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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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Colourful launch for Varta Storage's Li-ion systems

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:11 -- paul Crompton
Colourful launch for Varta Storage's Li-ion systems

Bavarian Varta Storage has taken the opportunity to unveil its latest lithium-ion storage system, as well as exhibit its entire storage portfolio at this year’s Intersolar Europe.

The company presented two new systems as part of its home storage offering: the ‘engion element 3’has a nominal battery capacity of 3.2 kWh and a system power of 1600 W, while ‘engion element 6’ offers a capacity of 6.4 kWh and 2000W.

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Daimler reveals inductive charging intentions

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 10:40 -- paul Crompton
Daimler reveals inductive charging intentions

German vehicle manufacturer Daimler has signalled its intention to bring inductive charging technology to market with its latest deal.

The strategic partnership with Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, will see the company focusing on implementing the U.S. firms technology in its EV and PHEV vehicles.

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