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India joins Leclanché in Ontario energy investment

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:25 -- Xuan Zhong
India joins Leclanché in Ontario energy investment

Indian firm EPAL and Swiss battery maker Leclanché are jointly investing $12 million in a lithium battery storage facility nearing completion in in Canada’s Ontario province.

The 28MW/14MWh advanced battery storage project, known as Basin 1 (6MWh) and 2 (2MWh), was built and owned by the Leclanché and Canadian developer. It is the first utility scale energy storage facility designed to improve stability on the Ontario grid, with a total investment of approximately $25m.

 

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US utility drops nuclear for batteries

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 09:56 -- News Editor
US utility drops nuclear for batteries

US utility Duke Energy has announced proposals to invest a total of $6 billion in a package of “smarter energy” infrastructure projects including battery storage in Florida— after cancelling plans to build two nuclear plants.

Duke said its proposals, filed with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC), include a four-year plan to invest in a pilot 50MW battery storage scheme project, smart meters, grid modernisation and the installation of “more than 500” electric vehicle charging stations.

 

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Jamaican utility planning energy storage investment

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 15:25 -- News Editor
Jamaican utility planning energy storage investment

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has given the green light to proposals to build a 24.5MW energy storage facility to help “secure grid stability and reliability in the face of increasing intermittent renewable energy”.

JPS, an integrated electric utility company and the sole distributor of electricity in Jamaica, said the facility would be built at the site of the country’s Hunts Bay Power Plant substation – subject to the approval of the Office of Utilities Regulation.

 

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Trump’s policies won’t take the wind out of renewables

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:13 -- Paul Crompton
Trump’s policies won’t take the wind out of renewables

Despite President Trump’s coal, oil and gas-friendly agenda, his impact in the US energy landscape is likely to be “minimal”, according to a new study.

A report (pictured) released last week by US-based Lux Research says: “Renewables and energy storage will continue to see strong growth. Although renewables and energy storage have been largely ignored in Trump’s energy vision, the president’s ability to impact their deployment is minimal, as deployment has been driven primarily by state-level policies."

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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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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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Farm waste helps professor conquer Na-Se technology

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:21 -- Xuan Zhong

A New York professor has developed a sodium-selenium (Na-Se) battery using technology derived from wood cellulose and peanut shells.

David Mitlin, a professor at Clarkson University, US, is the first person to develop a full Na-Se cell that promises to cut costs, outperform other chemistries and boast high cycling capabilities.

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Advertorial: An upcoming show for China’s Energy Storage Station

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:01 -- Xuan Zhong
An upcoming show for China’s Energy Storage Station

About 800 people from the energy storage industry have been invited to the 8th China International Energy Storage Power Station Conference (ESSC).

The event focuses on the case studies of international energy storage projects, new development of energy storage technologies in terms of renewable energy and grid, and the change of Chinese government policies in terms of energy storage section. Awards ceremony will be held to honor the best performances from the industry, in terms of projects, researches, and companies.

There are 35% of participants are from battery manufacturers, personal communications service, and inverter makers. 25% are energy storage projects owners, and 18% are from power grid and renewable energy companies. Geographically, they are mainly from Europe, the US, Australia, and China.

Over 100 media institutions will cover the event, and there are 50 exhibiters as well as 30 speakers will attend. 

China's energy storage industry has just boomed at the end of 2015. The country’s cumulative installed capacity was 105.5MW, accounting for 11% of the total installed capacity of the global energy storage market, with the largest proportion in lithium-ion battery.

The distribution of applications mainly consists of distributed generation, micro-grid and renewable energy grid, which cumulative installed capacity occupied more than 80% of the Chinese market by the end of last two years. Meanwhile, the distributed generation and micro-grid has accounted for 56% of the installed capacity and 77% of the amount of the projects, and are highly expected to achieve mass commercialisation in China.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts the United States, Europe, China and India will add 310GW of energy storage capacity with $380 billion investment by the year of 2050.

McKinsey noted that energy would play an important role in 2025. The market value is expected to reach between $100 billion to $600 billion.

ESSC has been successfully held in Shenzhen, China and Sydney, Australia since 2013, over 3,000 participants from 23 countries. Cooperative enterprises include Maxwell, Chroma Electronics, KELU Electronic Technology, BYD, Shenzhen Aotexun Electric Power, Tesla Motors, TUV Rheinland Equipment.

The organiser CDMC confirms the event will be held in Shenzhen, China on 11th -12th May 2017.

For more information, please visit: http://www.essc.org.cn/en

 

Energy firm combine to launch ESS demonstration project in India

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:42 -- Paul Crompton
Energy firm combine to launch ESS demonstration project in India

Three energy firms are to combine resources to develop a 10MW lithium-ion energy storage demonstration project in India.

The project involves Japanese firm Mitsubishi Corporation, US firm AES Corporation and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL)— a joint venture between Indian utility company Tata Power and the Government of NCT of Delhi.

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Lead-acid a good fit with flywheels in hybrid ESS

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 10:05 -- Xuan Zhong

Testing has proved that a lead-acid and flywheel hybrid energy storage system can handle renewable energy as a pilot comes to a close in Ireland.

The trial in County Offaly uses a 160kW lead-acid battery from Hitachi Chemical and a 60kW/30kWh flywheel by US company Beacon Power.

The hybrid system by energy consortium Schwungrad Energie, along with transmission system operator EirGrid (Irish Transmission System Operator), has shown the system can handle real-time response and power output requirements.

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