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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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Panasonic expects profit from Tesla batteries by year-end

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 09:28 -- News Editor
Panasonic expects profit from Tesla batteries by year-end

Electronics giant Panasonic expects to see a profit from Tesla’s Model 3 batteries by the end of the year.

Panasonic began battery cell production for the mass-market electric vehicle at their $5 billion Gigafactory in Nevada, USA, in June. 

 

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Southern deploys Tesla batteries in Florida pilot

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 09:24 -- News Editor
Southern deploys Tesla batteries in Florida pilot

Atlanta-based gas and electric utility Southern Company and its Gulf Power subsidiary has launched a two-year battery storage research project in in Pensacola, Florida.

The McCrary Battery Energy Storage Demonstration project will test and evaluate a 250 kW/1 MWh Tesla Powerpack lithium-ion industrial energy storage system, which shares the same battery chemistry used in electric vehicles and consumer electronics.

 

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Tesla chosen for world’s biggest battery in Australia

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 09:16 -- News Editor
Tesla chosen for world’s biggest battery in Australia

Tesla is to deliver the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia – with a pledge to supply the system within 100 days or offer it free of charge.

Under the terms of the deal, with South Australia’s state government,  (the financial details of which have not been released), Tesla will provide the 100MW/129MWh Powerpack system to be paired with French utility Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm near Jamestown.

 
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$1500 for pioneering Tesla’s battery storage at home

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:08 -- Xuan Zhong
$1500 for pioneering Tesla’s battery storage at home

US tech giant Tesla and Vermont-based electric services provider Green Mountain Power (GMP) have launched a home energy solution which initially unites Powerwall and Powerpack lithium-ion batteries into a single resource of shared energy.

GMP plans to install Powerpacks on utility land and deploy up to 2,000 Powerwall batteries to households within the service area to enable more renewable energy and increase grid efficiency.

 

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Tesla doomed says former GM (and Exide) boss

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:55 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla doomed says former GM (and Exide) boss

An old sage of the auto and battery industry put the ‘king’s new clothes’ argument to a US TV audience last Wednesday. Bob Lutz, GM's former Vice Chairman and once CEO of Exide predicted the demise of Tesla on the US TV show CNBC this morning. 

A rather blunt Lutz shared his views, saying that Tesla's constant cash burn combined with a barrage of competitive models that are about to hit the market is likely to indicate that the company is "doomed."

 

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Tesla could move into Nickel mining, pack inventor says

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:21 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla could move into Nickel mining, pack inventor says

Kurt Kelty winner of the Cambridge Enertech battery innovator of the year award and Senior Director, Cell Supply Chain and Business Development at Tesla Motors told BBB that the company did not rule out becoming a mining company as it consolidates its position into becoming the biggest user and manufacturer of lithium ion cells in the world.

Kelty, speaking at Cambridge Enertech’s Florida Battery seminar last week told the meeting that with a target of 35GW production output from the much hyped Nevada Gigafactory by 2020, more vertical integration was the key to hitting costs targets.

 

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