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South Australia in new Tesla deal for home batteries

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:54 -- John Shepherd
South Australia in new Tesla deal for home batteries

South Australia has done a fresh batteries deal with Tesla— this time to provide the US firm’s Powerwall 2 units free to up to 50,000 homes to create the “world’s largest virtual power plant”.

The state government will provide one of the 13.5kWh lithium-ion batteries to each home as part of the solar-energy storage project.

 

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Nevada links batteries to power plan bid

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:45 -- Xuan Zhong
Nevada links batteries to power plan bid

Nevada utility NV Energy has issued a called for proposals that could see up to 330MW of new renewable energy facilities built in the state together with associated battery storage.

NV Energy said the move would provide enough carbon-free electricity to power around 200,000 Nevada homes.

 

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50MW Li-Ion storage boost for UK

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:33 -- Xuan Zhong
50MW Li-Ion storage boost for UK

Two grid-scale projects totalling 50MW of new energy storage capacity have been connected to the grid in the UK.

The US-European partners behind the lithium-ion projects said the commissioning represented the “largest portfolio of utility-scale battery energy storage systems connected to the UK grid”.

 

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Regulators reject Trump subsidies bid for coal over energy storage

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:43 -- Xuan Zhong
Regulators reject Trump subsidies bid for coal over energy storage

Electricity regulators in the US have rejected proposals by the Trump administration to “subsidise” struggling coal-fired and nuclear plants over support for developing battery storage technologies.

The US energy department had proposed a rule that would increase aid for coal and nuclear to ensure “grid resiliency”— in line with President Donald Trump’s pre-election pledge to ‘reopen mines and bring back coal’.

 

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South Australia gets more battery storage with wind farm deal

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 09:52 -- News Editor
South Australia gets more battery storage with wind farm deal

Singapore-based power company Nexif Energy has reached financial close for the first stage of construction of a wind farm with utility scale battery storage in South Australia.

Nexif said the 126MW first stage of the Lincoln Gap Wind Farm, near Port Augusta, includes building and operating 36 wind turbines.

 

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BYD batteries to power US utility-scale system

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 09:44 -- Xuan Zhong
BYD batteries to power US utility-scale system

Chinese battery maker BYD has been chosen to supply batteries to Green Charge’s  “largest utility scale” energy storage system in the US state of Massachusetts.

BYD’s lithium-ion batteries will be deployed for the 3MW/6MWh storage system adjacent to the Mt. Tom Power Station in Holyoke, Green Charge has announced.

 

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Batteries plan to “alleviate” Fukushima grid challenges

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 10:42 -- News Editor
Batteries plan to “alleviate” Fukushima grid challenges

Japan’s IHI Corporation has unveiled plans to launch a lithium battery storage project in the country’s Fukushima Prefecture.

IHI said the 500kW, 2.5MWh storage facility, incorporating LG Chem Li-ion battery racks, will be developed by US-based subsidiary IHI Energy Storage.

 

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UK’s Drax poised to invest in battery storage

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:36 -- News Editor
UK’s Drax poised to invest in battery storage

UK power group Drax is considering proposals to build a 200MW battery storage facility at its Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire.

Drax has told planning chiefs it intends to consult local communities and others on the battery project, as part of “long-term options” to repower up to two coal units at the plant to gas with up to 3.6GW of new gas generation capacity.

 

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Australia issues draft home storage fire-risk rules

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:41 -- News Editor
Australia issues draft home storage fire-risk rules

Proposed regulations in Australia that would prioritise fire safety for the use of lithium-based batteries inside homes have been opened to consultation.

The draft regulations by Standards Australia follow reports that emerged earlier this year that new guidelines could ban the introduction of on-site lithium-ion battery storage in homes.

 

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“Niche player” to build a gigafactory in Australia

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:43 -- News Editor
“Niche player” to build a gigafactory in Australia

Australian company Energy Renaissance (ER) is to build a “specific and niche” lithium-ion battery gigafactory in Darwin, in the country’s Northern Territory, which will start production by late 2018.

Our niche focus is to build the world's best batteries for hot and humid climates,” said Brian Craighead, managing director of Energy Renaissance, in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). The battery storage systems will be designed for commercial and utility-scale uses in telecommunications, defence and government sectors, and target the Australian and South-East Asian markets.

 

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