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Hydroelectric-solar-lithium-ion microgrid marks successful first year at Patagonia National Park

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 10:34 -- Paul Crompton

A “run-of-the-river” hydroelectric power station, photovoltaic installation, and lithium-ion battery storage system have been successfully used to deliver power to facilities in the Patagonia National Park.

The project uses two lithium-ion battery storage units with a combined capacity of 144kWh— from German firm Tesvolt— coupled to two hydraulic turbines and a solar system, both with AC coupling, to achieve a total output of 115kWp.

The power requirements of the park’s facilities were previously provided by diesel generators.

Patagonian installation company SyR Energía planned and executed the project.

Gonzalo Rodriguez (pictured), engineer at SyR Energía, said: “Combining run-of-the-river hydroelectric power and a photovoltaic installation is technically very demanding.

“In winter and spring, the Patagonian rivers are swollen by heavy rainfall and snowmelt from the Andes. The two micro-turbines convert the energy from the water into electricity. 

“In summer, the water level in the rivers drops significantly and the required electricity is then supplied by the photovoltaic installation. Excess electricity is temporarily stored in the battery storage systems.

“This has paid off. The installation has now been running without no problems at all for exactly one year.”

The park is being ‘rewilded’— after decades of heavy overgrazing and desertification— by Tompkins Conservation, a foundation created by the founder of North Face, Douglas Tompkins, and his wife Kristine, previously CEO of clothing company Patagonia. 

Together they have helped create and extend 15 national parks in Chile and Argentina and eventually worked with both governments to protect more than 14 million hectares of land.

Tompkins Conservation purchased the area in 2004 and has since donated the park to the Chilean state, where it is maintained by the Chilean National Forestry Corporation (CONAF).

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Eos aims to drive development of its Zinc ESS technology with LOI

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 10:36 -- Paul Crompton

Privately held zinc battery developer Eos Energy Storage signed a letter of intent (LOI) on 24 June with the goal of opening a $225 million finance opportunity by becoming a publicly listed company.

The proposed transaction would provide Eos with $225 million of additional new equity financing, including $50 million of proceeds from a fully backstopped PIPE by B. Riley Financial, assuming no public shareholders of BRPM exercise their redemption rights at closing.

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Work on ‘world’s biggest Li-ion ESS’ begins in Southern California

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 10:07 -- John Shepherd
Work on ‘world’s biggest Li-ion ESS’ begins in Southern California

Work has begun on what it said to be the biggest lithium-ion energy storage system, with the ground-breaking of a 100MW/400MWh project for the Alamitos Energy Center in Southern California.

The system by AES Alamitos, a subsidiary of AES Corporation, will use Advancion 5 batteries and control systems from Fluence— the joint venture between Siemens and AES.

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Insurer releases ESS fire safety guidelines

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 11:53 -- John Shepherd
Insurer releases ESS fire safety guidelines

International commercial property insurer FM Global has released new fire protection guidelines to combat increased incidences of energy storage system fires.

The US-based insurer said the guidelines are needed because lithium-ion battery-based systems are under growing scrutiny after being involved in fires in South Korea and the US.

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ESS eyes African power market for all-iron flow batteries

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 10:31 -- John Shepherd
ESS eyes African power market for all-iron flow batteries

All-iron flow battery system manufacturer Energy Storage Systems (ESS) has outlined plans to expand into the African market, targeting microgrid and utility-scale projects.

Oregon-based ESS has become the first flow battery manufacturer to join the US-backed Power Africa programme, which works with governments, agencies and private companies to develop power-generating infrastructure in electricity-starved sub-Saharan Africa.

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Cause of ESS fires in South Korea ‘still unknown’

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 10:37 -- John Shepherd
Cause of ESS fires in South Korea ‘still unknown’

South Korea’s government said investigators need more time to discover the cause of a series of energy storage system (ESS) fires— and a temporary manufacturing ban continues for several manufacturers.

More than 20 ESS units across the country went up in flames over the past year, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (Motie) has confirmed.

The government asked public institutions, large multi-purpose facilities and domestic ESS users to stop using their devices as a temporary safety measure.

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Second life for Nissan batteries in Endesa power plant

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Melilla power plant

Spanish utility Endesa is to re-use batteries taken from Nissan Leaf electric vehicles in a “pioneering” storage system at its Melilla power plant.

Endesa said the system at the oil- and gas-powered plant, in the Spanish enclave city of Melilla in Morocco, will use more than 90 interconnected batteries from EVs to create a 4 megawatt storage unit with a with a maximum storage capacity of 1.7 megawatt-hours.

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Rolls-Royce invests in Berlin BESS start-up Qinous

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Qinous ESS

Rolls-Royce has become a “strategic investor” in Qinous, a Berlin-based renewables and energy storage start-up.

Marcus Wassenberg, CFO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said: “The aim is to set up a partnership with Qinous for the development of innovative energy storage solutions and together offer cleaner solutions designed to meet tomorrow’s needs.”

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Leclanché shows global ambition in lithium-ion market

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 14:43 -- Xuan Zhong

After securing its first ESS deal in the US, Swiss firm Leclanché has almost immediately forged an Asian alliance for the low-cost manufacture and development of its Lithium Titanate Oxide (LTO) and Lithium Graphite/NMC (GNMC) batteries.

The European ESS company has formed a strategic partnership with Chinese lead-acid and lithium-ion battery manufacturer Narada Power Source.

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German firm offers flywheel for wind farm storage

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 09:26 -- Xuan Zhong

German energy storage company STORNETIC recently presented its energy storage solution EnWheel® for wind farms at WindEnergy Hamburg fair.

EnWheel is entirely a mechanical energy storage system with no chemcials.

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