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UK firm deploys grid-scale second-life lithium-ion energy storage system in Belgium

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 16:01 -- Paul Crompton

UK company Connected Energy has commissioned its largest second-life battery energy storage system to date using repurposed electric vehicle packs from Renault. 

The 720kWh/1.2MW E-STOR system is installed at Umicore’s industrial site in Belgium and uses batteries from Kangoo vehicles.

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Pilot project is exploring the use of 2nd-life EV batteries in a commercial-scale ESS

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 14:26 -- Paul Crompton

A project exploring the use of second-life batteries in a commercial-scale lithium-ion energy storage system is being conducted in Germany.

The joint project by MAN Truck & Bus (MAN), Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH) and the Volkswagen Group has connected a 500kWh ESS to the charging network at VHH’s depot.

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New York Power Authority chooses zinc-air for energy storage project

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:36 -- Paul Crompton

Energy storage firm Zinc8 Energy Solutions announced plans on 17 January to deploy a 100kW/1MWh zinc-air battery energy storage system in New York state.

The project by Canadian firm, formerly MGX Renewables, follows a cooperation agreement with state public power organisation New York Power Authority (NYPA). 

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World’s first semi-solid lithium-ion ESS launched in Japan

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 09:55 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese electronics maker Kyocera has launched a lithium-ion energy storage system using semi-solid electrode battery technology from US company 24M.

The companies announced the launch of the residential ‘Enerezza’ ESS on 6 January as Kyocera extended its commitment to the Massachusetts’-based firm with plans to start full-scale mass production of the system at the end of the year.

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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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