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Ameresco provides energy reinforcements at military base in Texas

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Chapel at JBSA

US-based energy infrastructure company Ameresco is to deploy battery storage as part of an “energy resilient project” for the US Department of Defense.

Under the US$133.5 million contract with the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Ameresco will install a microgrid to integrate 4 megawatts/8 megawatt-hours of battery energy storage with 20MW of onsite solar and 4MW of gas-fired backup generation at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA), Texas.

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LithiumOre bets on metal extraction in Nevada

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

LithiumOre is to form a new division to develop a method of extracting battery-grade lithium from brine.

The division will extract battery metals from LithiumOre’s 26,000-acre Nevada land holdings, as well as marketing its extraction technology to other mining companies.

The Nevada-based exploration and development company said current extraction technology— involving a series of evaporation ponds— can take up to two years to complete and requires a huge amount of water, meaning the process is no longer permissible within the US.

LithiumOre CEO Doug Cole said the new division “simultaneously creates a technology side to our business with an entirely new revenue stream independent of our mining operations and realises our goal of becoming a fully integrated lithium mining and production company”.

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World Bank unveils battery storage finance ‘game-changer’

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
World Bank battery initiative image

The World Bank Group has launched a US$1 billion plan to “accelerate investments” in battery storage for energy systems in developing and middle-income countries.

The ‘Accelerating Battery Storage for Development’ initiative, unveiled at the One Planet Summit in the US, aims to finance 17.5 gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery storage by 2025— more than triple the 4-5GWh said to be currently installed in all developing countries.

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Snohomish PUD takes new approach to energy storage

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 16:03 -- paul Crompton
Snohomish PUD and MESA's new approach to energy storage

A Washington-based utilities project using lithium-ion batteries has been unveiled in North America by Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD).

It is the first battery storage system built using the Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) – a non-proprietary set of specifications and standards developed by a consortium of electric utilities and technology suppliers.

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Batteries give US Navy electric punch

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:46 -- Laura Varriale
K2 Energy secured an $81.4m order from the US Navy

Developer and manufacturer of lithium-iron phosphate battery technology K2 Energy has secured an $81.4m order for an intermediate battery storage system for an US Navy rail gun project.

The lithium-iron phosphate battery is aimed to power the large modular capacitor bank of the electromagnetic rail gun.

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Sister companies against Oncor’s Texas storage plan

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 15:00 -- Laura Varriale
Oncor plans battery storage across Texas

Power firm Oncor Electric Delivery’s (Oncor) sister companies Luminant and TXU Energy have voiced disapproval of a proposed battery storage project across Texas, US.

Earlier this month, Oncor made a proposal to install 5GW of battery capacity across Texas at a cost of $5.2 billion. The Dallas-based company aims to improve its network of power lines with the project to manage supply and demand more efficiently.

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International Battery Seminar launches battery innovation award

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 12:19 -- Laura Varriale
International Battery Seminar

The industry event International Battery Seminar & Exhibit is to give a "Battery Innovator Award” for the first time at its next event in March 2015.

The organisers have now opened submissions for applied battery technology at chemistry or product level. The prize of $2,500 will be presented at the 32nd International Battery Seminar & Exhibit in Fort Lauderdale US, taking place from March 9 to 12 2015.

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Fuel cell company WATT moves operations to Pennsylvania

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:49 -- Laura Varriale
WATT Fuel Cell

New York fuel cell developer WATT Fuel Cell (WATT) is to move its manufacturing operations to Mount Pleasant Township, Pennsylvania, US.

The maker of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) components acquired 39,000 sq. ft. space in April when it bought solid oxide fuel cell developer Pittsburgh Electric Engines. According to WATT, implementing the company’s manufacturing techniques with the Pittsburgh Electric Engines' technology could reduce manufacturing costs by as much as 75%.

The $2.3 million project is expected to add 33 jobs over the next three years.

WATT’s fuel cells operate on natural gas, diesel, propane and renewable fuels. They are designed to provide portable power and can be used as emergency backup power for municipalities, battery charging for recreational vehicles and offshore marine power, and remote sensor power.

WATT recently received a 20-month, $2.1m contract from the US Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center to design and build a commercial-grade additive manufacturing line, an increase the production capacity for tubular cell components for SOFC systems.

“This U.S. Department of Defense program is a significant milestone for WATT and we are excited to see the last four years of advances in our technology come together in a system for the military market. We will be delivering a complete and operable alpha system,” said Paul DeWald, vice president of engineering at WATT.

Flow-Rite to expand Byron Center plant

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:27 -- Laura Varriale
(left to right) Todd Hart, executive vice president; Robert Burnetter, chief executive officer

Battery watering supplier Flow-Rite Controls is to add an engineering centre to its facility in Byron Center, Michigan, US.

The 7,500 sq. ft. facility will house a research laboratory with high-speed assembly equipment and new injection molds. According to Flow-Rite Controls, the expansion will create 64 jobs over the next three years.

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Beacon Power output to double

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:17 -- Laura Varriale
Beacon Power flywheel plant

Energy storage company Beacon Power has estimated that it will build 40MW of energy storage systems by the end of 2015.

Beacon Power CEO Barry Britt said in a Bloomberg interview that the demand for flywheel storage will double over the next years due to the increase of renewable power plants that raise the need for grid stabilising.

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