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Germany enters lithium-ion war with industrial scale plant

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 13:22 -- Paul Crompton
Germany enters lithium-ion war with industrial scale plant

The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) is celebrating its first successful year of testing Germany’s ability to produce lithium-ion cells on an industrial scale.

In its first year the plant has processed 1,300 kilograms of active materials into slurries, coated 11 km of electrode sheets, and assembled more than 1,000 cells.

The plant can manufacture one automotive-grade, standard lithium-ion cell in PHEV 1 format fully at a rate of one per second.

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German hydro-power gets 3MW lithium-ion upgrade

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 11:39 -- Paul Crompton
German hydro-power gets 3MW lithium-ion upgrade

A hydro power plant in Germany is using lithium-ion battery power to help it stabilise its grid frequency.

The 3MW battery system by German lithium-ion storage system manufacturer ads-tec is using a battery to regulate fluctuations in grid frequency at the hydro power plant in Dörverden

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Younicos Li-ion BESS to give German grid black start back-up

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:40 -- Paul Crompton
Younicos Li-ion BESS to give German grid black start back-up

Europe’s first commercial battery park will provide regional grid black-start back-up, the first time a stationary battery storage system has been able to do so in Germany. 

In 2014, German energy storage systems developer Younicos installed the 5MW lithium-ion battery plant at Schwerin-Lankow for energy and natural gas utility WEMAG.

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LG Chem to supply Li-ion batteries for 90MW German project

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 15:49 -- Paul Crompton
LG Chem to supply Li-ion batteries for 90MW German project

Six lithium-ion based battery storage systems totaling 90MW are set to be built in Germany.

German electricity supplier STEAG is investing €100million ($107million) in the large-scale lithium-ion battery systems from mid-2016 to early 2017, with each one having a capacity of 15MW.

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German firm eyes up emobility market with Li-ion deal

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 16:44 -- Paul Crompton
German firm eyes up emobility market with Li-ion deal

German high-tech equipment manufacturer Manz has secured an order for a lithium-ion battery production line worth €12million (US$13.5million).

The order, for lithium-ion battery machinery to produce stacked pouch cells, was taken from an unnamed US customer.

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Europe hosts trial of new energy storage technology

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 13:48 -- Paul Crompton
Europe hosts trial of new energy storage technology

Germany’s focus on renewable energy continued this week with utility company RWE launching its state-of-the-art power-to-gas pilot plant in the country’s NRW region.

The €2million ($2.2million) plant converts surplus electricity from renewable sources into hydrogen, and stores it within the natural gas network in Ibbenbüren, Germany.

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Europe hosts trial of new energy storage technology

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:40 -- Paul Crompton
Europe hosts trial of  new energy storage technology

Germany’s focus on renewable energy continued this week with utility company RWE launching its state-of-the-art power-to-gas pilot plant in the country’s NRW region.

The €2million ($2.2million) plant converts surplus electricity from renewable sources into hydrogen, and stores it within the natural gas network in Ibbenbüren, Germany.

A central element of the plant is an electrolyser the size of a shipping container, built by the UK firm ITM Power.

It mixes hydrogen into the natural gas network via a gas pressure regulation station where the waste heat of the electrolyser is also utilised.

In times of low renewable power production, the gas can be siphoned off from the storage facility and used in a co-generation plant within the RWE district heating network in Ibbenbüren to generate power.

Dr Joachim Schneider, CTO of RWE Deutschland, said: “The benefit of this form of electricity storage is the enormous infrastructure already offered by the natural gas network – which has huge storage capacity and a high-performing network.”

The plant has a rated power output of 150 kilowatts and creates hydrogen under 14-bar pressure.

Sonnebatterie stakes stronger foothold in US ESS market

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:33 -- Paul Crompton
Sonnebatterie stakes stronger foothold in US ESS market

Germany’s move into the North American energy storage system market is gathering pace as European energy storage provider Sonnebatterie teamed up with US’s Ideal Power.

The pair are set to launch a lithium-ion ESS for the North American commercial market based on a 30kW and 24kWh building block.

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Ees visitors get sneak peek at Solarworld's latest LiFePO4 product

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:27 -- Paul Crompton
Ees visitors get sneak peek at Solarworld's latest LiFePO4 product

Bonn-based SolarWorld launched its second LiFePO4 storage system at this year’s ees exhibition.

The German company's new SunPac LiOn will be available in usable storage from 2 kWh, with the ability to extend modulary in 2 kWh increments up to 10 kWh within one cabinet.

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