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Connected Energy to deploy second-life battery ESS for real-time energy use and research project

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 11:59 -- Paul Crompton

Second-life battery developer Connected Energy is set to install an energy storage system in the UK using 24 used Renault Kangoo electric vehicle battery packs.

The £20 million ($25 million) 300kW/360kWh E-STOR system will help optimise energy use and peak loads across a system including PV, EV chargers and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC).

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UK lithium-ion gigafactory developer Britishvolt inks MoU with Welsh government

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 11:09 -- Paul Crompton

The UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory has moved a step closer to reality with a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between manufacturer Britishvolt and the Welsh government.

It is the first time a location has been officially announced for the firm’s planned 30GWh gigafactory, which will produce lithium-ion cylindrical and pouch cells primarily to the electric vehicle market.

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Flow battery report shows benefits to port but could the tech one-day power ships

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 09:40 -- Paul Crompton

A six-month feasibility study at Portsmouth, UK, port has demonstrated how flow batteries offer a more cost effective solution to reducing the shipping industry’s emissions than conventional lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries. 

Despite being larger than traditional batteries per kWh the Shore Power for Shipping (SPIDS) project found flow batteries can reduce the peak power of a port’s network connection to only 10-20% of the grid power required using traditional batteries.

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GS Yuasa to supply ground-breaking dual lead and lithium hybrid ESS in UK

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 13:02 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese battery maker GS Yuasa has announced it will be supplying a dual chemical— lead-acid and lithium-ion— hybrid energy storage system to a port in the UK.

As BEST reported at the beginning of June, the PESO (Port Energy Systems Optimisation) project will provide power for electric vehicle charging and localised grid support at Portsmouth International Port. 

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UK lithium-ion gigafactory a step closer with MOU and new strategy officer

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 10:24 -- Paul Crompton

The site of the UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory is rumoured to be in Wales as AMTE Power and Britishvolt commit to exploring the development of the facility.

The UK-based companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate building the ‘GigaPlant’, which would deliver cells for automotive and energy storage applications.

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Hybrid battery system to be piloted at UK international port

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 10:29 -- Paul Crompton

A UK ferry port is launching a project to decarbonise its energy operation by using a hybrid lithium-ion and lead-acid energy storage system GS Yuasa. 

Portsmouth International Port, on the south coast of the island, has launched the PESO (Port Energy Systems Optimisation) project to demonstrate how smart grid technology and management software can reduce atmospheric emissions.

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Amte Power and Britishvolt sign MoU for UK’s landmark battery gigafactories

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 13:31 -- Paul Crompton

UK battery maker Amte Power and Britishvolt announce plans on 20 May to build the UK’s first lithium-ion battery cell gigafactories servicing the automotive and energy storage markets.

The British start-ups have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) focussed on enabling the scalable production of lithium-ion batteries to support the UK’s Road to Zero (at least half 50% of new car sales to be ultra low emission by 2030) targets and transition to electrification. 

Britishvolt aims to add to Amte’s 1GWh manufacturing plant plants with a 30GWh factory.

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UK firm secures funding as it pushes to launch prototype compressed and thermal ESS

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 10:09 -- Paul Crompton

Thermal and compressed air storage firm Cheesecake Energy Limited (CEL) has received investment from the University of Nottingham to support UK-wide pilot programmes of its energy storage solution.

The new funding is part of a continuing partnership between the University of Nottingham and the Nottingham-based start-up.

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Battery giant Leoch buys out UK lead battery distributor DBS Leoch

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 12:20 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based lead battery distributer DBS Leoch has been bought by its existing parent company, the China multi-national lead battery maker Leoch International Holding.

The battery supplier has changed its name to Leoch Battery UK and will continue to target both the industrial and lifestyle markets. 

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UK researchers use MRI scanning in hunt for next generation battery to usurp lithium-ion

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 16:05 -- Paul Crompton

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is being used to develop better sodium-ion batteries as researchers from UK universities look for the next generation of high-performance rechargeable batteries.

A team from the University of Birmingham’s School of Chemistry, with researchers from Nottingham University, has developed a technique that uses MRI scanning to monitor how sodium ions performs in operando.

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