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Former Tesla employees plans for Europe’s first Gigafactory

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton

Two former Tesla workers are set to beat their former employee in making lithium-ion cells for electric vehicle and energy storage applications in Europe.

Northvolt AB’s ambitious plans to build Europe's first Gigafactory in Sweden were given a boost when investment firm InnoEnergy, announced a €3.5million (around 35MSEK or $3.7million) investment.

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Lithium-ion batteries help utility enhance energy reliability

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 09:36 -- Xuan Zhong

Californian utility San Diego Gas & Electric has unveiled a 30MW lithium-ion battery energy storage facility in partnership with AES Energy Storage.

The 129MW/h battery energy storage system will store renewable energy for use in peak shifting and grid frequency applications.

 
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Advertorial: An upcoming show for China’s Energy Storage Station

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:01 -- Xuan Zhong
An upcoming show for China’s Energy Storage Station

About 800 people from the energy storage industry have been invited to the 8th China International Energy Storage Power Station Conference (ESSC).

The event focuses on the case studies of international energy storage projects, new development of energy storage technologies in terms of renewable energy and grid, and the change of Chinese government policies in terms of energy storage section. Awards ceremony will be held to honor the best performances from the industry, in terms of projects, researches, and companies.

There are 35% of participants are from battery manufacturers, personal communications service, and inverter makers. 25% are energy storage projects owners, and 18% are from power grid and renewable energy companies. Geographically, they are mainly from Europe, the US, Australia, and China.

Over 100 media institutions will cover the event, and there are 50 exhibiters as well as 30 speakers will attend. 

China's energy storage industry has just boomed at the end of 2015. The country’s cumulative installed capacity was 105.5MW, accounting for 11% of the total installed capacity of the global energy storage market, with the largest proportion in lithium-ion battery.

The distribution of applications mainly consists of distributed generation, micro-grid and renewable energy grid, which cumulative installed capacity occupied more than 80% of the Chinese market by the end of last two years. Meanwhile, the distributed generation and micro-grid has accounted for 56% of the installed capacity and 77% of the amount of the projects, and are highly expected to achieve mass commercialisation in China.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts the United States, Europe, China and India will add 310GW of energy storage capacity with $380 billion investment by the year of 2050.

McKinsey noted that energy would play an important role in 2025. The market value is expected to reach between $100 billion to $600 billion.

ESSC has been successfully held in Shenzhen, China and Sydney, Australia since 2013, over 3,000 participants from 23 countries. Cooperative enterprises include Maxwell, Chroma Electronics, KELU Electronic Technology, BYD, Shenzhen Aotexun Electric Power, Tesla Motors, TUV Rheinland Equipment.

The organiser CDMC confirms the event will be held in Shenzhen, China on 11th -12th May 2017.

For more information, please visit: http://www.essc.org.cn/en

 

DNOs need to own energy storage to secure industry’s future

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:06 -- Paul Crompton
DNOs need to own energy storage to secure industry’s future

Energy storage needs to be defined and have its own set of regulations to allow UK-based distribution network operators (DNO) to make the most of the technology.

That was feeling at Energy Storage Network’s annual symposium held in London, UK, last week, as the thorny issue of regulations and codes continues to hamper the industry.

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Energy storage firm Eguana and LG Chem expand partnership

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:34 -- Paul Crompton
Energy storage firm Eguana and LG Chem expand partnership

Canadian firm Eguana Technologies has augmented its energy storage partnership with Korean lithium-ion battery giant LG Chem.

Eguana has begun integrating LG Chem’s JH3 cell technology into its AC Battery energy storage system (ESS) portfolio.

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Energy firm combine to launch ESS demonstration project in India

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:42 -- Paul Crompton
Energy firm combine to launch ESS demonstration project in India

Three energy firms are to combine resources to develop a 10MW lithium-ion energy storage demonstration project in India.

The project involves Japanese firm Mitsubishi Corporation, US firm AES Corporation and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL)— a joint venture between Indian utility company Tata Power and the Government of NCT of Delhi.

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Fossil fuel veteran joins lithium-ion ESS firm Alevo

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 11:16 -- Xuan Zhong
Fossil fuel veteran joins lithium-ion ESS firm Alevo

Grid-scale lithium-ion energy storage firm Alevo has appointed fossil fuel veteran Peter Heintzelman as its group chief financial officer.

Heintzelman will provide financial expertise including strategy, systems and corporate governance, risk identification and management to the Swiss-based start-up.

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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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