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No Tesla-style lithium manufacturing projects in Germany in sight - VDMA

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 15:00 -- Laura Varriale
World of Energy Solutions 2014

There will be no Tesla-style lithium battery manufacturing projects in Germany, according to German mechanical engineering association Verband Deutscher Maschinen- and Anlagenbauer (VDMA).

Peter Haan, spokesperson of VDMA battery production and head of business development OEM industries at Siemens, said at World of Energy Solutions conference in Stuttgart, Germany, that the country is able to manufacture battery cells entirely with production technology “made in Germany”, but lacks big projects.

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Fuel cells likely to dominate battery-powered vehicles

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 09:23 -- Laura Varriale
Eicke Weber, Fraunhofer Institute

The sales of fuel cell hydrogen vehicles will dominate sales of battery EVs, according to the director of Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).

Professor Eicke Weber told the World of Energy Solutions conference in Stuttgart, Germany, battery-powered vehicles will still play an important role in the e-mobility sector, but hydrogen cars will have the larger sales in the future.

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ZSW to open li-ion battery research centre in Germany

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:46 -- Laura Varriale
ZSW battery research centre

The Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has inaugurated a lithium-ion battery research centre for the development of electric vehicle batteries in Ulm, Germany.

The 3,600 square metres centre comprises of a complete industrial-scale battery manufacturing line supplied by Manz in order to develop automotive cells under real-world industrial conditions.

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Continental adds EFB and AGM starter batteries to portfolio

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 09:22 -- Laura Varriale
Continental VDO's EFB and AGM batteries

Germany’s automotive supplier Continental has launched enhanced flooded batteries (EFB) and absorbent glass mat (AGM) lead-acid batteries through its VDO brand.

The batteries are developed for vehicles with start-stop systems. The VDO battery portfolio includes nine different EFB and AGM batteries, targeted at the central European market.

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Younicos and WEMAG open 5MW battery park in Germany

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 15:04 -- Laura Varriale
Younicos' and WEMAG's battery storage

Berlin-based renewables company Younicos and green electricity provider WEMAG have launched Europe’s biggest commercial battery park in Schwerin, Germany.

The lithium-ion battery pack has a capacity of 5MWh. The battery storage is designed to stabilise grid-frequency and to integrate wind and solar power into the grid. The energy storage system (ESS) also comprises of Younicos’ software. According to the company, the ESS provides as much control power as a conventional 50MW turbine.

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AEG introduces DC power supply for industrial applications

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:36 -- Laura Varriale
AEG's DC system

Uninterruptible power supply provider AEG Power Solutions (AEG) has launched a modular DC process power supply system for industrial applications with high power demands.

AEG ‘s Thyrobox DC-3 power supply system is designed on the base of the B12-IGBT-chopper technology and has a modular structure. The smallest Thyrobox DC-3 has an output power of 1,500A and can be modularly expanded to 30,000A.

According to Germany’s AEG, load voltages from 20V up to 500V can be achieved with the new product. The system also allows a configuration with redundant modules. The Thyrobox DC-3 operates so that more power modules can be upgraded by parallel connection to an existing DC system.

Due to a high load current and load voltage with a small output as well as an optimised supply network load over the control range, the DC system has a high power factor, claimed the company.

The DC system can be connected to a low or medium voltage grid. Separate power transformer and secondary side wiring with bus bars or cables are optional.

The product was developed at the company's competence centre in Warstein, Germany, where it will also be produced.

LG Chem to supply li-ion batteries to Audi

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:50 -- Laura Varriale
LG Chem plant in Ochang, South Korea

Korean battery maker LG Chem has struck a deal with German automaker Audi to supply lithium-ion batteries for its next generation hybrid vehicles.

The 48V batteries will be used in Audi’s new plug-in hybrid and micro-hybrid vehicles. The lithium-ion batteries are to replace currently integrated 12V lead-acid batteries.

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MTU Onsite gas gensets compliant with medium-voltage directive

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:54 -- Laura Varriale
MTU Onsite Energy

MTU Onsite Energy (MTU) has received certification for its series 4000 gas gensets to be compliant with Germany's medium-voltage directive.

The certification issued by Germany’s Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry enables the gas generators to feed generated power into the public grid.

The series 4000 has a power output from 750kW to 2,600kW. According to MTU, the gensets achieve up to 44.3% electrical efficiency.

“Being armed with this certificate puts us in a very strong position on the market for gas gensets,” said Jörg Mielke, head of sales in Germany at MTU. MTU modified the gensets to meet the certification requirements.

Germany’s Renewable Energy Act and the Combined Heat and Power Act has led to an explosion in distributed power generation. MTU aims to provide static and dynamic grid support with the supply of reactive power or automatic reduction output as well as with its combined heat and power and biogas plants.

Skeleton Technologies raises $5.2m for ultracap production

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 14:30 -- Laura Varriale
Skeleton ultracaps

Skeleton Technologies has completed round-A financing of €3.9m in total ($5.2m) for its production of ultracapacitors.

The financing will be used by the German-Estonian firm for production scale-up, production development, sales and marketing.

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FuelCells receives $6.6m German government

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:19 -- Laura Varriale
FuelCell Energy

FuelCell Energy Solutions (FCEL) and partner Fraunhofer Institute have received €4.9m ($6.6m) in funding from the German government for stationary fuel cell research.

The three-year research and development project is aimed at enhancing FCEL’s fuel cell technology by increasing the power output of the fuel stack as well as extending operating life and lowering the costs. The research will take place at FCEL’s facility in Ottobrunn and Frauenhofer’s facility in Dresden, Germany.

The awards were given by German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

"With the support of various government organizations, strategic partners and private industry, product, performance and system enhancements continue on our proprietary fuel cell technology and are now being performed on three continents. This validates the global interest in our power and hydrogen generation solutions that enhance the resiliency of power distribution in an ultra-clean and affordable manner, " said Chip Bottone, president and chief executive officer of FCEL.

FCLE’s fuel cell stationary power plants utilise carbonate fuel cell technology and provide continuous baseload power located where the power is used, including both on-site applications and electric grid support.

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