Category Archives: Analysis and Features

  • Industry insight: Energy markets are moving toward long-duration storage

    Industry

    April 19, 2018 10:38 am by Jade Beevor

      Energy storage markets are moving toward multiple-hour duration storage to meet the challenges of increased amounts of renewable generated power on the grid, David Bradwell, chief technical officer of liquid metal battery firm Ambri told ESJB. Deployment of a battery technology that can meet system operator demands for long-duration services such as peak shifting read more

  • WA switches on the country’s biggest industrial battery system

    Industry

    April 19, 2018 10:31 am by Jade Beevor

      Australian utility Alinta Energy announced on April 12 it had switched on the country’s biggest industrial application lithium ion battery at its Newman Power Station in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The 30MW/11.4MWh battery is capable of operating as a stand-alone system or can supply power if one or all of the station’s read more

  • Siemens Gamesa to build 34MWh wind farm connected ESS in Australia

    Industry

    April 19, 2018 10:28 am by Jade Beevor

      Wind power company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy — created last April from a merger between Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica and Siemens Wind Power — has been commissioned to build a wind farm in Australia incorporating a 20MW/34MWh lithium-ion battery, the company announced on April 10. The company has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction read more

  • German JV commissions 5MW lithium ion for frequency regulation

    Industry

    April 19, 2018 10:23 am by Jade Beevor

      Kraftwerksbatterie Heilbronn, the joint venture between German firms Bosch and utility EnBw, announced on April 13 it had commissioned a 5MW/5MWh lithium ion energy storage system for primary control reserve at EnBw’s coal-fired power plant in Heilbronn, Germany. The ESS consists of 768 lithium ion modules that allow the transmission grid operator to balance read more

  • Nissan to use second-life EV batteries in VPPs to power plant

    Industry

    April 19, 2018 10:20 am by Jade Beevor

      Japanese firms Benex Corp and Sumitomo announced on April 17 they had launched a project using second-life lithium ion electric vehicle batteries to power Benex’s plant in Isahaya, Japan. The stationary energy storage system project combines renewable energy, end-of-life batteries and electric vehicles to demonstrate the technology as Japan moves to a low carbonized read more

  • New Jersey sets out aggressive ESS target of 2GW by 2030

    Industry

    April 19, 2018 10:14 am by Jade Beevor

      Energy storage is at the heart of a bill passed by the New Jersey House and Senate on April 12 that will require utilities in the US state to generate at least half of its power from renewables by 2030. The bill A3723 compels the state to investigate how energy storage will affect the read more

  • Plans for world’s biggest lithium ion ESS set in motion by US solar firm

    Industry

    April 19, 2018 10:09 am by Jade Beevor

      US utility-scale solar provider Recurrent Energy has announced plans to install a 350MW lithium ion energy storage system paired with a 350MW PV project near Palm Springs. The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar, is seeking federal permits for the Crimson solar project. Once built the project, as planned, would span 2,500 read more

  • Hyundai group in 130MWh South Korea solar-plus-storage contracts

    Industry

    April 19, 2018 10:02 am by Jade Beevor

      Two affiliates of South Korean firm Hyundai Engineering & Construction group, itself a part of the Hyundai Group, will build a 130MWh energy storage system co-located with a 65MW solar farm in Seosan, South Korea, reported the country’s news outlets Yonhap News Agency and Joongang Daily on April 4. The company has awarded a read more

  • Rapid adoption of ESSs sees global market top 2.3GWh last year

    Industry

    April 19, 2018 9:51 am by Jade Beevor

      Australia deployed the most residential storage last year, while the US remains number one in terms of overall storage, according to a report released at the beginning of April by market analysts GTM Research. The report, titled Global Energy Storage: 2017 year in review and 2018-2022 outlook, stated that a total of 1.4GW and read more

  • Australia’s FCAS market must recognise ESS’s capabilities says power operator

    Industry

    April 19, 2018 9:47 am by Jade Beevor

      Australia’s frequency control markets should be modified to monetize the rapid deployment capabilities of energy storage systems,  power systems operator Australian Energy Market Operator found in a report on the Hornsdale Power Reserve project, which they  published on April 5. The report titled Initial operation of the Hornsdale Power Reserve Battery Energy Storage System found the read more

