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All the news and views from the world of energy storage and associated industries.

Turning point for US storage deployment as nations largest ESS connects to California ISO grid

The US’ largest battery storage resource to date was connected to the California Independent System Operator’s (ISO) grid in June— with the 62.5MW lithium-ion system supplying more than a quarter of the area’s battery capacity.


Varta receives funding to transfer lithium-ion battery tech to large-scale formats

Consumer cell maker Varta has received up to €300 million ($341 million) funding to help transfer its technology to larger format batteries for use in energy storage and mobility applications.

New cathode coating extends lithium-ion battery life and boosts safety

A three-year project by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has made a breakthrough in improving lithium-ion batteries.


German researchers to develop realistic test procedures to make safer lithium-ion batteries

German public research university The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is working to develop standards that provide more security and flexibility when designing lithium-ion batteries.


Eos Energy Storage to deploy zinc battery in microgrid applications in Africa

Eos Energy Storage is set to deploy its Aurora EnergyBlock™ zinc battery energy storage system (BESS) into rural microgrid development in Nigeria.


Lead battery maker Exide Technologies receives ‘Stalking Horse’ bid for Americas business from US recycling firm

Troubled US lead-acid battery maker Exide Technologies has entered into an agreement to sell its Americas business operations to EX Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of secondary lead producer Quexco Incorporated.


SAIC-GM-Wuling builds ESS using retired EV batteries

SAIC-GM-Wulin— the joint venture between US firm GM Motors and China’s SAIC Motor Corporation— has created a 1MWh storage facility using second-life lithium-ion electric vehicle battery packs.


BEST formation procedures help lead-acid battery manufacturers make six figure savings to bottom line

Results from battery testing services by BESTmag and its partners Digatron and UK Powertech are helping lead-acid battery factories save hundreds of thousands of dollars per annum.


Japan utility aims to slash ESS cost by repurposing used EV battery lithium-ion packs

Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings (Tepco) is set to launch a storage business using used electric vehicle (EV) batteries from China, just weeks after establishing its wholly owned subsidiary Tepco Ventures to enter new business ventures.


Audi to cooperate with German utility to build grid-scale ESS using used lithium-ion battery packs

A project to repurpose used electric vehicle battery packs into energy storage systems is being developed by German vehicle OEM Audi and utility EnBW.