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ALABC-Exide launch energy storage project

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:06 -- News Editor
ALABC-Exide launch energy storage project

The Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) and Exide Spain are launching a two-year study into the use of carbon nano materials in the positive active mass.

The objective of the new project “is to investigate potential significant benefits, such as improved energy efficiency and cycle life for lead batteries in energy storage applications, through the use of nano-carbon on the positive plate”, the ALABC said.

 

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US utility drops nuclear for batteries

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 09:56 -- News Editor
US utility drops nuclear for batteries

US utility Duke Energy has announced proposals to invest a total of $6 billion in a package of “smarter energy” infrastructure projects including battery storage in Florida— after cancelling plans to build two nuclear plants.

Duke said its proposals, filed with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC), include a four-year plan to invest in a pilot 50MW battery storage scheme project, smart meters, grid modernisation and the installation of “more than 500” electric vehicle charging stations.

 

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Enel subsidiary to install NY batteries

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 16:51 -- News Editor
Enel subsidiary to install NY batteries

US-based Demand Energy, wholly owned by Italian utility Enel Group, has announced it will build a total of 2.5MW/10MWh of energy storage in New York City with 11 projects.

Demand has been selected by New York City’s distribution grid operator to supply behind-the-meter (BTM) C&I (commercial and industrial) and multi-unit residential systems.

 

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‘Taiwan to seek Tesla blackout solutions’

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:44 -- News Editor
‘Taiwan to seek Tesla blackout solutions’

Taiwan could acquire energy storage systems from US tech giant Tesla to prevent future power outages, according to a report.

Taiwan’s science and technology minister Chen Liang-gee (pictured) plans talks with Tesla about buying renewable energy battery storage systems in the wake of a large-scale power outage that hit Taipei earlier this month, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.

 

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RES in new battery storage sale

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 14:14 -- News Editor
RES in new battery storage sale

London-listed investment company TRIG has acquired 100% of an energy storage project in Scotland for GBP20 million ($26m) from renewable energy developer RES (Renewable Energy Systems).

The 20MW energy storage site in Broxburn, equipped with Samsung SDI’s lithium-ion technology, was developed and will be operated by RES.

 

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Glencore bullish on boost for EVs, storage

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:07 -- News Editor
Glencore bullish on boost for EVs, storage

Switzerland-based mining and commodities giant Glencore has increased its earnings guidance for 2017 because of an expected “large scale” push for electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

CEO Ivan Glasenberg (pictured) said in half-year results released on 10 August the group had increase its full-year marketing adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) guidance by $100 million to between $2.4 billion and $2.7bn.

 

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Utility ‘in major Minnesota storage talks’

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:59 -- News Editor
Utility ‘in major Minnesota storage talks’

Minnesota electric cooperative Connexus Energy is reportedly in talks to build the “largest energy storage project” in the US state alongside three solar installations.

According to Minnesota non-profit firm Fresh Energy, Connexus is now “in negotiations with vendors” over plans for a facility capable of storing 20MW – “the equivalent of 40MWh of energy”.

 

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Queensland kickstarts 100MW energy storage tenders scheme

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:13 -- News Editor
Queensland kickstarts 100MW energy storage tenders scheme

The Queensland state government in Australia has launched a large-scale energy storage auction programme – calling on firms to start registering their interest in tendering to provide a total of up to 100MW of storage capacity in the state before 2020.

The ‘Renewables 400’ initiative is part of the government’s AUD1.6 billion ($1.2bn) Powering Queensland Plan, launched earlier this year, to help meet the state’s target of generating 50% of its energy needs from renewables by 2030.

 

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Britain surprises all with £246 million battery jumpstart

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:18 -- News Editor
Britain surprises all with £246 million battery jumpstart

The minute UK battery and energy storage market was taken by surprise last week with UK business secretary Greg Clark’s (pictured) statement to invigorate the UK energy storage scene.

The launch of the first phase of a £246 million ($322M) government investment into battery technology is said to ensure the UK ‘builds on its strengths and leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of electric batteries’.

 

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Chinese storage capacity up 72%

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 09:31 -- News Editor
Chinese storage capacity up 72%

China’s domestic electrochemical storage capacity increased by 72% to 243 megawatts in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to a new report from the non-profit China Energy Storage Alliance (CNESA).

The CNESA’s white paper on the national and global energy storage market, published in English for the first time, said the lion’s share of newly-operating electrochemical ESPs in China last year used lithium-ion (62%) compared to 37% using lead-acid batteries.

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