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MoU forges link between bi-polar plate and energy storage firms

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 12:00 -- Paul Crompton
MoU forges link between bi-polar plate and energy storage firms

A memorandum of understanding will see the eventual semi-integration of US bipolar battery plate technology firm Integral Technologies into energy storage firm Ultimate Battery Co.

The details are fairly complicated, but involve Integral forming a subsidiary that will hold the rights to its Electriplast technology, before selling said subsidiary to US firm Ultimate.

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Two Brisbane firms tie up technologies for smarter energy storage

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:48 -- Paul Crompton
Two Brisbane firms tie up technologies for smarter energy storage

Just after the launch of a new battery management system (BMS) for its ZCell home ESS, Australian firm Redflow has certified a compatible inverter from energy storage management provider Redback Technologies.

Redflow’s new ZCell home battery, launched in March, is a 10 kilowatt hour (kWh) flow battery that can ‘timeshift’ solar power from day to night, store off-peak power for peak demand periods and support off-grid systems. 

Redflow has now fully integrated the ZCell with Redback’s Smart Hybrid Solar Inverter System, which manages energy supplies from the grid, PV solar panels and a battery to enable users to achieve greater savings by self-consuming more of their on-site generated power.

With one in five homes in Australia now equipped with solar power, home storage systems are gaining in popularity but the rush will be on to get them in place with solar subsidies due to end in New South Wales at the end of this year.

Feed-in tariffs will be reduced, hence the need for smarter home energy systems if savings are to be made.

The ZCell, which is made primarily of plastic, aluminium and steel, has 100% depth of discharge and a daily energy output of 10kWh.

Redback’s technology is hosted in Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite cloud platform, running on a cloud-enabled intelligent system for analytics and remote control, which monitors consumption patterns, moving the use of appliances such as pool pumps and hot water into the “solar window” so they can be optimised to maximise self-consumption of rooftop solar.

Redback Technologies Founder and Managing Director Philip Livingston said he looked forward to working with Redflow as the energy storage sector develops.

“Australia is the perfect place from which to build a globally relevant energy storage sector based on local innovation, Redback Technologies is building the infrastructure for the next generation grid and partnering with Redflow provides choice to consumers and solar installers. We are going to put more money into homeowners’ pockets and create cleaner energy for our children’s future,” he said.

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Veteran joins UET to push flow battery sales beyond GW scale

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:45 -- Paul Crompton
Veteran joins UET to push flow battery sales beyond GW scale

US vanadium flow battery firm UniEnergy Technologies (UET) has appointed a new senior vice president of global sales as it continues to push the energy storage technology as an alternative to lithium-ion.

Blake Frye will drive global sales of UET’s containerised energy storage solution technology, which already accounts for around 80MWh of deployment.

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Philippines set for 20MW of storage to cure black-out woes

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 14:20 -- Paul Crompton
Philippines set for 20MW of storage to cure black-out woes

A lithium-ion and a separate flywheel project will bring 20MW of energy storage to the Philippines when they come on stream this month as the country tries to halt blackouts.

AES Philippines, a unit of AES Corp., alongside Electricity Generating Public Company Limited (EGCO) is set to complete a 10 MW lithium-ion based energy storage facility in Masinloc, Zambales province late this month.

The 10-MW energy storage system will be used to provide reserve power and grid stability services to the Luzon grid, said Chanin Chaonirattisai, president of the Thai independent power producer EGCO

Construction on the project began in December 2015 and is currently around 90% complete, he added.

Meanwhile Philippines renewable energy company Emerging Power has joined forces with US flywheel firm Amber Kinetics on a project that will begin its first operations this month.

Californian company Amber Kinetics is providing a 10MW energy storage system to harness power from the 150MW solar farm in the Philippine municipality of Subic.

The two hybrid projects are likely to be only the tip of the iceberg as three other solar farms totaling almost 100-megawatts come online in the country.

 

 

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Flow batteries gaining traction in energy storage market

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 14:52 -- Paul Crompton
Flow batteries gaining traction in energy storage market

Megawatt deployment of flow battery systems is set to reach ten times the number it was last year, according to energy storage consultants Swanbarton.

Already in the first half of this year around 100MWs of flow battery systems have been deployed— around 60MWs more than in 2015.

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Lithium-ion batteries at heart of first municipal utility renewable energy system

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 11:13 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium-ion batteries at heart of first municipal utility renewable energy system

Energy storage firm S&C Electric Company has completed a 7MW lithium-ion system that combines solar energy and storage in Ohio, US.

The system was built in conjunction with Half Moon Ventures (HMV) and the local municipal utility, the Village of Minster.

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Energy storage firm Alevo appoints new CEO

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 16:04 -- Paul Crompton
Energy storage firm Alevo appoints new CEO

Grid-scale lithium-ion energy storage firm Alevo has appointed Per Dybwad as chief executive offier to serve alongside founder and executive chairman Jostein Eikeland.

The move splits the role of chairman and CEO previously held by Eikeland, with Dybwad now leading the executive team, initially focusing on the company's manufacturing and commercial development.

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Flywheel expert joins Amber Kinetics to drive commercialisation

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 16:03 -- Paul Crompton
Flywheel expert joins Amber Kinetics to drive commercialisation

Flywheel energy storage company Amber Kinetics has named Daniel Bakholdin as its new chief technology officer.

Flywheel technology inventor and pioneer Bakholdin will be responsible for commercialising the Californian, US-based company’s product.

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Management changes at lead-carbon firm Axion

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 15:08 -- Paul Crompton
Management changes at lead-carbon firm Axion

Lead-carbon energy storage firm Axion Power International's high level management has seen three changes in as many months.

Last month Stanley Hirschman resigned as director and chairman and member of the US company’s Audit Committee due to his ‘inability to devote the time and resources necessary to continue in his role as a director’.

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Bigger and better redox flow to enter the large-scale ESS market

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 15:36 -- Paul Crompton
Bigger and better redox flow to enter the large-scale ESS market

A Japanese company is set to launch a redox flow battery onto the large-scale energy storage market that it claims will boast higher capacity at a cheaper rate than its previous products.

Sumitomo Electric Industries plans to release the scalable 500kW/h per unit ESS this autumn.

Situated in a conventional cargo container, the all-in-one design incorporates the battery’s liquid tanks, pump and all the necessary devices.

The market for large storage batteries has been growing around the world, driven by the increase of renewable energy generation, which needs a stabilising buffer between it and the grid.

In Japan, a feed-in-tariff programme introduced in 2012 to promote the use of renewable energy has boosted demand for large storage batteries.

Large storage batteries are a main product in Sumitomo Electric's energy- and environment-related businesses.

Back in 2012, Sumitomo completed a 1MW redox flow battery electric power generation/storage system on the premises of its Yokohama Works.

The system was developed in cooperation with Nissin Electric Co,  Sumitomo Densetsu Co and Meidensha Corporation in the respective technical fields.

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