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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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Eaton to bring Li-ion UPS into Asia

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 09:49 -- News Editor
Eaton to bring Li-ion UPS into Asia

Work is under way in Australia on an AUD11 ($8.3) million project to develop ultra-thin flexible screen-printed batteries for portable devices and intermittent renewable energy.

Brisbane-based battery energy storage firm Printed Energy said the innovation is a step closer to being made commercially available thanks to research carried out jointly by the University of New South Wales and University of Queensland.

 

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Private equity firm Foresight acquires UK battery storage facility

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:33 -- Xuan Zhong
Private equity firm Foresight acquires UK battery storage facility

Infrastructure and private equity firm the Foresight Group has acquired the utility scale Port of Tyne 35MW battery storage project in the UK from Renewable Energy Systems (RES) for an undisclosed sum.

Foresight said the acquisition of the lithium-ion project, which RES will continue to develop and then operate, “is the largest of the National Grid’s enhanced frequency response battery storage projects to attract investment from an infrastructure investment manager in the UK”.

 

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