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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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Flow battery consortium to target UK market

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 16:29 -- John Shepherd
Flow battery consortium to target UK market

Canada-based vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) producer Cellcube is to be part of a new consortium that will develop and build grid-scale storage and solar projects in the UK.

Cellcube has partnered with UK solar-storage firm Hive Energy and energy storage consultants Immersa to form the HICC Energy consortium — which will develop projects using third-party financing and grants.

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Investment booster for Pb recycling process in UK

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 09:02 -- John Shepherd

Aurelius Environmental, which is pioneering a lead-acid battery recycling process in the UK, is to invest £1.5 million (US$1.9m) in advanced ‘green’ technology after securing a debt funding package.

Miles Freeman, CEO of Aurelius and former operations director of Ecobat Technologies, said the business would invest in machinery that “produces virtually zero waste— allowing us to provide a more sustainable and environmentally friendly process to the market”.

The announcement comes less than two years after Aurelius and research partner Cambridge University were awarded an EU grant of €1.3m ($1.5m) to develop ‘Fenixpb’— a hydrometallurgical process that produces lead oxide directly from spent batteries.

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Battery storage hybrid planned for UK ‘energy superhub’

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 09:03 -- John Shepherd

UK companies are behind plans to install a hybrid storage system of lithium-ion and vanadium redox flow batteries at the heart of a new ‘energy superhub’ in the English city of Oxford.

The superhub consortium— which includes UK energy storage company redT and Pivot Power— said the project would study how the growth in local renewables, electric vehicles, battery storage, and demand side response can be supported and help in reducing charges to consumers.

Pivot Power will create a connection to the transmission network for the system that will combine the lithium-ion battery with “2 MW / 5 MWh of the heavy cycling, non-degrading characteristics of vanadium redox flow machines”.

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