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Hitachi develops ESS to stabilise US grid

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:31 -- Ruth Williams
Hitachi's CrystaEna will be available in the US from 2015

Hitachi has announced it has developed an energy storage system for the US market that can be integrated to high-voltage power lines to capture energy that has been generated by renewable sources. The stored energy can be sold back to the grid from the lithium-ion battery at times of high demand.

The Japanese company believes the 1MW system, known as CrystEna, will help to stabilise the grid by supporting solar and wind power.

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Three fires could spell recall for Tesla as Musk considers building own batteries

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 16:54 -- Ruth Williams
A fire officer extinguishes flames after a Model S hit a large piece of metal in the Road, Louisiana

Tesla may be set to face a costly recall after three fires on its Model S in five weeks called into question the safety of the battery. Despite Elon Musk’s protestations to the contrary, the decision will be down to US regulators who may decide to investigate the fires as a defect.

Musk is adamant a recall will not be required. This could be the case if the regulators view the fires as isolated incidences rather than an inherent problem with the car’s design.

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