Category Archives: Analysis and Features

  • E.on breaks ground on 19.8 MW storage systems in Texas

    Industry

    September 15, 2017 1:01 pm by Jade Beevor

      Texas built its reputation and fortunes with the discovery of oil at Spindletop, near Beaumont in 1900 — now more than 100 years later the fossil-fuel giant is becoming Northern America’s new energy pioneer making a huge stake in wind generation capacity. German utility E.on SE broke ground on two 9.9 MW lithium-ion energy read more

  • EDF and Stornetic begin testing of flywheels for grid-scale service

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    September 15, 2017 12:57 pm by Jade Beevor

      The performance capabilities of German firm Stornetic’s flywheel technology for short term energy storage services will be tested after the device was delivered to French utility EDF’s facility Concept Grid site in Moret-sur-Loing near Paris earlier this month. The joint-project, announced last November using Stornetic’s DuraStor technology, will assess the performance of flywheels in read more

  • Materials demand to outstrip supply by 2020

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    September 15, 2017 12:54 pm by Jade Beevor

      A materials shortage is around the corner as the global lithium-ion market attempts to match demand from the energy storage, EV and consumer markets with supply, according to analyst firm Benchmark Minerals. By 2020, benchmark analyst Casper Rawles forecasts, demand from the lithium-ion battery sector for all uses will cause a tipping point where read more

  • Varta enters burgeoning UK home ESS market with new partnership

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    September 15, 2017 12:51 pm by Jade Beevor

      German battery company Varta’s residential energy storage system will be available on the UK and Irish market this autumn after it announced on September 11 the signing of an exclusive collaboration deal with new energy wholesale distribution firm Waxman Energy. VARTA Storage’s lithium-ion Varta Pulse (3.3-6.5kWH) and Element (3.2-13kWh) ESS lines will be added read more

  • AGL sees economic value in long-term grid-scale battery deployment

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    September 15, 2017 12:46 pm by Jade Beevor

      Large-scale battery storage will be at the heart of future power grids as the decarbonization of electricity gathers pace, the head of Australian utility AGL, Andy Vesey, said following a meeting with the country’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on September 11. Vesey said the company doesn’t see coal as being economically viable long term, read more

  • Alfen to supply Czech Republic’s first grid-connected ESS

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    September 15, 2017 12:42 pm by Jade Beevor

      Dutch energy storage firm Alfen is to deliver a 1 MW system to Czech solar PV company Solar Global to connect storage to its Praksice solar PV farm, the company announced on September 4. When completed this will be the first large scale storage system in the Czech Republic, with Solar Global initially using read more

  • Consortium receives government backing to build Australian Li-ion gigafactory

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    September 15, 2017 12:39 pm by Jade Beevor

      Plans for a lithium-ion gigafactory in Australia were given a boost on August 28 when the premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, publically supported the Townsville project following the submission of a scoping study that demonstrated its positive economic impact. A consortium — that includes Boston Energy and Innovation, materials firm Magnis Resources and US read more

  • Korean battery giants to invest $884 million to expand EV and ESS capabilities

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    September 15, 2017 12:32 pm by Jade Beevor

      South Korean firms LG Chem, Samsung SDI, and SK Innovation announced on September 8 they are planning to invest about 2.6 trillion won ($884.5million) in the domestic secondary battery market by 2020. Two trillion won will be used to expand production capacities to meet future electric vehicle and energy storage system markets, it was read more

  • Lead-acid key element in India’s power network transformation

    Industry

    September 15, 2017 12:25 pm by Jade Beevor

      The Indian energy storage market is set to grow to 70GW in the next five years as the country integrates renewable energy sources and adopts electrified transportation, according to a report for 2017-2022 by India Energy Storage Alliance. The country’s need to stabilize its grid power, growth in electric rickshaw (e-trike) sales, reduction in read more

  • NEC to supply Switzerland’s biggest primary reserve ESS

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    September 15, 2017 12:19 pm by Jade Beevor

