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Gigafactory firm Northvolt to deploy lithium-ion ESS to charge electric vehicles

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 09:41 -- Paul Crompton

Swedish firms Northvolt and Mälarenergi have partnered to deploy a 220kW/320kWh lithium-ion energy storage system to power an electric vehicle charging station in their home country.

Gigafactory developer Northvolt will deliver the lithium-ion battery system based around its Voltrack modular battery system in Västerås, Sweden.    

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Investigation finds South Korea must up safety regulations after lithium-ion battery storage fire

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 15:32 -- Paul Crompton

Independent energy and certification body DNV GL found weaknesses in monitoring and prevention lead to ‘major issues’ and subsequent fire in South Korean energy storage system.

The body’s findings follow an in-depth investigation into a fire at a large-scale energy storage facility in South Korean that pinpointed a ‘minor manufacturing glitch’ that initiated the failure.

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Lead batteries left out of consultation document as UK proposes to increase planning threshold for ESS projects

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 14:00 -- Paul Crompton

Lead batteries were omitted from the UK government’s consultation paper suggesting the planning threshold for energy storage system (ESS) projects in England is raised— making it easier for higher capacity energy storage projects to be deployed.

The recommendation to lift the 50MW planning cap for ESS projects follows a 10-month consultation by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

However, BEIS stated in the document that it didn't believe it is appropriate to establish a specific  threshold for electricity storage (except pumped hydro), and instead believed that it would be more appropriate that projects of this kind are considered and determined by local planning authorities. 

A BEIS spokesman told BEST the document states the organisation has selected a 'sample of different technologies'.

"All energy storage technologies, except pumped hydro, are included in the proposed changes and this includes the technologies that we haven’t specifically mentioned by name including lead-acid," they said.

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Utility to build 5MW lithium-ion battery storage project for emergency and grid services

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 15:47 -- Paul Crompton
Power utility, Duke Energy Carolinas, lithium-ion, energy storage system, Anderson Civic Center,

Power utility Duke Energy Carolinas is building a 5MW lithium-ion energy storage system at a center that will serve as a shelter during emergencies such as hurricane evacuation.

The project at Anderson Civic Center in Anderson County, South Carolina, US, is part of the company’s ongoing plans to invest $500 million in a total of 300MW of battery storage projects across the state in the next 15 years.

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Dairy farm to use Australian Vanadium’s redox flow battery to harvest solar power

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 15:40 -- Paul Crompton

Vsun Energy, the wholly owned subsidiary of Australian Vanadium, is set to install a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) energy storage system at a dairy farm in Victoria, Australia.

The system will deliver at least four hours of supply while allowing the farm to eventually increase its onsite renewable generation and consumption to 100%.

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APS still months from closing investigation into US lithium-ion ESS explosion

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 14:18 -- Paul Crompton

An investigation into the fire at a 2MW/2MWh lithium-ion energy storage system in Arizona, US, is expected to close by the end of the year— eight months after the incident at the Arizona Public Service (APS) owned facility.

The final battery rack from APS’s McMicken site in Surprise is at a forensics laboratory in Michigan for analysis, after a specialty laboratory in Scottsdale removed it last month. 

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Nickel zinc firm wins million-dollar contract to deliver backup power to US Air Force

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 13:02 -- Paul Crompton

The US Air Force will use a nickel zinc energy storage system for black-start power services after signing a two-year deal with ZAF Energy Systems.

The Missouri, US, battery developer won a $1.4 million contract, to deliver a prototype stationary ESS to deliver back-up power until standby generators can be started at an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) ground facility.

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Liquid metal firm signs JDA with lithium-ion battery maker NEC Energy Solutions

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 10:12 -- Paul Crompton
Liquid metal firm sign JDA with lithium-ion battery maker NEC Energy Solutions

Lithium-ion battery maker NEC Energy Solutions (NEC) will design and develop an energy storage system based on liquid metal technology after signing a joint development agreement with US firm Ambri.

NEC will combine its AEROS® operating platform to optimise system performance of Ambri’s batteries in ESS applications including utility, independent power producers (IPPs) and project developers.

 

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Leclanché Li-ion BESS to power islands with Caribbean sunshine

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 11:32 -- John Shepherd
Leclanché Li-ion BESS to power islands with Caribbean sunshine

Leclanché is to build a combined solar power and lithium-ion battery storage facility for the two-island country of St Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean.

The project, said to be the biggest of its kind in the Caribbean, will see a 35.6MW solar plant and 44MWh battery storage facility built adjacent to the City of Basseterre on St Kitts.

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Chicago’s cops get batteries backup

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:20 -- Xuan Zhong
Chicago’s cops get batteries backup

Lockheed Martin is to provide a 2MWh GridStar lithium energy storage system for a microgrid project in Chicago.

The Bronzeville community microgrid project, funded by the US Department of Energy, features a lithium-ion BESS coupled with solar photovoltaics to serve as backup power for critical facilities— including the Chicago Police Department.

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