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Solid-state research gets UK battery funding nod

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:01 -- John Shepherd
Solid-state research gets UK battery funding nod

New research into solid-state batteries has won a share of a GBP42 million ($59.8m) UK government grant to help accelerate the development of electric vehicle technology.

The research, to be conducted by an academia-industry partnership led by the University of Oxford, is one of four projects chosen for the funding through the Faraday Institution— launched last year as part of the government’s wider industrial strategy.

 

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50MW Li-Ion storage boost for UK

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:33 -- Xuan Zhong
50MW Li-Ion storage boost for UK

Two grid-scale projects totalling 50MW of new energy storage capacity have been connected to the grid in the UK.

The US-European partners behind the lithium-ion projects said the commissioning represented the “largest portfolio of utility-scale battery energy storage systems connected to the UK grid”.

 

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Santander cash boost for UK energy storage firm

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:38 -- Xuan Zhong
Santander cash boost for UK energy storage firm

UK firm Battery Energy Storage Solutions (BESS) has secured a further GBP28.5 million in funding towards becoming a key player in the domestic market.

The cash injection from Santander Corporate & Commercial comes just two months after BESS won a GBP50m investment from US private equity group Tiger Infrastructure Partners.

 

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UK’s hybrid liquid air system firm eyes US market

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:04 -- Xuan Zhong
UK’s hybrid liquid air system firm eyes US market

A UK firm pioneering liquid air energy storage (LAES) technology, Highview Power Storage, has appointed a former investment banker as chairman as it launches a foray into the US market.

Colin Roy (pictured), a former CEO of investment bank Greenhill & Co. Europe, has joined Highview as it opens offices in New York to negotiate “its first commercial orders” in the country.

 

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Nexeon wins EV battery research funding

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:14 -- Xuan Zhong
Nexeon wins EV battery research funding

UK-based battery materials firm Nexeon has been awarded GBP7million ($9.5m) to support research into silicon-based materials to increase the safety and range of batteries for electric vehicles.

Nexeon said the support from the government’s Innovate UK agency will support its work with partners on a project called ‘SUNRISE’ to develop improved materials, based on silicon as a replacement for carbon in the lithium-ion battery anode and optimising cell designs for automotive application.

 

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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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