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Energy Storage System (ESS)

LFP to overtake NMC as dominant stationary storage chemistry by 2030

Fri, 08/21/2020 - 11:57 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) is poised to triple its market share to become the leading lithium-ion battery chemistry within the decade as demands change, especially in the energy storage system (ESS) markets.

LFP will overtake lithium-manganese-cobalt-oxide (NMC) to claim a 30% market share of the stationary storage chemistry by 2030 compared to 2015, according to new analysis from Wood Mackenzie.

While LFP will steal the show for ESS applications, the analysts believe LFP will remain popular within the Chinese EV market before breaking into the global passenger EV sector. 

The chemistry is expected to retain more than 20% of EV battery installations through 2025. 

The change will come as demand from electric vehicles (EV) and ESSs create the need to develop advanced lithium-ion batteries through improvements in battery cathodes, anodes and electrolytes, say the analysts.

Milan Thakore, Wood Mackenzie senior research analyst, said: “Improvements in gravimetric energy density combined with cell-to-pack technology is the key to LFP now becoming a more attractive proposition in the passenger EV space. Not only will cost and safety be a benefit, but OEMs won’t have to worry about issues surrounding the supply of cobalt and nickel.”

Changing requirements such as high recycling capabilities and high frequency will take precedence over energy density and reliability for ESS project developers— while cost and safety will continue to be important, said Mitalee Gupta, Wood Mackenzie Senior Analyst.

Gupta said: “The ESS market has heavily relied on EV batteries in the past but changing performance requirements will lead to an evolution of separate markets.

“Since 2010, the rapid rise in demand for EVs has driven down the cost of lithium-ion batteries by more than 85%. Historically, the ESS market has mostly deployed NMC batteries. In late 2018 and early 2019, demand for NMC batteries for the energy storage industry grew swiftly, outstripping the available supply.

“While there was a shortage of NMC batteries in the storage market, there were plenty of LFP batteries available - with capacity mostly in China.

“As lead times for NMC availability grew and prices remained flat, LFP vendors began tapping into NMC constrained markets at competitive prices, thus making LFP an attractive option for both power and energy applications.” 

Wood MacKenzie states EVs will continue to make the lion’s share of global lithium-ion battery demand over the next decade, while demand from portable electronics will see a significant drop from 26% in 2020 to 6% in 2030, as both EVs and ESS markets begin to take off.

New ESS projects implemented in Russia as firm eyes 50MWh goal

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 15:08 -- Paul Crompton

Energy storage system (ESS) developer Russian Energy Storage Systems, a subsidiary of the Russian nano monopoly Rusnano, is planning to begin commercial production of lithium-ion systems.

The decision comes after the company successfully tested a 250kW/460kWh system connected to solar power plants operated by Rusnano’s partner Khevel in the Russian Tuva Republic.

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Lead batteries have lost the ESS battle as competition from lithium-ion grows

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 15:29 -- Paul Crompton

Lead batteries no longer have a place in the energy storage system (ESS) market as lithium-ion becomes the number one choice of project developers, industry analysts Wood Mackenzie has said.

Outside of UPS applications, lead-acid has lost ground in the expanding ESS market place that topped 6GWh in 2018, say the analysts.

Xu Le, a senior analyst from Wood Mackenzie’s Singapore office, told BEST: “Lead-acid doesn’t really have a place in the ESS market in 2020, outside of UPS systems. It is not a competing technology anymore."

However, the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) has refuted WoodMac’s suggestion.

The organisation’s director Dr Alistair Davidson told BEST: “Lead battery energy storage systems are excellent in the mid-range power area (1-5MW). These systems are typically used for energy storage systems for industrial and commercial applications for demand response services. 

"This market is set for the most growth. It is strategic penetration and in this application space, lead batteries have the best techno-economics relative to acquisition cost and payback period.”

 

 

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Fire association launches ESS fire safety standards in the US

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 14:54 -- Paul Crompton
Fire association launch ESS fire safety standards in the US

The National Fire Protection Association in the US has published its first comprehensive collection of safety standards for energy storage system (ESS) deployment. 

The Massachusetts’-based organisation released NFPA 855, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems on 11 September.

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Kokam partnership secures MWs of benefit for Korea

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:21 -- Paul Crompton
Kokam partnership secures MWs of benefit for Korea

Battery firm Kokam has secured a deal to supply a 13MW/h lithium-ion energy storage system (ESS) to aid frequency regulation to one of South Korea’s biggest utility companies.

The 36MW project will use the South Korean firm’s Ultra High Power nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) and NANO battery technology.

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Oil producer pumps cash into ESSs for offshore vessels

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 15:09 -- Paul Crompton
Oil producer pumps cash into ESSs for offshore vessels

Canadian-based lithium-ion energy storage system (ESS) developer Corvus Energy has won investment from the largest oil producer on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Gas and oil producer Statoil has agreed to pump cash into Corvus, which specialises in advanced lithium-ion ESSs for maritime hybrid and fully electric propulsion systems.

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