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Younicos announces change of man at the helm

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 11:42 -- Paul Crompton
Younicos announces change of man at the helm

German energy storage firm Younicos has made changes to its leadership in a bid to ‘accelerate market delivery and growth’.

Stephen L. Prince takes over from James McDougall as President and CEO, and is tasked with focusing on ‘delivery of customer solutions’.

“Younicos will further focus the organisation around delivery of energy services and solutions, leveraging our technology and expertise,” said a company statement.”

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Younicos founder believes Germany’s renewable energy goals will fail without storage

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:53 -- Paul Crompton
Younicos founder believes Germany’s renewable energy goals will fail without storage

Younicos co-founder Clemens Triebel is urging policymakers to take storage systems more seriously if Germany is to reach its 80% renewable energy target. 

The success of expanding the use of renewable solar and wind energy depends on matching it with sufficient storage capacity from the start, he said.

Germany’s current energy policy aim stipulates that 80% of electricity consumption must be covered by renewable energies by 2050.

Triebel, believes this cannot work without storage, and is calling on energy policymakers to take the goals they set themselves seriously and get the energy system into a state, in which it is able to handle large amounts of renewable energy in  the future.

Triebel says the current German system is still discriminating against energy storage in favour of conventional power plants.

According to Triebel the energy transition is being unnecessarily slowed down and made more expensive by clinging to an outdated way of thinking: “We still produce power according to a 19th century paradigm which holds that energy is best produced by large generators that rotate constantly.

“If we contiue to cling to this notion, the grid will continue to be taken up by coal, gas and nuclear energy blocking space for solar and wind energy more and more frequently.”

“The necessary storage capacities will not just appear overnight. We have to start developing them today. Parallel to this, we have to drive the development of new storage technologies forward in order to be equipped for the huge amounts of renewable energy that will be generated in future.”

The Younicos Chief Visionary Officer will explain this thesis in greater depth in his keynote at the trade fair and conference, Energy Storage Europe in Düsseldorf from 15 to 17 March.

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German funding to cut redox flow battery costs

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 14:32 -- Paul Crompton
German funding to cut redox flow battery costs

A cash boost from the German government will allow a multi-agency joint R&D project to develop better and cheaper bi-polar plates for redox flow batteries.

The country’s Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has provided €3.9 million funding for the “extruded plate” project,

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Hoppecke Batteries appoints new UK MD as part of business restructure

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 13:26 -- Paul Crompton
Hoppecke Batteries appoints new UK MD as part of business restructure

Hoppecke Industrial Batteries has appointed Jason Howlett as its new managing director for its UK arm.

The German battery maker headhunted Howlett from a high-tech manufacturer and global supplier of security screening and border control equipment.

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Sonnenbatterie launches Powerwall rival weeks after hiring Tesla staff

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 14:44 -- Paul Crompton
Sonnenbatterie launches Powerwall rival weeks after hiring Tesla staff

German ESS company Sonnenbatterie has announced the launch of a battery-backed solar power storage system to rival Tesla’s Powerwall.

Sonnenbatterie’s lithium-ion solar power storage system, ‘SonnenCommunity’, connects households with battery-backed solar panels to store and use power on demand.

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Utility and tech vets on board at Younicos

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 12:44 -- Paul Crompton
Utility and tech vets on board at Younicos

German-based technology company Younicos has added two new faces to its team to help develop the company’s energy storage systems.

Mats Fagerlund will head the supervisory board at Younicos, and King R. Lee will become Independent Director.

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Bosch Li-ion buy-out paves way for entry into EV and ESS market

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 10:16 -- Paul Crompton
Bosch Li-ion buy-out paves way for entry into EV and ESS market

A Silicon Valley lithium polymer battery start-up has been snapped up by the German industrial conglomerate Bosch.

Founded in 2007, the California, US, based company Seeo uses a nanostructured polymer electrolyte to manufacture their range of lithium-ion solid-state Drylyte™ batteries.

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Breakthrough could be milestone in ESS market

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 09:55 -- Paul Crompton
Breakthrough could be milestone in ESS market

A German firm is preparing to launch the world’s first lithium-iron-phosphate energy storage system that can be connected in parallel.

The breakthrough by ASD Automatic Storage Device allows faulty cells – regardless of other cells capacity, internal resistance and health - to be replaced rather than changing the whole system.

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Sonnebatterie to open U.S.based R&D centre

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 14:21 -- Paul Crompton
Sonnebatterie to open U.S.based R&D centre

German lithium energy storage systems company Sonnenbatterie is set to open a research and development facility in the U.S.

The 5,000 sq. ft. space in Atlanta, Georgia, will house up to 15 engineers tasked with expanding the company’s next generation of smart energy storage devices for homes and businesses.

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European firms in Li-ion home storage partnership

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:23 -- Paul Crompton
European firms in Li-ion home storage partnership

French battery manufacturer Saft showcased the latest addition to its lithium-ion home storage portfolio in partnership with German inverter manufacturer KACO at the ees exhibition in Munich.

The new Intensium Home 10M 240V cabinet system consists of five lithium-ion modules and boasts a 10 kW rated capability and a 10kWh storage capacity, suitable for both home and commercial installation.

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