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New lithium-ion battery storage facility online in UK

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 09:55 -- Xuan Zhong
New lithium-ion battery storage facility online in UK

One of the UK’s biggest battery energy storage facilities to date has gone into operation in southeast England.

British Solar Renewables (BSR) said the 49.99-megawatt Stocking Pelham lithium-ion BESS, near Bishop’s Stortford, is connected to a nearby 400kV substation via a 132kV grid connection.

 

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Chems firms set to benefit from UK’s batteries push, says report

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 12:21 -- Xuan Zhong
Chems firms set to benefit from UK’s batteries push, says report

The UK has a “massive opportunity” to develop a GBP2.7 billion ($3.5bn) chemicals industry and supply chain on the back of investing in electric vehicle battery manufacturing, according to a new study.

WMG, an academic department of the University of Warwick, said in its report released on 25 June UK companies are “well-placed to supply valuable materials needed for batteries to be built in UK”.

 

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BYD builds giga dream with ‘world’s largest’ auto battery plant

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:19 -- Xuan Zhong
BYD builds giga dream with ‘world’s largest’ auto battery plant

China’s BYD has opened the “world’s biggest auto batteries plant”— as part of a reported multi-billion dollar investment to expand its domestic battery-making capacity to 60 gigawatt-hours within three years.

BYD— which stands for ‘build your dreams’— said the six-square-kilometre plant in Qinghai Province— “equivalent in size to around 140 football pitches”— will itself have a 24GWh production capacity when it ramps up to full capacity next year.

 

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Is Theresa touting for a Giga factory?

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 11:14 -- John Shepherd
Is Theresa touting for a Giga factory?

The UK is seeking at the highest level a foreign investor to establish a lithium-ion giga factory in Britain, Tony Harper, head of the British Faraday Challenge has told BEST Battery Briefing.

The Faraday Challenge programme, set up nearly a year ago to kick start a UK advanced battery capability to deliver energy storage for the next generation of UK-made low- and zero-emission vehicles, is spending GBP243 million ($319m) on research and development over the next four years.

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Grid-scale hybrid liquid air storage system online in UK

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:29 -- Xuan Zhong
Grid-scale hybrid liquid air storage system online in UK

The UK company pioneering a hybrid Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) system has launched operations at a demonstration facility in northwest England.

Highview Power said its 5MW/15MWh plant at Bury, near Manchester, would become the first operational demonstration of LAES technology at grid scale.

 

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Kiwi Power BESS bears fruit for Plessey

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:07 -- Xuan Zhong
Kiwi Power BESS bears fruit for Plessey

UK-based technology firm Plessey has installed a two-megawatt Tesla battery for behind-the-meter (BTM) battery storage at its flagship manufacturing and R&D site in Plymouth, England.

UK battery energy storage developer and operator Kiwi Power— whose ‘Kiwi Fruit’ hardware and software platform controls the battery— completed the project.

 

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BYD powers up BESS presence in UK

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 16:16 -- Xuan Zhong
BYD powers up BESS presence in UK

China’s BYD is to supply its lithium-ion battery tech for a new 25-megawatt energy storage project for a local authority in the UK.

BYD— which has already made inroads into the UK’s BESS market— has been selected to provide the China-made battery system for the project by South Somerset District Council.

 

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Nissan chief to lead new UK battery centre

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 09:45 -- John Shepherd
Nissan chief to lead new UK battery centre

The boss of Nissan batteries in the UK, Jeff Pratt, is to head a new national centre supporting government plans to develop next-generation battery systems for the automotive sector.

Pratt (pictured) will take up the post of MD at the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC)— part of the UK government’s Faraday Institution— next month.

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Anesco on track to ‘quadruple’ UK BESS portfolio

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:17 -- John Shepherd
Anesco on track to ‘quadruple’ UK BESS portfolio

Energy storage developer Anesco said it is on track to “quadruple its operational battery portfolio” in the UK by 2020.

Anesco said UK demand for battery storage is expected to see the firm add 380 megawatts of new capacity over the next three years.

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UK’s Pivot Power unveils 2GW battery network plan

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 15:08 -- John Shepherd
UK’s Pivot Power unveils 2GW battery network plan

Plans have been unveiled to build a 2GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across England and Wales.

UK firm Pivot Power said the GBP1.6 billion ($2.1bn) programme will see 45 sites developed— “installing grid-scale 50-megawatt batteries at electricity sub-stations connected directly to the extra-high-voltage transmission system”. 

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