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Philippines set for 20MW of storage to cure black-out woes

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 14:20 -- Paul Crompton
Philippines set for 20MW of storage to cure black-out woes

A lithium-ion and a separate flywheel project will bring 20MW of energy storage to the Philippines when they come on stream this month as the country tries to halt blackouts.

AES Philippines, a unit of AES Corp., alongside Electricity Generating Public Company Limited (EGCO) is set to complete a 10 MW lithium-ion based energy storage facility in Masinloc, Zambales province late this month.

The 10-MW energy storage system will be used to provide reserve power and grid stability services to the Luzon grid, said Chanin Chaonirattisai, president of the Thai independent power producer EGCO

Construction on the project began in December 2015 and is currently around 90% complete, he added.

Meanwhile Philippines renewable energy company Emerging Power has joined forces with US flywheel firm Amber Kinetics on a project that will begin its first operations this month.

Californian company Amber Kinetics is providing a 10MW energy storage system to harness power from the 150MW solar farm in the Philippine municipality of Subic.

The two hybrid projects are likely to be only the tip of the iceberg as three other solar farms totaling almost 100-megawatts come online in the country.

 

 

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Megawatt lithium-ion micro-grid to harness Azores renewable energy

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 15:00 -- Paul Crompton
Megawatt lithium-ion micro-grid to harness Azores renewable energy

Perched in the middle of the Atlantic, the Azores is the perfect place to use lithium-ion batteries to harness the renewable energy that surrounds the islands.

A 1MW solar photovoltaic power plant and a 3.2 MWh lithium-ion Younicos-designed microgrid system have been installed on the Azorean island of Graciosa to harness wind and sun.

A 4.5 MW wind park is currently under construction. Swiss company Leclanché provided the battery energy storage system.

The system was viewed recently by the Prime Minister of Portugal, Doctor António Costa, as well as the President of the Azorean Government, Doctor Vasco Cordeiro, and other high-level country officials.

The “island-mode” capability of the project’s intelligent battery system will enable up to 100% spontaneous renewable energy generation.

 

 

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Discovery could lead to 50% higher energy density next generation lithium-ion battery

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 14:57 -- Paul Crompton
Discovery could lead to 50% higher energy density next generation lithium-ion battery

Next generation lithium-ion batteries could use lithium rich cathodes after a discovery at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The research group, led by Gerbrand Ceder of Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division, came to the conclusion after studying how and when oxygen is active in lithium-excessive cathodes.

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India begins lithium-ion battery production while developing flow battery technology

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 14:55 -- Paul Crompton
India begins lithium-ion battery production while developing flow battery technology

India’s first lithium-ion production facility is set to open as the country continues to embrace the technology for everything from grid-scale storage to e-mobility applications.

The Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) facility is to start production in two months in Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu, reports Indian newswire IANS.

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1st UL-approved Lithium-ion batteries for forklifts go on sale

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 16:03 -- Paul Crompton
1st UL-approved Lithium-ion batteries for forklifts go on sale

The first UL-approved lithium-ion batteries to replace lead-acid in forklift trucks have gone into commercial production.

US-based Flux Power is aiming for an assembly volume of 100 packs a month by the end of the summer, to double by the end of the year.

The firm’s Light EV battery packs for Class III pallet jack forklifts, or “walkies”, were listed to UL 2271 certification in February.

Flux CEO Ron Dutt said there would be a particular focus on ’30 large customer prospects that have already piloted and/or purchased earlier generation LiFT Pack units’.

"Collectively these customers utilize an estimated 22,000 walkie pallet jacks nationwide and therefore represent aggregate sales potential of over $65 million in walkie LiFT Pack units alone,” he said. “Based on this... we are confident in our ability to achieve LiFT Pack sales of between $3 and $6 million over the next 12 months.”

Alongside its forklift truck battery developments, Flux has developed a 72 volt battery pack to power electric aviation ground support equipment, initially for baggage tow tucks which use the same technology as the forklift trucks.

