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Ho joins Hammond as VP of R&D

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:17 -- News Editor
Ho joins Hammond as VP of R&D

The Hammond Group has appointed Dr Marvin Ho as VP of research and development.

Dr Ho is an electrochemist with more than 25 years of experience in energy storage technologies from in his work with the Trojan Battery Company and CSB Battery Technologies – now part of Hitachi Chemical Energy Technology Co.

 

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Massachusetts green light for energy storage plan

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:09 -- News Editor
Massachusetts green light for energy storage plan

The US state of Massachusetts has formally set a 200 MWh energy storage target to be achieved by 2020 – supported by a $10 million commitment to study, develop and encourage storage deployment.

The target, set by the state’s Department of Energy Resources (DOER), follows last year’s signing of bipartisan “energy diversification” legislation by state governor Charlie Baker (pictured).

 

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In-depth report exposes lithium-ion fake news

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:09 -- News Editor
In-depth report exposes lithium-ion fake news

A damning critique of some of the half-truths the lithium-ion battery industry has disseminated in technical media and online is presented in the summer’s issue of Batteries and Energy Storage Technology Magazine.

Written by Dr Mike McDonagh, the publication’s technical editor, the article, entitled True Li-es, pours cold water on some of the general claims made by the industry that have made it the chemistry of choice for large-scale energy storage projects— vital for the widespread introduction of renewables.

 

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Energy firm launches storage R&D project for renewables

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 15:33 -- Paul Crompton
Energy firm launches storage R&D project for renewables

Hungarian energy firm Alteo is launching a project valued at around HUF 1.1 billion ($4 million) aimed at creating an “innovative” battery-based storage model for “weather-dependent” energy sources.

The project, which is backed by an HUF500 grant from Hungary’s National Research and Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH), will focus on developing a system to make it easier to forecast and plan the utilisation of weather-dependent power supplies, Alteo said.

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Largest energy storage rollout for Canada

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:26 -- Paul Crompton
Largest energy storage rollout for Canada

Powin Energy, a US energy storage solutions provider, will partner with renewable energy company Hecate Energy to build and install six units with a total capacity of 12.8MW/52.8MWh at two sites in Ontario, Canada.

Powin’s modular Stack140, a 140kW lithium-ion battery array that is scalable from 125kW to multiple megawatts for outdoor installation, will be deployed in the systems in Stratford and Kitchener.

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‘Ultracapacitor could have saved airline millions’

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:23 -- Paul Crompton
‘Ultracapacitor could have saved airline millions’

The systems meltdown at British Airways, which left 75,000 passengers stranded last month, was preventable.

Advances in energy storage solutions mean that the chaos – and possible €100 ($112) million compensation bill – could have been avoided, claims a leading ultracapacitor manufacturer.

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Japanese giant benefits from India’s green push

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Japanese giant benefits from India’s green push

The fast-growing telecom sector in India has become Panasonic’s major growth driver for energy storage products in the country, company officials say.

The Japanese tech giant reports the sector has generated more than $100 million in sales of lithium-ion battery-based solutions in the last three years, as telecom service operators invest in renewable energy plus storage.

 

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Storage’s time ‘is coming’ as prices fall

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 16:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Storage’s time ‘is coming’ as prices fall

Full grid defection – combining solar with storage and a small electrical generator – will make economic sense in a matter of years, not decades, for some customers in high-cost markets.

That’s the prediction of respected business consultancy firm McKinsey & Company.

 

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US firms team up to provide ‘all-American’ solution

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 10:23 -- Xuan Zhong
US firms team up to provide ‘all-American’ solution

US lithium-ion energy storage firm Sunverge Energy and San Francisco-based solar installer PetersenDean Roofing & Solar are teaming up to provide an “all-American” energy solution to Californian homes.

Sunverge’s lithium-ion battery energy storage systems (BESS) allows Californian residents to capture the power they generate from their rooftops as well as automatically use it when demand and energy prices are highest. By integrating Sunverge’s energy management platform with each storage system, PetersenDean can offer backup power during electric outages.

 

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Largest solar plant in Australia with Li tech

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 09:49 -- Xuan Zhong
Largest solar plant in Australia with Li tech

Queensland-based firm SolarQ has announced it plans to develop the largest solar farm and energy storage facility in Australia, with 800MW(ac) of solar photovoltaic and 4,000MWh of lithium-ion battery storage.

The AU$2 billion (US$1.5 billion) project that has secured sufficient land in the Lower Wonga area of Queensland, says will eventually supply about 15% of south-east Queensland's power needs.

 

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