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SDG&E seeks storage plans go-ahead to boost reliability

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:21 -- Xuan Zhong
SDG&E seeks storage plans go-ahead to boost reliability

US utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is asking regulators to give the green light to contracts it has signed for five new local lithium-ion battery storage facilities with a combined total of 83.5MW.

If approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), two of the five four-hour energy storage facilities will be owned and operated by SDG&E.

 
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Storage changing thinking in the Power industry says Leclanche CEO

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:52 -- Xuan Zhong
Storage changing thinking in the Power industry says Leclanche CEO

Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanche, a leading player in the European battery market told an energy conference last week that the emergence of global energy storage is now a driving force in today’s energy markets.

“The industry is witnessing totally new thinking toward the financing of energy storage projects by investors who are now looking at storage as a new asset class offering multiple revenue streams with large terminal value.”

 

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Vattenfall and BMW Group 33kWh lithium-ion supply contract

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:39 -- Xuan Zhong
Vattenfall and BMW Group 33kWh lithium-ion supply contract

Swedish utility firm Vattenfall has signed a deal with the BMW Group for the delivery of up to 1,000 lithium-ion batteries for use in its energy storage projects.

The 33kWh batteries, each equipped with a BMW-owned battery management system, will come from the German OEM’s plant in Dingolfing.

 

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Former Tesla employees plans for Europe’s first Gigafactory

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton

Two former Tesla workers are set to beat their former employee in making lithium-ion cells for electric vehicle and energy storage applications in Europe.

Northvolt AB’s ambitious plans to build Europe's first Gigafactory in Sweden were given a boost when investment firm InnoEnergy, announced a €3.5million (around 35MSEK or $3.7million) investment.

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Lithium-ion batteries help utility enhance energy reliability

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 09:36 -- Xuan Zhong

Californian utility San Diego Gas & Electric has unveiled a 30MW lithium-ion battery energy storage facility in partnership with AES Energy Storage.

The 129MW/h battery energy storage system will store renewable energy for use in peak shifting and grid frequency applications.

 
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Advertorial: An upcoming show for China’s Energy Storage Station

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:01 -- Xuan Zhong
An upcoming show for China’s Energy Storage Station

About 800 people from the energy storage industry have been invited to the 8th China International Energy Storage Power Station Conference (ESSC).

The event focuses on the case studies of international energy storage projects, new development of energy storage technologies in terms of renewable energy and grid, and the change of Chinese government policies in terms of energy storage section. Awards ceremony will be held to honor the best performances from the industry, in terms of projects, researches, and companies.

There are 35% of participants are from battery manufacturers, personal communications service, and inverter makers. 25% are energy storage projects owners, and 18% are from power grid and renewable energy companies. Geographically, they are mainly from Europe, the US, Australia, and China.

Over 100 media institutions will cover the event, and there are 50 exhibiters as well as 30 speakers will attend. 

China's energy storage industry has just boomed at the end of 2015. The country’s cumulative installed capacity was 105.5MW, accounting for 11% of the total installed capacity of the global energy storage market, with the largest proportion in lithium-ion battery.

The distribution of applications mainly consists of distributed generation, micro-grid and renewable energy grid, which cumulative installed capacity occupied more than 80% of the Chinese market by the end of last two years. Meanwhile, the distributed generation and micro-grid has accounted for 56% of the installed capacity and 77% of the amount of the projects, and are highly expected to achieve mass commercialisation in China.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts the United States, Europe, China and India will add 310GW of energy storage capacity with $380 billion investment by the year of 2050.

McKinsey noted that energy would play an important role in 2025. The market value is expected to reach between $100 billion to $600 billion.

ESSC has been successfully held in Shenzhen, China and Sydney, Australia since 2013, over 3,000 participants from 23 countries. Cooperative enterprises include Maxwell, Chroma Electronics, KELU Electronic Technology, BYD, Shenzhen Aotexun Electric Power, Tesla Motors, TUV Rheinland Equipment.

The organiser CDMC confirms the event will be held in Shenzhen, China on 11th -12th May 2017.

For more information, please visit: http://www.essc.org.cn/en

 

DNOs need to own energy storage to secure industry’s future

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:06 -- Paul Crompton
DNOs need to own energy storage to secure industry’s future

Energy storage needs to be defined and have its own set of regulations to allow UK-based distribution network operators (DNO) to make the most of the technology.

That was feeling at Energy Storage Network’s annual symposium held in London, UK, last week, as the thorny issue of regulations and codes continues to hamper the industry.

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Energy storage firm Eguana and LG Chem expand partnership

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:34 -- Paul Crompton
Energy storage firm Eguana and LG Chem expand partnership

Canadian firm Eguana Technologies has augmented its energy storage partnership with Korean lithium-ion battery giant LG Chem.

Eguana has begun integrating LG Chem’s JH3 cell technology into its AC Battery energy storage system (ESS) portfolio.

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Energy firm combine to launch ESS demonstration project in India

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:42 -- Paul Crompton
Energy firm combine to launch ESS demonstration project in India

Three energy firms are to combine resources to develop a 10MW lithium-ion energy storage demonstration project in India.

The project involves Japanese firm Mitsubishi Corporation, US firm AES Corporation and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL)— a joint venture between Indian utility company Tata Power and the Government of NCT of Delhi.

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Fossil fuel veteran joins lithium-ion ESS firm Alevo

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 11:16 -- Xuan Zhong
Fossil fuel veteran joins lithium-ion ESS firm Alevo

Grid-scale lithium-ion energy storage firm Alevo has appointed fossil fuel veteran Peter Heintzelman as its group chief financial officer.

Heintzelman will provide financial expertise including strategy, systems and corporate governance, risk identification and management to the Swiss-based start-up.

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