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Firm secures permission to build second 49.5MW ESS at ‘critical time’ for adoption of UK storage

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 14:47 -- Paul Crompton

Harmony Energy is set to double energy storage capacity at one of its UK substations to handle 2.4GW of offshore wind generation connected to the site.

The 49.5MW lithium-ion energy storage system brings the total capacity at its Creyke Beck substation in Cottingham, near Hull, to 99MW.

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Merger of flow battery firms sees Avalon move its CEO into RedT’s top seat

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 15:31 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based vanadium redox flow battery firm RedT will integrate the chief executive officer of US energy storage firm Avalon Battery Corporation on the successful completion of a merger between the two firms.

Larry Zulch will become the new chief executive of RedT subject to finalisation of the merger as Jeff Kenna and Scott McGregor prepare to leave the company on 31 December. 

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EEStor and FWG merge to usurp lead-acid industry with doped-carbon battery alternative

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 14:59 -- Paul Crompton
Robert Murray-Smith

Canadian energy storage firm EEStor Corporation has entered into a letter of intent (LoI) to merge with research firm FWG in a bid to commercialise an alternative to lead-acid batteries.

The LoI paves the way for the integration of EEStor’s composition modified barium titanate (CMBT) powder and the UK firm’s graphene and carbon-based materials.  

 

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Power multinational EDF reveals electric mobility ambitions with purchase of Pivot Power

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 14:26 -- Paul Crompton

EDF Renewables UK, a subsidiary of the French power firm EDF Group, is vying for top spot in the UK battery industry with the buy out of energy storage and electric vehicle charging firm Pivot Power.

UK firm Pivot Power, now a wholly owned subsidiary of EDF Renewables, says the move will help it build out 2GW network of transmission connected batteries in its C40 sites across the UK. 

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ESS Inc gains $30 million funding for iron flow battery making process

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 15:37 -- Paul Crompton

Energy storage firm ESS Inc will use $30 million in new funding to expand and automate the manufacturing process of its second-generation iron flow battery technology. 

The US firm plans to use the cash secured in its Series C investment round on developing production capacity at its Wilsonville, Oregon, facility to 1GWh.

An ESS spokesman told BEST: "One of the unique aspects of ESS iron flow battery technology is the extremely low capital costs required to set up the manufacturing of battery modules.The company's manufacturing investment requires only a fraction of the tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars that are required by lithium-ion batteries to achieve similar GWh scale production capacity."

They added that in the context of lithium-ion manufacturers, they mean total power, whereas ESS was aiming to scale up to 1 GWh/year for systems that could range from 4 to 10 hours in energy duration.

 

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Deal paves way for 400MWh of battery energy storage systems in Australia

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 15:16 -- Paul Crompton

Australia’s utility-scale energy storage market is set to grow after a deal between Maoneng and power retailer AGL to deliver 200MW/400MWh of capacity in New South Wales.

The deal will see Maoneng develop four 50MW/100MWh batteries with AGL securing the rights to use that capacity, as required, at a fixed price for 15 years.

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Kore Power plans to increase global output to 16GWh with US plant

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 15:24 -- Paul Crompton
Lindsay Gorrill, CEO of Kore Power

Energy storage firm Kore Power announced on 22 October it plans to build a 10GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in the US based on the model it is using at its 6GWh plant in China.

The location of the new plant has not been disclosed, with the Idaho company reviewing potential sites in a handful of states within the US.

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Talga and Leclanché sign MoU to trial graphene silicon lithium-ion battery anodes

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 14:06 -- Paul Crompton

Switzerland energy storage firm Leclanché will evaluate Australian firm Talga Resources’ range of graphene silicon anode products with the intention of developing commercial products for the lithium-ion battery industry. 

The move follows the signing a memorandum of understanding that includes trials to run over a 2-6 month period, and indicative pricing for various volumes of Talnode supply, during the trials and over a three year period. 

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Kore Power promises 5,000 lithium-ion cells per day at China gigafactory

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 09:46 -- Paul Crompton
Kore Power promises 5,000 lithium-ion cells per day at gigafactory

US energy storage company Kore Power says it will have a 6GWh annual production capacity of its lithium battery energy storage systems (ESS) by the end of next year.

The Idaho-headquartered company aims to produce 5,000 of its nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) cells (or 10 of its Mark 1 ESS) a day next year.

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Nuclear and aqueous Zn firms form gigawatt-scale energy storage JV

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 12:07 -- Paul Crompton
Nuclear and aqueous Zn firms form gigawatt-scale energy storage JV

Nuclear equipment maker Holtec International and energy storage firm Eos Energy Storage (Eos) have formed a multi-gigawatt manufacturing joint venture to produce aqueous zinc batteries for industrial-scale energy storage applications. 

The JV— named Hi-Power— will build Eos’ battery systems that will then be paired with Holtec’s SMR-160 small modular reactors to store surplus power that can be used to deliver peak demand services to the grid.

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