Each microgrid will comprise 5-7kW of rooftop solar generation and 7-10kWh of lithium-ion battery storage.
KULR Technology will supply French battery maker Saft with innovative ‘internal short circuit’ (ISC) battery-testing devices to aid ongoing research into safety and the prevention of battery fires.
The ISCs, which replicate latent defects in batteries that can be some of the most common, serious, and hardest cell failures to detect, will be delivered early in the second quarter of 2019.
Lithium batteries pose risks for air cargo safety because of “rogue shippers” and a failure to enforce regulations, the head of the trade body for the world’s airlines has warned.
Alexandre de Juniac (right), director-general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), said the batteries “can be shipped safely if properly labelled and packaged”.
But de Juniac said: “With respect to the safety of air cargo, transport of lithium batteries is the most topical issue.”
The US arm of France’s transnational Veolia group is to operate and manage the Nevada facility of US lead-acid battery recycling company Aqua Metals.
Aqua Metals said Boston-based Veolia North America Regeneration Services would provide operations, maintenance and management services at the AquaRefining plant in McCarran under a partnership agreement.
Veolia “will contribute operational and technological expertise and organisational capabilities in aqueous-based process chemistries and electrolysis, along with taking on responsibility for operations, supply chain, off take and management of the plant”, Aqua Metals said.
Toshiba is to spin-off its SCiB rechargeable battery business to make it an independent business unit within the Japanese corporation.
The decision will see SCiB (Super Charge ion Batteries) transferred from Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation (TISS)— a wholly owned Toshiba subsidiary— from 1 April 2019.