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Lead-acid firms look beyond SLI to launch new batteries

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:52 -- paul Crompton
Lead-acid firms look beyond SLI to launch new batteries

As lead-acid looks to fend off the onslaught of lithium-ion, battery manufacturers are looking beyond SLI application to launch products into the datacenter and motive markets.

American firm EnerSys’ range of DataSafe XE batteries will outperform lithium-ion’s charging temperature range by using ‘Thin Plate Pure’ lead technology, enabling it to work from -40°C to 50°C.

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GS Yuasa to supply bespoke lead-acid battery for new Prius

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:36 -- paul Crompton
GS Yuasa to supply bespoke lead-acid battery for new Prius

Japanese battery manufacturer GS Yuasa has designed a bespoke lead-acid battery to supply accessory power for the new Toyota Prius.

The 12V LN1 lead-acid battery has been modified from the European cold cranking ampere 1 EN standard to work in Japan’s climate. The LN1 also complies with JIS, the Japanese specification of the EN standard lead-acid batteries.

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Saft ramps up lithium capacity in China to meet demand

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:35 -- paul Crompton
Saft ramps up lithium capacity in China to meet demand

French battery manufacturer Saft is set to double its primary lithium cell production in China to meet growing demand in the Asian markets.

Saft has invested €5million ($5.6million) in the new Zhuhai site in order to double production capacity to 60 million cells per year by Q3 2016.

 
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Chinese lead-acid firms embrace lithium with a vengeance

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 15:00 -- paul Crompton
Chinese lead-acid firms embrace lithium with a vengeance

Demand for electric vehicles has prompted Chinese lead-acid battery producers to embrace lithium— including two of the country’s biggest firms.

A plethora of lead-acid firms are adjusting their business model to include lithium-ion, with firms doubling lithium-ion output or building lithium battery plants in China, the Shanghai Metal Markets reports.

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Lithium battery at heart of UK project to harness offshore wind

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:49 -- paul Crompton
Lithium battery at heart of UK project to harness offshore wind

The name might sound silly, but the project to install a 1MWh lithium battery storage system to harness wind power off the Scottish coast is anything but.

The ‘Batwind’ pilot system will see the battery connected to wind turbines located 25 km offshore in the North Sea to improve efficiency and lower costs for offshore wind.

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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.

For more information, go to www.RepowerEN.com

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