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Zinc-air firm Zinc8 takes three positive steps toward securing its energy storage future

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 14:22 -- Paul Crompton

It was an interesting week for Canadian energy storage firm Zinc8 Energy Solutions with news it had settled a debt claim, reached a settlement with its former CEO and signed a deal to deploy zinc-air storage in New York.

Of all three announcements made on 11 March, arguably the most interesting was the deployment agreement with New York-based private sector developer Digital Energy Corp.

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Remarkable year for US energy storage sector as the Q4 market breaks records

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 13:55 -- Paul Crompton

The US has set a new energy storage deployment record during the final quarter of the year as markets across all segments showed signs of growth.

The US energy storage sector deployed 186MW/364MWh of storage in Q4 to set a power capacity record last year, according to Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) latest ‘US Energy Storage Monitor’ report.

Front-of-the-meter (FTM) applications took the lion’s share of the market for the first time in three quarters as deployment jumped 160% to 104MW in Q4 2019— or 56% of all quarterly deployments, in MW terms.

The non-residential BTM sector deployed 42.2MW in the final quarter of last year, its second-strongest quarter on record, while the residential market saw 40.4MW installed in the same time period.

 

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Business as usual as investment firm buys energy storage developer NRStor

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 10:07 -- Paul Crompton

Investment firm Blackstone has bought Canadian energy storage developer NRStor for an undisclosed fee.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed but the sale was to funds managed by Blackstone Energy Partners, Blackstone's energy-focused private equity business.

NRStor has over 200MWh of operational, in-construction and contracted projects in the battery storage market. 

A Blackstone spokesman told BEST it would be “business as usual for NRStor”.

Moe Hajabed, Founder and CEO of NRStor said the deal would “help us significantly expand our platform” across North America.”

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Australia’s newest research hub will develop battery storage to aid the country’s renewable energy transition

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 12:12 -- Paul Crompton

A research hub opened in Australia aims to develop advanced energy storage technologies including batteries that will enable the transition towards a sustainable, reliable, and secure power supply.

The ARC Research Hub for Integrated Energy Storage Solutions at UNSW university in Sydney will look at developing batteries for extreme environments as well as researching structural supercapacitors and fuel cells. 

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Energy storage start-up Sparkz licenses ORNL’s cobalt-free lithium-ion battery technology

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 10:46 -- Paul Crompton

Energy storage start-up Sparkz aims to design cobalt out of lithium-ion batteries after exclusively licensing five battery technologies from the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The technologies include cathode materials, a novel electrolyte formula and a scaling process that could enable industrial scale production of cobalt-free batteries electric vehicle and energy storage applications. 

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Tesla side-steps long-term lithium-ion cell supplier to partner with LG Chem and CATL for its Gigafactory 3

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 10:32 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle and energy storage firm Tesla has entered into a partnership with South Korea’s LG Chem and China’s CATL as it looks to secure a lithium-ion battery supply for its electric cars at its Gigafactory 3 plant in Shanghai.

Rumours that Tesla would move from its exclusive cell supplier Panasonic to meet demand at the China Gigafactory 3 first surfaced last August.

*UPDATE* CATL confirmed in a stock exchange filing on Monday, 3 February, it had signed a two-year battery supply agreement with Tesla, with the US firm determining the battery purchase volume. The deal starts this July and closes June 2022.

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US decision to halve tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries is applauded by ESA

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:04 -- Paul Crompton

A decision to halve import tariffs of China made lithium-ion batteries into the US only goes some of the way to ensuring growth in the country’s energy storage markets, the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) has said.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR)decision to lower tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries from 15% to 7.5%, will come into effect on 14 February.

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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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Rolls-Royce eyes the microgrid market with majority share in ESS firm

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:43 -- Paul Crompton

Luxury car brand Rolls-Royce has upped its interest in German lithium-ion energy storage firm Quinous as turns its focus on the microgrid market.

The firm, which owns German industrial concern Rolls-Royce Power Systems, now holds a 73.1% majority stake in the Berlin-based storage specialist, the companies announced on 15 January.

Image: Andreas Schell (right), CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems Division, and Steffen Heinrich co-founder and co-managing director of Qinous

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Tesla files lithium-ion pouch cell patent aimed at the EV and energy storage markets

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:31 -- Paul Crompton

Tesla Motors Canada has filed a patent for a lithium-ion pouch cell containing ‘fewer operative, electrolyte additives’ with the potential to be used in energy storage applications including vehicle and grid-storage— Tesla’s key markets.

The new technology using a nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) chemistry was filed under the title ‘Dioxazolones and nitrile sulfites as electrolyte additives for lithium-ion batteries’.

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