Australian graphite producer Talga Resources is to collaborate on work including cell production with partners under the UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge R&D programme.
Talga said it has signed formal agreements through its UK subsidiary, Talga Technologies, to work on initiatives including battery pack design and assembly.
Rolls-Royce is teaming up with UK-based material research company Superdielectrics to develop advanced energy storage systems using polymers.
Rolls-Royce said the collaboration agreement would see the firm combine its material science and technical expertise with Superdielectrics’ “novel hydrophilic polymers— that have been shown to have potentially outstanding energy storage properties”.
UK-based investment firm Gore Street Energy Storage Fund has unveiled plans to raise GBP100 million ($139m) in an initial public offering to invest in utility-scale energy storage projects.
Gore Street said it would raise funds on the main market of the London Stock Exchange to invest “mainly in the UK”— but would also consider projects in North America and Western Europe.
One of the first investor-owned grid-scale lithium-ion battery storage projects in the UK has been pre-qualified to supply backup power to the national grid following a capacity market auction, BBB can reveal.
Grid Battery Storage (GBSL), which formed a partnership last year with Germany’s Siemens to launch four grid-related battery projects, was among the winners of Britain’s capacity market auction.
UK-based BESS developer and operator Kiwi Power has launched its biggest behind the meter battery to date— a 4MW Tesla Powerpack in Wales.
Kiwi said the 4.8MWh lithium-ion battery started providing firm frequency response (FFR) to the National Grid this month from the Parc Stormy renewable technologies site operated by Cenin Renewables near Bridgend.
Researchers in the UK say they have developed “precise” testing technology that shows existing automotive lithium-ion batteries can be safely charged five times faster than the current recommended charging limits.
The team led by Dr Tazdin Amietszajew (pictured) of the University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) said the technology works in-situ during a battery’s normal operation— without impeding its performance.
Hong Kong-listed battery giant Leoch International Technology has invested in UK-based battery distributor DBS Energy to target sales to the country’s industrial market.
Leoch said the companies had formed a joint venture— DBS Leoch— to “significantly grow its business and become one of the leading suppliers of batteries” to UK industry.
UK-based residential energy storage firm Moixa is to export British battery technology to Japan under a partnership agreement with the country’s Itochu trading house.
The deal, which includes a GBP5 million ($7.1m) investment in Moixa by Itochu, a Fortune 500 company, will enable Moixa to launch its GridShare platform in Japan— technology that manages and optimises home energy storage systems.
Nissan has launched a second-life EV battery storage venture, Nissan Energy Solar, targeting UK homes.
The new business, announced on 18 January, will offer a solar plus storage system jointly developed with Eaton.