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Inventus Power joins Soteria’s ‘safe lithium’ consortium

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 14:24 -- Hugh Finzel
Inventus Power joins Soteria’s ‘safe lithium’ consortium

US-based lithium battery pack firm Inventus Power has joined ‘safer lithium’ start-up Soteria’s Battery Innovation Group (BIG).

The BIG consortium was formed in March 2018, comprising a ‘leadership council’ of leading industrial companies, to guide the commercialisation of Soteria’s “safe lithium-ion battery architecture”.

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NEC unveils ‘Switzerland’s largest’ battery storage system

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 14:00 -- Hugh Finzel
NEC unveils ‘Switzerland’s largest’ battery storage system

Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions has installed an 18MW/7.5MW battery energy storage system in Switzerland to provide primary frequency reserve.

NEC said its lithium-ion ‘grid storage solutions’ system is the country’s biggest such facility. The system also comprises NEC’s Aeros energy response operating system platform and an AC/DC power conversion system.

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Amnesty issues ‘ethical batteries’ challenge for EVs

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 16:17 -- John Shepherd
Amnesty International is calling for “ethical batteries” to be produced for electric vehicles (EVs) within five years— and a crackdown to prevent human rights abuses in raw materials mining.  Amnesty secretary-general Kumi Naidoo said a “drastic overhaul”

Amnesty International is calling for “ethical batteries” to be produced for electric vehicles (EVs) within five years— and for a crackdown to prevent human rights abuses in raw materials mining.

Amnesty secretary-general Kumi Naidoo said a “drastic overhaul” of energy sources was needed “that prioritises protection of human rights and the environment”.

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Panasonic joins solar plus battery microgrids pilot for India

Fri, 03/15/2019 - 11:19 -- Hugh Finzel
Panasonic joins solar plus battery microgrids pilot for India

Indian power distributor BSES Yamuna is to partner Panasonic in rolling out pilot solar power microgrids with battery storage at four separate locations in East Delhi.

Each microgrid will comprise 5-7kW of rooftop solar generation and 7-10kWh of lithium-ion battery storage. 

The pilot plants set up at BSES offices in East Delhi reported that, following installation, locations sourced 92% of their power from the microgrid, and only 8% from the grid itself.

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Electriq Power plugs in to Arizona home energy storage scheme

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:27 -- Hugh Finzel
Electriq Power plugs in to Arizona home energy storage scheme

Energy storage systems from Californian start-up Electriq Power are being installed in homes in Arizona as part of an energy costs saving scheme.

Electriq has partnered with Mattamy, which describes itself as North America’s largest privately owned homebuilder, to offer ‘PowerPod’ lithium-ion battery storage systems as part of an “advanced energy programme” to reduce electricity bills.

Under the programme, the PowerPods are coupled with solar-panel roofing on Mattamy homes to reduce household emissions and bills.

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24M hails semi-solid technology ‘milestone’

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

US-based 24M has reached a “significant milestone” towards scaling up development of its novel semi-solid lithium-ion technology.

The Massachusetts company said it has developed and delivered “commercially viable, high energy density lithium-ion cells with energy densities exceeding 250 watt-hours per kilogram (Wh/kg)”.

The development of the high energy density nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) cells is part of a US$7 million three-year contract awarded to 24M in 2016 by the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), in cooperation with the US Department of Energy. 

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GS Yuasa unveils lead-lithium energy storage platform

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Japan-based lead and lithium group GS Yuasa has unveiled a dual chemistry energy storage system that “combines the fast response of lithium-ion with the endurance of lead-acid”.

GS Yuasa said the container-based system is the “world’s first energy storage platform where lead acid and lithium-ion batteries are combined to feed a power conversion system”.

The battery giant partnered with Infinite Group, the University of Sheffield and Innovate UK to develop the ‘Adept’ (advanced multi-energy management and optimisation time shifting platform) system.

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India bridges gap with batteries

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

India’s first grid-scale battery-based energy storage system has been inaugurated in Rohini, Delhi, as the country looks to integrate the 225GW of renewable energy generation it intends to install by 2022.

The 10MW/10MWh lithium-ion system is jointly owned by AES Energy Storage and Mitsubishi, and located at a Rohini substation operate by Tata Power.

The system will provide “grid stabilisation, better peak load management, add system flexibility, enhance reliability, and protect critical facilities for 2 million consumers.”

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LIB disposal under fire after landfill blaze and ‘exploding e-cigs’

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Fire chiefs in Scotland have issued a plea for responsible recycling after a lithium-ion battery was suspected of sparking a major blaze at a landfill site in Dunbar.

Fire fighters spent more than 40 hours battling the blaze in a Dunbar building where waste arriving on site is stored before it is landfilled.

More than 300 tonnes of refuse was set alight in last month’s fire— which at its height required 40 fire-fighters and six fire trucks.

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Testing begins at American Manganese recycling plant

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

American Manganese (AM) has reported reaching a “great milestone” in its work towards “a complete lithium-ion battery recycling process” by beginning operation of its five stage pilot plant operation in Canada.

AM’s processing partner Kemetco Research has started processing a select sample of cathode scrap material at AM’s lithium-ion recycling pilot plant in British Columbia.

The cathode scrap material is being processed through stages 1 and 2 of the pilot plant, which will see the sample undergo pre-treatment and then leaching.

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