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Abuse tests confirm freezing lithium-ion batteries puts transportation safety concerns on ice

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:31 -- Paul Crompton

Using liquid nitrogen to freeze lithium-ion batteries could enable them to be transported safely researchers from the UK’s WMG at the University of Warwick in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover have found.

Legislation dictates damaged and defective lithium-ion car batteries have to be placed within an explosion proof box when being transport, which for a Tesla sized pack costs around €10,000 ($11,000) and a further €10,000 for the UN accreditation.

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Oxis signs trading deal with Sanyo Trading to target Japan market with its lithium-sulfur technology

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 10:37 -- Paul Crompton

A trading partnership will see Sanyo Trading Company market UK battery developer Oxis Energy’s lithium-sulfur and battery systems in Japan.

Sanyo will target the motive markets­– such as trains, buses and trucks–and provide pre and post sales support to the Japanese market and where necessary.

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Firm secures permission to build second 49.5MW ESS at ‘critical time’ for adoption of UK storage

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 14:47 -- Paul Crompton

Harmony Energy is set to double energy storage capacity at one of its UK substations to handle 2.4GW of offshore wind generation connected to the site.

The 49.5MW lithium-ion energy storage system brings the total capacity at its Creyke Beck substation in Cottingham, near Hull, to 99MW.

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StoreDot demonstrates lithium-ion powered two-wheeler that's fully chargeable in five minutes

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 15:41 -- Paul Crompton

Fast charging ability along with energy density is part of the holy-grail of battery technology, typically difficult to achieve with standard lithium-ion technology due to temperature rise, safety and cycle life degradation.

However, StoreDot believe they have the answer. As part of a technology demonstration in London, UK, hosted by Israel firm's strategic partner on 7th November, BP, the company demonstrated the full charge of an electric two-wheel vehicle in five minutes.

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Merger of flow battery firms sees Avalon move its CEO into RedT’s top seat

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 15:31 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based vanadium redox flow battery firm RedT will integrate the chief executive officer of US energy storage firm Avalon Battery Corporation on the successful completion of a merger between the two firms.

Larry Zulch will become the new chief executive of RedT subject to finalisation of the merger as Jeff Kenna and Scott McGregor prepare to leave the company on 31 December. 

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UK firms to light up Africa with repurposed lithium-ion batteries

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 13:38 -- Paul Crompton

Cells from solar lamps are to be reused to make batteries to power homes in Kenya following a partnership between lithium battery firm Aceleron and UK firm Total Access to Energy Solutions (TATES).

The first stage of the project will see Aceleron convert TATES waste lithium-ion battery cells into reusable battery packs for off-grid applications across Kenya and the surrounding area including Benin, Rwanda and Libya. 

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Power multinational EDF reveals electric mobility ambitions with purchase of Pivot Power

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 14:26 -- Paul Crompton

EDF Renewables UK, a subsidiary of the French power firm EDF Group, is vying for top spot in the UK battery industry with the buy out of energy storage and electric vehicle charging firm Pivot Power.

UK firm Pivot Power, now a wholly owned subsidiary of EDF Renewables, says the move will help it build out 2GW network of transmission connected batteries in its C40 sites across the UK. 

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UK’s first commercial liquid air storage facility to deliver grid services

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 15:25 -- Paul Crompton

Highview Power plans to build a 50MW/250MWh cryogenic energy storage (liquid air) facility to provide stability services to the UK’s power grid.

If built, the UK’s first commercial system of its type will deliver market arbitrage, frequency management, reserve, and grid constraint management services to aid the integration of renewables. 

 

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UK firm to launch 1,500-mile aluminium-air power system for electric vehicles next year

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 13:05 -- Paul Crompton
Métalectrique

If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. So when news that a UK inventor had designed an aluminium-air battery that lasts 1,500 miles, costs £0.08p per mile to run and can be swapped in 90 seconds for free, BEST’s attention was piqued. 

Trevor Jackson, from MAL Research and Development (MAL), says motorists can convert ICE vehicles to his Metalectrique systems for around £3,500, which includes an electric motor placed on the vehicle’s axle and a new electric engine. 

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Rolls Royce opens microgrid validation centre in Germany

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 11:49 -- Paul Crompton

UK engineering firm Rolls-Royce has commissioned a Microgrid Validation Center at the headquarters of its Rolls-Royce Power Systems subsidiary in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

The center will undertake close-to-reality simulations of microgrids of various dimensions and configurations.

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