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Chinese storage capacity up 72%

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 09:31 -- News Editor
Chinese storage capacity up 72%

China’s domestic electrochemical storage capacity increased by 72% to 243 megawatts in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to a new report from the non-profit China Energy Storage Alliance (CNESA).

The CNESA’s white paper on the national and global energy storage market, published in English for the first time, said the lion’s share of newly-operating electrochemical ESPs in China last year used lithium-ion (62%) compared to 37% using lead-acid batteries.

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Sustainability award for EnerSys

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:23 -- News Editor
Sustainability award for EnerSys

EnerSys has been honoured for its work in battery recycling and environmental preservation.

The US-based company was awarded a 2016 Leaders in Sustainability Award from the non-profit Call2Recycle Inc., which champions a battery recycling programme that encourages consumers to recycle batteries at nearly 30,000 drop-off points across the US and Canada.

 

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Ho joins Hammond as VP of R&D

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:17 -- News Editor
Ho joins Hammond as VP of R&D

The Hammond Group has appointed Dr Marvin Ho as VP of research and development.

Dr Ho is an electrochemist with more than 25 years of experience in energy storage technologies from in his work with the Trojan Battery Company and CSB Battery Technologies – now part of Hitachi Chemical Energy Technology Co.

 

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Dutch firm expands battery usage in renewable projects

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 10:46 -- Paul Crompton
Dutch firm expands battery usage in renewable projects

Dutch company Alfen has developed and delivered a “mega” energy storage system featuring BMW’s lithium-ion car batteries to electric utility Nuon’s 122MW onshore Prinses Alexia wind farm at Zeewolde, in the Netherlands.

A 3MW battery storage system will gradually be expanded to 12MW, making it the “largest storage project in the Netherlands”, Alfen said.

 

 

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Aggreko in £40M deal to acquire Younicos

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 10:17 -- News Editor
Aggreko in £40M deal to acquire Younicos

Scotland-based Aggreko has announced a £40 million ($51.8 million) deal to acquire German renewables and energy storage provide firm Younicos.

Aggreko, which is based in Glasgow, said it had set its sights on Younicos’ integrated battery storage technology, which could be deployed across Aggreko’s existing business to “lower the cost of energy, ensure reliability and reduce carbon emissions” for its customers.

 

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Foxconn ‘plans major Li battery investments’ in China

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:27 -- News Editor
Foxconn ‘plans major Li battery investments’ in China

Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer Foxconn is reportedly planning to invest a total of CNY25 billion ($3.7 billion) in several projects as part of the development of a new energy battery R&D centre and production base in Kunshan, in China’s Jiangsu Province.

China’s state Xinhua News Agency said CNY8 billion ($1.2 billion) will be invested in the first phase, as agreed in a strategic cooperation agreement the company signed with the Kunshan government.

 

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China’s battery makers urged to boost production for e-cars

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:52 -- News Editor
China’s battery makers urged to boost production for e-cars

China is reportedly urging the country’s battery makers to redouble their efforts to keep pace with demand for products, driven by the “rapidly growing” domestic new energy vehicles industry.

According to China’s Sina Finance, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has warned the battery sector “is currently finding it difficult to keep up with demand” from new energy vehicle manufacturers.

 

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Qualcomm confirms Amionx investment

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 09:51 -- News Editor
Qualcomm confirms Amionx investment

Qualcomm Incorporated said it has made a “strategic investment” in safe battery technology firm Amionx.

As part of the deal – the financial terms of which were not disclosed – Qualcomm president Derek Aberle (pictured) will join the board of Amionx.

 

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Panasonic and Pika Energy tie-up on ‘smart battery’

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 09:46 -- News Editor
Panasonic and Pika Energy tie-up on ‘smart battery’

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America said it is teaming up with US-based inverter manufacturer Pika Energy to offer the DC-coupled solar smart battery Harbor 10P/15P.

The companies, which plan to start shipping in late 2017, said Harbor Smart combines Panasonic’s lithium-ion battery modules and Pika Energy’s power electronics in one “slim, floor-standing, wall-mounted enclosure”.

 

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Energy firm launches storage R&D project for renewables

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 15:33 -- Paul Crompton
Energy firm launches storage R&D project for renewables

Hungarian energy firm Alteo is launching a project valued at around HUF 1.1 billion ($4 million) aimed at creating an “innovative” battery-based storage model for “weather-dependent” energy sources.

The project, which is backed by an HUF500 grant from Hungary’s National Research and Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH), will focus on developing a system to make it easier to forecast and plan the utilisation of weather-dependent power supplies, Alteo said.

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