  • Mini grid expansion to drive battery energy storage in Africa

    Industry

    April 5, 2018 4:16 pm by Jade Beevor

      Up to 200,000 battery-backed mini grid systems could be installed in Africa by 2040 as the region struggles to connect nearly 140 million people to electricity, a summit in Nairobi discussed on March 21-22. By far the most dominant battery chemistry is lead. Representatives from governments, utility companies and private sector power developers told read more

  • UK first as solar inspires firm to pair hydro with BESS for grid services

    Industry

    April 5, 2018 4:12 pm by Jade Beevor

      Hydropower company Barn Energy announced on March 22 that it had commissioned two projects in the UK that combine hydroelectric and lithium ion battery storage to perform grid-scale services. The firm worked with its sister company Eelpower Limited to deliver the two schemes, each with a capacity of more 1.2MWh using batteries supplied by read more

  • Michigan utility ESS first after 1MW deal with Doosan Gridtech

    Industry

    April 5, 2018 4:07 pm by Jade Beevor

      Grid-scale energy management firm Doosan Gridtech announced on April 3 it will carry out a demonstration project using a 1MW energy storage system for Michigan, US, utility Consumers Energy. Doosan GridTech will deliver the ESS as an engineering, procurement and construction turnkey project, combining its software and system integration capabilities to complete the project read more

  • Gigafactory consortium members secure Li ion engineering agreement

    Industry

    April 5, 2018 4:04 pm by Jade Beevor

      US engineering firm Babcock & Wilcox Megtec announced on March 27 it had signed a strategic partnership agreement to supply its wide-web coating line for the manufacture of lithium-ion battery electrodes with graphite producer Magnis Resources Limited and intellectual property company Charge CCCV (C4V). The deal includes B&W Megtec’s proprietary double-sided coating and drying read more

  • Appointments round-up: Engie Storage, Stem, Stina Resources/Enerox, Microporous

    Industry

    April 5, 2018 4:00 pm by Jade Beevor

      US battery-based energy storage firm Engie Storage’s founder Vic Shao has stepped down from his role as chief executive officer and will be replaced by Christopher Tilley, the California company announced on March 26. Shao, who founded the company formerly known as Green Charge in 2009, will stay on as the company’s chairman and read more

  • Lithium Werks buys A123 Systems LiFePo manufacturing plants

    Industry

    April 5, 2018 3:53 pm by Jade Beevor

      Lithium Werks, the Dutch battery and energy group, announced on March 27 it had bought the China cylindrical lithium iron phosphate battery manufacturing plants of A123 Systems, which makes batteries for critical power applications. The transaction, financed through the working capital of Lithium Werks, positions the company to expand its manufacturing of LiFePo cell, module read more

  • V2G concept tested by multinational consortium

    Industry

    April 5, 2018 3:42 pm by Jade Beevor

      Technology company Hitachi Europe, vehicle OEM Mitsubishi Motors and energy storage firm Engie have demonstrated an electric vehicle as a battery concept during a project in the Netherlands, Hitachi announced on March 29. The project is exploring the potential for EVs to act as an energy storage system that can store excess power from read more

  • EDF Group 10GW storage goal for carbon-free power system by 2050

    Industry

    April 5, 2018 3:36 pm by Jade Beevor

      Energy distribution firm EDF Energy, a wholly owned company of French state owned Électricité de France, announced on March 27 that it is going to invest €8 billion ($10 billion) in deploying 10GW of storage globally by 2035. The investment is on top of the 5GW of storage already operated by the group, which read more

  • Australian state announces ESS projects totalling 80MWh

    Industry

    April 5, 2018 3:30 pm by Jade Beevor

      Australia-wide energy retailer EnergyAustralia announced on March 22 it had signed agreements worth around A$50 million ($38 million) to operate two lithium ion, utility-scale energy storage systems totalling 55MW/80MWh in the state of Victoria. Tesla is due to deliver a 25MW/50MWh lithium ion system at the Gannawarra Energy Storage System near the 50MW Gannawarra read more

  • Industry insight: VRFB will fail to take off claims ZnBr flow battery VP

    Industry

    April 5, 2018 3:23 pm by Jade Beevor

      Paul Kreiner, a former Tesla engineer and vice president of engineering at zinc bromine flow battery firm Primus Power, told ESJB this week that vanadium redox batteries will never match lithium ion because of costs and an unclear path to commercialization. Kreiner said that vanadium flow batteries will fail in its attempts to be read more

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