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‘Taiwan to seek Tesla blackout solutions’

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:44 -- News Editor
‘Taiwan to seek Tesla blackout solutions’

Taiwan could acquire energy storage systems from US tech giant Tesla to prevent future power outages, according to a report.

Taiwan’s science and technology minister Chen Liang-gee (pictured) plans talks with Tesla about buying renewable energy battery storage systems in the wake of a large-scale power outage that hit Taipei earlier this month, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.

 

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RES in new battery storage sale

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 14:14 -- News Editor
RES in new battery storage sale

London-listed investment company TRIG has acquired 100% of an energy storage project in Scotland for GBP20 million ($26m) from renewable energy developer RES (Renewable Energy Systems).

The 20MW energy storage site in Broxburn, equipped with Samsung SDI’s lithium-ion technology, was developed and will be operated by RES.

 

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Glencore bullish on boost for EVs, storage

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:07 -- News Editor
Glencore bullish on boost for EVs, storage

Switzerland-based mining and commodities giant Glencore has increased its earnings guidance for 2017 because of an expected “large scale” push for electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

CEO Ivan Glasenberg (pictured) said in half-year results released on 10 August the group had increase its full-year marketing adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) guidance by $100 million to between $2.4 billion and $2.7bn.

 

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Utility ‘in major Minnesota storage talks’

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:59 -- News Editor
Utility ‘in major Minnesota storage talks’

Minnesota electric cooperative Connexus Energy is reportedly in talks to build the “largest energy storage project” in the US state alongside three solar installations.

According to Minnesota non-profit firm Fresh Energy, Connexus is now “in negotiations with vendors” over plans for a facility capable of storing 20MW – “the equivalent of 40MWh of energy”.

 

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Queensland kickstarts 100MW energy storage tenders scheme

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:13 -- News Editor
Queensland kickstarts 100MW energy storage tenders scheme

The Queensland state government in Australia has launched a large-scale energy storage auction programme – calling on firms to start registering their interest in tendering to provide a total of up to 100MW of storage capacity in the state before 2020.

The ‘Renewables 400’ initiative is part of the government’s AUD1.6 billion ($1.2bn) Powering Queensland Plan, launched earlier this year, to help meet the state’s target of generating 50% of its energy needs from renewables by 2030.

 

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Britain surprises all with £246 million battery jumpstart

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:18 -- News Editor
Britain surprises all with £246 million battery jumpstart

The minute UK battery and energy storage market was taken by surprise last week with UK business secretary Greg Clark’s (pictured) statement to invigorate the UK energy storage scene.

The launch of the first phase of a £246 million ($322M) government investment into battery technology is said to ensure the UK ‘builds on its strengths and leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of electric batteries’.

 

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Chinese storage capacity up 72%

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 09:31 -- News Editor
Chinese storage capacity up 72%

China’s domestic electrochemical storage capacity increased by 72% to 243 megawatts in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to a new report from the non-profit China Energy Storage Alliance (CNESA).

The CNESA’s white paper on the national and global energy storage market, published in English for the first time, said the lion’s share of newly-operating electrochemical ESPs in China last year used lithium-ion (62%) compared to 37% using lead-acid batteries.

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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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