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Tesla forms battery R&D firm in China

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:46 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla forms battery R&D firm in China

Tesla has formed a new company in China for the research and development of batteries and energy storage devices, according to authorities in Beijing.

The new company has been named Tesla (Beijing) New Energy R&D Co Ltd, with a registered capital of $2 million, according to a document filed with the Chaoyang branch of the Beijing Administration for Industry and Commerce. The document is listed in China’s National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System index.

 

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Elon, Now do it for Swindon UK!

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:13 -- News Editor
Elon, Now do it for Swindon UK!

Having pulled off 100MW of storage in 100 days. Best Battery Briefing has found the next target for Tesla…

Public Power Solutions (PPS), the wholly-owned company of Swindon Borough Council, the governing body of a small town between London and Bristol, has submitted a planning application to build one of the UK’s largest battery-based electricity storage facilities.

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Musk wins battery bet

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:10 -- News Editor
Musk wins battery bet

So Elon Musk has won his bet to build a 100MW storage battery for South Australia in 100 days and he doesn’t have to give it away free. Switch-on was due last Friday. South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, who was due to visit the installation, said the battery storage system will help support South Australia during the upcoming summer season, and reduce its reliance on other states for additional energy.

The editor reflects: In 2002, I was one of a number of guests of SAFT and ABB to celebrate the commissioning of a 40MW battery in Fairbanks, Alaska.

 

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China-owned SF Motors acquires US battery start up

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 09:39 -- Xuan Zhong
China-owned SF Motors acquires US battery start up

Silicon Valley-based electric vehicle (EV) maker, SF Motors, has acquired US EV battery module start-up InEVit— headed by former Tesla CEO Martin Eberhard.

Under the terms of the deal, the financial details of which were not disclosed, Eberhard will move from his post of chairman and chief technical officer at InEVit to become vice-chairman and chief innovation officer of SF Motors— founded last year as a subsidiary of China’s Chongqing Sokon Industry Group Co., Ltd.

 

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Tesla opts for Samsung over Panasonic for Australia project

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:29 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla opts for Samsung over Panasonic for Australia project

The Powerpacks Tesla is providing for its South Australia battery project will use lithium-ion battery cells from Samsung SDI— instead of those from its long-term partner Panasonic, BBB has confirmed.

South Australia’s state government announced in July it had chosen the US tech giant to deliver “the world’s largest” battery system in the region.

 

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‘Taiwan to seek Tesla blackout solutions’

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:44 -- News Editor
‘Taiwan to seek Tesla blackout solutions’

Taiwan could acquire energy storage systems from US tech giant Tesla to prevent future power outages, according to a report.

Taiwan’s science and technology minister Chen Liang-gee (pictured) plans talks with Tesla about buying renewable energy battery storage systems in the wake of a large-scale power outage that hit Taipei earlier this month, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.

 

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Battery boost for South Australia grid

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:42 -- News Editor
Battery boost for South Australia grid

South Australia is to get a second large-scale battery to bolster the state’s power grid security in in a project valued at around AUD30m ($23.6m).

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing up to AUD12m ($9.5m) in funding for power company ElectraNet to build the 30MW/8MWh lithium-ion battery at the Dalrymple substation north of Yorketown.

 

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Romeo Power woos investors for storage start-up

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:14 -- News Editor
Romeo Power woos investors for storage start-up

California energy storage start-up Romeo Power— which boasts a workforce including “top engineers and designers” from business rivals Tesla— has secured $30 million in seed financing.

Romeo said on 24 August it was now pushing ahead with the installation of a fully-automated 113,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Los Angeles that is set to be ready by the year’s end.

 

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Gigafactory concept man bows out from Tesla

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:02 -- News Editor
Gigafactory concept man bows out from Tesla

Kurt Kelty (pictured), the battery engineer who envisioned the concept of taking a simple 18650 cell and transforming it into the heart of every Tesla battery pack, as well as dreaming up the concept of the ‘Gigafactory’, has left the company after eleven-and-a-half years.

In an e-mail to his friends and business contacts, Kelty wrote: “Our mission was to get us away from fossil fuels. We had a path: the Roadster, then moved on to Model S and ended with Model 3. Over the years, we have stayed true to our mission and on track with our roadmap (with the exception of the addition of Model X). Model 3 was always going to be the culmination of all our work – where we hit it out of the park and convinced the world that EVs were unbeatable. We are now at that point.”

 

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World’s largest offshore wind, battery proposal

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 09:32 -- News Editor
World’s largest offshore wind, battery proposal

Offshore wind farm developer Deepwater Wind has unveiled proposals for what it claims is the world’s largest combined offshore wind and energy storage project.

Named Revolution Wind, the project envisages a 144MW wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts – about 12 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard – with operations and the 40MWh Tesla battery storage system based in New Bedford.

 

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