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Leclanché batteries to power EV fast-charging partnership

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 09:45 -- News Editor
Leclanché batteries to power EV fast-charging partnership

Switzerland-based energy storage firm Leclanché is teaming up with a Dutch company on a pilot batteries project aimed at creating a network of energy-efficient electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations across Europe.

Leclanché said it will initially develop a battery storage system “using large-format lithium-ion batteries” at two unnamed locations for Fastned— which already operates 63 fast charging EV stations it has built in the Netherlands.

 

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UK’s Drax poised to invest in battery storage

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:36 -- News Editor
UK’s Drax poised to invest in battery storage

UK power group Drax is considering proposals to build a 200MW battery storage facility at its Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire.

Drax has told planning chiefs it intends to consult local communities and others on the battery project, as part of “long-term options” to repower up to two coal units at the plant to gas with up to 3.6GW of new gas generation capacity.

 

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Study questions benefits of home solar storage

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:43 -- News Editor
Study questions benefits of home solar storage

A new UK study has claimed there is currently “no economic benefit” from integrating electrical energy storage with solar PV systems in homes— and battery degradation could mean “significant” losses for homeowners.

According to the study by researchers at the universities of Warwick, Birmingham and the Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies, rooftop PV systems integrated with lithium-ion battery storage “are a promising route for the decarbonisation of the UK’s power sector”.

 

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EU grant boost for UK LAB recycling research

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 10:32 -- News Editor
EU grant boost for UK LAB recycling research

UK researchers behind the development of a process that aims to “revolutionise” lead-acid battery recycling have been awarded a grant of EUR1.3 million ($1.5m) from the European Union.

The funding boost from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme has gone to UK-based Aurelius Environmental and Dr Vasant Kumar of the materials science and metallurgy department at the University of Cambridge.

 

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UK opens battery recycling plant

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 16:28 -- News Editor
UK opens battery recycling plant

The UK is set to become “self sufficient” in battery recycling – scrapping existing needs to send old batteries for processing in Europe, according to the firms behind the scheme.

England-based environmental service provider Ecosurety said it has teamed up with US electronic recycling company, Belmont Trading, to formally open the recycling plant in Scotland next month.

 

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Investors boost UK lithium mine plans

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 16:27 -- News Editor
Investors boost UK lithium mine plans

UK start-up Cornish Lithium has raised GBP1 million ($1.2m) from three international investors to kick-start moves towards drilling for lithium in Cornwall.

The company said its “initial focus” will be to collate a digital log of “all relevant data on lithium occurrences in Cornwall” before applying for drilling permits.

 

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Hybrid liquid air system to rival batteries

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:08 -- News Editor
Hybrid liquid air system to rival batteries

A hybrid Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES) system is being developed to respond to grid frequency events within one second.

The system – designed and developed in the UK by Highview Power Storage – has been awarded funding of GBP1.5 million ($1.9m) from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

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A new name in battery storage… IKEA

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 09:32 -- News Editor
A new name in battery storage… IKEA

Meatball and furniture retailer IKEA has started selling batteries for rooftop solar panels – a further sign that storage technologies are becoming mainstream.

IKEA has teamed up with London-based Solarcentury to launch the Solar Battery Storage solution online in the UK before rolling it out to stores. 

 

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‘Build 6 nuclear plants or make energy independent vehicles’

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:48 -- News Editor
‘Build 6 nuclear plants or make energy independent vehicles’

The UK government’s sudden interest in battery technology became a little clearer last week. If the country meets its commitment to phase out all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, it could need the equivalent of six nuclear power plants to charge all the electric vehicles.

The UK National Grid’s solution, outlined in its ‘Future Energy Scenarios’ report (published last month), is smart charging which, it says, could substantially decrease the pressure on the system at peak times, reducing additional demand from electric vehicles to 3.5GW by 2030 from a potential scenario of 8GW of extra demand.

 

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Britain surprises all with £246 million battery jumpstart

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:18 -- News Editor
Britain surprises all with £246 million battery jumpstart

The minute UK battery and energy storage market was taken by surprise last week with UK business secretary Greg Clark’s (pictured) statement to invigorate the UK energy storage scene.

The launch of the first phase of a £246 million ($322M) government investment into battery technology is said to ensure the UK ‘builds on its strengths and leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of electric batteries’.

 

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