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SOLARWATT announces move into UK solar storage market

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:38 -- Paul Crompton
SOLARWATT announces move into UK solar storage market

German solar energy firm Solarwatt is revving up to unleash its ‘MyReserve’ lithium-ion energy storage system onto the UK residential market.

The move has come on the back of rising energy prices in the UK, says Solarwatt international sales manager Pol Spronck

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Sodium-ion firms get cash boost to bring technology to market

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 15:44 -- Paul Crompton
Sodium-ion firms get cash boost to bring technology to market

A UK based project to develop sodium-ion batteries for the next generation of electric vehicles has received a £38.2million grant.

The scheme to develop the technology to meet vehicle manufacturer specifications is part of Innovate UK’s initiative to make the UK a global leader in emissions-cutting technology.

English firm Faradion and Scottish based AGM Batteries were awarded the funding to deliver a working prototype of its technology for electric vehicles (EVs) by 2018.

Due to sodium salts abundance sodium-ion batteries could one day be 30% cheaper than conventional lithium-ion cells, which in turn will reduce the cost of EVs.

The partnership aims to bring sodium-ion batteries to the EV market as early as 2025.

The two firms will modify existing sodium-ion technology to make it usable in EVs, including the adaptation of active materials at the cathode and anode to meet OEM specifications.

“This project will help the automotive industry to develop a more stable, sustainable and cost-effective solution to electric vehicle power than is currently available,” said Faradion CEO Francis Massin.

Earlier this year BBB reported how Faradion had partnered with AGM Batteries to scale up production of the technology at its 4,000 square metre production facility in Caithness, Scotland. 

Innovate has also awarded AGM £700,000 to develop the technology and produce first prototypes while Faradion received Innovate UK funding to develop the technology for solar energy storage in conjunction with Moixa Technology and WMG, University of Warwick.

 

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UK gets first MW grid-scale lithium-ion energy storage system

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 15:52 -- Paul Crompton
UK gets first MW grid-scale lithium-ion energy storage system

Great Britain is to test its first battery system to provide grid-frequency after a partnership between energy utility firm National Grid and UK based Renewable Energy Systems (RES).

The 20MW battery storage system will provide a dynamic frequency response service with a second of a deviation, either higher or lower than 50Hz, being detected. 

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UK firm to open laboratory in Japan to develop silicon materials for next generation lithium-ion anodes

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:11 -- Paul Crompton
UK firm to open laboratory in Japan to develop silicon materials for next generation lithium-ion anodes

UK technology business Nexeon has completed a £30 million ($43.5million) funding round as it looks to commercialise its silicon materials for lithium-ion markets.

The completion allows Nexeon to move forward with plans for developing its silicon materials for next generation lithium-ion batteries.

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UK graphene start-up embraces modernity with e-commerce shop

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 11:24 -- Paul Crompton
UK graphene start-up embraces modernity with e-commerce shop

UK start-up FGV Cambridge Nanosystems has launched an on-line eCommerce store for the sales of its CamGraph® Graphene Powder.

The company, born out of the University of Cambridge, launched the site just a year after opening a graphene production plant in Cambridge UK, which has an annual output of five tonnes.

The firm’s graphene powder nanoplatelets are very thin and slightly crumpled, and are being marketed as a nanofiller.

The company produces the graphene using a one-step scalable production method, which uses greenhouse gases, such as methane and carbon dioxide.

FGV Cambridge Nanosystems ieCommerce store can be accessed at www.cambridgenanosystems.com/shop.

FGV and Cambridge Nanosystems is currently planning to build another plant in Malaysia to supply the Asian market.

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UK grant signals sea-change in attitude toward next-generation lithium battery technology

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:47 -- Paul Crompton
UK grant signals sea-change in attitude toward next-generation lithium battery technology

It may be a few years behind the rest of the world but the UK is at least trying to make up for lost time with a series of funding rounds aimed at developing the nation’s battery credentials.

The latest series of funding enables a team of chemistry, engineering and materials groups to develop next-generation lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

 
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Giant UK battery launched to tackle challenges in energy storage

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 13:23 -- Paul Crompton
Giant UK battery launched to tackle challenges in energy storage

A project to connect a lithium titanate battery to the grid proves the UK is gradually catching up with the rest of the world when it comes to adopting energy storage to balance grid frequency at the utility scale.

Research at the facility, the first to use a lithium titanate battery, which is made up of 21,120 cells supplied by Toshiba, will be led by the University of Sheffield (UoS).

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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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