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Highpower HEV/PHEV lithium-ion battery gets Chinese bus approval

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:07 -- Laura Varriale
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Chinese lithium and nickel-metal hydride battery developer Highpower International has received final product approval for its 20Ah lithium-ion battery.

The high-density battery is designed for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). Highpower International aims to supply the battery to the bus transportation industry.

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Highpower and Andalay Solar partner for off-grid ESS

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:47 -- Laura Varriale
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Chinese Highpower International and Californian Andalay Solar have teamed up for the development of a solar energy storage system (ESS).

The ESS is aimed to enable Andalay Solar’s customers to go off-grid or to deploy a hybrid system, which should reduce utility grid fees.

Highpower International’s ESS comprises six 2.4KWh lithium-ion battery modules and an output converter. The ESS is to be integrated with Andalay Solar’s solar AC/DC systems. In case of the hybrid system option, the utility grid network and the solar system will generate the energy. The system will be designed to provide enough power to sustain household and electronic appliances and all power outlets.

“Energy storage has become an important focus of the solar industry and will be an essential component of system design and installation," said Steven Chan, CEO of Andalay Solar. Chan said that the company wants to focus on customer’s cost-savings and return on investments.

“Andalay Solar's extensive technical know-how, first-hand experiences and understanding about the demand from end customers in the solar market is ideal for commercializing our advanced storage solution,” said Bryan Bai, vice president of sales at Highpower International.

Highpower gets energy storage funding from Shenzhen government

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:04 -- Laura Varriale
Highpower ESS

Highpower International has received Rmb3.86m ($622,200) from state funds to develop its PV and off-grid energy storage systems (ESS).

The funds, given by Development and Reform Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, will be mainly spent on development and production equipment in order to accelerate production for Highpower’s residential ESS, the company said.

Highpower’s subsidiary Icon Energy Systems recently introduced an ESS-line, which features a lithium-ion battery, solar cell panel and inverter output device, charged by PV and commercial grid. The product line ranges from 0.5kWh to 15kWh and aims to serve the needs of commercial and residential power systems, solar power, back-up emergency power and outdoor uses.

George Pan, chairman and CEO of Highpower said: “Both central and local governments of China are committed to nurturing and favoring the development of the clean energy industry. We continue to benefit from increasing government support and intend to leverage our expertise and production capability to increase our pipeline of rechargeable battery products.”

The global energy storage market is expected to grow fast over the next years. According to Navigant Research, the micro grid market will increase from $4.3 billion to $19.9 billion in 2020.

Battery supplier Highpower also manufactures consumer-oriented chargers for e-bikes as well as lithium and nickel-metal hydride-based batteries.

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