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Battery storage to replace retiring gas generators in Golden State

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

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has granted approval for four energy storage projects— totalling 567.5MW/2,270MWh— which the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) utility will use to replace retiring gas generators.

The four lithium-ion battery projects include a 300MW/1,200MWh system— billed as “the largest system of its kind in the world— to be provided by Vistra Energy and located on the site of the Moss Landing Power Plant, and a 182.5MW/730MWh system— which shall become the world’s second largest— to be provided by Tesla.

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Australia trials shared home battery storage

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Tesla PowerBank

In a “first” for Australia, a 105kW/420kWh Tesla PowerBank will be installed to provide 52 homes with shared access to energy storage for a 24-month trial.

The 52 shares of the community battery in Mandurah, Western Australia— which will be jointly owned and operated by Western Power and Synergy— sold in less than two weeks.

Each of the customers will be allocated a maximum of 8kWh of virtual storage— at the cost of AUD1 (US$0.72) per day— which they will use to store energy from solar panels during the day, and drawn down the power to avoid evening peak charge periods.

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Nova and Tesla turn tide for storage in Shetland

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Nova Innovation tidal array

Scottish “clean-tech company” Nova Innovation has successfully integrated a tidal energy array with battery storage from US-based Tesla to launch “the world’s first grid-connected ‘baseload’ tidal power station”.

Nova’s tidal array at Bluemull Sound in Shetland, northeast of Great Britain, which has been supplying power to the grid since last month, has been integrated with a 500 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion Tesla Powerpack to provide clean energy on demand

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Tesla signs battery material deal with China’s Ganfeng Lithium

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:54 -- John Shepherd
Ganfeng Lithium

China's largest lithium compounds producer, Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, has signed a deal to supply a fifth of its production to Tesla.

Under the terms of the agreement, Tesla will designate its battery suppliers to buy lithium-hydroxide products from Ganfeng, according to a Shenzhen exchange filing on 21 September.

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UK's Camborne Energy Storage crashes into administration

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:14 -- John Shepherd

Camborne Energy Storage, a large scale developer of energy storage projects in the UK, has crashed out of the market and gone into administration.

Camborne had built up an “extensive portfolio of sites” suitable for battery storage since its launch in 2015, according to administrators Damian Webb and Phillip Sykes of restructuring advisory firm RSM.

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Kiwi Power BESS bears fruit for Plessey

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:07 -- Xuan Zhong
Kiwi Power BESS bears fruit for Plessey

UK-based technology firm Plessey has installed a two-megawatt Tesla battery for behind-the-meter (BTM) battery storage at its flagship manufacturing and R&D site in Plymouth, England.

UK battery energy storage developer and operator Kiwi Power— whose ‘Kiwi Fruit’ hardware and software platform controls the battery— completed the project.

 

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Musk confirms Tesla Gigafactory plans for China and Europe

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00 -- John Shepherd
Musk confirms Tesla Gigafactory plans for China and Europe

Tesla has given the green light to launch its first Gigafactory for batteries production outside the US in China, company chief Elon Musk has confirmed.

The new Shanghai plant confirms a pledge by Musk to one day set up business at the heart of Asia’s booming batteries sector.

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Tesla inks lithium supply deal with Australian miner

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:14 -- John Shepherd
Tesla inks lithium supply deal with Australian miner

Australian miner Kidman Resources has signed a three-year fixed-price deal to supply battery raw material to Tesla.

Kidman said details of the take-or-pay agreement for lithium hydroxide, which includes options to extend, remain confidential.

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Panasonic chief hints at battery tie-up with Tesla in China

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 09:51 -- Xuan Zhong
Panasonic chief hints at battery tie-up with Tesla in China

The head of Japan’s Panasonic Corp has floated the idea of jointly producing electric vehicle batteries in China with Tesla.

Panasonic CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga (pictured) said during an earnings briefing on 10 May that the move could be on the cards, Reuters reported.

 

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BP tilts at storage with Tesla wind farm battery

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:55 -- John Shepherd
BP tilts at storage with Tesla wind farm battery

BP Wind Energy, part of the BP oil and gas group, has signed a deal to launch its first lithium battery wind energy storage facility in the US later this year.

BP has signed a purchase agreement through its Rolling Thunder I Power Partners subsidiary for a Tesla 212kW/840kWh lithium-ion battery to be integrated with the Titan 1 wind farm in South Dakota. The battery will be configured to help manage internal electricity demands of turbines.

 

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