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Hitachi starts up ‘hybrid BESS’ in Germany

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Hitachi storage project

Japanese technology group Hitachi has started up a demonstration energy storage system comprising two battery technologies in Germany.

Hitachi Chemicals has set up the 22.5 megawatt-hour (MWh) lithium-ion and sodium sulfur (NaS) system in Lower Saxony with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (Nedo), Hitachi Power Solutions and battery developer NGK Insulators.

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Ireland pilots hybrid flywheel battery system

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

A ‘hybrid flywheel battery’ system has started operation in Ireland as part of a pilot system service project.

Peter Duffy, president of the Irish Energy Storage Association, told last week’s Energy Storage Global Conference in Brussels the pilot ‘AdD HyStor’ scheme followed a year of testing coordinated by Irish company Schwungrad Energie and state-owned transmission system operator EirGrid.

AdD HyStor, which has received nearly €3 million (US$3.4m) in European Union funding to date, is being developed in association with German companies Adaptive Balancing Power and Freqcon, and the University of Sheffield in the UK.

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Hitachi is to supply hybrid BESS to the Polish small grid demonstration project

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:32 -- Xuan Zhong
Hitachi is to supply hybrid BESS to the Polish small grid demonstration project

Japanese technology giant Hitachi has announced it will work with other six organizations and firms to deliver a smart grid demonstration project using hybrid (lithium-ion and lead-acid) battery energy storage system (BESS) in Poland.

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization and the Ministry of Energy of Poland have clinched a memorandum of understanding to support the Polish power system security.

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Hitachi buys majority share of Italian lead-acid SLI firm

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 09:26 -- Xuan Zhong

Japanese firm Hitachi Chemicals has bought the majority share of lead-acid battery maker Fiamm.

The Italian company’s board of directors chose to sign an agreement allowing Hitachi to obtain 51% of the shares of FIAMM Energy Technology.

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Hitachi squeezes its way into Indian SLI market through Thailand

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 16:47 -- Vic
Hitachi squeezes its way into Indian SLI market through Thailand

The Japanese SLI battery maker Hitachi Chemical Company Ltd, has pulled off a deal to take 10% of the Indian SLI market in the next  three years— thanks to a free-trade agreement with Thailand.

Hitachi, which launched its commercial vehicle batteries range for the Indian market through a strategic tie-up with Ahmedabad-based Alf technologies, will have a projected turnover of US$231m (Rs 250 crore).

Jackie Chuah, director of the $5.5 billion Hitachi Chemical Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Singapore said that the Indian market is huge for Hitachi to cover alone. "We thus entered into a strategic partnership with Ahmedabad-based Alf Technologies who have considerable experience about automotive batteries marketing and distribution pan-India," he said.

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CSB merge with Hitachi after shares sale

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 13:02 -- Paul Crompton
CSB merge with Hitachi after shares sale

Tawianese lead-acid battery manufacturer CSB Battery has become a consolidated subsidiary of Hitachi Chemical after the Japanese firm bought around 33.7 percent of its shares. 

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Hitachi develops ESS to stabilise US grid

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:31 -- Ruth Williams
Hitachi's CrystaEna will be available in the US from 2015

Hitachi has announced it has developed an energy storage system for the US market that can be integrated to high-voltage power lines to capture energy that has been generated by renewable sources. The stored energy can be sold back to the grid from the lithium-ion battery at times of high demand.

The Japanese company believes the 1MW system, known as CrystEna, will help to stabilise the grid by supporting solar and wind power.

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Lead-acid growth for Hitachi

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 18:02 -- Ruth Williams

Hitachi Chemical Co will increase its production capacity for industrial lead-acid batteries by next January by expanding facilities of the subsidiary company Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co.

Some US$12 750000 (one billion yen) will be spent on constructing a building with a new assembly line at Shin-Kobe's Nabari Works in Mie Prefecture, the main site making lead-acid batteries.  It is estimated cell production capacity is likely to increase by 50%.

The site will make back-up power source batteries, the LL-W series of which demand is growing for in offices and factories at risk of power failures.  Joining 192 LL-W batteries together can produce 40kw of electricity for around ten hours.

Shin-Kobe Co. accounts for roughly 30% of the domestic market for industrial lead-acid batteries.  The LL-W products claim a battery life of 17 years, one of the world's longest, and are a fraction of the cost of a lithium-ion counterpart. 

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