      US distributed storage company NEC Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, announced on September 7 it is to supply an 18MW lithium-ion system to Swiss utility Elektrizitätswerke des Kantons Zürich. The 7.5MWh project, which once completed early next year will be the largest battery energy storage system in Switzerland, will be owned and read more

  • New senior management as Eos Energy Storage bids to boost global deployment

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    September 15, 2017 12:13 pm by Jade Beevor

        Grid-scale storage firm EOS Energy Storage announced four senior management appointments from the storage, battery and semiconductor industry on September 5 as the US-based company aims to expand production global deployment of its zinc-hybrid cathode systems. The New Jersey company announced David Henry will be its new chief financial officer, Richard Hanna becomes read more

  • Sonnen teams up with RGS Energy to offer BESS for homeowners

    Industry

    August 31, 2017 11:04 am by Jade Beevor

      Energy storage system provider Sonnen will supply US made lithium-iron phosphate batteries energy storage systems to solar company RGS Energy for its mainland residential solar customers, the two firms announced on August 24 German firm Sonnen, which has offices in the US, will offer its SonnenBatterie system to allow homeowners a variety of services, read more

  • Battery start-up closes $30m funding round as it installs LA manufacturing hub

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    August 31, 2017 9:32 am by ESJ

      California-based battery pack maker Romeo Power announced the completion of $30 million in seed financing on August 24 as the company looks to ramp up production of its lithium-ion packs for motive and stationary applications. Launched in 2015 by engineers and designers from SpaceX, Tesla, Apple, Amazon and Samsung, Romeo Power is in the read more

  • California opens $44.7m microgrid grants to push energy goals

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    August 31, 2017 9:27 am by ESJ

      California became the latest US state to offer grants in early August for microgrid adoption as the state plans to increase the penetration of distributed energy resources as well as demonstrate the benefits to end users. Some $44.7 million will be available under the offering (GFO-17-302). Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey are already read more

  • Consortium plans to build Germany’s third Li-ion gigafactory

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    August 31, 2017 9:22 am by ESJ

      Raw materials firm Magnis Resources announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding on August 28 with TerraE-Holdings, the consortium established to build a 34GWh factory in the country by 2028. The consortium of 18 companies and research institutions from throughout the supply chain plan to construct the large-scale lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing plant read more

  • Mining firm explores ways to produce battery ready cobalt

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    August 31, 2017 9:16 am by ESJ

      As battery prices fall and more and more countries begin to adopt energy storage, the need for materials to build those cells has led UK-based metal mining firm Vedanta Resources to study how to produce cobalt for use in batteries. The company is just the latest mining firm to look beyond its traditional markets read more

  • Energy storage at heart of Duke Energy’s $6 billion investment

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    August 31, 2017 9:10 am by ESJ

      A $6 billion revised settlement agreement filed by US utility Duke Energy Florida to the Florida Public Service Commission on August 29 includes plans for 50MW of storage and 500 electric vehicle charging points. The agreement will take effect in January and will include investments of nearly $6 billion over the next four years to modernize the read more

  • RES sells asset as renewables investor moves into storage market

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    August 31, 2017 9:05 am by ESJ

      Storage integrator Renewable Energy Systems has sold its second grid-scale project in the UK with the announcement that London-listed investment company The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG), had bought its 20MW in Scotland on August 14. The transaction marks the first move into the energy storage market for TRIG, and the second time RES — read more

  • New E.Volution Center sets goal of developing Li-ion ESS of the future

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    August 31, 2017 9:02 am by ESJ

      The international headquarters of the BMZ Group in Karlstein am Main in Germany is to become the site of a new research site, the E.Volution Center, which will focus on developing around 200 new lithium ion battery systems. The centre opens in September. Around 150 developers — from cell experts, hardware and software developers read more

  • Major fundraising round starts for Sweden gigafactory

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    August 31, 2017 8:55 am by ESJ

      Battery plant developer Northvolt is targeting potential customers in the automotive and energy storage sectors as it opened its first major round of fundraising in August. It plans to build a 32GWh lithium-ion gigafactory in Sweden by 2020. The company, run in part by two former Tesla employees — ex-supply chain head Peter Carlsson read more

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