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Record year for energy storage firm Younicos

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 11:35 -- Paul Crompton
CEO Stephen L. Prince.

Energy storage company Younicos was awarded 75MW of contracts in 2016 representing a 400% growth in bookings year-on-year.

The German firms record year came the first year under the stewardship of CEO Stephen L. Prince.

The battery storage integrator now has a total of 200MW of systems either installed or under construction, as well as a qualified pipeline of deals worth a total of 1.2 gigawatts over the next two years.

Prince said: “While the 49MW battery system we are designing and delivering for Centrica in the UK is a cornerstone of this year's success, we made very significant progress in many other areas as well.

“I'm most pleased by the fact that we continue to lead the industry as battery storage moves beyond grid-scale use cases to now be embraced by downstream energy users, such as commercial and industrial (C&I) clients."

The past year saw Younicos sign its first orders for the plug-and-play Y.Cube storage solution in both the US and UK, for use in PV+storage and C&I applications.

Prince added: "Energy generators and distributors, and indeed large energy users, understand that batteries are an economically attractive and reliable asset to optimise energy production and consumption.

“The steadily declining costs of battery storage have created compelling business cases behind the meter, particularly when combining various storage applications.

“As solar PV costs fall and self-consumption increases, grid charges will increase, thus strengthening the business case for C&I storage -- particularly co-located PV+storage solutions."

Picture: CEO Stephen L. Prince.

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Maritime energy storage firm appoints global sales director

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:45 -- Xuan Zhong

Maritime energy storage firm Corvus Energy has made a new appointment to strengthen its global and European operations.

Corvus has employed marine industry veteran Willie Wagen as head of global sales and marketing and European managing director.

 
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NEC offers its first plug-and-play battery grid ESS to US utility

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 12:36 -- Paul Crompton
NEC offers its first plug-and-play battery grid ESS to US utility

NEC Energy Solutions is supplying its first lithium-ion grid energy storage pilot system GSS® to Southern California Edison (SCE).

The deal with the NEC Corporation subsidiary comes under a pre-approved energy storage procurement program initially announced by SCE last year.

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Powin Energy receives China patent for BMS

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 10:24 -- Xuan Zhong

Energy storage developer Powin Energy Corporation has been awarded a Chinese patent for its battery management system.

Designed specifically for energy storage systems, the US firm’s Battery Pack Operating System (bp-OS), was also awarded a US patent in June.

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Grid-scale flywheel testing starts at pilot project

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 10:12 -- Xuan Zhong

US flywheel firm Amber Kinetics and Hawaiian Electric Company (HEC) are set to test the capability of a flywheel system through a joint energy storage pilot project.

The project will use Amber Kinetics Amber Gen2© Model 25 steel flywheel system, at HEC’s Campbell Industrial Park generating station on O‘ahu, Hawaii.

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Gas spill lands Tesla with 20MW energy storage deal

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 15:25 -- Paul Crompton
Gas spill lands Tesla with 20MW energy storage deal

Electric vehicle and energy storage firm Tesla is moving into the grid-scale energy storage market with two deals to supply lithium-ion systems.

The first is to develop a 20MW/80MWh utility-scale system for electricity company Southern California Edison Co.

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US deployment of energy storage up— as California slips down rankings

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 13:10 -- Paul Crompton
US deployment of energy storage up— as California slips down rankings

Deployment of energy storage rose slightly in the US with lithium-ion projects by utilities continuing to dominate the market.

The US deployed 41.2 MW of energy storage in Q2 2016 (up 1% year-on-year), with behind-the-meter deployments increasing 3% from Q1, according to GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA).

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Chinese firm looks to secure lithium stocks

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 10:03 -- Paul Crompton

When it comes to the rapidly growing electric vehicle and energy storage markets the question is not how many lithium-ion batteries can companies make, but how to source the raw materials.

That’s why Chinese lithium-ion battery materials maker Ningbo Shanshan is in advanced talks to buy a stake in Chile's Sociedad Quimica Y Minera (SQM), at least according to news outlet Reuters.

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Firm teams up with university to boost lithium-ion capabilities

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 15:39 -- Paul Crompton
Firm teams up with university to boost lithium-ion capabilities

Energy storage developer BioSolar has begun a sponsored research agreement with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to boost its lithium-ion battery investigation.

The company aims to increase the capacity, extend cycle-life, and reduce the cost of its lithium-ion batteries by strengthening the engineering efforts of its battery technology research.

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Renewable energy key driver in grid-scale energy deployment

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 12:34 -- Paul Crompton
Renewable energy key driver in grid-scale energy deployment

North American firm AES Corporation will supply a total of 37.5MW of lithium-ion energy technology to a utility firm as the US continues to embrace energy storage for grid stabalisation.

Through its subsidiary, AES Energy Storage, the company signed two contracts with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) to install and commission two arrays.

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