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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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TPI’s Bill Cantor wins Battcon Hall of Fame award

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:12 -- David Appleyard
Bill Cantor receives his hall of fame award

Bill Cantor, vice president of technology for Test Products Inc., won the 2014 Hall of Fame Award at the recent Battcon conference for his contribution in the field of DC arc flash hazard.

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AES to build 100MW battery storage plant in Northern Ireland

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:36 -- Tildy Bayar
AES to build 100MW battery storage plant in Northern Ireland

US energy storage firm AES is to build a 100MW battery energy storage plant at Northern Ireland’s biggest power station.


AES plans to build the facility at the Kilroot 660MW coal/oil power plant in Carrickfegus. The company has submitted a connection application to System Operator Northern Ireland (SONI), which operates the electricity grid in Northern Ireland.


Depending on "a suitable commercial agreement", AES could have the facility operational early in 2015.


“Leveraging existing AES infrastructure will allow us to rapidly deliver reliable, economical power resources,” John Zahurancik, vice president of AES’s energy-storage unit, said in a statement. “Storage arrays have the unique ability to participate as active power-system support with no emissions and to provide both supply and load to help manage the variability of renewables.”

Enersys expands in Southeast Asia

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 17:06 -- Ruth Williams

Global battery giant Enersys has acquired a family of battery companies based in Southeast Asia. UTS Holdings and its subsidiaries including Battery Power International and IE Technologies, based in Singapore, are suppliers of motive and reserve power for the Asian markets.

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Sinopoly to supply lithium-ion batteries for Smith’s electric trucks

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 17:11 -- Ruth Williams
Smith Electric Vehicle

Chinese lithium-ion battery manufacturer Sinopoly Battery Limited has signed a Letter of Intent with Smith Electric Vehicles to supply batteries for 20 000 electric vehicles destined for China.

The deal will be worth US$100m for Sinopoly to manufacture batteries for Smith’s commercial electric vehicles. Smith is making 15 000 for mainland China and 5 000 for Taiwan.

 

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