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Western Australian firm plans an A$20M solar power station

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 09:17 -- Xuan Zhong
Western Australian firm plans an A$20M solar power station

The renewable energy company Carnegie Clean Energy has announced its A$20M ($15M) plan to develop a 10MW battery-ready solar power station in Northam, Western Australia.

The project will be delivered by the Energy Made Clean (EMC, Carnegie Clean Energy’s subsidiary) and Australian infrastructure firm Lendlease joint venture to deliver lithium batteries, solar and storage microgrids across Australia.

 

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Enersys wins military order

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:40 -- Xuan Zhong
Enersys wins military order

Lead acid battery maker EnerSys said it was recently awarded a long-term, US$71 million contract for production and supply of batteries used by all branches of the U.S. military in combat and tactical vehicles, as well as generators.

EnerSys will be supplying Thin Plate Pure Lead Hawker ARMASAFE Plus batteries for three years with an option for two additional years with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

 

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Vanadium battery for SDG&E

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Vanadium battery for SDG&E

Californian utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is planning a four-year vanadium redox flow (VRF) battery storage pilot project with Japan’s electronics manufacturer Sumitomo Electric (SEI).

The 2MW VRF battery storage system will be used to store solar energy sufficient to power up 1,000 households for up to four hours, according to SDG&E.

 

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Hitachi is to supply hybrid BESS to the Polish small grid demonstration project

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:32 -- Xuan Zhong
Hitachi is to supply hybrid BESS to the Polish small grid demonstration project

Japanese technology giant Hitachi has announced it will work with other six organizations and firms to deliver a smart grid demonstration project using hybrid (lithium-ion and lead-acid) battery energy storage system (BESS) in Poland.

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization and the Ministry of Energy of Poland have clinched a memorandum of understanding to support the Polish power system security.

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HALT HASS could save you from bankruptcy says De-Leon

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:23 -- Xuan Zhong
HALT HASS could save you from bankruptcy says De-Leon

Battery manufacturers should employ “Halt Hass” testing to determine the weaknesses in their battery designs, according to self-styled battery guru, Shmuel De-Leon. As Samsung launches its S8 mobile phone this week, alongside its eight point battery check, De-Leon issued a prophetic warning.

Speaking last week at the International battery seminar in Florida, De-Leon said that the risks from consumer product battery failure were now too high - not just from fire and loss of life but ultimately corporate bankruptcy.

 
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Tesla could move into Nickel mining, pack inventor says

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:21 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla could move into Nickel mining, pack inventor says

Kurt Kelty winner of the Cambridge Enertech battery innovator of the year award and Senior Director, Cell Supply Chain and Business Development at Tesla Motors told BBB that the company did not rule out becoming a mining company as it consolidates its position into becoming the biggest user and manufacturer of lithium ion cells in the world.

Kelty, speaking at Cambridge Enertech’s Florida Battery seminar last week told the meeting that with a target of 35GW production output from the much hyped Nevada Gigafactory by 2020, more vertical integration was the key to hitting costs targets.

 

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Break-through partnership in ‘Green’ lead-acid battery recycling

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:17 -- Xuan Zhong

Green lead-acid recycling start-up Aqua Metals has signed it’s first licensing deal with global battery giant Johnson Controls.

Johnson Controls (JCI) will supply used lead-acid batteries, and receive AquaRefined secondary lead from Aqua Metals as part of the five-year, non-exclusive deal.

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Korean plans to commercialise eco-friendly seawater batteries

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 14:13 -- Paul Crompton
Korean plans to commercialise eco-friendly seawater batteries

A new eco-friendly battery using salt water is being jointly developed and commercialised by three Korean research organisations.

The new battery collects sodium ions from seawater during charging and stores them in the cathode. Then during discharge the anode releases sodium, which reacts with water and oxygen to form sodium hydroxide.

This produces electricity without auxiliary loads or an external power supply, meaning it could be applied on both residential and industrial scales.

The project’s consortium consists of Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), Korea East-West Power Company Ltd. (EWP), and the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST).

UNIST has signed a memorandum-of-understanding with KEPCO and EWP to set up the joint research on commercialisation of the seawater battery in last week.

The consortium will establish a testing facility to produce the batteries, and plan to build a 10Wh seawater battery pack at Ulsan Thermal Power Plant, South Korea by 2018.

Compared to the lithium-ion batteries, the consortium believes the seawater battery will be more ‘cost-effective’, and safer than lithium-ion, but with relatively low electric power, according to UNIST’s report.

To enhance the battery charge rate by 20Wh, the study will design different sizes of cells and shapes and standardise procedures of battery.

The Korean government has granted ₩7 billion ($6.1 million) to UNIST since the research started in 2014. ₩3 billion ($2.6 million) and ₩2 billion ($1.8 million) will be respectively granted to the project by KEPCO and EWP by 2019 and 2018.

Professor Youngsik Kim of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST is optimistic of his batteries ability to take on lithium-ion and lead-acid.

He said: “Once this battery is commercialised, we can lead the ₩47 trillion ($41 billion) worth, advanced energy storage devices market.”

Professor Kim’s venture, ‘4 to One’ has been producing and selling coin-shaped seawater batteries and test kits.

Professor Kim has also transferred the solid ceramic electrolyte synthesis technique, one of the core materials of the seawater batteries, to a local SME, Ce&Chem Co. Ltd. in 2015.

That company now produces more than 100,000 solid ceramic electrolytes a year.

Batteries natural replacement for gas in California energy crisis

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:55 -- Paul Crompton
Batteries natural replacement for gas in California energy crisis

Speed of deployment and rapid demand response functions at grid-scale has seen California embrace battery energy storage systems in the face of potential blackouts.

Just over a year since a gas leak in the Aliso Canyon region of the US state utility Southern California Edison (SCE) has been busy tendering projects to tackle the threat of blackouts in the area.

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48 volt lithium drive trains have arrived

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:07 -- Paul Crompton
48 volt lithium drive trains have arrived

Two major battery and electric drive train suppliers introduced 48 volt systems for the European and Chinese vehicle markets at AABC last week— to the surprise of many analysts.

The 48 volt concept has been dismissed as ‘without value’ by Menachem Anderman, perhaps the most prominent industry watcher.

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