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redT to put six energy storage units in the UK

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 09:55 -- Xuan Zhong
redT to put six energy storage units in the UK

UK-based firm redT energy storage has announced it will place six energy storage units, totaling 1.08MWh, at The Olde House, a working farm and holiday retreat in Cornwall, UK, to support the Cornish distributed energy grid.

Using vanadium redox flow technology, the machines were originally designed for the Isle of Gigha in Scotland, as part of a project to remove capacity constraints on the island's community wind farm.

 

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UK firms push storage for off peak power

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:50 -- Xuan Zhong
UK firms push storage for off peak power

Two UK firms are collaborating to make so called Off peak electricity more attractive to consumers through the use of storage.

Tonik Energy and Powervault last week announce a collaboration to assess the potential for a new smart tariff model that could bring batteries into the mainstream in UK homes and significantly reduce bills.

 

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BMS in-a-chip gets partner

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:47 -- Xuan Zhong
BMS in-a-chip gets partner

Dukosi, the Edinburgh UK battery management technology company and Swindon Silicon Systems, a leading design, test and supply manufacturer of complex, custom, mixed-signal electronics last week announced they have signed a strategic agreement to bring Dukosi’s disruptive semiconductor chip based battery management solution to market.

Dukosi has developed a unique approach to battery management that acquires, processes and stores discrete data directly within the cell. Using novel wireless technology, the system transmits real-time information on cell health and performance to support master level control of the battery pack.

 

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AI harnessed for new battery materials

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:56 -- Xuan Zhong
AI harnessed for new battery materials

A UK materials developer has been chosen alongside a handful elite US universities to work with Toyota as it turns to Artificial intelligence AI in order to develop new battery materials, the company announced last week.

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will collaborate with research entities, universities and companies on materials science research, investing approximately $35 million over the next four years.

 

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Lithium-ion residential ESS trials start ahead of full rollout

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 09:35 -- Xuan Zhong
Lithium-ion residential ESS trials start ahead of full rollout

German firm Solarwatt has begun trials of a residential lithium-ion (nickel manganese cobalt) energy storage system in the UK and Ireland.

Two Solarwatt distribution partners have installed the MyReserve 4.4kWh scaleable ESS in homes ahead of a planned April launch.

 

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A £10.8M ($13.4M) SEI project in southwest England

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:09 -- Xuan Zhong
A £10.8M ($13.4M) SEI project in southwest England

UK home energy storage system firm Moixa has announced a project on the Isles of Scilly that aims to drive adoption of electric vehicle use and renewable energy generation by 2025.

The firm’s lithium iron phosphate battery allows buildings with solar panels to use more of the power they generate during the Smart Energy Island (SEI) project.

 

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Slow march of ESSs continues with UK grid frequency plant

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Slow march of ESSs continues with UK grid frequency plant

Gas utility Centrica is looking to embrace lithium-ion technology by building a ‘flexible power plant’ at the site of a mothballed facility in the UK.

Lithium-ion energy storage system provider Younicos is working alongside Centrica at the facility at Roosecote, Barrow-in-Furness, which was originally a coal then a gas-fired facility.

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UK government backs battery innovation

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:11 -- Xuan Zhong
UK government backs battery innovation

The UK may lag behind battery manufacturing countries like China and the US, but its reputation as an innovator of the technology is well known.

And now the UK’s government is set to back the industry when its chancellor sets aside money in the next budget for research into the technology.

 

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Battery market ignites possibilities for UK lithium mine

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 14:07 -- Paul Crompton
Battery market ignites possibilities for UK lithium mine

Exploration at a UK lithium mine is expected to begin within two years after a former mining student signed a mineral grants agreement.

Uk company Cornish Lithium, headed by Jeremy Wrathall, has reached a mineral rights agreement with Canada's Strongbow Exploration to explore for lithium in Cornwall.

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Changes to UK utility scale energy storage tender process

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 15:04 -- Paul Crompton
Changes to UK utility scale energy storage tender process

UK utility National Grid is opening up the tender process to allow smaller companies and non-traditional energy storage methods to compete in the grid-scale UK market.

The company is aiming to simplify its suite of balancing services rather than simply tendering for more individual services targeting specific needs, such as Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR).

Last year the company successfully tendered 201MW of EFR in eight projects totalling £65.95m (with an average price of £9.44/MW of EFR/h) to maintain the grid frequency at 50Hz.

This year the company is re-writing the process in a bid to

group together balancing services with similar requirements and make the process of energy distribution more flexible.

The three initial groups will include Frequency Response, Reserve Energy and Standby & Margin categories, although others may be added.

So for example, EFR and firm frequency response (FFR) dynamic and static will be in the general frequency response category; whereas reserve services and demand turn-up will be grouped in the reserve energy section along with STOR runway.

Work on the new proposal is ongoing, with National Grid planning to announce more details in its Electricity Future Operability Strategy document at the end of March.

The proposals are likely to involve a gradual roll out rather than a sudden step change of the policy.

Stewart Larque, head of Regional Media at National Grid, told BBB: “The intention is exactly the opposite to restricting the opportunities to big players – we want to remove complexity and barriers to smaller players and non-traditional technology types, encouraging greater competition for balancing services.

“The aim is to provide more clarity to all potential providers through having fewer but ‘deeper’ services where providers may tender in specific variables such as speed of response or duration. This will allow all assets, including storage, a better route to market than the current suite of products.

“So, in summary, parties providing response in enhanced timescales will still have a route to market but it will be through those deeper balancing service marketplaces rather than ad hoc periodic tender events.”

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