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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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Cabot Corp, Saft in US low-cobalt cathode research

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected speciality chemicals firm the Cabot Corporation as a technology partner to develop low-cobalt cathodes for next-generation lithium-ion batteries.

Cabot will work with researchers at the DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory and French battery maker Saft for the project. Argonne will assist in the synthesis of low-cobalt cathode compositions, while Saft will assist in the manufacture of batteries to validate performance of novel low-cobalt cathode formulations.

The DOE said it is investing a total of US$80 million “to explore more sustainable, affordable options” than cobalt— and “ultimately improve access to electric vehicle technology”.

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SoCal Edison selects esVolta to shore up grid with storage

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
SoCal Edison Aliso Canyon ESS

Utility-scale energy storage developer esVolta has been chosen to supply four lithium-ion battery storage systems to provide “incremental capacity” in California for utility Southern California Edison Company (SCE).

SCE said the systems, with a combined battery storage capacity of 38.5 megawatt-hours, would provide incremental capacity at specifically targeted locations, in order to improve the reliability of SCE’s electric distribution system”.

The installations in Riverside and Ventura counties— the contracts for which are subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission— will also “avoid more costly system upgrades that would otherwise be necessary to meet anticipated load demand”, SCE said.

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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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