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IEA hails ‘bumper year’ for energy storage

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 11:34 -- John Shepherd
IEA hails ‘bumper year’ for energy storage

Global energy storage deployment reached a record 8GWh in 2018— nearly double that of the previous year, according to a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report.

Behind-the-meter storage “matched grid-scale storage investments” for the second consecutive year, and deployment in both categories reached record levels in 2018 with significant growth in South Korea, Australia, Japan, Germany and the US, the report said.

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Vanadium redox batteries plan for Saudi Arabia

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:56 -- John Shepherd
Vanadium redox batteries plan for Saudi Arabia

A German-Saudi partnership has been formed to develop and manufacture vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB) in Saudi Arabia.

The joint venture— formed by German technology firm the Schmid Group, Saudi government-backed Nusaned Investment and the kingdom’s RIWAQ Industrial Development Company— expects to have a “gigawatt-scale manufacturing facility” producing VRFB systems in Saudi Arabia in 2020.

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Lawmakers push for US battery materials security

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 15:12 -- John Shepherd
Lawmakers push for US battery materials security

US lawmakers are backing draft legislation aimed at cutting the country’s “damaging” dependence on imports of materials, including those “critical”  to expanding battery storage and electric vehicle (EV) technology.

A bipartisan group of senators say the American Mineral Security Act is needed to help reduce reliance on countries such as China. 

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Batteries 'can help UK achieve net-zero emissions by 2050'

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 13:59 -- John Shepherd
Batteries 'can help UK achieve net-zero emissions by 2050'

Ramping up the development and use of battery technologies can help the UK achieve “net-zero” emissions by 2050, according to a new report.

Government advisory body the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said a net-zero greenhouse gases target for 2050 “is achievable with known technologies, alongside improvements in people’s lives”.

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Leclanché welcomes record sales figures

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 16:43 -- John Shepherd
Leclanché welcomes record sales figures

Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché has posted its best sales performance for 22 years, although earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) losses fell further.

Consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2018 were CHF 49 million (US$49m), up from CHF 18m in 2017, and more than 2.7 times 2017 revenues.

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Battery retrieval campaign unites North America

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 13:39 -- Hugh Finzel
Battery retrieval campaign unites North America

The US-based Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC) and the Canadian Battery Association (CBA) are joining forces in a campaign to “manage used vehicle batteries in an environmentally-responsible manner”.

The initiative will bring together the RBC’s ‘2 Million Battery Challenge’ and CBA’s ‘Battery Stewardship’ programme.  Eleven First Nations communities in Canada’s Manitoba province back the move. 

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Bipartisan bid to overhaul US battery storage laws

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 12:17 -- Hugh Finzel
Bipartisan bid to overhaul US battery storage laws

A bipartisan alliance in the US has introduced legislation “to expand clean battery energy storage”, and launch an Advanced Energy Storage Caucus (AESC) to promote better understanding of storage technologies.

The legislative package— launched by Democrat Mark Takano and Republican Chris Collins, who together launched the Battery Energy Storage Caucus in 2015— introduces the Storage Technology for Operational Readiness and Generating Energy (STORAGE) Act, Battery Storage Innovation (BSI) Act, and the Advancing Grid Storage (AGS) Act.

The STORAGE Act would amend 40-year-old laws on utility regulatory policies to include energy storage systems on “the list of strategies statesshould consider when developing energy plans”.

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Electriq Power plugs in to Arizona home energy storage scheme

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:27 -- Hugh Finzel
Electriq Power plugs in to Arizona home energy storage scheme

Energy storage systems from Californian start-up Electriq Power are being installed in homes in Arizona as part of an energy costs saving scheme.

Electriq has partnered with Mattamy, which describes itself as North America’s largest privately owned homebuilder, to offer ‘PowerPod’ lithium-ion battery storage systems as part of an “advanced energy programme” to reduce electricity bills.

Under the programme, the PowerPods are coupled with solar-panel roofing on Mattamy homes to reduce household emissions and bills.

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Enersys completes Alpha Technologies acquisition

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Lead-acid battery maker Enersys has completed a US$750 million deal to acquire US-based Alpha Technologies.

Enersys president and CEO David Shaffer said the finalisation of the deal, unveiled last month, creates the only fully-integrated DC power and energy storage solution provider for broadband, telecom and energy storage systems.

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BMW, Northvolt and Umicore join forces for cells recycling

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

The BMW Group has formed a joint technology consortium with Swedish lithium-ion start-up Northvolt and Belgium-based materials tech giant Umicore, to develop a “complete and sustainable value chain for battery cells for EVs in Europe”.

This announcement comes just weeks after BMW placed a “billion euro” order for EV batteries from China, saying that they “can’t wait” for Europe to build a battery cells industry.

The consortium’s main aim is to establish a closed life cycle loop for batteries to make battery cells sustainable. The partners said this would be achieved by creating a recyclable cell design and manufacturing process that uses mostly renewable energy.

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