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Lithium battery at heart of UK project to harness offshore wind

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:49 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium battery at heart of UK project to harness offshore wind

The name might sound silly, but the project to install a 1MWh lithium battery storage system to harness wind power off the Scottish coast is anything but.

The ‘Batwind’ pilot system will see the battery connected to wind turbines located 25 km offshore in the North Sea to improve efficiency and lower costs for offshore wind.

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US regulators agree grid-scale lithium battery storage tests

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton
US regulators agree grid-scale lithium battery storage tests

US State regulators have given utility-holding company Xcel Energy permission to test the use of large lithium batteries to store solar power.

The testing will take place at two sites in the Stapleton neighbourhood in Denver, Colorado.

On one site, Xcel will install a utility-scale power system at a car park at Denver International Airport.

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Europe’s biggest battery innovation centre opens to develop emerging chemistries

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:25 -- Paul Crompton
Europe’s biggest battery innovation centre opens to develop emerging chemistries

Amid a plethora of grants and developments boosting the UK’s battery industry this year, England has now been chosen as the home of Europe’s largest battery innovation centre.

The £50m Energy Innovation Centre at the University of Warwick (Warwick Manufacturing Group) opened this month to provide development space for new battery chemistries from concept to market ready technology.

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Japanese lithium battery maker moves into motorbikes

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 13:02 -- Paul Crompton
Japanese lithium battery maker moves into motorbikes

Japanese lithium-ion battery and energy storage systems manufacturer Eliiy has expanded its portfolio to include motorbike batteries.

Eliiy plans to complete a dedicated production line at its plant in Kawasaki to produce the batteries as an alternative to the traditional lead-acid starter batterie

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Philippines to get first battery-based storage system

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:52 -- Paul Crompton
Philippines to get first battery-based storage system

The first lithium battery-based energy storage facility in the Philippines is to be built by US-based firm AES.

The 10MW facility will be installed by the power technology developer next door to its 600MW Masinloc coal plant in Zambales.

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Korean firms fight for slice of Chinese EV market

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 15:15 -- Paul Crompton
Korean firms fight for slice of Chinese EV market

Just as Korean battery maker Samsung SDI claimed to be the first ‘top’ battery manufacturer to open an EV battery plant in China, competitor LG Chem says it has finished building a plant of its own.

Samsung says it has kicked off operations at its plant in Xi’an, central China, where it aims to produce 40,000 batteries a year. Further east, in Nanjing, LG Chem’s factory will churn out 50,000, the manufacturer claims.

Where LG Chem says it already has 16 local customers, including China’s top three automakers—Shanghai Automotive Group, Dongfeng Motor Group and the FAW Group—Samsung has only confirmed bus manufacturer Yutong and vehicle maker Foton.

In August, undisputed EV battery market leader Panasonic shut down a lithium-ion battery factory in Beijing, saying it wanted to concentrate on EV batteries—but the Japanese company has not reported any plans to do this in China.

The latest forecast by market research firm B3 showed that sales of electric vehicles in China grew more than five times to about 80,000 units in 2014, with the number projected to surge to 240,000 units next year.

The firm says the global market for EVs is forecast to reach 7.7 million vehicles by 2020, compared with 2.1 million in 2014.

Camel takes on silicon-graphene tech with US laboratory

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 12:43 -- Paul Crompton
Camel takes on silicon-graphene tech with US laboratory

Chinese battery maker Camel has signed an agreement with a US lithium battery company to commercialise a silicon-graphene material for use in making high-capacity anodes.

The deal with the California Lithium Battery Company (CalBattery) in Los Angeles was signed after a licensing agreement with developers at the Argonne Laboratory in Chicago in 2012.

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Black Monday yet to affect China’s Li-ion investment projects

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 10:17 -- Paul Crompton
Black Monday yet to affect China’s Li-ion investment projects

The shock waves from China’s ‘Black Monday’ appear to have missed the country’s lithium-battery market as investment in the industry continues apace this week.

A strategic cooperation agreement has been signed between Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and the government of Jiangsu province to focus on developing lithium batteries.

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LG Chem strengthens grip on China’s lithium EV market

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:17 -- Paul Crompton
LG Chem strengthens grip on China’s lithium EV market

Battery maker LG Chem has strengthened its already tight grip on China’s EV market with its latest deal to supply lithium batteries to the country’s top OEM.

The South Korean firm has inked a deal to supply Changan Automobile Co. with batteries for its next-generation plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

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Toshiba Completes European lithium BESS tests

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 13:49 -- Paul Crompton
Toshiba Completes European lithium BESS tests

Japanese based firm Toshiba T&D Europe S.p.a (TTDE) is set to handover a 1MW-1MWh lithium Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to a Italian utility firm.

The handover to Italian Transmission System Operator Terna S.p.a. follows successful tests of Toshiba’s lithium titanate oxide SCiB™ equipped BESS.

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