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Redflow milks industrial applications

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 09:52 -- Xuan Zhong
Redflow milks industrial applications

Australian flow-battery manufacturer Redflow has supplied six energy storage units to a Dutch dairy farm.

The deal is being seen as evidence that the company is going to put its energy into industrial and telecommunications backup applications – especially after the company’s strategic review suggested that the residential market does not provide a model for long-term growth. 

 

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German car giant builds gigafactory

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:35 -- Xuan Zhong
German car giant builds gigafactory

The casing of a vehicle battery has been laid as the foundation stone for a massive new battery factory being built in Germany. Showing the importance of the €500 ($550) million factory to Germany’s electric car and renewable energy industries, German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the ceremony at Daimler’s subsidiary, ACCUMOTIVE, in Kamenz.

ACCUMOTIVE’s second factory for lithium-ion batteries in the small town, about 25 miles (40km) northeast of Dresden, is scheduled to go into operation mid-2018.

 

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JCI plans two new battery plants in China

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:33 -- Xuan Zhong
JCI plans two new battery plants in China

US-based battery giant Johnson Controls (JCI) plans to set up two new plants – with a combined annual capacity of 13.5 million batteries – in China.

JCI plans to ramp up its output of batteries to consolidate its leading position in the stop-start system sector in the country, the South China Morning Post reported.

 

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Eos Aurora ‘ready to go mainstream’

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:11 -- Xuan Zhong
Eos Aurora ‘ready to go mainstream’

US firm Eos Energy Storage has recruited two industry veterans to help the global expansion and commercialisation of its Aurora battery technology.

Jeff Wiener (right) has been appointed senior vice president of global sales and Chris Gerlach (left) is the chief financial officer.

 

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Arizona to integrate Li tech into the grid

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 09:41 -- Xuan Zhong
Arizona to integrate Li tech into the grid

US electric utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is planning to enhance the performance of Arizona’s electric grid by using two 10MW lithium battery systems.

TEP has recently completed two lithium battery energy storage projects, constructed by E. ON’s North America subsidiary and a subsidiary of Florida-based electricity supplier NextEra Energy Resources.

 

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Blockchain tech trialled in international projects

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 09:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Blockchain tech trialled in international projects

Dutch electricity transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT is working with German battery storage firm Sonnen, Amsterdam-based energy company Vandebron and IBM to launch pilot projects integrating storage batteries into the power supply system via blockchain technology.

Blockchain, a platform developed by IBM, ensures the verifiability and transparency of the transactions of the small-scale batteries. It is expected to simplify how suppliers of locally distributed flexible energy provide services to support power grid operators in the future. 

 

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€300M ($327.5M) boost in NMC production

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:44 -- Xuan Zhong
€300M ($327.5M) boost in NMC production

Global materials technology and recycling group Umicore plans to invest €300 million ($327.5 million) between 2017 and 2019 to further increase its production of NMC (nickel-manganese-cobalt) cathode materials for lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.

The Brussels-based company says demand for its NMC materials from electric vehicle manufacturers is outpacing the market and the increased capacity will enable it to cater for a surge in orders. The investment in its plants in South Korea and China will also enable the company to meet growing demand for its proprietary high-energy LCO (lithium cobalt oxide) cathode materials used in high-end consumer electronics.

 

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Big shake-up in China’s Li-ion market

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Big shake-up in China’s Li-ion market

Sources within China’s battery industry suggest BYD might make its automotive lithium batteries available to other carmakers, while another leading lithium-ion battery maker plans to establish two joint ventures with state-owned SAIC Motor.

The informed sources suggest BYD will split its vehicle and battery manufacturing businesses, opening the door for BYD to supply its lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries and ternary lithium batteries to the wider market.

 

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Indian auto giant plans to make Li-ion batteries

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 09:44 -- Xuan Zhong
Indian auto giant plans to make Li-ion batteries

Indian automobile maker Maruti Suzuki India plans to develop hybrid electric cars as a consequence of a joint venture (JV) with Japanese battery makers, Indian business news website MintAsia reported.

"Nobody is producing lithium-ion batteries in India. To realize (electric) vehicles, we need lithium-ion batteries. That's why Suzuki decided to make lithium-ion battery packs here,” said Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director and chief executive of Maruti Suzuki India.

 

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Largest solar plant in Australia with Li tech

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 09:49 -- Xuan Zhong
Largest solar plant in Australia with Li tech

Queensland-based firm SolarQ has announced it plans to develop the largest solar farm and energy storage facility in Australia, with 800MW(ac) of solar photovoltaic and 4,000MWh of lithium-ion battery storage.

The AU$2 billion (US$1.5 billion) project that has secured sufficient land in the Lower Wonga area of Queensland, says will eventually supply about 15% of south-east Queensland's power needs.

 

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