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Lead-acid firm Enersys hedges its bets with targeting of LIB markets

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 14:03 -- John Shepherd
David Shaffer Lead-acid firm Enersys hedges its bets with targeting of LIB markets

US-based lead-acid battery maker Enersys plans to target the defence and aerospace sectors as it pushes deeper into the lithium-ion battery storage market, the company’s CEO has said.

David Shaffer said Enersys had “added some talent in the aerospace and defence sector specifically to go after some of the thermal battery business, and that's primarily lithium”

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ESS capacity reaches 2GWh as YoY deployment in the US almost doubles

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 15:00 -- Paul Crompton
ESS capacity reaches 2GWh as YoY deployment in the US almost doubles

Deployment of energy storage has reached a cumulative capacity of almost 2GWh in the US, according to the latest report by the non-profit power organisation Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).

The organisation’s 2019 Utility Energy Storage Market Snapshot found a total of 760MWh of energy storage was deployed in the US energy storage market last year, a 45% increase over 2017.

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EU-US firms ink deal for 100MWh Slovakia battery plant

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 12:33 -- Paul Crompton
EU-US firms ink deal for 100MWh Slovakia battery plant

European battery maker InoBat and US materials firm Wildcat Discovery Technologies have signed a deal that paves the way for a 100MWh battery production line to be built in Slovakia.

Construction on the €100 million (US$111m) plant in the Danube Valley is expected to begin in the first half of next year, with the first batteries ready for distribution around 18 months later.

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US seeks experts for new LIB transportation safety body

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 13:59 -- John Shepherd
US seeks experts for new LIB transportation safety body

The US has issued a call for experts to join a new committee being set up to advise the federal government on lithium-ion battery transportation safety.

Transportation secretary Elaine Chao (pictured) said the government is looking to recruit “experts from diverse technical and transportation backgrounds to evaluate safety improvements”.

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Lawmakers push for US battery materials security

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 15:12 -- John Shepherd
Lawmakers push for US battery materials security

US lawmakers are backing draft legislation aimed at cutting the country’s “damaging” dependence on imports of materials, including those “critical”  to expanding battery storage and electric vehicle (EV) technology.

A bipartisan group of senators say the American Mineral Security Act is needed to help reduce reliance on countries such as China. 

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‘US needs more investment in batteries’— former energy chief

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Ernest Moniz

Batteries should be included on a “breakthrough technology shortlist” in preparation for a much-needed overhaul of US energy policy, according to an expert report.

Increased federal funding and private investment is needed to support an expansion of battery storage and other technologies “deemed to have very high breakthrough potential”— such as hydrogen, ‘smart grids’ and advanced nuclear, the ‘Advancing the Landscape of Clean Energy Innovation’ report said.

The US is also recommended to establish an “impartial entity to closely monitor” supplies of lithium, cobalt, graphite and other critical materials, which are “becoming strategic resources for enabling a clean energy future”.

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Green light for Nevada utility’s battery storage projects

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
NV Energy logo

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) has given approval for six NV Energy projects in the state— collectively the “largest clean energy investment in Nevada History”— as the utility moves towards its long-term commitment to providing 100% of its energy through renewables.

Three of the projects will be located in northern Nevada, three in the south. The projects represent a direct investment to Nevada of more than US$2 billion, and will bring an aggregate 1,001 megawatts of solar photovoltaic generation to the state.

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Monbat signs bipolar tech licensing deal with ABC

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Ed Shaffer

Bulgarian lead-acid battery manufacturer Monbat has signed a licensing rights agreement with US bipolar battery tech company Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC).

Monbat has acquired rights to the “full suite” of GreenSeal bipolar led battery technologies, ABC said.

CEO and chairman of Monbat Atanas Bobokov said his company had “seen the competitive advantages GreenSeal offers lead battery manufacturers… and envisaged many potential applications” for the technology.

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US consortium funds work on lithium-ion recycling

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

The US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has announced US$1.08 million in funding to spur development of lithium-ion battery recycling in Massachusetts.

USABC, a collaborative organisation of American car manufacturers, General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is backing the second phase of the lithium recycling contract by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

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Enersys powers into telecoms with Alpha Technologies deal

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
David Shaffer

Lead-acid battery maker Enersys is to acquire the US-based Alpha Technologies in a US$750 million deal to create “the only complete power solution provider for broadband, telecom and energy storage systems”.

Enersys said it had entered into an agreement to acquire all issued and outstanding shares and certain assets of select entities belonging to the Alpha Technologies group of companies.

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