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Canadian underwater ESS whets appetite for grid scale energy storage

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:48 -- Paul Crompton
Canadian underwater ESS whets appetite for grid scale energy storage

A unique two-year pilot test to gauge the effectiveness of a compressed air energy storage system has begun in Canada.

Toronto’s Hydrostor founders Curtis VanWalleghem and Cameron Lewis unveiled their underwater compressed air energy storage (CEAS) system on November 18.

The system, located three kilometres off Toronto Island, will be used to stablise electricity utilities firm Toronto Hydro’s grid during peak times.

The ESS works by storing compressed air in a balloon-like structure 55 metres under Lake Ontario. When the energy is required the weight of the water is used to push the air to the surface through a pipe where an expander coverts the air back into electricity.

At peak output the storage unit is capable of 660kW, and is able to run for little more than a hour, depending on how much power is drawn, say the firm.

VanWalleghem said the firm is now focused on commercialising the green technology globally.

Anthony Haines, President and CEO, Toronto Hydro, said: “We have been very busy exploring new ways to power our grid, and I think this is the most creative project we’ve been involved in so far.”

In 1978, the world’s first CEAS was built in Huntorf, Germany, capable of storing 290-megawatt of energy.

Oil producer pumps cash into ESSs for offshore vessels

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 15:09 -- Paul Crompton
Oil producer pumps cash into ESSs for offshore vessels

Canadian-based lithium-ion energy storage system (ESS) developer Corvus Energy has won investment from the largest oil producer on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Gas and oil producer Statoil has agreed to pump cash into Corvus, which specialises in advanced lithium-ion ESSs for maritime hybrid and fully electric propulsion systems.

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Canadian firm in bid to scale up Li-ion recycling process

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 11:29 -- Paul Crompton
Canadian firm in bid to scale up Li-ion recycling process

Canadian critical metal firm American Manganese Inc plans to scale up its process for recycling spent lithium-ion batteries to a commercial size.

AMI’s proprietary hydrometallurgical process produces raw materials from used cathode materials for use in new lithium-ion batteries, says the firm.

However, whether the process can be scaled up and made to be financially viable at an industrial scale remains a moot point— the technology for the large scale recycling of cathode materials of multiple chemistries does not exist yet.

Equally unclear is where the testing program will be carried out (possibly Kemetco’s laboratory in Richmond) and where funding will come from— AMI aims to target government research grants and strategic alliances.

The first step in AMI’s plans is to partner with fellow British Columbia firm Kemetco Research Inc. (a extractive metallurgy R&D company) to demonstrate the process on a bench scale.

The materials from cathodes contain lithium imbedded in a base metal oxide matrix and represents the largest single materials cost in the manufacture of lithium-ion cells (up to 30% of the materials cost of a cell).

The company says its process is applicable to multiple lithium-ion battery chemistries including lithium cobalt, lithium nickel manganese cobalt and lithium manganese.

Ballard in $30m buyout of rival fuel cell firm Protonex

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 10:47 -- Paul Crompton
Ballard in $30m buyout of rival fuel cell firm Protonex

Canadian firm Ballard Power Systems has signed a deal to buy fellow proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell maker Protonex Technology Corporation.

US company Protonex Technology is a private company that designs and manufactures solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) as well as PEM fuel cells.

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Mobile 1.2MW energy storage prototype to be tested in Canada

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 09:53 -- Paul Crompton
Mobile 1.2MW energy storage prototype to be tested in Canada

Canadian firm Esstalion Technologies is set to begin testing its 1.2MW prototype lithium iron energy storage system.

The mobile prototype contains 576 battery modules, manufactured by Sony and using Hydro-Québec's lithium iron phosphate technology.

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Electrovaya secures Chinese separator order

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 10:37 -- Paul Crompton
Electrovaya secures Chinese separator order

Canadian firm Electrovaya has secured a deal to supply a Chinese battery manufacturer with its lithium-ion separator technology.

The Chinese lithium-ion battery company qualified after intense testing of Separion in its electric vehicle program. The deal is expected to be worth around CAD$1 million (US$800,000).

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Electrovaya deliver Li-ion battery to Canadian mine

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 16:39 -- Paul Crompton
Electrovaya's battery has been designed for use in remote mining operations.

Canadian battery manufacturer Electrovaya has delivered its lithium-ion battery technology at Glencore’s Raglan Mine in Quebec.

The lithium-ion battery technology solutions manufacturer has added the battery component to diesel generators in the $700,000 deal.

The 2.0 battery system technology has been installed at the mine in partnership with Tuqliq Energy Corp. and Hatch Ltd. who are engineering coordinators for the project.

When paired with a diesel generator the 2.0 system allows it to operate at maximum efficiency, reducing diesel consumption and lowering maintenance costs.

The 2.0 lithium-ion battery does not rely on specific components, instead, its innovation is independent of the cathode, anode and separator component selection which gave the product the ‘platform technology’ moniker.

The battery technology has been designed for use in remote mining operations, which have no grid connections and rely upon alternative energy sources.

The company says that its battery technology can store generated energy at an efficiency of greater than 90% to further improve energy efficiencies.

Canadian Solar to provide 4MW energy storage for Ontario grid

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 15:06 -- Laura Varriale
Canadian Solar Solutions

Solar company Canadian Solar Solutions (Canadian Solar) is to supply 4MW of lithium-ion energy storage to support the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) grid in Ontario, Canada.

The energy storage system is aimed to provide 2.76MWh reactive power, voltage support and bulk energy storage services to the IESO using stationary lithium battery technology. The Canadian solar specialist is contracted for maintenance and operation services for 36 months.

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RES Canada's 8MW ESS ready for operation

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:34 -- Laura Varriale
RES ESS

Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Canada has received a final certification for starting operation of its 8MW energy storage system (ESS) in Ontario, Canada.

The ESS, named Amphora, consists of two containers with lithium iron phosphate batteries and a container of inverters that converts the DC output to AC for the grid. The batteries have a total range of 8MW and a capacity of 2.6MWh. BYD America supplied the equipment.

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