Australian company Energy Renaissance (ER) is to build a “specific and niche” lithium-ion battery gigafactory in Darwin, in the country’s Northern Territory, which will start production by late 2018.
“Our niche focus is to build the world's best batteries for hot and humid climates,” said Brian Craighead, managing director of Energy Renaissance, in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). The battery storage systems will be designed for commercial and utility-scale uses in telecommunications, defence and government sectors, and target the Australian and South-East Asian markets.
US advanced energy storage solutions firm Imergy Power Systems has signed a deal to supply 105 vanadium redox flow batteries to a South Africa-based telecoms company.
The 5kW, 20-30kWh Imergy ESP5 batteries will replace diesel generators and lead-acid batteries to provide backup power at telecom base stations throughout South Africa.
The batteries will contain electrolyte using South African sourced vanadium.
Flowgroup, a UK energy technology developer, has received an order for two compressed air batteries totaling 150kW capacity from Trane Canada for a telecoms company.
Flowgroup’s air battery business, ambiguously named Flow Battery, will supply one 100kW and one 50kW compressed air battery units for a telephone exchange in Toronto which is part of a national network.
Fluidic Energy has received US$7m from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, to build metal air batteries for cell phone base stations.
Fluidic’s zinc-air battery uses liquid salt for its electrolyte because water-based electrolytes can become damaged by high voltage in metal air batteries.