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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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Moixa wins new battery project funding

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:58 -- Xuan Zhong
Moixa wins new battery project funding

UK-based residential energy storage firm Moixa has been awarded GBP267,750 ($350,771) in government ‘entrepreneurial funding’ to expand its ‘GridShare’ cloud-based virtual power plant.

Moixa said the funds from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Energy Entrepreneur Fund would be used to develop GridShare, “which aggregates batteries to reduce costs and enable more renewable generation”.

 

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UK names new battery institute consortium

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:57 -- Xuan Zhong
UK names new battery institute consortium

Seven UK universities have been named as members of a consortium to spearhead national research and development of the battery industry under the government-backed Faraday Challenge investment programme.

The GBP246 million ($323.3m) first phase of investment in the Faraday Challenge was announced earlier this year to boost innovation and the “scale-up of battery technology" as part of the government’s wider industrial strategy in the run-up to Brexit.

 

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TBS Engineering to expand with new HQ

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:42 -- Xuan Zhong
TBS Engineering to expand with new HQ

UK-based lead-acid battery machinery maker TBS Engineering has unveiled plans to open a new “global HQ” in Gloucestershire as part of expansion plans.

TBS, the leading manufacturer of cast-on strap machines, told BBB construction work is under way on the GBP15 million ($19.7m) facility on the Gloucester Business Park— underlining the firm’s confidence in the lead-acid market.

 

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Battery storage plant to power UK homes

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 09:44 -- News Editor
Battery storage plant to power UK homes

UK energy supplier Centrica has unveiled a three-megawatt battery facility in northeast England as part of a local-authority scheme to power homes.

Centrica said the facility, which includes six lithium-ion Y.Cube units produced by Germany’s Younicos, is capable of supplying energy to a total of 3,000 homes in and around the town of Gateshead for one hour. The facility has minimum response time of 140 milliseconds.

 

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redT energy storage wins Europe, Asia contracts

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 09:30 -- News Editor
redT energy storage wins Europe, Asia contracts

UK-based energy storage firm redT said it has signed “initial” deals to supply 12 energy storage units using vanadium redox flow technology to firms in Europe and Southeast Asia.

This company declined to give details of the contracts, but said the deals pave the way for redT to potentially supply a total of more than 300 energy storage units in the regions.

 

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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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