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H2 paves its way for flow battery mass production

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 14:12 -- Laura Varriale
H2 ESS

South Korean energy storage company H2 is to set up a new battery production plant to scale up the production of its secondary vanadium redox flow battery.

The 4628m2 facility will be built in Yuseong, South Korea, with a targeted annual production capacity of 30MWh.

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Saft strikes li-ion ESS deal in South America

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:29 -- Laura Varriale
Saft ESS

Energy storage giant Saft has been contracted by Isotron SAU to supply two lithium-ion battery storage systems to a solar PV diesel hybrid plant in Bolivia’s Pando region.

Saft’s energy storage system (ESS) is aimed to enable solar storage at the site and integrate power into the diesel-powered grid. The ESS will combine two containerised lithium-ion battery systems, with a nominal storage capacity of 580kWh and 1.1MW peak power output each.

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American Vanadium gets first flow battery ESS order

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 09:37 -- Laura Varriale
CellCube ESS

Canada-based energy storage developer American Vanadium has received an order for the company’s vanadium redox flow battery energy storage system (ESS) CellCube.

Renewables company Newfound Energies contracted American Vanadium to deploy two 30kW to 130kWh CellCube ESS for the integration into a remote microgrid fuel and logistics centre.

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RedFlow completes trials of flow battery ESS

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 10:04 -- Laura Varriale
RedFlow ESS

Australia’s battery maker RedFlow has completed trials of a large-scale energy storage system (ESS) with its zinc-bromine flow batteries.

The company charged and discharged 48 batteries in four strings, producing 50V to 720V on a DC bus coupled and tested on a 14kW inverter connected to the grid.

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Primus Power names vice president of business and sales unit

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:28 -- Laura Varriale
Richard Brody, new vice president at Primus Power

Californian energy storage company Primus Power has appointed Richard J. Brody as vice president of business development and sales.

Before joining Primus Power, Brody led product, market and partnership initiatives for SustainX, a developer of isothermal compressed air energy storage systems. Previous to his position at SustainX, he worked for PowerGenix and served as Russia Foreign Policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore in the White House focusing on international technology policy.

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Highpower and Andalay Solar partner for off-grid ESS

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:47 -- Laura Varriale
Highpower ESS

Chinese Highpower International and Californian Andalay Solar have teamed up for the development of a solar energy storage system (ESS).

The ESS is aimed to enable Andalay Solar’s customers to go off-grid or to deploy a hybrid system, which should reduce utility grid fees.

Highpower International’s ESS comprises six 2.4KWh lithium-ion battery modules and an output converter. The ESS is to be integrated with Andalay Solar’s solar AC/DC systems. In case of the hybrid system option, the utility grid network and the solar system will generate the energy. The system will be designed to provide enough power to sustain household and electronic appliances and all power outlets.

“Energy storage has become an important focus of the solar industry and will be an essential component of system design and installation," said Steven Chan, CEO of Andalay Solar. Chan said that the company wants to focus on customer’s cost-savings and return on investments.

“Andalay Solar's extensive technical know-how, first-hand experiences and understanding about the demand from end customers in the solar market is ideal for commercializing our advanced storage solution,” said Bryan Bai, vice president of sales at Highpower International.

Power-One introduces first energy storage system for PV in UK

Mon, 09/30/2013 - 11:46 -- Ruth Williams
As feed-in tariffs become less rewarding, energy storage is expected to gain popularity

 

Power-One, part of the ABB Group, is introducing a residential energy storage solution for the UK market. The energy storage system, called Renewable Energy Accumulator and Conversion Technology (REACT), will be available in 2014.

It will feature a 4.6kW single-phase grid connected Power-One inverter and a 2kWh lithium-ion battery.

The system is for use with home PV panels to capitalise on energy storage as feed-in tariffs are reduced over the coming years.

"PV energy has to be available upon demand, since its feed-in to the grid is no longer worthwhile," Paolo Casini, VP of Marketing, said.

"With REACT we enable homeowners and landlords to adjust energy production and consumption with their needs, helping them to increase self-consumption and save money on their energy bills with the energy storage solution."

Large scale energy storage and smart grid on German island

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 17:52 -- Ruth Williams
The island of Pellworm off the northern coast of Germany

E.ON Energy has deployed Europe’s first smart local energy system on the small German island of Pellworm in the North Sea.

The system is a platform for testing and refining localised storage of renewably sourced electricity, as well as the operation of a smart grid.

E.ON worked alongside Schleswig-Holstein Netz to install an energy-storage system with data links between customers' electricity meters and the island's wind and solar power plants to harness the maximum amount of locally produced energy possible.

Surplus electricity can be stored in large-scale lithium-ion and redox flow batteries, which are integrated into the regional power grid, as well as in small-scale storage devices at customers' homes for use at times when generation is low.

The project aims to address the problem of intermittency with renewables by balancing output for localised use. The €10 million project received funding from several federal German ministries as part of the Federal Energy Storage Initiative.

California becomes first state to introduce energy storage targets

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 16:54 -- Ruth Williams
Welcome to Cali

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has authored a proposed decision to install 1.325GW of energy storage across the state by 2020. Commissioner Carla Peterman has set out year-by-year procurement targets for Southern California Edison (SCE), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).

The installed energy storage can come from any type of technology and can be employed for a variety of functions such as capacity, ancillary services and peak shaving.

PG&E and SCE are each required to install 580 MW of capacity and SDG&E must acquire 165 MW in total by 2020. The utilities would be allowed to own some of the energy storage capacity as part of their distribution system planning process.

This is the first time energy storage has been included in a State policy, supporters hope it will create a market for electrical energy storage solutions. There has been opposition to the proposal from stakeholders, including generator set trade representatives, who believe electricity storage suppliers should compete in the capacity market with other technologies rather than being prioritised in such a way.

The first installations of capacity must be no later than December 2014.

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