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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.