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Work on ‘world’s biggest Li-ion ESS’ begins in Southern California

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 10:07 -- John Shepherd
Work on ‘world’s biggest Li-ion ESS’ begins in Southern California

Work has begun on what it said to be the biggest lithium-ion energy storage system, with the ground-breaking of a 100MW/400MWh project for the Alamitos Energy Center in Southern California.

The system by AES Alamitos, a subsidiary of AES Corporation, will use Advancion 5 batteries and control systems from Fluence— the joint venture between Siemens and AES.

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Siemens opens BlueVault battery plant in Norway

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Erna Solberg

Siemens has opened a battery module factory in Norway to assemble its BlueVault lithium-ion maritime battery systems.

The facility in Trondheim will assemble its liquid-cooled battery modules comprising cells manufactured in Asia, a Siemens spokesperson told BEST Battery Briefing.

Each battery has nine modules, with each module comprising 28 battery cells “for a combined total installed power of 60 kilowatt-hours”, the spokesperson said.

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Siemens installs battery storage at offshore oil rig

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
West Mira drilling rig

German manufacturing company Siemens will install its BlueVault battery solution on Northern Drilling’s West Mira offshore drilling rig, creating what Siemens refer to as the “world’s first drilling rig to operate a low-emission hybrid power plant”.

Siemens’ BlueVault system is an “advanced lithium-ion battery-based solution” that has been field-proven by installation on more than 60 marine vessels, including Norwegian electric car ferry (another “world’s first”) the MF Ampere.

Siemens’ Head of Offshore Relations described the move as “an important step towards improving the environmental sustainability of the offshore oil and gas industry.”

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Victoria readies for launch of first utility-scale BESS

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
D'ambrosio at Victoria launch

The first utility-scale battery energy storage system in the Australian state of Victoria has entered the final phase of testing in preparation to start relieving pressure on the regional grid ahead of summer.

The 30-megawatt-hour lithium-ion BESS, funded by the Victorian government and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena), was inaugurated in Ballarat by state energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio (pictured centre).

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US urged to end ‘uncertainty’ over battery storage tax breaks

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:43 -- John Shepherd
US urged to end ‘uncertainty’ over battery storage tax breaks

Treasury chiefs in the US have been urged to “end the uncertainty” over proposed tax breaks for companies rolling out energy storage projects.

The director for global market applications at US multinational Fluence, Kiran Kumaraswamy, told a US House Subcommittee on Energy hearing that battery storage developers are still waiting for guidance from the Inland Revenue Service (IRS).

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120 MW BESS partnership deal for UK

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:41 -- Xuan Zhong
120 MW BESS partnership deal for UK

US-based multinational Fluence is partnering with UK Power Reserve to commission the first phase of a 120-megawatt portfolio of battery storage facilities in the UK.

UK Power Reserve said the agreement with Fluence— a Siemens and AES company— “represents the single largest energy storage portfolio transaction with one technology provider announced in the UK to date”.

 

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Siemens to partner with Northvolt for ‘Green LIB’ supplies

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 11:18 -- John Shepherd
Siemens to partner with Northvolt for ‘Green LIB’ supplies

Siemens is to partner Swedish lithium-ion start-up Northvolt in developing “next generation Green lithium-ion batteries”.

Siemens is investing EUR10 million ($11.6m) in the partnership— through which it will become the latest international firm to work with Northvolt— whose planned lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility is being financed by the European Investment Bank.

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Saft launches advanced batteries R&D with Siemens, Solvay

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:03 -- John Shepherd
Saft launches advanced batteries R&D with Siemens, Solvay

French battery firm Saft is teaming up with European companies for a seven-year programme to develop next generation batteries— “focusing on advanced high-density lithium-ion and solid-state technology”.

Saft, which is owned by French oil and gas giant Total, said German technology group Siemens and Belgium-based chemicals firm Solvay have already committed to join the R&D initiative that will “develop and industrialise” next generation batteries for “all markets” including electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

 

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First grid scale storage system in India

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:38 -- News Editor
First grid scale storage system in India

AES and Mitsubishi Corporation are to build India’s first utility-scale energy storage system, a 10MW solution that will serve the electric grid operated by Tata Power.

The companies will own the ‘Advancion’ storage solution, which is being supplied by Fluence. Once completed later this year, the system will enable better peak load management, add system flexibility and enhance reliability for more than seven million customers in the Delhi region, the firms said.

 

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Siemens serves Qatar with Ni-HM hybrid powered LRV

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:44 -- Paul Crompton

ONE of the first Siemens Avenio light rail vehicle (LRV) equipped with a nickel-metal hydride hybrid energy storage system is being tested ahead of delivery to Qatar.

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