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Asian firms move into flourishing US ESS market

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 13:00 -- Paul Crompton
Asian firms move into flourishing US ESS market

With more than 150MWs of energy storage deployed in the US last year two Asian firms are hoping to take a slice of the lucrative market.

Korean electrical components manufacturer LSIS secured its first UL certification for its 1MW ESS, and then met the IEEE 1547 standard— both are required to launch a product in the US.

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Giant UK battery launched to tackle challenges in energy storage

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 13:23 -- Paul Crompton
Giant UK battery launched to tackle challenges in energy storage

A project to connect a lithium titanate battery to the grid proves the UK is gradually catching up with the rest of the world when it comes to adopting energy storage to balance grid frequency at the utility scale.

Research at the facility, the first to use a lithium titanate battery, which is made up of 21,120 cells supplied by Toshiba, will be led by the University of Sheffield (UoS).

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Lead-acid firm East Penn set to move into lithium and ESS markets

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 14:19 -- Paul Crompton
Lead-acid firm East Penn set to move into lithium and ESS markets

Lead-acid firm East Penn Manufacturing is moving with the times as it looks to reclassify itself as an energy storage company— including embracing lithium-ion technology.

The company’s CEO Daniel Langdon spoke of the new ‘mindset’ during an interview with the Reading Eagle Business Weekly newspaper from where the company is headquartered.

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Naatbatt lifetime awards for lead-acid and energy storage pioneers

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 15:04 -- Paul Crompton
Naatbatt lifetime awards for lead-acid and energy storage pioneers

Naatbatt, the US- based trade association for the advanced battery industry, made two lifetime achievement awards at its annual members meeting last week.

The first paradoxically, was not to someone who has worked in  “advanced batteries’ at all but to Professor Detchko Pavlov, who has had a sixty plus year career in advancing the cause of lead-acid technology.

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New rules open doors for energy storage firms in South Korea

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:19 -- Paul Crompton
New rules open doors for energy storage firms in South Korea

A decision by South Korea to relax power distribution regulations in the country could open the gates for energy storage companies seeking new markets.

Local law insists the State-run Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) is the exclusive power distributor, but this will change in July when the government eases regulations to allow companies and individuals to buy and sell electricity.

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Younicos founder believes Germany’s renewable energy goals will fail without storage

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:53 -- Paul Crompton
Younicos founder believes Germany’s renewable energy goals will fail without storage

Younicos co-founder Clemens Triebel is urging policymakers to take storage systems more seriously if Germany is to reach its 80% renewable energy target. 

The success of expanding the use of renewable solar and wind energy depends on matching it with sufficient storage capacity from the start, he said.

Germany’s current energy policy aim stipulates that 80% of electricity consumption must be covered by renewable energies by 2050.

Triebel, believes this cannot work without storage, and is calling on energy policymakers to take the goals they set themselves seriously and get the energy system into a state, in which it is able to handle large amounts of renewable energy in  the future.

Triebel says the current German system is still discriminating against energy storage in favour of conventional power plants.

According to Triebel the energy transition is being unnecessarily slowed down and made more expensive by clinging to an outdated way of thinking: “We still produce power according to a 19th century paradigm which holds that energy is best produced by large generators that rotate constantly.

“If we contiue to cling to this notion, the grid will continue to be taken up by coal, gas and nuclear energy blocking space for solar and wind energy more and more frequently.”

“The necessary storage capacities will not just appear overnight. We have to start developing them today. Parallel to this, we have to drive the development of new storage technologies forward in order to be equipped for the huge amounts of renewable energy that will be generated in future.”

The Younicos Chief Visionary Officer will explain this thesis in greater depth in his keynote at the trade fair and conference, Energy Storage Europe in Düsseldorf from 15 to 17 March.

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UK gets first sodium-ion ESS installed

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 13:07 -- Paul Crompton
UK gets first sodium-ion ESS installed

A small-scale renewable energy sodium-ion battery has been installed for the first time on UK shores by English energy storage firm Wattstor.

Wattstor, who specialise in the design and supply of energy storage systems, was asked to put together a bespoke stationary energy storage system for the 25kWh battery, which was manufactured by US Company Aquion.

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Crunch time for big business to take the gamble on energy storage

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 16:23 -- Paul Crompton
Crunch time for big business to take the gamble on energy storage

Utility firms must embrace energy storage systems in the short term if they are to keep ahead of commercial opportunities that may present themselves in the long term.

Delegates at Energy Storage Update Europe were told to take advantage of energy storage systems such as lithium-ion batteries during the two-day event in London.

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Younicos Adds Five Executives to Spur Energy Storage Sales

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 15:00 -- Paul Crompton
James McDoucal

Intelligent grid and energy storage solutions company Younicos AG has appointed a new executive team of former managers at companies including General Electric Co. and Areva SA to conitune to build its reputation in the energy-storage technology sector.

The German firm has also created three new business divisions to help build and market its products, which rely on software and the company’s technology to store electricity.

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Japan wants to boost battery storage with $779m incentive scheme

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 14:47 -- Laura Varriale
Japan wants to boost battery storage

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is to subsidise the installation of distributed battery storage and energy-efficient technologies with a $779m incentive scheme.

The programme is aimed to encourage factories and small businesses to be more energy efficient. The incentive should also increase the installation of energy storage systems at PV power plants and grid substations. The deployment of the battery systems should strengthen electricity grids to facilitate growing levels of renewable energy sources.

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