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Green light for Australia battery storage standard

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 12:01 -- John Shepherd
Green light for Australia battery storage standard

New rules aimed at preventing “high risk and dodgy” battery storage systems being installed in homes and businesses in Australia have been backed by regulators.

The Clean Energy Council (CEC) said the expected introduction of a new standard, which follows a five-year consultation period, was “a major win for a safe and credible battery industry and puts an end to the risk from poor quality battery installations in Australia”.

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China rejects lead waste shipment in crackdown

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 11:03 -- John Shepherd
China rejects lead waste shipment in crackdown

China has sent back a 150-ton shipment of sludge derived from recycled lead-acid batteries as part of its new policy to ban imports of global waste.

Customs chiefs in the city of Yantai, in the eastern Shandong Province, seized 153 tons of lead sludge during an inspection and ordered it sent back to the source, which has not been named, the state Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Insurer releases ESS fire safety guidelines

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 11:53 -- John Shepherd
Insurer releases ESS fire safety guidelines

International commercial property insurer FM Global has released new fire protection guidelines to combat increased incidences of energy storage system fires.

The US-based insurer said the guidelines are needed because lithium-ion battery-based systems are under growing scrutiny after being involved in fires in South Korea and the US.

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Battery discharging under way for Arizona BESS probe

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 15:06 -- John Shepherd
Battery discharging under way for Arizona BESS probe

The team investigating an explosion at a lithium-ion grid-scale battery storage facility in Arizona say it could be weeks before the cause of the accident is known.

A probe was launched by the Arizona Public Service (APS) utility after its 2MW/2MWh McMicken energy storage system in the city of Surprise suffered what was described as a “catastrophic failure” last April.

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Industry warned on reputational risk from rogue battery recyclers

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 21:24 -- John Shepherd
Industry warned on reputational risk from rogue battery recyclers

The lead battery industry has been praised for ramping up efforts to tackle rogue recyclers— whose illegitimate activities have been linked to rising death rates in nearly 60 countries.

The president of non-profit organisation Pure Earth, Richard Fuller, told the International Lead Association’s (ILA) Pb2019 conference in Madrid “informal recyclers” were a threat to human health and posed reputational risks for the legitimate lead industry.

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Dumped batteries blamed for €600,000 recycling blaze

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 12:40 -- John Shepherd
Dumped batteries blamed for €600,000 recycling blaze

Discarded toys containing lithium-ion batteries are believed to have started a blaze at a recycling company in Germany that led to an estimated €600,000 (US$682,000) worth of damage.

Willi Hörger, the owner of the recycling company Hörger in Bächingen, Bavaria, told regional broadcaster BR24 that batteries wrongly discarded along with the toys appeared to have started the blaze, which destroyed a warehouse and at one point was being tackled by around 80 firefighters.

 
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Audi battery fire risk prompts E-Tron recall in US

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:45 -- John Shepherd
Audi battery fire risk prompts E-Tron recall in US

German car manufacturer Audi is recalling its first all-electric vehicle rolled out in the US— the ‘E-Tron’— due to the risk of battery fires.

A spokesperson for the company, which is owned by Volkswagen, told BEST Battery Briefing “moisture could, in very rare cases, enter the high-voltage battery through the low-voltage wiring via the charging-socket grommet, due to production tolerances in the manufacturing of wiring harnesses”.

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IEA hails ‘bumper year’ for energy storage

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 11:34 -- John Shepherd
IEA hails ‘bumper year’ for energy storage

Global energy storage deployment reached a record 8GWh in 2018— nearly double that of the previous year, according to a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report.

Behind-the-meter storage “matched grid-scale storage investments” for the second consecutive year, and deployment in both categories reached record levels in 2018 with significant growth in South Korea, Australia, Japan, Germany and the US, the report said.

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Innolith expands team for US, China sales push

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 13:10 -- John Shepherd
Innolith expands team for US, China sales push

Swiss battery technology company Innolith has announced two key appointments as part of its push into the North American and Chinese markets.

Former Younicos executive Stephen Wiley has been appointed VP for US business development. Wiley is also a former senior VP at BrightSource Energy, working on the development of a concentrated solar power facility in the US.

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Cause of ESS fires in South Korea ‘still unknown’

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 10:37 -- John Shepherd
Cause of ESS fires in South Korea ‘still unknown’

South Korea’s government said investigators need more time to discover the cause of a series of energy storage system (ESS) fires— and a temporary manufacturing ban continues for several manufacturers.

More than 20 ESS units across the country went up in flames over the past year, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (Motie) has confirmed.

The government asked public institutions, large multi-purpose facilities and domestic ESS users to stop using their devices as a temporary safety measure.

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