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Sonnen secures $85m to boost domestic and international market share

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 13:00 -- Xuan Zhong

German lithium-ion energy storage system firm the Sonnen Group has completed a $85 million financing round to strengthen its domestic and international market share.

The financing enables Sonnen to continue growth in its energy sharing platform sonnenCommunity and further expansion into the US, Australia, UK and Italy.

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Irish OEM unveils lithium-ion busses

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 15:39 -- Paul Crompton

Bus maker Wrightbus is to demo lithium-ion electric busses on the UK’s streets— less than two years after its fleet of Routemaster London busses suffered from battery failure.

Wrightbus is making the new StreetAir EV busses using batteries from French battery systems firm Forsee Power.

The 10.6 meter long single-decker busses will be powered by a 300kWh battery capable of driving up to 200 miles in a single charge. The busses will be demonstrated in London and Liverpool.

The last time Wrightbus was spoken about in the BEST office it was because more than half of the 500 Routemaster busses had major problems with their batteries.

Wrightbus refuses to reveal the name of the firm that supplied batteries for the Routemaster busses, although it was at pains to point out Forsee had nothing to do with the project.

Forsee Power has, however, been a battery supplier to Wrightbus since 2013 when it provided batteries for eight single deck induction power transfer busses.

“Our collaboration with this manufacturer encompasses the whole product range our company has developed for transport applications,” said Sébastien Rembauville-Nicolle, Forsee Power Transport & Storage Division Manager.

“Our products allow us to satisfy all of the requirements in the Wrightbus Specification, and our three product ranges Pulse, Flex, Zen are or will soon be one of the battery offerings on the Wrightbus product range.”

The Pulse range allows fast charging (3-5 mins at the station, 15-25 times per day); a 150kwh Flex battery system, a battery can clock up over 200 miles a day; the Zen range provides 300-500 kWh with less weight.

Back in March Forsee announced a new facility in Zhongshan, in the Chinese region of Canton, which bosted an assembly capacity of more than 100,000 scooter and 1,000 electric bus batteries.

The €1.5 million investment included plans to reach 300 MWh— the equivalent of 1,000 electric buses— by 2017.

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Firm to scale up nano-coatings making after $20m Series A Funding

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 11:26 -- Xuan Zhong

A US nano-coatings firm Forge Nano has closed its latest $20million funding round as it aims to increase its share of the lithium-ion market.

The company, formerly PneumatiCoat Technologies, closed a Series A investment, led by privately held investment company Townsend Capital.

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China firm to build Gigafactory in $1.3 billion energy base agreement

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 11:00 -- Xuan Zhong

A Chinese firm intends to invest ¥3 billion ($438million) in lithium-ion battery production in the country’s Xiangyang Yicheng city as it bids to build up its new energy industry base.

Battery manufacture Dynavolt Renewable Energy Technology has signed a contract with the city’s government to construct a plant with an annual lithium-ion battery output of 5GWh as well as research projects.

Picture: from left: Yuewu Chen, Chairman of Dynavolt Tech. Jun Qin, Mayor of Xiangyang.

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EV and ESS lithium-ion demand boosting battery-grade graphite market

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 10:58 -- Xuan Zhong

With each lithium-ion battery requiring up to 20 times more graphite than lithium, demand for high quality graphite is increasing in parallel with the electric vehicle and energy storage markets.

Kibaran Resources Limited is the latest firm to announce it has produced ‘superior quality, battery-grade’ graphite for the battery market from its Epanko Project in Tanzania.

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Performance boosting membrane may lead to new type of battery

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 11:14 -- Xuan Zhong

Scientists in the US claim to have cured self-discharge and thermal runaway issues in lithium-ion batteries— and potentially paved the way for higher performing electric vehicles.

Researchers at Ohio State University developed a ‘smart’ membrane after studying how cell membranes in the human body expand and contract in response to electrical charge.

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Rising European ESS and EV market drives UK lithium-ion deal

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 11:29 -- Xuan Zhong

UK energy storage system manufacturer Hyperdrive Innovation has become the first firm to secure a supply of lithium-ion cells and modules from Japanese vehicle OEM Nissan.

The deal with fellow Sunderland-based firm Nissan will allow the firm to launch a scalable 48V/66Ah, 3.5kWh ESS and use the cells in bespoke battery packs for electric motive applications.

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Norwegian Maritime Authority approves two new lithium-ion ESS

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 09:55 -- Xuan Zhong

Two companies have had their lithium-ion energy storage systems  approved for use in a variety of hybrid and fully electric maritime applications in Norway.

Saft, the French firm brought out by utility company Total earlier this year Seanergy® marine lithium-ion Super-Phosphate® (SLFP) ESS has been approved by the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA).

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Toyota boosts lithium-ion battery safety on new plug-in hybrid

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:01 -- Xuan Zhong

Engineers at Japanese automaker Toyota claim to have tamed volatile lithium-ion batteries while increasing power at no significant extra cost, according to newswire Reuters.

Lithium-ion battery safety concerns not only exist in mobile devices, think of Samsung’s heartbreak, but also electric vehicles.

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Samsung lithium-ion batteries power 30MW US storage system

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 09:26 -- Xuan Zhong

With buzzwords such as ‘environmentally friendly’ and ’green energy’ entering the energy industry lexicon batteries are proving the go to technology for grid scale projects integrating renewable energy.

The latest energy storage system (EES) to come on stream in the US will be powered by Samsung SDI America batteries and management system.

 
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