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Lithium-ion residential ESS trials start ahead of full rollout

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 09:35 -- Xuan Zhong
Lithium-ion residential ESS trials start ahead of full rollout

German firm Solarwatt has begun trials of a residential lithium-ion (nickel manganese cobalt) energy storage system in the UK and Ireland.

Two Solarwatt distribution partners have installed the MyReserve 4.4kWh scaleable ESS in homes ahead of a planned April launch.

 

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Tesla ‘silver bullet’ drives Australian ESS firms to call for open tender process

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla ‘silver bullet’ drives Australian ESS firms to call for open tender process

Considering lithium-ion as the only viable energy storage technology in an A$550 million ($423 million) energy plan is “unwise”, say a scientific research group in Australia.

A better option for large-scale storage would be flow batteries Dr. Sam Behrens, the research manager at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), was quoted as saying to ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

 

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Slow march of ESSs continues with UK grid frequency plant

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Slow march of ESSs continues with UK grid frequency plant

Gas utility Centrica is looking to embrace lithium-ion technology by building a ‘flexible power plant’ at the site of a mothballed facility in the UK.

Lithium-ion energy storage system provider Younicos is working alongside Centrica at the facility at Roosecote, Barrow-in-Furness, which was originally a coal then a gas-fired facility.

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Imerys strengthens grip on lithium-ion materials market

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 09:46 -- Xuan Zhong
Imerys strengthens grip on lithium-ion materials market

French minerals company Imerys Graphite & Carbon has strengthened its international grip on the lithium-ion materials market with a buy-out of a Japanese company.

The firm has obtained graphite surface treatment technology after buying Japanese company Nippon Power Graphite (NPG), which held a patented Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) coating technology.

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Rumoured guidelines could derail Australia’s ESS market

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 11:12 -- Xuan Zhong
Rumoured guidelines could derail Australia’s ESS market

Australia has embraced battery energy storage systems as a means of storing its abundant renewable energy— but that could be set to change.

Progress could be derailed by a host of proposed new guidelines and recommendations by Standards Australia that would ban battery ESSs from being kept inside domestic premises.

 

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Lithium-ion reducing diesel use in micro-grid hybrid applications

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 14:03 -- Xuan Zhong

German firm Quinos is to provide its lithium-ion energy storage systems for two hybrid off-grid applications in the coming months.

The company’s ESS will allow micro-grid projects in Chile and Indonesia to curb use of diesel generators while storing renewable energy from solar photovoltaic (PV).

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Karden tells the lead sector lithium is better

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 14:42 -- Paul Crompton
Karden tells the lead sector lithium is better

One of the lead-acid industry’s best friends in the automotive industry told the AABC conference in Mainz last week that in his opinion lithium-ion is a better technology.

But the car player has not entirely given up on its love of lead.

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Lithium begins its 12 volt push

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 14:40 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium begins its 12 volt push

A stream of lithium battery solutions from some of the big names in lithium-ion manufacturing and automotive systems suppliers were presented at AABC. And they seem to provide all the answers to the OEM’s emission targets for 2021 and 2030.

Chris Ferhenbacher, from A123 Systems, showed real data that appeared to prove conclusively that lithium-ion with their latest phosphate technology is superior to an equivalent AGM battery, even at -30C.

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University and industry alliance to help India meet 2020 EV goals

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:45 -- Paul Crompton
University and industry alliance to help India meet 2020 EV goals

A university and semiconductor firm has a forged a partnership to help India meet its target of getting seven million hybrid and electric vehicles on the country’s roads by 2020.

A research laboratory in Puducherry, India, aims to help researchers develop all-solid state thin film lithium, bulk lithium, lithium-sulfur, lithium-air and flow batteries.

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Sensor breakthrough may reduce EV lithium-ion pack prices

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 15:00 -- Paul Crompton
Sensor breakthrough may reduce EV lithium-ion pack prices

With thousands of cells in a typical electric vehicle battery pack, reducing the use of individual parts would be a game changer for the industry.

Researchers at a German University may have done just that with a sensor system that could reduce cost and increase the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.

The system currently exists as a laboratory prototype.

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