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Giant UK battery launched to tackle challenges in energy storage

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 13:23 -- Paul Crompton
Giant UK battery launched to tackle challenges in energy storage

A project to connect a lithium titanate battery to the grid proves the UK is gradually catching up with the rest of the world when it comes to adopting energy storage to balance grid frequency at the utility scale.

Research at the facility, the first to use a lithium titanate battery, which is made up of 21,120 cells supplied by Toshiba, will be led by the University of Sheffield (UoS).

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Fengfan chairman asks for Chinese lead-acid battery tax delay

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:26 -- Paul Crompton
Fengfan chairman asks for Chinese lead-acid battery tax delay

A senior Chinese official has said the lead battery consumption tax levied at the beginning of this year should be delayed or even exempted.

National People’s Congress (NPC) representative Liu Baosheng, who is also the chairman of Chinese lead-acid battery manufacturer Fengfan, said an exemption of the 4% consumption tax would help to relieve downward pressure on the battery industry.

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European cartel fined for decade of lead battery price fixing

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 15:52 -- Paul Crompton
European cartel fined for decade of lead battery price fixing

A lead battery ‘cartel’ has been fined almost €4million ($4.5million) for price fixing during a ten year period in Belgium.

The six firms admitted their part in the cartel following the Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Authority inquiry.

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World’s largest lithium nickel manganese ESS deployed to provide frequency control

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 13:22 -- Paul Crompton
World’s largest lithium nickel manganese ESS deployed to provide frequency control

The world’s largest lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide energy storage system has been deployed for frequency regulation by South Korean lithium-ion/polymer battery firm Kokam.

The 24MW/9MWh system is one of two— the other is a 16 MW/6MWh system— deployed to provide frequency regulation on the South Korean electricity grid.

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Digatron launches lead-acid and lithium-ion regenerative technology

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 15:05 -- Paul Crompton
Digatron launches lead-acid and lithium-ion regenerative technology

Digatron used the Naatbatt meeting in Palm Spring California to announce its offering of regenerative technology right across its range of formation, battery test and EV test equipment from laboratory scale to high volume formation in both lead-acid and lithium-ion products

The key advantages are electricity usage reduction, lower air conditioning costs because of reduced heat generation and obviously, a faster return on investment.

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Sodium-ion reaches lithium-ion performance with carbonised apple waste

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 14:48 -- Paul Crompton
Sodium-ion reaches lithium-ion performance with carbonised apple waste

German researchers have used apple leftovers as a carbon-based active anode material to create a sodium-ion battery with the performance of lithium-ion.

Researchers Professor Stefano Passerini and Dr. Daniel Buchholz of the Helmholtz Institute Ulm of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology claim apple waste has the right electrochemical properties for use in sodium-ion batteries.

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E-bikes stimulate China’s lead-acid battery market

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 15:34 -- Paul Crompton
E-bikes stimulate China’s lead-acid battery market

Reports coming out of China have indicated the electric bike market was the biggest driver for the country’s lead-acid battery industry in the past ten years.

The E-bike market proved a key driver in stimulating the growth of China's lead-acid battery (LAB) industry, according to research from Tsinghua University.

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Testing of 8MWh vanadium flow battery under way

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 00:00 -- Paul Crompton
Testing of 8MWh vanadium flow battery under way

Canadian firm Sparton Resources has begun testing its 8mWh vanadium flow battery in Hebei Province, China.

Work on the Zhangbei Project begun after Sparton received confirmation to initiate testing from the battery owner, the State Grid North China Company Limited ("State Grid"). 

On-line testing started on November 21st and will take place over several weeks to ensure the battery meets design protocols.

Funding for the commissioning project was carried out by VanSpar Mining, a 90.4% owned Sparton subsidiary.

The renewable energy utilisation platform integrates wind power, solar power, energy storage, and smart grid transmission technologies.

Clean power generated by this project will be integrated into north China's energy grid, operated by the State Grid.

This is a key component of China's Golden Sun Photo Voltaic Solar Pilot Project, which currently includes 110 megawatts of energy storage capacity, and covers a total land area of 200 square kilometres.

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NATEL moving into lithium-ion battery market

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:57 -- Paul Crompton
Jonathan D. Davis, Vice President of Corporate Development at NATEl

American electronics manufacturer NATEL EMS is moving into the battery business after creating a new facility to handle lithium-ion module manufacturing in Chatsworth, California.

The Lithium-ion assembly facility allows the company to manufacture advanced technologies in space and automotive industries, including lithium-ion batteries for the manned space station.

Picture: Jonathan D. Davis, Vice President of Corporate Development at NATEL

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Monbat in licensing discussions with Olife for lithium/supercap automotive power pack

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 15:52 -- Editor
Monbat

Bulgarian lead-acid battery manufacturer Monbat is considering taking a manufacturing license for a novel lithium-ion/supercap automotive starter battery designed by Olife.

Czech developer Olife is currently testing a 12V lithium iron phosphate/supercapacitor system designed to offer a reliable lead-free operation in freezing temperatures and necessary cranking current for automotive start-stop applications.

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