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Nissan tests Leaf EV battery storage in Brazil

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:30 -- John Shepherd
Nissan Brazil agreement signing. Photo: Nissan

Nissan is partnering with a university in Brazil to study the potential for used electric vehicle (EV) batteries to power energy storage systems in the country.

The Japanese car maker’s business in Brazil has signed a memorandum of intent (pictured) with the Federal University of Santa Catarina for (UFSC) to “test solutions and future applications” for the lithium-ion systems.

 

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Battery storage rises on German energy market ‘barometer’

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:27 -- John Shepherd
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Battery storage systems in Germany will scale new heights over the next decade as renewable energy developers become increasingly reliant on the technology, says a new study.

Analysis by the Mannheim-based Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) shows the vast majority of energy market experts in Germany believe capacity requirements of energy storage systems “will continue to rise”.

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US urged to end ‘uncertainty’ over battery storage tax breaks

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:43 -- John Shepherd
US urged to end ‘uncertainty’ over battery storage tax breaks

Treasury chiefs in the US have been urged to “end the uncertainty” over proposed tax breaks for companies rolling out energy storage projects.

The director for global market applications at US multinational Fluence, Kiran Kumaraswamy, told a US House Subcommittee on Energy hearing that battery storage developers are still waiting for guidance from the Inland Revenue Service (IRS).

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US backs studies of ‘breakthrough electrolytes’

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:33 -- Xuan Zhong
US backs studies of ‘breakthrough electrolytes’

Energy chiefs in the US are backing the launch of an ‘Energy Frontier Research Center’ (EFRC) as part of research into “breakthrough electrolytes for energy storage”.

The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $10.75 million to set up the EFRC at Case Western Reserve University.

 

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German utility banks on Tesvolt for storage

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:45 -- Xuan Zhong
German utility banks on Tesvolt for storage

German lithium BESS firm Tesvolt has been selected as the large commercial energy storage systems provider by north German utility Wemag.

Wemag has already started distributing Tesvolt’s systems across the country under the partnership, Tesvolt said.

 

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120 MW BESS partnership deal for UK

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:41 -- Xuan Zhong
120 MW BESS partnership deal for UK

US-based multinational Fluence is partnering with UK Power Reserve to commission the first phase of a 120-megawatt portfolio of battery storage facilities in the UK.

UK Power Reserve said the agreement with Fluence— a Siemens and AES company— “represents the single largest energy storage portfolio transaction with one technology provider announced in the UK to date”.

 

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Australia trial for V-KOR vanadium battery

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:25 -- Xuan Zhong
Australia trial for V-KOR vanadium battery

A 25kW (100kWh) V-KOR vanadium battery has been installed in Western Australia as part of a trial micro grid energy storage project backed by a South Korean-Australian partnership.

Perth-based Protean Energy said the battery installation, at the site of an industrial manufacturer in Perth, will be isolated from the main electrical grid and used in combination with a 21-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system and a 21kW diesel generator.

 

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US states ramp up battery storage

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:20 -- Xuan Zhong
US states ramp up battery storage

Nevada and California have announced moves to expand battery energy storage facilities across the two states.

In Nevada, utility NV Energy is asking regulators to back plans to build six solar energy plants with three related BESS facilities with a combined storage capacity of 100 megawatts.

 

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Kiwi Power BESS bears fruit for Plessey

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:07 -- Xuan Zhong
Kiwi Power BESS bears fruit for Plessey

UK-based technology firm Plessey has installed a two-megawatt Tesla battery for behind-the-meter (BTM) battery storage at its flagship manufacturing and R&D site in Plymouth, England.

UK battery energy storage developer and operator Kiwi Power— whose ‘Kiwi Fruit’ hardware and software platform controls the battery— completed the project.

 

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Exide acquires Aker Wade to forge motive powerhouse

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 12:17 -- Xuan Zhong
Exide acquires Aker Wade to forge motive powerhouse

US-based lead-acid giant Exide Technologies has moved to tighten its grip on the motive power market by acquiring fast-charge tech pioneer Aker Wade Power Technologies.

Aker Wade designs and manufactures advanced charging systems for industrial forklifts— and the acquisition will see the firm’s chargers become part of Exide’s GNB Industrial Power battery portfolio.

 

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