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UK sees decline in proportion of lead-acid batteries recycled

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 13:20 -- Paul Crompton
UK sees decline in proportion of lead-acid batteries recycled

Predictions that the number of lead-acid batteries recycled would decline in the run-up to classification changes appear to have come true.

The changes, brought in by the UK’s Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), came into effect in January 2016.

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Europe’s biggest battery innovation centre opens to develop emerging chemistries

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:25 -- Paul Crompton
Europe’s biggest battery innovation centre opens to develop emerging chemistries

Amid a plethora of grants and developments boosting the UK’s battery industry this year, England has now been chosen as the home of Europe’s largest battery innovation centre.

The £50m Energy Innovation Centre at the University of Warwick (Warwick Manufacturing Group) opened this month to provide development space for new battery chemistries from concept to market ready technology.

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Consortium given cash to upgrade UK battery sector

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 12:51 -- Paul Crompton
Consortium given cash to upgrade UK battery sector

A Scotland-based lithium cell maker has joined a consortium of firms that aims to become the centre for next generation battery packs in the UK that will be developed ‘from powder to power’.

AGM Batteries, based in Thurso, makes advanced chargeable and non-rechargeable lithium-ion cells.

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UK gets first sodium-ion ESS installed

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 13:07 -- Paul Crompton
UK gets first sodium-ion ESS installed

A small-scale renewable energy sodium-ion battery has been installed for the first time on UK shores by English energy storage firm Wattstor.

Wattstor, who specialise in the design and supply of energy storage systems, was asked to put together a bespoke stationary energy storage system for the 25kWh battery, which was manufactured by US Company Aquion.

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Powerstar scoops two prestigious international awards

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 15:10 -- Paul Crompton
Powerstar scoops two prestigious international awards

UK-based firm Powerstar has won two prestigious international innovation awards for its energy storage system.

The company scooped the ‘Overall Winner’ and ‘Grid & Renewable Integration’ categories for its Powerstar Virtue ESS during European Utility Week.

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Enersys partnership to supply industrial Pb-A batteries

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:16 -- Paul Crompton
Enersys partnership to supply industrial Pb-A batteries

Lead-acid battery manufacturer Enersys has partnered with a lift truck manufacturer to complete a UK deal.

The Swiss firm is supplying its Hawker® Motive Power branded batteries, which will be used alongside Crown’s wireless fleet management solution.

 

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UK EV motorists use 13,000kWh a day

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 15:15 -- Laura Varriale
UK EV motorists use 13,000kWh a day

UK electric vehicle (EV) motorists used around 9.5m kWh of electricity as they plugged into public and commercial charging points an average of 1,370 times a day in just two years.

Since September 2012 EV motorists have used the many charging points dotted across the country 1,000,000 times, according to figures released by charge provider Chargemaster.

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Valence secures lithium battery order for UK electric buses

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:07 -- Laura Varriale
Optare electric buses

UK-based bus manufacturer Optare has selected US battery maker Valence Technology’s (Valence) lithium batteries for the integration in electric buses.

Optare will install the lithium iron phosphate battery units in 45 buses for bus services in Nottingham, UK. The U-Charge battery series comes in standard Battery Council International sizes.

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UK Power Networks assigns SmartestEnergy for Leighton Buzzard project

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 16:49 -- Laura Varriale
Smarter Network Storage

UK Power Networks (UKPN) has contracted independent supplier SmartestEnergy for its energy storage project in Leighton Buzzard, UK.

SmartestEnergy will take over commercial control of the Smarter Network Storage (SNS) project and explore shared services with UKPN.

“Working with UK Power Networks will give us invaluable experience in the operation of storage technology, which will be key to managing intermittency as renewable generation increasingly contributes to meeting UK energy demand in the future,” said Robert Groves, Chief Executive Officer at SmartestEnergy.

The project near London will provide frequency regulation as well as load shifting using a 6MW lithium-ion battery to regulate the electricity distribution network.

UKPN also awarded demand response management firm Kiwi Power to manage the interface with National Grid to provide ancillary services that help support the stability of the electricity system nationwide.

“Although not as tangible as the storage facility itself, the development of these commercial arrangements represent a really important development for the project and will help provide a model for the future operation of storage,” said Nick Heyward, UKPN project director for SNS.

The SNS project was awarded funding of £13.2m from the Low Carbon Networks Fund. A two-year-trial is set to start by the end of this year.

 

GKN and bus manufacturer ADL partner for flywheels

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:15 -- Laura Varriale
ADL bus

Energy storage company GKN Hybrid Power (GKN) and bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) are to collaborate on the integration of flywheels in hybrid buses.

Initially, ADL will fit 250 flywheels from GKN in the company’s hybrid bus fleet. The partnership of the two UK-based firms is also aimed to enter international markets together.

The Gyrodrive electric flywheel hybrid system uses a magnetically loaded high-speed carbon-fibre flywheel to store the energy generated by a bus as it slows down to stop and then uses the stored energy to power a GKN EVO electric motor.

The Gyrodrive system is designed to last for the life of the bus eliminating the need for battery changes while offering lower whole-life costs than other hybrid alternatives, according to GKN.

ADL will introduce the low emission technology to bus fleets in London and Oxford, but anticipates rapid deployment across the UK in the next few years.

“This alliance with GKN introduces a new dynamic to the market place, courtesy of a lower cost solution that provides significant fuel and greenhouse gas reductions, coupled with reliability and durability,” said Colin Robertson, CEO of ADL.

Earlier this year, GKN aquired Williams Hybrid Power from Williams Grand Prix Engineering and formed GKN Hybrid Power.

 

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