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800 kW lithium-ion system to power aboriginal community

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 15:55 -- paul Crompton
800 kW lithium-ion system to power aboriginal community

Australia’s vast untapped solar energy resources are set to be utilised in a diesel-PV-lithium-ion battery hybrid project to bring power to an Aboriginal community.

Energy storage solutions manufacturer QINOUS will supply a 800 kW / 1,987 kWh lithium-ion battery system to store excess solar energy and provide grid-forming functions of the diesel generators after winning an international tender.

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Sodium-ion reaches lithium-ion performance with carbonised apple waste

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 14:48 -- paul Crompton
Sodium-ion reaches lithium-ion performance with carbonised apple waste

German researchers have used apple leftovers as a carbon-based active anode material to create a sodium-ion battery with the performance of lithium-ion.

Researchers Professor Stefano Passerini and Dr. Daniel Buchholz of the Helmholtz Institute Ulm of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology claim apple waste has the right electrochemical properties for use in sodium-ion batteries.

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UK gets first sodium-ion ESS installed

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 13:07 -- paul Crompton
UK gets first sodium-ion ESS installed

A small-scale renewable energy sodium-ion battery has been installed for the first time on UK shores by English energy storage firm Wattstor.

Wattstor, who specialise in the design and supply of energy storage systems, was asked to put together a bespoke stationary energy storage system for the 25kWh battery, which was manufactured by US Company Aquion.

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Prototype Na-ion battery shows it could be worth its salt

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 13:24 -- paul Crompton
Prototype Na-ion battery shows it could be worth its salt

French researchers have developed the first sodium-ion battery in the industrial standard "18650" format, paving the way for a potential sea-change in electric vehicle applications.

Scientists have developed a prototype that retains the standard cylindrical 1.8cm-diameter, 6.5cm-high shape and size, and can facilitate technology transfer to existing production units.

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British NA-ion start up Faradion gets funding boost

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:47 -- paul Crompton
Faradion CEO Lawrence Berns

British start-up Faradion has almost £2m to develop sodium-ion batteries following further funding from investors Finance Yorkshire, Rising Stars Growth Fund and Haldor Topsoe.

The additional funding by the three investors and a ‘secret’ Japanese electronics giant will allow the company to ‘prove’ and scale up its Na-ion development programme.

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Aquion to deliver sodium microgrid battery system to Hawaii

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 11:02 -- Laura Varriale
Aquion's AHI M-Line battery module

US energy storage developer Aquion Energy is to provide a 1MWh battery as part of a private off-grid solar PV microgrid at the Kona coast on the Island of Hawaii.

The Aquion Energy’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) battery will be the world’s biggest privately owned battery and connected to a 176 kW solar PV array. The system is designed to generate 350MWh per year. The application will be installed at private residential estate Bakken Hale.

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Aquion secures yet more funding

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 14:02 -- Laura Varriale
Aquion Energy

US sodium battery manufacturer Aquion Energy (Aquion) has received $36.8m in a series E venture finance round.

The Pennsylvania-based maker of sodium batteries for grid storage will use the investment to support customer-facing resources, scale-up production and expand the manufacturing facility.

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Faradion hires Axeon CEO

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 14:17 -- Laura Varriale
Faradion battery

UK-based sodium-ion (Na-ion) and lithium-ion battery material company Faradion has appointed former Axeon CEO Lawrence Berns as CEO.

Lawrence replaces Chris Wright who is now Faradion’s chairman.

Wright was responsible for sales, product development and marketing at multiple international sites at Scottish lithium-ion battery company Axeon.

Wright said that Lawrence will enable the company to continue developing and building on its progress due to his experience in the industry.

Faradion was founded in 2010 aiming to develop low-cost Na-ion battery technology that reduces the cost of energy storage of renewable energy, stationary storage and transportation. The company claims that Na-ion materials have lower material costs than lithium-ion.

According to Faradion, Na-ion batteries are a direct replacement for lithium-ion batteries, allowing lithium-ion battery makers to use existing equipment to produce batteries using next-gen Na-ion materials. The company’s Na-ion cells are designed to have energy densities similar to those of conventional lithium-ion cells.

The company has filed 10 patent families covering applications, materials and material synthesis.

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Sodium-ion battery developer Faradion receives investment

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:10 -- Ruth Williams

UK-based Faradion Limited has secured investment from a group comprising Haldor Topsoe, a catalysis technologies developer, and Finance Yorkshire’s Seedcorn and Rising Stars Growth Fund.

Haldor Topsoe acquired an 18% equity interest in the Sheffield sodium-ion battery developer and will collaborate to co-develop and scale up the technology to commercial level. The Danish engineering firm will also hold a license to manufacture and sell cathode materials using Faradion’s technology.

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