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Nevada utility faces fine for failing to earmark energy storage funds

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 13:42 -- News Editor
Nevada utility faces fine for failing to earmark energy storage funds

Nevada power utility NV Energy and its subsidiary Sierra Pacific Power Company have an anxious two-month wait to hear if they will be fined for not setting aside $10 million in incentives for energy storage systems in the US state.

Members of industry regulator the California Public Utilities Commission found that NV Energy had “failed to comply with the Commission’s orders” to set aside funding for energy storage during a prehearing on 27 June.

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Chinese battery group invests in billion-dollar expansion

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 16:36 -- John Shepherd
Chinese battery group invests in billion-dollar expansion

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is to invest CNY10 billion (US$1.5bn) in building a new lithium battery plant in the country.

State-owned AVIC said the plant in Xiamen, in China’s southeastern Fujian Province, will have an eventual annual production capacity of 20GWh across a 570 square metre site.

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Batteries in ‘golden period’, but vigilance needed for lead

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 17:06 -- John Shepherd
Batteries in ‘golden period’, but vigilance needed for lead

Battery technology is in a “golden period”, but lead-acid in particular still faces potential regulatory obstacles in Europe, manufacturers have been warned.

Dr Steve Binks (pictured), regulatory affairs director of the International Lead Association, told the Pb2019 conference in Madrid there had “never been a period where battery technology was so recognised as being critical” to e-mobility, energy storage and combating climate change.

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LIBs inch ahead in battery market, but Pb has power to grow

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 15:33 -- John Shepherd
LIBs inch ahead in battery market, but Pb has power to grow

Lithium-ion batteries have grabbed a larger slice of the worldwide battery market than lead for the first time, but Pb will continue to grow at a “modest rate”, according to a top industry analyst.

Battery expert Dr Geoffrey May (pictured) told the International Lead Association’s PB2019 conference in Madrid that lithium-ion had a worldwide market share of US$40 billion in 2018, compared to $37.5bn for lead. This was the first time lithium-ion batteries had been ahead, he said.

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IEA hails ‘bumper year’ for energy storage

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 11:34 -- John Shepherd
IEA hails ‘bumper year’ for energy storage

Global energy storage deployment reached a record 8GWh in 2018— nearly double that of the previous year, according to a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report.

Behind-the-meter storage “matched grid-scale storage investments” for the second consecutive year, and deployment in both categories reached record levels in 2018 with significant growth in South Korea, Australia, Japan, Germany and the US, the report said.

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Vanadium redox batteries plan for Saudi Arabia

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:56 -- John Shepherd
Vanadium redox batteries plan for Saudi Arabia

A German-Saudi partnership has been formed to develop and manufacture vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB) in Saudi Arabia.

The joint venture— formed by German technology firm the Schmid Group, Saudi government-backed Nusaned Investment and the kingdom’s RIWAQ Industrial Development Company— expects to have a “gigawatt-scale manufacturing facility” producing VRFB systems in Saudi Arabia in 2020.

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Lawmakers push for US battery materials security

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 15:12 -- John Shepherd
Lawmakers push for US battery materials security

US lawmakers are backing draft legislation aimed at cutting the country’s “damaging” dependence on imports of materials, including those “critical”  to expanding battery storage and electric vehicle (EV) technology.

A bipartisan group of senators say the American Mineral Security Act is needed to help reduce reliance on countries such as China. 

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Batteries 'can help UK achieve net-zero emissions by 2050'

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 13:59 -- John Shepherd
Batteries 'can help UK achieve net-zero emissions by 2050'

Ramping up the development and use of battery technologies can help the UK achieve “net-zero” emissions by 2050, according to a new report.

Government advisory body the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said a net-zero greenhouse gases target for 2050 “is achievable with known technologies, alongside improvements in people’s lives”.

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Leclanché welcomes record sales figures

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 16:43 -- John Shepherd
Leclanché welcomes record sales figures

Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché has posted its best sales performance for 22 years, although earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) losses fell further.

Consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2018 were CHF 49 million (US$49m), up from CHF 18m in 2017, and more than 2.7 times 2017 revenues.

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Battery retrieval campaign unites North America

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 13:39 -- Hugh Finzel
Battery retrieval campaign unites North America

The US-based Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC) and the Canadian Battery Association (CBA) are joining forces in a campaign to “manage used vehicle batteries in an environmentally-responsible manner”.

The initiative will bring together the RBC’s ‘2 Million Battery Challenge’ and CBA’s ‘Battery Stewardship’ programme.  Eleven First Nations communities in Canada’s Manitoba province back the move. 

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