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Corvus Energy lithium-ion ESS to help power Chinese port

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 11:31 -- Paul Crompton
Corvus Energy lithium-ion ESS to help power Chinese port

Corvus Energy has signed a deal to provide lithium-ion polymer Energy Storage Systems (ESSs) for nine retrofit hybrid cranes (RTGs) in the Port of Shanghai, China.

The nine hybrid cranes will bring the overall total to 21 hybrid RTG’s at the port in a bid to cut diesel fuel emissions.

The ESS can re-charge from regenerative braking energy when a container is lowered and be operated on “full electric” battery power  during traditional idling times.

The 21 RTGs operating with Corvus ESS technology will reportedly eliminate 5,300 metric tonnes of CO2 per year equal to removing 1,143 cars from the road each year.

“We are pleased to see the proven operational performance of our lithium polymer batteries in some of the busiest container terminals in the world,” said Andrew Morden President & CEO Corvus Energy.

Adding: “This technology is an answer for busy port operators worldwide, who need to increase efficiencies while reducing emissions and the environmental impact of their operations”

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Bedrock Automation announces launch of lithium-ion backed UPS

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 15:43 -- Paul Crompton
Bedrock Automation announces launch of lithium-ion backed UPS

A standalone UPS system has been launched which uses lithium-ion battery technology rather than the traditional lead-acid.

US-based Bedrock Automation claims its li-ion polymer battery-backed UPS.500 provides 24 V DC 12 Ah of power for any relevant application, using a secure microcontroller that controls each cell

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AES eyes global ESS markets with lithium-ion deals

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 15:41 -- Paul Crompton
AES eyes global ESS markets with lithium-ion deals

North American firm AES Corporation has signed two alliance agreements as it looks to dominate the global market with its lithium-ion Advancion® energy storage platform.

Both deals have been made through AES’s subsidiary, AES Energy Storage, and expands the firm’s reach to two thirds of the world.

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Corvus Energy wins Environmental Award for its Lithium-ion ESS

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 09:50 -- Paul Crompton
Corvus Energy wins Environmental Award for its Lithium-ion ESS

Canadian firm Corvus Energy’s lithium-ion battery-based energy storage system has won the ‘Environmental Award for its significant contribution to a reduction in the environmental footprint of the off-shore vessel industry.

Halvard Hauso, executive v.p. sales and marketing at Corvus, picked up the award at the Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference, Awards & Exhibition in London.  

The firm was shortlisted by the Offshore Support Journal Conference Advisory Panel before readers of the publication voted for the winner.

“We are honored to receive the Environmental Award at the OSJ's Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference, Awards and Exhibition” said Andrew Morden, Corvus Energy's President & CEO.

“Corvus is the leader in providing safe and proven energy storage solutions to hybrid offshore vessels, enabling operators to dramatically reduce fuel consumption and harmful emissions.”

Read all about Corvus in the latest edition of BEST magazine online here 

PIC: Corvus' Halvard Hauso, executive v.p. sales and marketing,  picks up the award

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Industry and academia team up to drive lithium-ion research

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 15:20 -- Paul Crompton
Industry and academia team up to drive lithium-ion research

A consortium of electric vehicle and low-carbon companies has launched a UK project to drive research into lithium-ion battery technology.

The £19.4 million project is being led by Japanese car manufacturer Nissan, with funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre.

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Graphene cage locks in silicon anode performance in lithium-ion battery

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 15:18 -- Paul Crompton
Graphene cage locks in silicon anode performance in lithium-ion battery

Scientists have made the first step towards a lithium-ion anode with has the potential to boost a battery’s performance.

A team from Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have devised a graphene cage for the silicon anode.

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Battery firms move in to Musk’s Powerwall territory

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:28 -- Paul Crompton
Battery firms move in to Musk’s Powerwall territory

Competition in the home energy storage sector is heating up with several firms launching systems to rival the Powerwall, a second version of which has been slated for this summer despite the first one hardly having hit the shelves.

In December, German firm Sonnen launched its ‘SonnenCommunity’ ESS onto the US market, connecting households with battery-backed solar panels to store and use power on demand.

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Corvus Energy announces industry-defining lithium-ion battery system.

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:47 -- Paul Crompton
Corvus Energy announces industry-defining lithium-ion battery system.

Energy storage system manufacturer Corvus Energy has received industry validation of its flagship AT6500 lithium-ion energy storage product platform. 

The Canadian firm will now rename the product AT6700 to reflect the validated energy capacity of 6.7kWh. 

It comes after a testing programme with the Laboratory of Alternative Energy Conversion (LAEC) at Simon Fraser University, North America, and its on-going monitoring of its deployed systems.

Corvus’ industrial lithium-ion batteries are used in the maritime industry, in ferries, tugs, offshore supply vessels and port cranes.

The Corvus AT6700 has a 10C peak discharge and 3C indefinite RMS rating.  

Andrew Morden, President & CEO of Corvus Energy, said: “Actively listening to our customers regarding their operational needs drove the testing programme and the continuous improvement of the AT6500, now available as AT6700. 

“We will continue our industry-leading innovation with the introduction of our next-generation lithium ESS products later this year.”  

For more on Corvus see the latest edition of BEST magazine here http://www.bestmag.co.uk/emags/BESTMAG51-Winter2016/index.html

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Lithium batteries on cusp of being banned from passenger planes

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:41 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium batteries on cusp of being banned from passenger planes

A decision on whether to ban all shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries from cargo holds of passenger airliners will be made by a panel of international safety experts this month.

If the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) air navigation commission’s recommendation is implemented it will come as a major blow to the operations of the lithium-ion industry.

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No surprises from Toyota at AABC

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 13:50 -- Paul Crompton
No surprises from Toyota at AABC
Michael Lord of Toyota hardly gave attendees at Advanced Automotive Europe a “sneak preview” of the 4th generation Prius. The details were available as long ago as last September.

Officanados of the vehicle won’t be able to spot much of a difference unless they have the spec sheet, and even that wasn’t available in the conference proceedings.

Perhaps this reflects a little disillusion from the company that still leads the way in hybrid sales, but perhaps that because European sales of hybrids and electrics aren’t really that much to write home about — still less than 3% of overall car sales.

With the event being the premier gathering of the great and the good in European battery and automotive technology, one might have expected more from the global leader.  

Lord explained that even in generation four there will still be a choice between nickel metal hydride and lithium-ion cells from Panasonic. This doesn’t reflect Toyota hedging its bets on lithium— more a case of squeezing every last cent from the nickel metal hydride line.

Close observers will see whatever battery is chosen now finds itself out of the trunk and under the rear passenger seat and with a 10% reduction in volume. Overall the company has achieved reductions of more than 20% in terms of mechanical and electrical losses and this leads to a 10% improvement in fuel economy.

But with gasoline prices edging ever downwards (for now), the pre collision braking is likely to be a bigger draw. If you’re confused about which way to go with batteries, so is the car industry: read the editor’s blog on AABC here and see a full report in the Spring issues ( subscribe here).

 

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