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US states ramp up battery storage

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:20 -- Xuan Zhong
US states ramp up battery storage

Nevada and California have announced moves to expand battery energy storage facilities across the two states.

In Nevada, utility NV Energy is asking regulators to back plans to build six solar energy plants with three related BESS facilities with a combined storage capacity of 100 megawatts.

 

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Kiwi Power BESS bears fruit for Plessey

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:07 -- Xuan Zhong
Kiwi Power BESS bears fruit for Plessey

UK-based technology firm Plessey has installed a two-megawatt Tesla battery for behind-the-meter (BTM) battery storage at its flagship manufacturing and R&D site in Plymouth, England.

UK battery energy storage developer and operator Kiwi Power— whose ‘Kiwi Fruit’ hardware and software platform controls the battery— completed the project.

 

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Exide acquires Aker Wade to forge motive powerhouse

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 12:17 -- Xuan Zhong
Exide acquires Aker Wade to forge motive powerhouse

US-based lead-acid giant Exide Technologies has moved to tighten its grip on the motive power market by acquiring fast-charge tech pioneer Aker Wade Power Technologies.

Aker Wade designs and manufactures advanced charging systems for industrial forklifts— and the acquisition will see the firm’s chargers become part of Exide’s GNB Industrial Power battery portfolio.

 

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BYD powers up BESS presence in UK

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 16:16 -- Xuan Zhong
BYD powers up BESS presence in UK

China’s BYD is to supply its lithium-ion battery tech for a new 25-megawatt energy storage project for a local authority in the UK.

BYD— which has already made inroads into the UK’s BESS market— has been selected to provide the China-made battery system for the project by South Somerset District Council.

 

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China trials “advanced” lead-carbon solar BESS

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:15 -- Xuan Zhong
China trials “advanced” lead-carbon solar BESS

A lead-carbon battery storage system for solar power, with a cycle life “more than four times that of conventional lead technology”, has been developed by Chinese lead battery firm Baoding Fengfan and scientists. 

Fengfan’s research partner the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics— part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences— said the battery has been developed to store power generated by solar and wind.

 

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US cash boost for energy storage research

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 09:58 -- Xuan Zhong
US cash boost for energy storage research

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a $30 million shot in the arm for energy storage research.

The funding is part of a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy programme aimed at developing “innovative technologies for long-duration energy storage on the power grid”— providing reliable electricity for between 10 and around 100 hours.

 

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Convergent boosts storage with flywheels investment

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:46 -- Xuan Zhong
Convergent boosts storage with flywheels investment

New York-based Convergent Energy+Power has acquired 40MW of flywheel projects to become “the biggest pure-play operator” of energy storage in North America.

Convergent said on 1 May it had bought the New York and Pennsylvania flywheel projects from energy investment firm Rockland Capital for an undisclosed sum.  

 

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Orsted to build 20MW BESS in UK

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Orsted to build 20MW BESS in UK

Danish wind power firm Orsted is to build a 20MW battery storage project in the UK as it takes its “first steps” into commercial battery storage.

Orsted UK said the Carnegie Road lithium-ion project near Liverpool— expected to be operational by the end of this year— is its first venture into large-scale storage.

 

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Partnership targets Malaysia’s energy storage market

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 09:24 -- Xuan Zhong
Partnership targets Malaysia’s energy storage market

A partnership to expand energy storage projects in Malaysia has been launched by German battery storage developer 21st Century Clean Energy and a subsidiary of Malaysian renewables firm Cypark Resources.

Cypark said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with 21st Century— the agent in Malaysia for German lithium battery storage system firm Tesvolt.

 

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Korea’s Kokam supplies battery storage for Australia mining

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Korea’s Kokam supplies battery storage for Australia mining

South Korea battery manufacturer Kokam has supplied a 30MW lithium-ion battery storage system to support mining operations in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

Australian electricity retailer Alinta Energy said the system— said to be the country’s largest battery for industrial applications— has been installed at its 178MW gas-fired Newman Power Station. The station supplies power to remote mining operations in the Pilbara region.

 

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