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US decision to halve tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries is applauded by ESA

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:04 -- Paul Crompton

A decision to halve import tariffs of China made lithium-ion batteries into the US only goes some of the way to ensuring growth in the country’s energy storage markets, the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) has said.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR)decision to lower tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries from 15% to 7.5%, will come into effect on 14 February.

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New York Power Authority chooses zinc-air for energy storage project

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:36 -- Paul Crompton

Energy storage firm Zinc8 Energy Solutions announced plans on 17 January to deploy a 100kW/1MWh zinc-air battery energy storage system in New York state.

The project by Canadian firm, formerly MGX Renewables, follows a cooperation agreement with state public power organisation New York Power Authority (NYPA). 

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Rolls-Royce eyes the microgrid market with majority share in ESS firm

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:43 -- Paul Crompton

Luxury car brand Rolls-Royce has upped its interest in German lithium-ion energy storage firm Quinous as turns its focus on the microgrid market.

The firm, which owns German industrial concern Rolls-Royce Power Systems, now holds a 73.1% majority stake in the Berlin-based storage specialist, the companies announced on 15 January.

Image: Andreas Schell (right), CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems Division, and Steffen Heinrich co-founder and co-managing director of Qinous

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Tesla files lithium-ion pouch cell patent aimed at the EV and energy storage markets

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:31 -- Paul Crompton

Tesla Motors Canada has filed a patent for a lithium-ion pouch cell containing ‘fewer operative, electrolyte additives’ with the potential to be used in energy storage applications including vehicle and grid-storage— Tesla’s key markets.

The new technology using a nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) chemistry was filed under the title ‘Dioxazolones and nitrile sulfites as electrolyte additives for lithium-ion batteries’.

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Bank agrees loan to help troubled South African utility deploy energy storage

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:26 -- Paul Crompton

China headquartered New Development Bank (NDB) has agreed to a ZAR6billion ($420 million) loan to South African power utility Eskom to build up to 360MW of energy storage in the country.

Troubled Eskom, which has carried out load shedding in the form of rolling blackouts across the country, is believed to be looking at 90 sites in the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal.

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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
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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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