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LIB disposal under fire after landfill blaze and ‘exploding e-cigs’

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Fire chiefs in Scotland have issued a plea for responsible recycling after a lithium-ion battery was suspected of sparking a major blaze at a landfill site in Dunbar.

Fire fighters spent more than 40 hours battling the blaze in a Dunbar building where waste arriving on site is stored before it is landfilled.

More than 300 tonnes of refuse was set alight in last month’s fire— which at its height required 40 fire-fighters and six fire trucks.

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GS Yuasa unveils lead-lithium energy storage platform

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Japan-based lead and lithium group GS Yuasa has unveiled a dual chemistry energy storage system that “combines the fast response of lithium-ion with the endurance of lead-acid”.

GS Yuasa said the container-based system is the “world’s first energy storage platform where lead acid and lithium-ion batteries are combined to feed a power conversion system”.

The battery giant partnered with Infinite Group, the University of Sheffield and Innovate UK to develop the ‘Adept’ (advanced multi-energy management and optimisation time shifting platform) system.

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BioSolar plans next steps for silicon in emerging battery tech

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

US lithium technology firm BioSolar has set out the next steps towards incorporating its silicon additive technology into commercial-grade lithium-ion battery prototypes.

CEO Dr David Lee said: “We anticipate that the next generation lithium-ion batteries are going to require next generation silicon anode materials that provide higher energy and power density.”

Lee told BEST Battery Briefing larger quantities of silicon anode materials incorporating BioSolar's additives are being prepared by the company's partners in South Korea and the US— using BioSolar's proprietary additives and processes and raw silicon materials from Silicio Ferrosolar, a subsidiary of UK-based Ferroglobe.

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UK consortium secures funds to develop liquid air energy storage tech

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Bardon Hill Quarry, Leicestershire

A commercial-academic UK consortium has secured more than £350,000 (US$454,000) of government funding to develop a liquid air energy storage (LAES) system.

Partners building material company Aggregate Industries, energy tech firm Innovatium and the University of Birmingham, said the funding would be used to take its Prisma (peak reduction by integrated storage and management of air) technology “from initial laboratory testing to full operation in an industrial environment”.

Aggregate Industries said Prisma “is an innovative LAES technology that stores energy in liquid air form to provide compressed air, allowing inefficient partially-loaded, variable-demand compressors to be turned off, thus improving the total system efficiency by up to 57%”.

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Alexander Technologies expands in UK to meet demand

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Alexander Technologies Europe has announced expansion plans in order to keep pace with rising demand for its lithium-ion products.

The expansion plans include an additional manufacturing facility in Peterlee, UK, and a “significant investment in its battery and charger manufacturing capabilities.”

CEO Michael Shirley described the expansion plans as “a major investment for the company” which “represent a significant increase to our current footprint, from 16,000 sq. ft. to 40,000 sq. ft.”

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UK contest to find energy storage ‘innovation’

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

The UK’s Department of Business has launched a competition offering up to £20 million (US$26.2m) for “innovative, replicable solutions that could provide a market competitive alternative to conventional commercial large scale energy storage technologies.”

To be eligible for the competition funds, projects must demonstrate “a target minimum output power of 30MW or minimum capacity of 50MWh.”

The scope of the competition includes “a broad range of large-scale energy storage technologies over a range of durations, capacity and response times.”

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Zap&Go forges ahead with R&D fast-charge centre

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

UK-based ‘carbon-ion’ developer Zap&Go is to build a new R&D facility in Oxford as it moves toward taking its next generation fast-charge technology to market.

CEO Stephen Voller told BEST Battery Briefing the ‘Make Like Production Facility’ at the Harwell Campus will allow the company to develop the next generation of its battery tech.

The facility will feature “the largest drying room in Europe” and construction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2019. 

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Anesco-Shell partnership for UK battery storage project

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 20:19 -- John Shepherd

Energy storage developer Anesco is to partner the investment arm of multinational Shell in a UK battery storage project.

Anesco said it will work with Shell New Energies in developing the 1.25-megawatt lithium-ion project at the Bacton gas terminal site on the Norfolk coast.

Anesco will provide the design, procurement, installation, commissioning and maintenance of the utility scale system.

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UK bid to cut energy storage planning red tape

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

Government proposals to remove a ‘capacity cap’ to help fast-track energy storage projects in England have been welcomed by renewables industry leaders.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has launched a consultation into whether existing planning policy regulations applying to large-scale storage projects with a capacity of 50MW or more should be changed.

UK Renewable Energy Association (REA) head of policy Frank Gordon (pictured) praised the idea— but urged ministers to “go further”.

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Jaguar Land Rover to build UK battery plant despite job cuts gloom

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Ralf Speth

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has said it will build “one of the UK’s largest battery assembly centres of its kind” in the English Midlands.

The announcement— made as JLR confirmed it was cutting its global workforce by around 4,500 people— said the battery centre would use “new production techniques and technologies to manufacture battery packs for future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles”.

Batteries from the new centre, in North Warwickshire, will power next-generation electric drive units (EDUs) to be produced at the company’s Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, JLR said.

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