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Mitsubishi to supply parts for (another) ‘world’s largest energy-storage system’

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Japanese electrical manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric has received an order from the Chiyoda Corporation to provide its BLEnDer RE energy management system to monitor and control a 240 megawatt/720 megawatt-hour lithium-ion battery system at Kita-Toyotomi Substation in Teshio, Hokkaido.

Upper Hokaido, with favourable winds and abundant open land, is well suited to wind turbines, but there are fears that the associated fluctuations in power output will increasingly disrupt the balance of electrical demand and supply.

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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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UK’s Moixa expands smart battery tech in Japan

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

UK-based residential energy storage firm Moixa has rolled out its GridShare smart battery technology platform to 3,500 homes in Japan.

The move comes just eight months after Moixa agreed to export its battery tech to Japan— under a signed a partnership agreement with the country’s Itochu trading house.

Moixa’s roll-out announcement was made at the British embassy in Tokyo, where the company also launched a GridShare off-peak ‘smart tariff’ for residential battery owners.

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Toshiba expands ‘ahead of demand’ for SCiB batteries

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Toshiba SCiB

The social infrastructure arm of the Toshiba Group is to invest JPY16.2 billion (US$144.5m) to ramp up production of its SCiB rechargeable lithium-ion batteries by building an additional production facility.

The three-storey 27,000 sq. m facility, to be built at Toshiba Infrastructure Systems and Solutions’ (TISS) Yokohama complex, will also serve as a ‘production technology development centre’.

Toshiba said this would allow the firm “to respond positively to potential future expansion of the lithium-ion battery unit”.

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Exide India ‘collaborating with Furukawa on Bengal battery plants’

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:57 -- John Shepherd
Guatam Chatterjee

India’s Exide Industries is set to expand a production plant in West Bengal in collaboration with Japanese manufacturer Furukawa Battery to supply batteries for bullet trains.

Exide Industries CEO and MD Gautam Chatterjee (pictured) was quoted as telling the Economic Times: “The expansion project will mainly produce high-end nickel-cadmium batteries in technical collaboration with Furukawa.”

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Nissan battery unit sale off as Chinese ‘fail to raise funds'

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:07 -- Xuan Zhong
Nissan battery unit sale off as Chinese ‘fail to raise funds'

Nissan has called off the sale of its batteries business to Chinese private equity firm GSR Capital, saying the buyer failed to raise the cash required.

A number of Chinese firms including lithium manufacturer Zhejiang Unifull Industrial Fibreand lead-acid battery maker Camel had said they would join GSR in the reported $1 billion acquisition of Nissan subsidiary Automotive Energy Supply Corp and manufacturing operations in Japan, the UK and US.

 

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Japan chems firm launches battery materials business in Shanghai

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 09:53 -- Xuan Zhong
Japan chems firm launches battery materials business in Shanghai

Japan-based global chemicals conglomerate Showa Denko has launched a new business in Shanghai to expand its sales of advanced battery materials across China.

Denko said its wholly-owned subsidiary— Showa Denko Battery Materials (Shanghai) Co— will strengthen the group’s battery materials activities in the country as it ramps up its new energy vehicles (NEVs) sector.

 
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Daramic hails top honour for Li-battery pioneer

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:02 -- John Shepherd
Daramic hails top honour for Li-battery pioneer

The prestigious Japan Prize for science and technology has been awarded to Dr Akira Yoshino for his “significant contributions” to development of the lithium-ion battery, US-based separator firm Daramic has announced.

Dr Yoshino is a fellow of Japan’s Asahi Kasei, of which Daramic is a subsidiary.

 

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Panasonic ships first Li-on batteries from China

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:25 -- John Shepherd
Panasonic ships first Li-on batteries from China

Japan’s Panasonic has shipped its first prismatic automotive lithium-ion batteries from a new factory in Dalian, China.

Panasonic said the move followed the start of “mass production” at the site— which was formally opened last year— with consignments of batteries being shipped to Chinese and North American customers.

 

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Sungrow BESS for Japan solar power project

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:17 -- John Shepherd
Sungrow BESS for Japan solar power project

Sungrow, a Chinese photovoltaic inverter system solution supplier, is to supply a turnkey 30MWh battery energy storage system for installation in Japan.

Sungrow said the BESS will comprise “advanced NCM lithium batteries” for the project in Hokkaido from its joint venture company with Samsung SDI JV.

 

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