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Southern deploys Tesla batteries in Florida pilot

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 09:24 -- News Editor
Southern deploys Tesla batteries in Florida pilot

Atlanta-based gas and electric utility Southern Company and its Gulf Power subsidiary has launched a two-year battery storage research project in in Pensacola, Florida.

The McCrary Battery Energy Storage Demonstration project will test and evaluate a 250 kW/1 MWh Tesla Powerpack lithium-ion industrial energy storage system, which shares the same battery chemistry used in electric vehicles and consumer electronics.

 

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“Niche player” to build a gigafactory in Australia

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:43 -- News Editor
“Niche player” to build a gigafactory in Australia

Australian company Energy Renaissance (ER) is to build a “specific and niche” lithium-ion battery gigafactory in Darwin, in the country’s Northern Territory, which will start production by late 2018.

Our niche focus is to build the world's best batteries for hot and humid climates,” said Brian Craighead, managing director of Energy Renaissance, in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). The battery storage systems will be designed for commercial and utility-scale uses in telecommunications, defence and government sectors, and target the Australian and South-East Asian markets.

 

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In-depth report exposes lithium-ion fake news

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:09 -- News Editor
In-depth report exposes lithium-ion fake news

A damning critique of some of the half-truths the lithium-ion battery industry has disseminated in technical media and online is presented in the summer’s issue of Batteries and Energy Storage Technology Magazine.

Written by Dr Mike McDonagh, the publication’s technical editor, the article, entitled True Li-es, pours cold water on some of the general claims made by the industry that have made it the chemistry of choice for large-scale energy storage projects— vital for the widespread introduction of renewables.

 

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Dutch firm expands battery usage in renewable projects

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 10:46 -- Paul Crompton
Dutch firm expands battery usage in renewable projects

Dutch company Alfen has developed and delivered a “mega” energy storage system featuring BMW’s lithium-ion car batteries to electric utility Nuon’s 122MW onshore Prinses Alexia wind farm at Zeewolde, in the Netherlands.

A 3MW battery storage system will gradually be expanded to 12MW, making it the “largest storage project in the Netherlands”, Alfen said.

 

 

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Coating innovation boost for lithium

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 10:39 -- News Editor
Coating innovation boost for lithium

US company Forge Nano has announced plans to step up deployment of a proprietary coating technology that it says improves “the longevity, safety and cost” of lithium-ion batteries.

The Colorado-based firm, which said it maintains the world’s largest manufacturing capacity for Atomic Layer Deposition-enabled (ALD) materials, has commissioned a 300-ton per year light commercial production plant – set to come online early next year – to increase its coating capacity “ten-fold”.

 

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Battery investment boost for Moixa

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:47 -- News Editor
Battery investment boost for Moixa

UK-based residential energy storage firm Moixa has secured a total of £2.5 million ($3.2 million) in new investment towards its goal of creating “a virtual power plant and aggregating the capacity of 100,000 home batteries”.

The lion’s share of the investment, £1.5 million ($1.9 million), has come in equity investment including £500,000 ($649,000) from Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) and a further £500,000 ($649,000) from venture capital investment firm First Imagine Ventures.

 

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Monbat moves into lithium-ion with German acquisitions

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:55 -- News Editor
Monbat moves into lithium-ion with German acquisitions

Bulgarian lead-acid battery manufacturer Monbat has moved into the lithium-ion business with the acquisition of German peers Gaia Akkumulatorenwerke and EAS Germany.

The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but Monbat said it had acquired 100% of all tangible and intangible assets of both companies and is merging them into the EAS Batteries business in Nordhausen, northeast Germany.

 

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Qualcomm confirms Amionx investment

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 09:51 -- News Editor
Qualcomm confirms Amionx investment

Qualcomm Incorporated said it has made a “strategic investment” in safe battery technology firm Amionx.

As part of the deal – the financial terms of which were not disclosed – Qualcomm president Derek Aberle (pictured) will join the board of Amionx.

 

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Panasonic and Pika Energy tie-up on ‘smart battery’

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 09:46 -- News Editor
Panasonic and Pika Energy tie-up on ‘smart battery’

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America said it is teaming up with US-based inverter manufacturer Pika Energy to offer the DC-coupled solar smart battery Harbor 10P/15P.

The companies, which plan to start shipping in late 2017, said Harbor Smart combines Panasonic’s lithium-ion battery modules and Pika Energy’s power electronics in one “slim, floor-standing, wall-mounted enclosure”.

 

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Private equity firm Foresight acquires UK battery storage facility

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:33 -- Xuan Zhong
Private equity firm Foresight acquires UK battery storage facility

Infrastructure and private equity firm the Foresight Group has acquired the utility scale Port of Tyne 35MW battery storage project in the UK from Renewable Energy Systems (RES) for an undisclosed sum.

Foresight said the acquisition of the lithium-ion project, which RES will continue to develop and then operate, “is the largest of the National Grid’s enhanced frequency response battery storage projects to attract investment from an infrastructure investment manager in the UK”.

 

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