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EU helps fund UK’s first battery flywheel system

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:27 -- Xuan Zhong
EU helps fund UK’s first battery flywheel system

Despite the UK’s Brexit decision, the European Union is helping to fund the UK’s first battery flywheel system.

The EU is contributing €2.9 ($3.2) million towards the €4 (£4.5) million project from its Horizon 2020 programme, which aims to take “great ideas from the lab to the market”.

 

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UK project ‘proves’ BYD model works

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 10:20 -- Xuan Zhong
UK project ‘proves’ BYD model works

A year on from signing a contract for a 60MWh project in the UK, China’s technology giant BYD has released the results from the solar-plus-storage system.

The results show the system operated smoothly, responding quickly to the grid’s demand and matching over 99% of aggregate demand with five to six cycles every day.

 

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Digatron in plan to boost UK battery business

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 11:27 -- Xuan Zhong
Digatron in plan to boost UK battery business

Up to 10,000 new jobs could be created in the UK city of Coventry if the go-ahead is given to create a national centre to develop batteries for the electric vehicles of the future, UK auto experts said last week.

The ambitious scheme to create a British national centre for battery technology for the next generation of self-driving, connected and electric vehicles forms part of a wider aim to see Coventry become a motor city for the 21st century.

 

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Breakthrough award for Aqua Metals

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Breakthrough award for Aqua Metals

Aqua Metals, the US startup that aims to commercialise an aqueous means for recycling lead-acid batteries, has won the Breakthrough Solution of the Year category at the fifth Platts Global Metals Awards in London.

It’s the second year running that London-based energy firm S&P Global Platts has recognised Aqua Metals for its AquaRefining technology. Dr Stephen Clarke, chairman and CEO of Aqua Metals, said this “delivers credibility to the significant progress we’ve made in bringing AquaRefining to commercialisation”.

 

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UK wind farm to use BMW batteries

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 09:28 -- Xuan Zhong
UK wind farm to use BMW batteries

A storage plant featuring BMW car batteries is to be built at Swedish utility firm Vattenfall’s largest land-based wind farm, in Pen y Cymoedd, South Wales, UK.

The site’s 76 wind power turbines are now running at full capacity and it is expected they will generate about 700 GWh annually – enough to provide electricity to about 188,000 homes.

 

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Italy’s Enel buys UK project

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:22 -- Xuan Zhong
Italy’s Enel buys UK project

Italian electricity utility Enel has purchased a 25MW stand-alone battery storage project in Newcastle, UK, by acquiring shares in Tynemouth Energy Storage Limited (TESL) from Element Power, a London-headquartered energy company.

RES, a UK-based renewable energy developer, will construct and deliver the lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS), named RESolve, and operate it from its 24-hour control centre in Glasgow.

 
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New man at TBS

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:50 -- Xuan Zhong
New man at TBS

Steve Sharpe has joined TBS, a UK-based battery machines maker, as technical director. He was previously group technical director at Froude, manufacturer of test equipment for the automotive, gas turbine and shipbuilding industries. 

 

Steve is responsible for all engineering design and development, where he will be using his 35 years of engineering expertise to develop and evolve TBS’ fully automatic high speed assembly equipment. Steve replaces Chris Barge, who TBS said had left after 24 years with the firm.

 

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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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