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Japan’s big four launch battery tech consortium for electric motorbikes

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:24 -- Hugh Finzel
Japan’s big four launch battery tech consortium for electric motorbikes

Four of the largest Japanese manufacturers are to jointly consider launching standardised replaceable battery tech for electric motorcycles in a potential game-changing move for the industry.

Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha have formed a consortium to consider launching standardised batteries and replacement systems as part of plans to boost the popularity of electric bikes.

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Work starts on latest Mercedes-Benz EV battery plant

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:14 -- John Shepherd
Work starts on latest Mercedes-Benz EV battery plant

Mercedes-Benz has made a ceremonial start on building what will be the latest in its global network of electric vehicle battery manufacturing plants.

The 12,000 sq m Brühl facility near Stuttgart, Germany, at the site of the Mercedes-Benz Untertürkheim plant, will be “carbon neutral” and become one of several of the car giant’s battery factories spanning seven locations on three continents.

The plant will support lithium-ion battery production for the Daimler-owned company’s recently-launched range of EQ vehicles.

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Leclanché welcomes record sales figures

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 16:43 -- John Shepherd
Leclanché welcomes record sales figures

Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché has posted its best sales performance for 22 years, although earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) losses fell further.

Consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2018 were CHF 49 million (US$49m), up from CHF 18m in 2017, and more than 2.7 times 2017 revenues.

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Battery storage hybrid planned for UK ‘energy superhub’

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 09:03 -- John Shepherd

UK companies are behind plans to install a hybrid storage system of lithium-ion and vanadium redox flow batteries at the heart of a new ‘energy superhub’ in the English city of Oxford.

The superhub consortium— which includes UK energy storage company redT and Pivot Power— said the project would study how the growth in local renewables, electric vehicles, battery storage, and demand side response can be supported and help in reducing charges to consumers.

Pivot Power will create a connection to the transmission network for the system that will combine the lithium-ion battery with “2 MW / 5 MWh of the heavy cycling, non-degrading characteristics of vanadium redox flow machines”.

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Keppel stakes claim to batteries in deal with Envision

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:17 -- Hugh Finzel
Keppel stakes claim to batteries in deal with Envision

Singaporean conglomerate the Keppel Corporation is buying into the lithium-ion batteries business with a US$50 million minority stake in Shanghai-based energy group Envision.

Keppel, whose businesses include infrastructure, offshore and marine and asset management, said its investment will “deepen our insights into the fast-growing electric vehicle market”.

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Inventus Power joins Soteria’s ‘safe lithium’ consortium

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 14:24 -- Hugh Finzel
Inventus Power joins Soteria’s ‘safe lithium’ consortium

US-based lithium battery pack firm Inventus Power has joined ‘safer lithium’ start-up Soteria’s Battery Innovation Group (BIG).

The BIG consortium was formed in March 2018, comprising a ‘leadership council’ of leading industrial companies, to guide the commercialisation of Soteria’s “safe lithium-ion battery architecture”.

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NEC unveils ‘Switzerland’s largest’ battery storage system

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 14:00 -- Hugh Finzel
NEC unveils ‘Switzerland’s largest’ battery storage system

Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions has installed an 18MW/7.5MW battery energy storage system in Switzerland to provide primary frequency reserve.

NEC said its lithium-ion ‘grid storage solutions’ system is the country’s biggest such facility. The system also comprises NEC’s Aeros energy response operating system platform and an AC/DC power conversion system.

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Amnesty issues ‘ethical batteries’ challenge for EVs

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 16:17 -- John Shepherd
Amnesty International is calling for “ethical batteries” to be produced for electric vehicles (EVs) within five years— and a crackdown to prevent human rights abuses in raw materials mining.  Amnesty secretary-general Kumi Naidoo said a “drastic overhaul”

Amnesty International is calling for “ethical batteries” to be produced for electric vehicles (EVs) within five years— and for a crackdown to prevent human rights abuses in raw materials mining.

Amnesty secretary-general Kumi Naidoo said a “drastic overhaul” of energy sources was needed “that prioritises protection of human rights and the environment”.

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Panasonic joins solar plus battery microgrids pilot for India

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 11:19 -- Hugh Finzel
Panasonic joins solar plus battery microgrids pilot for India

Indian power distributor BSES Yamuna is to partner Panasonic in rolling out pilot solar power microgrids with battery storage at four separate locations in East Delhi.

Each microgrid will comprise 5-7kW of rooftop solar generation and 7-10kWh of lithium-ion battery storage. 

The pilot plants set up at BSES offices in East Delhi reported that, following installation, locations sourced 92% of their power from the microgrid, and only 8% from the grid itself.

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Electriq Power plugs in to Arizona home energy storage scheme

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:27 -- Hugh Finzel
Electriq Power plugs in to Arizona home energy storage scheme

Energy storage systems from Californian start-up Electriq Power are being installed in homes in Arizona as part of an energy costs saving scheme.

Electriq has partnered with Mattamy, which describes itself as North America’s largest privately owned homebuilder, to offer ‘PowerPod’ lithium-ion battery storage systems as part of an “advanced energy programme” to reduce electricity bills.

Under the programme, the PowerPods are coupled with solar-panel roofing on Mattamy homes to reduce household emissions and bills.

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