US-based Solect Energy, Massachusetts’ leading commercial-scale developer of solar energy systems with over 400 installed projects has announced it is launching an energy storage division.
The company has signed an agreement with NEC Energy Solutions, to sell NEC’s DSS (Distributed Storage Solution) product line for commercial customers.
The EU’s energy chief has called for the creation of a Europe-wide consortium to support the battery industry— to prevent the EU “falling behind” in the race with China and other nations to power electric vehicles (EVs).
Maroš Šefčovič (pictured), the European Commission vice-president responsible for the ‘EU energy union’, said the bloc should invest in an “Airbus for batteries”— a consortium that he said could do for batteries what the European multinational does for the aircraft industry.
US-based lithium-battery firm A123 Systems has announced a leadership change with the appointment of Peter Cirino (pictured) as CEO.
Cirino, who has run A123’s Europe operations since 2016, succeeds Jason Forcier.
US utility Duke Energy has announced proposals to invest a total of $6 billion in a package of “smarter energy” infrastructure projects including battery storage in Florida— after cancelling plans to build two nuclear plants.
Duke said its proposals, filed with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC), include a four-year plan to invest in a pilot 50MW battery storage scheme project, smart meters, grid modernisation and the installation of “more than 500” electric vehicle charging stations.