 

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3D lithium-ion start-up gets backing from global heavyweight

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 14:53 -- Paul Crompton
3D lithium-ion start-up gets backing from global heavyweight

US lithium-ion battery technology start-up Prieto Battery has received a strategic investment from Stanley Ventures, the newly-formed venture arm of Stanley Black & Decker.

The deal brings the Colorado based company a step closer to bringing its patented 3D solid-state lithium-ion battery to market.

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Lithium-ion batteries at heart of first municipal utility renewable energy system

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 11:13 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium-ion batteries at heart of first municipal utility renewable energy system

Energy storage firm S&C Electric Company has completed a 7MW lithium-ion system that combines solar energy and storage in Ohio, US.

The system was built in conjunction with Half Moon Ventures (HMV) and the local municipal utility, the Village of Minster.

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German aims for lithium-in battery independence with opening of European gigafactory

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 11:11 -- Paul Crompton
German aims for lithium-in battery independence with opening of European gigafactory

German lithium-ion battery developer and producer BMZ GmbH has opened production facilities for Europe’s first gigafactory.

The two 4,800 m2 manufacturing units will enable 15 GWh, around 200million lithium-ion batteries of different kinds and sizes, to be developed, produced and tested every year.

The additional facilities, which include logistics and office buildings, are in Karlstein- Großwelzheim where BMZ already has existing production areas of 7,000 m2.

Four further production, laboratory and office buildings covering a combined 15,000 m2 are planned to be built before 2020.

Once completed BMZ aims to produce 30 GWh, around 800 million lithium-ion batteries, annually at the industrial site in Karlstein-Großwelzheim alone.

Company founder and owner Sven Bauer said: “The current discussions on subsidies for electric cars often forget that lithium-ion batteries are also used in e-bikes, electrical appliances, gardening tools, energy storage systems, transport vehicles, excavators and so on.

“Unlike electric cars we are presently undergoing a real demand boom in many of these sectors, and we assume that the demand in these segments will further increase by 15 to 30% annually in the coming years depending on application range.

“The modular concept of our new ultra-modern factory units enables BMZ to respond even faster and more flexible to this growth scenario as well as specified customer requests in the future.”

As first intermediate step BMZ intends to launch their own cell at the end of this year as a prototype

Bauer said: “From our point of view it is most important to commonly build up our own production of lithium-ion cells in Germany, too. That is the only way to reduce the dependency risks on the few, mainly Asiatic cell producers in the long run.”

Picture: Officially opened up the first section of Europe’s biggest battery factory in a ceremony (from left): Marco Schütz (CEO LIST AG), Dr. Ulrich Reuter (District Administrator, district of Aschaffenburg), Sven Bauer (CEO BMZ GmbH), Daniel Fabbiano (Plant Manager BMZ GmbH), Winfried Bruder (Mayor Municipality of Karlstein) 

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China receives 80% of industry investment as it triples lithium-ion production

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 11:46 -- Paul Crompton
China receives 80% of industry investment as it triples lithium-ion production

Strong growth in China’s lithium-ion industry meant around 80% of global new investment was located in the country during 2014, a new report has highlighted.

As 25 lithium-ion battery projects sprang up in the country in 2014 more than RMB100 million ($15.25million) was invested in China’s lithium-ion industry, stated the report by CCM, a market intelligence provider for China.

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Large lithium-ion battery demand will drive shortage as e-vehicles and ESS popularity grows

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 14:01 -- Paul Crompton
Large lithium-ion battery demand will drive shortage as e-vehicles and ESS popularity grows

Demand for electric vehicles and energy storage systems will create a shortage of lithium-ion batteries within a few years, according to a report by IDTechEX.

The market for large-scale batteries in emerging applications such as electric vessels, grid-scale and residential ESSs and China’s rapidly growing e-bus market will hasten the shortage, said the report.

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