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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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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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