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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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First Graphene teams up with UK university to develop supercapacitor material

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 14:57 -- Paul Crompton
Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre

Graphite powder firm First Graphene has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with the UK’s University of Manchester to develop graphene-hybrid materials for use in supercapacitors.

The organisations will use a proprietary electrochemical process to develop graphene-hybrid materials in a bid to create supercapacitors that can be used in electric vehicles and stationary applications.

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Firms renew silicon anode strategic partnership for lithium-ion batteries

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 12:21 -- Paul Crompton
Firms renew silicon anode strategic partnership for lithium-ion batteries

Chemicals firm Wacker Chemie has upped its interest in the silicon anode market with the purchase of a 25% stake in UK firm Nexeon.

The German firm has also invested an undisclosed sum into the Oxfordshire company that develops and supplies battery materials for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. 

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Boris backs battery power plan for Britain

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:09 -- John Shepherd
Boris backs battery power plan for Britain

The UK should become a world-class centre for battery R&D and production, the country’s newly-installed prime minister Boris Johnson has told legislators.

Johnson said the development of battery technology is among key national priorities as his administration prepares to leave the European Union on 31 October.

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UK pledges £37M for EV charging infrastructure

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 10:34 -- John Shepherd
UK pledges £37M for EV charging infrastructure

The UK government has announced a funding pot of £37 million (US$46m) to transform Britain’s charge-point infrastructure, a year after launching its Road to Zero campaign to increase electric vehicle adoption.

Twelve projects are set to receive a share of the funding pot to support the creation of charging technologies including wireless, amid plans to ban the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2040.

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Jaguar Land Rover urges UK giga-investment plan

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 13:05 -- John Shepherd
Jaguar Land Rover urges UK giga-investment plan

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has called for “giga-scale battery production” to be launched in the UK, as the company revealed plans to manufacture a range of new electric vehicles in England.

JLR said the plans for its Castle Bromwich plant near Birmingham marked “the next significant step in delivering on the company’s commitment to offer customers electrified options for all new Jaguar and Land Rover models from 2020”.

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Anesco builds on BESS portfolio in UK

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 11:09 -- John Shepherd
Anesco builds on BESS portfolio in UK

UK energy storage developer Anesco has completed work on a 20MW BESS near Manchester, taking the company’s storage portfolio to 147MW.

The facility (pictured), which comprises 16 1.25MW/1.25MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage systems, was built on a brownfield site in Lascar.

 
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Honda drives new investment round in UK’s Moixa

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:38 -- John Shepherd
Honda drives new investment round in UK’s Moixa

Japanese carmaker Honda has led an £8.6 million (US$10.9m) funding round to boost investment in UK battery tech firm Moixa.

Moixa said the move, which was backed by several international investors including Japan’s Itochu Corporation, would support the firm’s vision of “managing millions of home energy storage systems and electric vehicles (EVs)”.

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UK pumps extra cash into national battery centre

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 14:53 -- John Shepherd
UK pumps extra cash into national battery centre

The UK government is investing extra cash in the project to build a battery centre in the city of Coventry as a “stepping stone” towards launching a national gigafactory.

Business and industry minister Andrew Stephenson (pictured) announced £28 million (US$35.8m) for the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre— set to open in 2020— which will provide “world-leading testing facilities for new battery technologies”.

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UK under fire for battery storage tax hike proposal

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 09:47 -- John Shepherd
UK under fire for battery storage tax hike proposal

UK proposals to increase tax on low-carbon technologies such as battery storage— announced as Britain had its first week without using electricity from burning coal since the 1880s— have come under fire from the renewables industry.

The surprise bid to increase value added tax (VAT) rates on a range of technologies, also including solar and biomass boilers, was made during a consultation launched by the government’s tax collector HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
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