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Ambri inks deal to deploy its liquid metal battery at a US ESS project

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 09:34 -- Paul Crompton

Liquid metal battery firm Ambri is set to deploy its energy storage technology in a US data centre following an agreement with TerraScale.

The collaboration includes delivery of 250MWh Ambri system to TerraScale’s Energos Reno project in Nevada, which is planned to start next year.

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India firm commissions 100MW lithium-ion battery

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 16:06 -- Paul Crompton

Energy storage maker Inverted Energy has commissioned its new 100MWh lithium battery manufacturing plant in Delhi, India. 

The manufacturing capacity of the plant in Okhla Industrial Area is expected to increase in the coming months, say the India firm.

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Singapore begins its energy revolution with two lithium-ion ESS led projects

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 10:09 -- Paul Crompton

Singapore is testing the energy storage system (ESS) waters with the deployment of its first grid-scale lithium-ion venture and the launch of a pilot project aiming to demonstrate the usefulness of a floating system.

Both projects, including the first utility-scale ESS in Singapore, represent an important milestone in the city’s energy transition towards a low-carbon energy future.

Read more about Singapore’s energy storage revolution in the latest edition of BEST by clicking here.

 
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UK’s largest battery is commissioned to balance the grid and deliver investor rewards

Wed, 11/04/2020 - 16:09 -- Paul Crompton

Gresham House Energy Storage Fund (GHESF) and Flexitricity has announced the UK's largest lithium-ion battery is now live less than six months after planning legislation was relaxed to allow individual energy storage projects to be greater than 50MW.

Scottish firm Flexitricity is optimising the 50MW/75MWh battery in Thurcroft, South Yorkshire, which will help the National Grid ESO balance supply and demand.

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LS Energy Solutions announces two new hires to take it to ‘next level’

Wed, 11/04/2020 - 11:11 -- Paul Crompton

Energy storage integration company LS Energy Solutions has appointed Steve Fludder as its new president and CEO, and Roger Lin as the new VP of Marketing and Strategy.

Both Fludder and Lin were most recently working at NEC Energy Solutions: Fludder (pictured) as CEO and Lin as the lead for global marketing, strategy, and product.

Together, LS Energy expect the new appointments to take the firm ‘to the next level’ in the growing energy storage market.

Lin is also a board member of the US Energy Storage Association.

June Choi, senior VP at LS Electric— LS Energy Solutions’ parent company— said: “Steve and Roger’s combined expertise for how to be successful in the quickly transforming energy storage market in terms of technology and organisational focus is exactly what we need as the company enters its next chapter of product innovation and growth.” 

The company is looking to establish its presence in the Boston area of the US, to attract technical talent from MIT and the greater Boston innovation hub.

Founder of lithium-ion ESS firm Sonnen steps aside as COO promoted to top seat

Mon, 10/05/2020 - 12:40 -- Paul Crompton

Sonnen, the residential lithium-ion energy storage maker bought by Shell, has announced its founder and CEO will step down from his role.

Oliver Koch took over the management of the Sonnen Group on 1 October following his promotion from chief operating officer (COO), where he been since 2014. Koch has also been part of the management board fir six years.

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Varta receives funding to transfer lithium-ion battery tech to large-scale formats

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 13:06 -- Paul Crompton

Consumer cell maker Varta has received up to €300 million ($341 million) funding to help transfer its technology to larger format batteries for use in energy storage and mobility applications.

Funding from IPCEI (Important Project of Common European Interest) will help the German battery firm develop its latest generation of lithium-ion cells. 

Image: Peter Altmaier (left) hands over the IPCEI funding to Herbert Schein, CEO of Varta. Photo: Varta

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Australia to double installed energy storage capacity as ESS costs set to fall

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:55 -- Paul Crompton

Energy storage analyst Wood Mackenzie forecasts that despite COVID-19 Australia is set to more than double its year-on-year installed energy storage capacity in 2020. 

The industry forecasters predict the country will add 1.2GWh of energy storage capacity this year, taking its cumulative storage capacity at 2.7GWh. Last year, Australia installed 499MWh of energy storage capacity. 

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Hyundai signs MoU to use second-life EV lithium-ion batteries in ESSs

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 12:35 -- Paul Crompton

South Korea's vehicle OEM Hyundai Motor Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PV manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells to recycle old EV batteries into second-life energy storage applications.

The partnership will develop energy storage systems (ESS) using old EV batteries for the European and North American markets.

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Redflow receives second order as its zinc bromine flow batteries prove worth in off-grid telecom project

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 09:51 -- Paul Crompton

Australian energy storage company Redflow Limited has received an additional order for its ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries following the successful deployment of its technology by New Zealand’s Rural Connectivity Group (RCG).

The second order of 10 systems follows the successful installation and commissioning of the company’s ZBM2 batteries at two RCG towers in remote locations in New Zealand last December.

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