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‘Build 6 nuclear plants or make energy independent vehicles’

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:48 -- News Editor
‘Build 6 nuclear plants or make energy independent vehicles’

The UK government’s sudden interest in battery technology became a little clearer last week. If the country meets its commitment to phase out all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, it could need the equivalent of six nuclear power plants to charge all the electric vehicles.

The UK National Grid’s solution, outlined in its ‘Future Energy Scenarios’ report (published last month), is smart charging which, it says, could substantially decrease the pressure on the system at peak times, reducing additional demand from electric vehicles to 3.5GW by 2030 from a potential scenario of 8GW of extra demand.

 

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Britain surprises all with £246 million battery jumpstart

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:18 -- News Editor
Britain surprises all with £246 million battery jumpstart

The minute UK battery and energy storage market was taken by surprise last week with UK business secretary Greg Clark’s (pictured) statement to invigorate the UK energy storage scene.

The launch of the first phase of a £246 million ($322M) government investment into battery technology is said to ensure the UK ‘builds on its strengths and leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of electric batteries’.

 

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New Epsilon ‘energises leisure time’

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 09:26 -- News Editor
New Epsilon ‘energises leisure time’

Dutch battery firm Super B has said the launch of its Epsilon lithium-ion battery will “solve limitations” on camping and boat trips.

The company said Epsilon weighs 12.5 kilogrammes and has a life equal to 5,000 cycles – “which is five times more than traditional batteries can offer”.

 

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EVs will be only new cars sold in Europe from 2035 - report

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:39 -- News Editor
EVs will be only new cars sold in Europe from 2035 - report

Only electric passenger cars will be sold in Europe from 2035 as a result of falling battery costs, economies of scale and increased support from governments, according to a new study by Dutch banking group ING.

According to the ‘Breakthrough of electric vehicle threatens European car industry’ report, compiled by ING senior economists Max Erich and Jurjen Witteveen, issues currently overshadowing electric vehicles (EVs) – such as range anxiety and pricing – “will be overcome within the next seven years.

 

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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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