US-based power products group Generac Holdings has acquired lead-acid and lithium-ion battery storage firm Pika Energy for an undisclosed sum.
Generac president and CEO Aaron Jagdfeld said Pika’s development of systems for the residential and commercial market would give the group “a considerable edge as we expand into the rapidly developing market for energy storage”.
The US arm of France’s transnational Veolia group is to operate and manage the Nevada facility of US lead-acid battery recycling company Aqua Metals.
Aqua Metals said Boston-based Veolia North America Regeneration Services would provide operations, maintenance and management services at the AquaRefining plant in McCarran under a partnership agreement.
Veolia “will contribute operational and technological expertise and organisational capabilities in aqueous-based process chemistries and electrolysis, along with taking on responsibility for operations, supply chain, off take and management of the plant”, Aqua Metals said.
Japan-based lead and lithium group GS Yuasa has unveiled a dual chemistry energy storage system that “combines the fast response of lithium-ion with the endurance of lead-acid”.
GS Yuasa said the container-based system is the “world’s first energy storage platform where lead acid and lithium-ion batteries are combined to feed a power conversion system”.
The battery giant partnered with Infinite Group, the University of Sheffield and Innovate UK to develop the ‘Adept’ (advanced multi-energy management and optimisation time shifting platform) system.
Canadian deep cycle lead-acid battery maker Surrette is expanding its production facility in Nova Scotia, to “boost its global competitiveness and spur business growth”.
The 25,000 sq. ft. expansion to the Surrette Battery Company’s Springhill plant will be accompanied by the incorporation of “advanced robotics and automation” at its production facility.
Contrary to many wider fears of the undesirable effects of automation, Surrette’s actions will cause them to hire an additional 18 “highly-skilled workers”, taking their total roll-call to 100.
Japan-based battery giant GS Yuasa is leasing new premises in Germany to expand its business.
The lead-acid and lithium-ion battery manufacturer has leased around 7,300 square metres of logistics space at Krefeld, in North Rhine-Westphalia, northwest of Düsseldorf.
The lease at the new Segro Logistics Center Krefeld II has a term of more than 10 years and starts in April 2019.
Lead-acid battery maker Enersys has completed a US$750 million deal to acquire Canadian firm Alpha Technologies.
Enersys president and CEO David Shaffer said the finalisation of the deal, unveiled last month, creates the only fully-integrated DC power and energy storage solution provider for broadband, telecom and energy storage systems.