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Innolith secures tax break to deploy 12MW of storage in US

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 14:27 -- Paul Crompton

Inorganic battery technology firm Innolith plan to build two grid-scale energy storage systems in Maryland, US, to compliment its lithium-ion Gridbank system from the now defunct Alevo. 

The two new battery storage facilities– 4.8MW and 7.3MW–should be operational in Washington County by late 2020 or 2021, according to local press reports who quoted Stephen Wiley, vice president of Innolith’s US business development.

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US/China joint venture to target Asia Pacific energy storage market

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 09:46 -- Paul Crompton

China firm GCL System Integration and US company Powin Energy have formed a joint venture to target Asia-Pacific’s front-of-the-meter energy storage systems market.

The new firm, branded as G-Powin Energy Solution, will use lithium-ion phosphate batteries in its G-Powin Solution system, which also contain DC battery racks, BMS, containerisation, DC collection/protection, power control system integration and energy management systems (EMS). 

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ABB opens Swiss factory to manufacture lithium-ion modules for mobile applications

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 14:19 -- Paul Crompton

Swiss technology firm ABB is making lithium-ion energy storage systems for mobility applications at a new production facility in Baden, Switzerland.

The systems will be used in railway, trollybus, e-bus and e-truck applications in Swiss cities including Zürich, Lausanne and Fribourg.

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Australia adopts its first standards to ensure safe delivery of energy storage projects

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 13:03 -- Paul Crompton

Australia’s first rules governing the safe installation of energy storage systems were introduced on 11 October, five years after consultation on the guidelines first began.

Non-profit standards organisation Standards Australia has published AS/NZS 5139:2019, Electrical installations – Safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment.

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Russia to ignore lithium-ion and lead-acid in growing ESS industry

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 12:28 -- Paul Crompton
Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak

Russia’s energy storage system (ESS) market is forecast to reach $3 billion by 2025 as production costs fall during the next five years, predicts the country’s Ministry of Energy.

However, neither lithium-ion nor lead-acid was included in an approved state program that will run until 2025 for the development of ESSs in Russia.

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Surprise lithium-ion ESS fire leads US cities to rush through safety laws

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 14:13 -- Paul Crompton
Cities across Arizona, US, have drawn up laws on deploying energy storage systems following a grid-scale battery storage facility fire in April.

Cities across Arizona, US, have drawn up laws on deploying energy storage systems following a grid-scale battery storage facility fire in April. 

Peoria, Phoenix and Surprise are enacting new laws that require homeowners, businesses and schools to apply for permits when installing energy storage systems (ESS).

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Nuclear and aqueous Zn firms form gigawatt-scale energy storage JV

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 12:07 -- Paul Crompton
Nuclear and aqueous Zn firms form gigawatt-scale energy storage JV

Nuclear equipment maker Holtec International and energy storage firm Eos Energy Storage (Eos) have formed a multi-gigawatt manufacturing joint venture to produce aqueous zinc batteries for industrial-scale energy storage applications. 

The JV— named Hi-Power— will build Eos’ battery systems that will then be paired with Holtec’s SMR-160 small modular reactors to store surplus power that can be used to deliver peak demand services to the grid.

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UL certification first for joint venture’s second-life ESS batteries

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 13:52 -- John Shepherd
UL certification first for joint venture’s second-life ESS batteries

A Japanese company that reuses electric vehicle batteries in second-life energy storage systems has become the first to be certified to UL 1974— an evaluation standard for repurposing batteries.

4R Energy Corporation, a joint venture of Nissan Motors and Sumitomo Corporation, is the first company worldwide to receive the certification from US-based international testing and certification organisation Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

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Lead-acid firm shows intent with Li-ion ESS deployment on Greek island

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 10:34 -- Paul Crompton
Lead-acid firm shows intent with Li-ion ESS deployment on Greek island

A project deploying five lithium-ion residential energy storage systems in Greece is further proof that even a lead-acid battery brand with more than 130 years of history must move with the times.

German firm Varta proved that even a brand with a rich history in the lead-acid market is willing to adapt with the deployment last month of its ‘Pulse’ lithium–ion ESSs as part of the European project WiseGRID.

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Plans for one of Europe’s biggest Li-ion ESS given the green light

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:14 -- Paul Crompton
Plans for one Europe’s biggest Li-ion ESS given the green light

Ireland could be home to one of the world’s biggest lithium-ion energy storage systems after planning permission to build a 100MW facility in Galway County, Ireland, was granted to power company Engie Developments Ireland, part of the French-owned Engie Group.

If built, the system would equal the capacity of the world’s biggest ESS, the 100MW/129MWh system near Jamestown, South Australia, that uses Tesla batteries paired with French utility Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm.

 

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