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Pivotal buys bi-polar technology with goal of making cheaper lead-acid batteries

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 15:30 -- Paul Crompton

US battery firm Pivotal Battery has bought proprietary bipolar plate technology from Integral Technologies as it looks to develop cheaper and lighter lead-acid batteries.

The firm has completed the acquisition of two bipolar plate pending patents and all of Integral’s prototypes, trade secrets, and know-how related to the bipolar plate technology.

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Pacific Corp unveil plans to replace coal plants with 2.8GW of battery storage

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 14:22 -- Paul Crompton

US power company PacifiCorp has released plans to deploy 2,800MW of battery storage to cope with increases in its renewable energy penetration as it looks to close 20 coal power stations by 2038

Nearly 600MW of battery storage will be deployed by 2025 with the remaining capacity set to be installed by 2038 as the Oregon firm plans to close all but four of its coal-fired power station. 

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Liquid metal firm signs JDA with lithium-ion battery maker NEC Energy Solutions

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 10:12 -- Paul Crompton
Liquid metal firm sign JDA with lithium-ion battery maker NEC Energy Solutions

Lithium-ion battery maker NEC Energy Solutions (NEC) will design and develop an energy storage system based on liquid metal technology after signing a joint development agreement with US firm Ambri.

NEC will combine its AEROS® operating platform to optimise system performance of Ambri’s batteries in ESS applications including utility, independent power producers (IPPs) and project developers.

 

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Solar firm moves into ESS market as incentives and market grows 232% QoQ

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 14:50 -- Paul Crompton

US solar firm Nexamp is joining the battery energy storage system industry with deployment of 51MW of capacity across six sites in New York and Massachusetts.

It is the first time the company has deployed energy storage projects after it was awarded 40% of the capacity in the first block of the NY-Sun program— a component of the state’s Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’. 

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Fire association launches ESS fire safety standards in the US

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 14:54 -- Paul Crompton
Fire association launch ESS fire safety standards in the US

The National Fire Protection Association in the US has published its first comprehensive collection of safety standards for energy storage system (ESS) deployment. 

The Massachusetts’-based organisation released NFPA 855, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems on 11 September.

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Microporous’ C-level recruit to navigate growth in lead battery separator market

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 14:08 -- Paul Crompton
Brad Reed

US firm Microporous has hired Brad Reed as director of corporate development to oversee growth in new products and markets for its lead-acid battery separators.

Reed has experience with microporous membranes, including executive vice president and general manager of lithium-ion battery separators firm Celgard, a subsidiary of Polypore International.

In his new role, Reed will be accountable for identifying, developing and coordinating, new markets, new applications, possibly new products, M&A opportunities or joint venture growth opportunities for Microporous.  

A company spokesman told BEST Battery Briefing: “The role is focused on the development and implementation of strategic growth initiatives and projects critical to corporate success.”

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Kore Power promises 5,000 lithium-ion cells per day at China gigafactory

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 09:46 -- Paul Crompton
Kore Power promises 5,000 lithium-ion cells per day at gigafactory

US energy storage company Kore Power says it will have a 6GWh annual production capacity of its lithium battery energy storage systems (ESS) by the end of next year.

The Idaho-headquartered company aims to produce 5,000 of its nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) cells (or 10 of its Mark 1 ESS) a day next year.

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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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