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Swiss investor banks on storage for California

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 14:39 -- Hugh Finzel
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Swiss investment manager Susi Partners has acquired a 50% share of Macquaries Green Investment Group’s portfolio of behind-the-meter lithium-ion battery storage projects in California.

The more than 90 individual battery storage facilities in the western Los Angeles basin have a combined capacity of 63MW/340MWh.

“This is Susi’s first investment in the US,” said chief information officer Marco van Daele. “The state of California is pursuing the explicit goal of completely CO2-free power generation by 2045.”

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NEC unveils ‘Switzerland’s largest’ battery storage system

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 14:00 -- Hugh Finzel
NEC unveils ‘Switzerland’s largest’ battery storage system

Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions has installed an 18MW/7.5MW battery energy storage system in Switzerland to provide primary frequency reserve.

NEC said its lithium-ion ‘grid storage solutions’ system is the country’s biggest such facility. The system also comprises NEC’s Aeros energy response operating system platform and an AC/DC power conversion system.

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Blackstone Resources plans Germany battery plant

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Swiss battery metals investor Blackstone Resources is launching a research centre in Germany— ahead of plans to set up “a substantial battery-production project” in the country.

The company is investing €200 million to establish Blackstone Research in the city of Erfurt, with the goal of building “the next generation of electric-vehicle batteries, close to where German auto manufacturers are based”, in the east-central state of Thüringen.

Blackstone said it will initially put up the investment itself, but hopes to “garner support from subsidies” from European Union R&D funds and from regional and federal funding in Germany.

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Swiss firm eyes EV market traction for new ‘standardised’ battery

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Swiss technology company Ecovolta has unveiled a “standardised” lithium-ion battery, aimed at speeding up the development of electric vehicles.

Ecovolta, which announced the start of operations at a battery pack manufacturing and R&D plant in Switzerland earlier this year, said its ‘evoTraction’ battery “significantly cuts the time and expense needed to bring electric vehicles to the serial production stage”.

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Leclanché joins marine energy storage partnership

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché has been selected to supply “customised marine energy storage” systems for Norway-based technology group Kongsberg.

Through this partnership, Leclanché will deliver “one of the largest single marine battery system orders to date” for nine vessels totalling 45 megawatt-hours of capacity.

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Leclanché batteries to power EV fast-charging partnership

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 09:45 -- News Editor
Leclanché batteries to power EV fast-charging partnership

Switzerland-based energy storage firm Leclanché is teaming up with a Dutch company on a pilot batteries project aimed at creating a network of energy-efficient electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations across Europe.

Leclanché said it will initially develop a battery storage system “using large-format lithium-ion batteries” at two unnamed locations for Fastned— which already operates 63 fast charging EV stations it has built in the Netherlands.

 

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NEC ES to supply “largest” Swiss BESS

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:32 -- News Editor
NEC ES to supply “largest” Swiss BESS

US energy storage firm NEC Energy Solution (NEC ES) is to supply a Swiss utility with grid storage that will potentially be “the largest battery energy storage system in Switzerland”.

The 18MW/ 7.5MWh GSS grid storage solution including lithium-ion batteries will be delivered to electricity distributor Elektrizitaetswerke des Kantons Zuerich (EKZ) in early 2018.

 

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Swatch countdown to launch EV batteries for China’s Geely

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:00 -- News Editor
Swatch countdown to launch EV batteries for China’s Geely

Swiss watchmaker Swatch expects to get the green light for its newly-developed car batteries to be used in electric vehicles made by Chinese automaker and joint-venture partner Geely next year, according to a report.

Swatch confirmed earlier this year its Belenos Clean Power subsidiary had begun testing its prototype vanadium pentoxide cathode battery technology under an agreement with Geely.

 

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Higher performing lithium-ion market ready by 2018

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 15:58 -- Paul Crompton
Higher performing lithium-ion market ready by 2018

Materials researchers in Switzerland have boosted the performance of lithium-ion batteries by up to three times by reworking how an anode accepts ions.

Scientists at the Swiss Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Villigen and the ETH Zurich created a shorter paths for ions to travel to the anode by subjecting graphite to a rotating magnetic field.

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