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Wales to host ‘large-scale battery research lab’

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 09:11 -- John Shepherd
Wales to host ‘large-scale battery research lab’

A “large-scale battery” research lab is being set up in Wales with the backing of key industry players.

The University of South Wales has been awarded GBP995,000 ($1.3 million) to invest in the project at its Power Systems Laboratory in Treforest.

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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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National UK battery centre ‘to start up in 2020’

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:12 -- Xuan Zhong
National UK battery centre ‘to start up in 2020’

The UK’s planned National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NBMDF) is set to start operations in 2020, BBB can reveal.

Dr Anna Wise, who heads up work on innovative battery developments for the government’s Innovate UK agency, said the facility would bring together the UK’s leading battery industry players and research institutions.

 

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Solid-state research gets UK battery funding nod

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:01 -- John Shepherd
Solid-state research gets UK battery funding nod

New research into solid-state batteries has won a share of a GBP42 million ($59.8m) UK government grant to help accelerate the development of electric vehicle technology.

The research, to be conducted by an academia-industry partnership led by the University of Oxford, is one of four projects chosen for the funding through the Faraday Institution— launched last year as part of the government’s wider industrial strategy.

 

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Nexeon wins EV battery research funding

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:14 -- Xuan Zhong
Nexeon wins EV battery research funding

UK-based battery materials firm Nexeon has been awarded GBP7million ($9.5m) to support research into silicon-based materials to increase the safety and range of batteries for electric vehicles.

Nexeon said the support from the government’s Innovate UK agency will support its work with partners on a project called ‘SUNRISE’ to develop improved materials, based on silicon as a replacement for carbon in the lithium-ion battery anode and optimising cell designs for automotive application.

 

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EU splashes cash for e-batteries as ‘political priority’

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:14 -- John Shepherd
EU splashes cash for e-batteries as ‘political priority’

The European Commission has pledged to pump EUR200 million ($232.5m) of fresh funding into developing “next generation electric batteries” in the EU over the next three years.

The announcement took industry insiders by surprise— coming three months before the Commission is due to finalise a “comprehensive roadmap” to fund an EU ‘batteries alliance’.

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Redflow moving into “high demand” sectors with funding round

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:05 -- News Editor
Redflow moving into “high demand” sectors with funding round

Australian battery maker Redflow has launched an AUD14.5 million ($11.5m) funding round “to target sustainable delivery of its zinc-bromine flow batteries to high demand areas” such as telecoms and remote/off-grid power.

The announcement follows the Brisbane-based company’s strategic review last May, which set out plans to “transition” manufacturing to Southeast Asia from South America, cut supply chain costs and implement “cost-down projects” to reduce delivered product manufacturing cost “by at least 30% over the next 18 months”.

 

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UK government backs battery innovation

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:11 -- Xuan Zhong
UK government backs battery innovation

The UK may lag behind battery manufacturing countries like China and the US, but its reputation as an innovator of the technology is well known.

And now the UK’s government is set to back the industry when its chancellor sets aside money in the next budget for research into the technology.

 

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