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Dutch firm expands battery usage in renewable projects

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 10:46 -- Paul Crompton
Dutch firm expands battery usage in renewable projects

Dutch company Alfen has developed and delivered a “mega” energy storage system featuring BMW’s lithium-ion car batteries to electric utility Nuon’s 122MW onshore Prinses Alexia wind farm at Zeewolde, in the Netherlands.

A 3MW battery storage system will gradually be expanded to 12MW, making it the “largest storage project in the Netherlands”, Alfen said.

 

 

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UK project ‘proves’ BYD model works

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 10:20 -- Xuan Zhong
UK project ‘proves’ BYD model works

A year on from signing a contract for a 60MWh project in the UK, China’s technology giant BYD has released the results from the solar-plus-storage system.

The results show the system operated smoothly, responding quickly to the grid’s demand and matching over 99% of aggregate demand with five to six cycles every day.

 

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Man City scores with ESS deal

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:34 -- Xuan Zhong
Man City scores with ESS deal

One of the UK’s leading football teams, Manchester City, is using its power to promote a residential energy storage system (ESS) that uses recycled car batteries.

The batteries come from Manchester City’s sponsor, Nissan, which has found a use for batteries used in its top-selling Leaf vehicles after their capacity declines to 70-80% and they need replacing.

 

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Lithium-ion residential ESS trials start ahead of full rollout

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 09:35 -- Xuan Zhong
Lithium-ion residential ESS trials start ahead of full rollout

German firm Solarwatt has begun trials of a residential lithium-ion (nickel manganese cobalt) energy storage system in the UK and Ireland.

Two Solarwatt distribution partners have installed the MyReserve 4.4kWh scaleable ESS in homes ahead of a planned April launch.

 

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Indian start-up plans next stage of second-life lithium-ion ESS development

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:34 -- Paul Crompton

An Indian start-up has developed a prototype energy storage system using recycled lithium batteries from electric vehicles.

Totus Power has field trailed a prototype/proof of concept in India, but remains 12 months and $350,000 away from doing a pilot with a pre-production prototype.

The company can take a used EV module, connect it to its own battery management system and charge an ESS from a solar or a plug-in power source.

It can be used to replace lead-acid batteries or fossil fuel energy generation, said Siva (Shiv) Rajendran, founder and CEO of Totus Power

He told BBB the company has all the infrastructure/relationships to make up to 5,000 units a year.

The company is currently sourcing end-of-life batteries from an unnamed ‘large’ automaker’s ‘most popular EV model’.

Rajendran said: “The deal is in the works, hence I can’t share the name yet. This is already a large supply pool, which we will take a few years to fully utilise. Conservatively, we can make 10,000 units a year - if not more. 

“It seems very simple to manufacture a EV battery down to a Totus Power product.

“The Modules are the building blocks of a EV battery and is shipped in boxes to us by the automaker directly. We already pre decide what level of quality these used modules are, i.e SOH%). 

“Some of our knowledge is in correlating this SOH% to real world life, along with the supply chain and associated shipping and recycling regulations.  

“But they say the devil is in the details: So over the next 12 months, when we start writing our assembly/manufacturing procedures, I will have a better handle on what ‘simple to manufacture’ actually means.”

However, because the firm is mainly self-funded and has only secured a few grants to date, its speed of execution is dependent on more cash becoming available. 

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German energy firm buys into energy storage market

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 14:33 -- Paul Crompton
German energy firm buys into energy storage market

Energy company Innogy SE has bought fellow German large-scale lead-acid energy storage system firm Belectric Solar and Battery. 

The two companies signed the relevant share purchase agreement — believed to be in a high double-digit million Euro range— at the end of August, but completion was only announced on January 3.

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Zinc-hybrid firm employs PV expert to help commercial growth

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 12:37 -- Paul Crompton
Zinc-hybrid firm employs PV expert to help commercial growth

An expert in the utility-scale solar industry has joined zinc-hybrid energy storage system maker Eos Energy Storage’s board as the firm ramps up manufacturing and large-scale deployment.

Jim Hughes joined Eos as Chairman of the Board to help guide the development of its hybrid zinc cathode, aqueous electrolyte-based battery technology from development to commercial deployment.

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Sonnen secures $85m to boost domestic and international market share

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 13:00 -- Xuan Zhong

German lithium-ion energy storage system firm the Sonnen Group has completed a $85 million financing round to strengthen its domestic and international market share.

The financing enables Sonnen to continue growth in its energy sharing platform sonnenCommunity and further expansion into the US, Australia, UK and Italy.

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Leclanche ESS first but will future plans be trumped by US president-elect

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 11:17 -- Xuan Zhong

Having secured their first US energy storage system deal, Swiss firm Leclanche will be hoping for a bright future— despite America’s president-elect vowing to de-rail the country’s renewable energy market.

The election of fossil-fuel fan Donald Trump may yet prove a thorn in the US renewable market, but for now Leclanche is celebrating a deal to supply a 20MW/10MWh turnkey system.

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Rising European ESS and EV market drives UK lithium-ion deal

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 11:29 -- Xuan Zhong

UK energy storage system manufacturer Hyperdrive Innovation has become the first firm to secure a supply of lithium-ion cells and modules from Japanese vehicle OEM Nissan.

The deal with fellow Sunderland-based firm Nissan will allow the firm to launch a scalable 48V/66Ah, 3.5kWh ESS and use the cells in bespoke battery packs for electric motive applications.

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