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.
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.
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”.
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”.