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UK Na-ion firm Faradion to move to large-scale prototype

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:06 -- Paul Crompton
UK Na-ion firm Faradion to move to large-scale prototype

UK firm Faradion has received £3.2 million in funding to take its sodium-ion technology from the laboratory to large-scale prototype stage.

The money came from a syndicated funding round from existing shareholders including Mercia Technologies, which is due to invest £1.9million for a more than 13% share of the business.

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DNOs need to own energy storage to secure industry’s future

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 12:06 -- Paul Crompton
DNOs need to own energy storage to secure industry’s future

Energy storage needs to be defined and have its own set of regulations to allow UK-based distribution network operators (DNO) to make the most of the technology.

That was feeling at Energy Storage Network’s annual symposium held in London, UK, last week, as the thorny issue of regulations and codes continues to hamper the industry.

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Home battery trial to test benefits of ESS and renewables

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:36 -- Paul Crompton
Home battery trial to test benefits of ESS and renewables

UK firm Moixa is once again testing the benefits of batteries for homeowners and utilities in making use of renewable energy.

The residential energy storage firm, along with utility Northern Powergrid (NP) and community renewable energy group Energise Barnsley teamed up to demonstrate how batteries can utilise solar energy.

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Grid-scale storage only just making financial sense

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 13:08 -- Paul Crompton
Grid-scale battery storage only just making financial sense say Uk Power Network

Batteries ability to transform the UK’s grid-scale energy landscape will become clearer as prices drop, claim electricity utility UK Power Networks.

The comments by Suleman Alli, the company’s director of Safety, Strategy and Support Services, came after a two-year trial testing lithium-ion technology in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

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Jaguar Land Rover plans to build UK lithium-ion battery facility

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 09:28 -- Xuan Zhong

Vehicle OEM Jaguar Land Rover have revealed plans to build an electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in the heart of England, according to reports.

JLR has already outlined a £500million, 30-acre, expansion plan in Coventry, but now the vehicle maker wants to go one step further.

 
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Prototype battery breaks bottleneck in lithium-sulphur progress

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 12:55 -- Xuan Zhong

Scientists in the UK have developed a prototype lithium-sulfur battery after being inspired by the cells in the human intestine.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge claim to have found a way to prevent the dissolution and diffusion of polysulfide in liquid organic electrolytes — a key issue when looking to commercially develop lithium-sulfur batteries.

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Irish OEM unveils lithium-ion busses

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 15:39 -- Paul Crompton

Bus maker Wrightbus is to demo lithium-ion electric busses on the UK’s streets— less than two years after its fleet of Routemaster London busses suffered from battery failure.

Wrightbus is making the new StreetAir EV busses using batteries from French battery systems firm Forsee Power.

The 10.6 meter long single-decker busses will be powered by a 300kWh battery capable of driving up to 200 miles in a single charge. The busses will be demonstrated in London and Liverpool.

The last time Wrightbus was spoken about in the BEST office it was because more than half of the 500 Routemaster busses had major problems with their batteries.

Wrightbus refuses to reveal the name of the firm that supplied batteries for the Routemaster busses, although it was at pains to point out Forsee had nothing to do with the project.

Forsee Power has, however, been a battery supplier to Wrightbus since 2013 when it provided batteries for eight single deck induction power transfer busses.

“Our collaboration with this manufacturer encompasses the whole product range our company has developed for transport applications,” said Sébastien Rembauville-Nicolle, Forsee Power Transport & Storage Division Manager.

“Our products allow us to satisfy all of the requirements in the Wrightbus Specification, and our three product ranges Pulse, Flex, Zen are or will soon be one of the battery offerings on the Wrightbus product range.”

The Pulse range allows fast charging (3-5 mins at the station, 15-25 times per day); a 150kwh Flex battery system, a battery can clock up over 200 miles a day; the Zen range provides 300-500 kWh with less weight.

Back in March Forsee announced a new facility in Zhongshan, in the Chinese region of Canton, which bosted an assembly capacity of more than 100,000 scooter and 1,000 electric bus batteries.

The €1.5 million investment included plans to reach 300 MWh— the equivalent of 1,000 electric buses— by 2017.

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Rising European ESS and EV market drives UK lithium-ion deal

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 11:29 -- Xuan Zhong

UK energy storage system manufacturer Hyperdrive Innovation has become the first firm to secure a supply of lithium-ion cells and modules from Japanese vehicle OEM Nissan.

The deal with fellow Sunderland-based firm Nissan will allow the firm to launch a scalable 48V/66Ah, 3.5kWh ESS and use the cells in bespoke battery packs for electric motive applications.

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UK lithium-ion firm Nexeon steps into Asian market

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 09:30 -- Xuan Zhong

UK lithium-ion battery materials company Nexeon has opened an office and development laboratory in Hakusan High-Tech Park, Japan.

Nexeon Japan K.K. has opened the office on the Hakusan High-Tech Park in Yokohama to have greater access to Nexeon’s ‘key target markets’ in the electronics and automotive sectors.

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UK firm’s lithium-sulfur cell doubles average lithium-ion equivalent

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 10:12 -- Paul Crompton

UK lithium-sulfur firm Oxis Energy has reported its development cell has reached double the specific capacity of an average lithium-ion battery.

Internal tests show the cell reaches 400Wh/kg following three years of work by OXIS scientific team's work on increasing gravimetric energy density of its new ultra-light cell chemistry.

The development was made through a high capacity cathode active material coupled with a newly developed electrolyte formation.

The company’s cells had previously achieved 325Wh/kg in 2015 through its developments on the Innovate UK funded REVB project.

However, it could be two years before these new cells are market ready or being used at an industrial level.

An Oxis spokesman told BEST: “The testing and validation stage for any new battery product entering the market is a lengthy process as the performance and safety must be assessed to international standards by an approval third party testing organization.”

OXIS advanced the energy density through the creation of new lithium-sulfur material formulations, which it integrated along with improving the cell design and production processes.

This was due to a Joint Development Agreement with French chemical corporations company Arkema material, which was present in the iteration of cell design.

A company spokesman said: “The cells are being tested internally at the moment, but will be produced for our partners in the automotive, space and defence sectors in the coming months once internal validation has been completed.

“The collaboration focused on maximising the gravimetric energy through the use of a new high capacity cathode active material coupled with a newly developed electrolyte formation.”

Huw Hampson-Jones, CEO of OXIS said: "Cells are already being deployed for testing for vehicle demonstration and development. Subject to continuing scientific progress, the significance of 400Wh-kg means that the ability to eliminate distance anxiety for consumers will become a reality as well as the eventual replacement of fossilized fuel vehicles."

 

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