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UK reforms “will limit battery innovation”

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:13 -- Xuan Zhong
UK reforms “will limit battery innovation”

Just weeks after the UK’s battery sector was promised cash to become a global leader in R&D, ministers have been warned new electricity market reforms could make it harder for battery storage firms to compete.

A consortium of UK universities is spearheading R&D for the battery industry under the government-backed Faraday Challenge investment programme.

 

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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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UK gets 'national battery facility'

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:13 -- News Editor
UK gets 'national battery facility'

A partnership between academe, the city of Coventry and other local partners was announced last week with GBP80 million ($108m) government funding. The National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NBMDF), was announced by Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, while attending an energy conference on the University of Warwick campus.

The new national facility will be established in the Coventry and Warwickshire area will enable UK based companies and researchers come together to build and maintain a “world leading position” in manufacturing technologies for batteries and their components in vehicles and transportation. It will provide a crucial new strategic link between the research, development and full-scale industrialisation for battery technologies across the UK.

 

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UK team launches second life EV battery project

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 09:29 -- Xuan Zhong
UK team launches second life EV battery project

A second life vehicle battery project has been launched in the UK to study the viability of developing applications worldwide.

The University of Warwick’s WMG department will act as the academic research partner for the GBP1.3 million ($1.7m) project, whose partners include Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), UK smart grid systems specialist Videre Global and energy storage business Connected Energy.

 

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US investors boost UK energy storage firm

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:25 -- Xuan Zhong
US investors boost UK energy storage firm

US private equity group Tiger Infrastructure Partners has led a GBP50 million ($66.5m) investment in UK firm Battery Energy Storage Solutions (BESS).

BESS director James Basden (pictured) told BBB the company would use the equity raise to boost grid-scale battery storage and develop “behind-the-meter opportunities”.

 

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Moixa wins new battery project funding

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:58 -- Xuan Zhong
Moixa wins new battery project funding

UK-based residential energy storage firm Moixa has been awarded GBP267,750 ($350,771) in government ‘entrepreneurial funding’ to expand its ‘GridShare’ cloud-based virtual power plant.

Moixa said the funds from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Energy Entrepreneur Fund would be used to develop GridShare, “which aggregates batteries to reduce costs and enable more renewable generation”.

 

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UK names new battery institute consortium

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:57 -- Xuan Zhong
UK names new battery institute consortium

Seven UK universities have been named as members of a consortium to spearhead national research and development of the battery industry under the government-backed Faraday Challenge investment programme.

The GBP246 million ($323.3m) first phase of investment in the Faraday Challenge was announced earlier this year to boost innovation and the “scale-up of battery technology" as part of the government’s wider industrial strategy in the run-up to Brexit.

 

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TBS Engineering to expand with new HQ

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:42 -- Xuan Zhong
TBS Engineering to expand with new HQ

UK-based lead-acid battery machinery maker TBS Engineering has unveiled plans to open a new “global HQ” in Gloucestershire as part of expansion plans.

TBS, the leading manufacturer of cast-on strap machines, told BBB construction work is under way on the GBP15 million ($19.7m) facility on the Gloucester Business Park— underlining the firm’s confidence in the lead-acid market.

 

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Battery storage plant to power UK homes

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 09:44 -- News Editor
Battery storage plant to power UK homes

UK energy supplier Centrica has unveiled a three-megawatt battery facility in northeast England as part of a local-authority scheme to power homes.

Centrica said the facility, which includes six lithium-ion Y.Cube units produced by Germany’s Younicos, is capable of supplying energy to a total of 3,000 homes in and around the town of Gateshead for one hour. The facility has minimum response time of 140 milliseconds.

 

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redT energy storage wins Europe, Asia contracts

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 09:30 -- News Editor
redT energy storage wins Europe, Asia contracts

UK-based energy storage firm redT said it has signed “initial” deals to supply 12 energy storage units using vanadium redox flow technology to firms in Europe and Southeast Asia.

This company declined to give details of the contracts, but said the deals pave the way for redT to potentially supply a total of more than 300 energy storage units in the regions.

 

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