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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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Magnis to “fast track” new NY lithium plant

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:47 -- John Shepherd
Magnis to “fast track” new NY lithium plant

Australian graphite producer Magnis Resources is to “fast track” plans to build a lithium-ion battery plant in New York State after acquiring equipment and raw materials from a former battery site in North Carolina.

Magnis confirmed on 8 February it had completed a successful AUD5 million ($3.9m) capital raising to fund its share of the purchase of the former battery plant in North Carolina.

 

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Younicos swaps lead for lithium storage in Hawaii

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:13 -- Xuan Zhong
Younicos swaps lead for lithium storage in Hawaii

Younicos is to replace a lead-acid battery storage system at one of the largest wind farms in Hawaii with Samsung SDI lithium-ion technology.

Younicos, a subsidiary of Scotland-based Aggreko, said it has signed a deal with US renewable power operator, TerraForm Power, to install a 10MW lithium battery system that marries with its Y.Q Younicos control software, to upgrade energy storage at the Kaheawa wind farm, on the island of Maui.

 

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Mass EV markets are still a long way off— Anderman

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 10:58 -- News Editor
Mass EV markets are still a long way off— Anderman

Electric vehicle penetration at 20% of the global car fleet will not be reached by 2025, according to Menahem Anderman (pictured), the renowned battery and EV market analyst.

Speaking at AABC Europe, part of a conference series Anderman founded nearly 20 years ago, he said the age old arguments of lithium-ion battery costs remain the key barrier to market, though pack size and range have changed enormously in the last five years. Auto OEMs are offering a plethora of battery-powered vehicles with more than 180 available across the globe with the great majority being made in China.

 

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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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