the site on 19 April, an APS spokesperson told BBB. The explosion occurred about three hours after first responders arrived.

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Cheaper BESS systems 'to rival fossil-fired peaking plants'

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Cheaper battery storage systems are less than 20 years away from becoming a "competitive" alternative to oil and gas-fired peaking plants, according to a new International Energy Agency (IEA) study.

The cost of battery storage is projected to “decline fast” by 2040 and global BESS capacity could reach 220 giagwatts by 2040, the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2018 said.

This would see batteries "increasingly compete with gas-fired peaking plants to manage short-run fluctuations in supply and demand"— with the scenario’s projected need for global peaking capacity set to increase by three-quarters compared to 2017.

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Ameresco provides energy reinforcements at military base in Texas

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Chapel at JBSA

US-based energy infrastructure company Ameresco is to deploy battery storage as part of an “energy resilient project” for the US Department of Defense.

Under the US$133.5 million contract with the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Ameresco will install a microgrid to integrate 4 megawatts/8 megawatt-hours of battery energy storage with 20MW of onsite solar and 4MW of gas-fired backup generation at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA), Texas.

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Germany marks solar BESS ‘milestone’

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 08:58 -- John Shepherd
German Solar Association image

Germany has welcomed the “milestone” installation of the country’s 100,000th grid-connected residential battery energy storage system.

Solar-battery storage projects will become “increasingly important” in pushing ahead with Germany’s energy transition (energiewende) policy, the German Solar Association (BSW) quoted parliamentary state secretary to the federal economic and energy minister, Thomas Barei, as saying.

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