Category Archives: Analysis and Features

  • ees® AWARD and Intersolar AWARD – Submit your application by March 17, 2017!


    January 9, 2017 11:04 am by ESJ

      The ees AWARD pays tribute to pioneering products and solutions for stationary and mobile electrical energy storage systems. The range of innovations encompasses the entire value-added chain of innovative battery and energy storage technologies – from components to production to concrete applications and business models. More information can be found on the homepage at read more

  • Soaring Australian Power Prices Open Doors For Redflow Battery


    December 16, 2016 6:46 am by ESJ

      Redflow, the Australian zinc-bromine flow battery maker, announced on December 5 it had approved a further seven installers for its ZCell storage system, meaning the company now has installers in every state and territory in Australia. The batteries, which Redflow claims are the smallest flow batteries in the world, appear to be flying out read more

  • Britain’s largest Grid-Scale Battery is Approved after Two-Year Trial


    December 16, 2016 6:38 am by ESJ

    UK energy utility UK Power Networks on December 2 announced the success of a two-year trial of the largest grid-scale battery in Britain, 6MW, which it says could transform the energy grid and play a major role in the transition to a low-carbon economy. The Smarter Network Storage facility at Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, was designed read more

  • ESSinc – Beyond Four Hours: A White Paper on Flexible Long Duration Storage


    December 14, 2016 5:01 am by ESJ

      ESSinc are excited to share their new white paper on the rapidly emerging market for flexible longer-duration energy storage. The document is based on a recent combination of online questionnaires and in-depth discussions with energy storage procurement decision makers including project developers, utility representatives, and consultants. This white paper captures the growing need and read more

  • Harnessing the potential of energy storage


    December 2, 2016 8:27 am by ESJ

    Dr. Alex Mardapittas, Managing Director of Powerstar and inventor of the Virtue energy storage system, discusses how using battery storage technology can help users realise significant savings on energy bills. In addition, how storage solutions have the potential to change the way in which energy is distributed in Smart City infrastructures.   In the UK read more

  • Nidec ASI joins German utility to install one of world’s largest BESS


    December 2, 2016 8:14 am by ESJ

    Italian generating firm Nidec ASI and German utility STEAG have installed one of the world’s largest battery energy storage systems with a total capacity of 90MW across six different sites in Germany. LG Chem, the Korean electronics giant, supplied the batteries for the BESS, which was installed at three sites in North Rhine Westphalia, in read more

  • RedT deploys 17 Vanadium flow energy storage machines


    November 16, 2016 10:08 am by ESJ

    RedT Energy, the UK-based vanadium redox flow energy storage machine company, confirmed mid-November that it had finished its so-called ‘Gen 1 market seeding phase’. This is where its first manufacturing run of 17 machines have been sold and deployed to customers in various market sectors around the world. The flow batteries have been manufactured under read more


    Analysis and Features

    November 14, 2016 11:05 am by ESJ

    Using the grid as a communication network has long been a goal of internet developers — there is a wired connection into every home in the country — but now it looks possible to use this connection to manage the demand-side response market.   Time to communicate better with the demand-side response   Demand-side response, read more

  • The case for recycling high voltage advanced batteries


    November 14, 2016 10:56 am by ESJ

    The issue of recycling lithium ion and nickel metal batteries has been neglected too long, says NAATBatt International’s Jim Greenberger.   The recycling of high voltage advanced batteries used in automotive, industrial and stationary energy storage (ESS) applications has long been a regular topic of conversation in the battery industry. The topic is a challenging read more

  • South Korea incentivizes energy storage deployment with solar PV plants, LG Chem set to benefit


    November 14, 2016 8:47 am by ESJ

    The South Korean goverment is offering concessional terms on RECs if energy storage facilities are co-located with existing solar plants   The South Korean government plans to encourage PV plant operators to build accompanying energy storage, to support the integration of renewable energy into the grid. The announcement was made by the Ministry of Energy read more


    Analysis and Features

    November 14, 2016 8:29 am by ESJ

      With some tipping micro-hybrid vehicles to surge in growth in the coming years, the type of battery underpinning the technology may well come down to dynamic charge acceptance. ArcActive, a New Zealand start-up, has developed a technology that could give lead acid batteries the edge.   Solving the DCA dilemma   ArcActive, a New read more



    November 14, 2016 8:16 am by ESJ

    A new vanadium energy storage committee has been set up to address issues such as supply and how costs of the technology can be reduced. Vanadium industry gathers to focus on storage and shortages   The world’s largest battery announced to date — a 200MW/800MWh beast to be installed by 2020 in northern China — read more

  • LITHIUM SEPARATORS: Taking thermal stability to the next level for lithium battery separators


    November 14, 2016 5:22 am by ESJ

    Not all separators are created equal, certainly not when it comes to those best equipped to preserve lithium ion battery safety. Growing demand for large format cells that pack in more energy are giving rise to separators engineered to achieve the highest levels of thermal stability reports Sara Verbruggen.   Lithium ion cell separators initially read more


    Analysis and Features

    November 14, 2016 5:03 am by ESJ

    First mover advantage, and the race to deploy 1GW of energy storage John Zahurancik, president of AES Energy Storage, spoke to Sara VerBruggen about the thinking behind the creation of the AES subsidiary and its later development Almost exactly 10 years ago you could have walked into an office in Washington DC and found two read more

  • Alevo taps C&I market with GridBank system


    November 14, 2016 4:42 am by ESJ

      US energy storage firm Alevo launched a 50KWh/100KW battery energy storage system in October, designed for commercial and industrial customers. The standalone system is for behind-the-meter applications, though front-of-meter installations are also possible. The system uses the same non-flammable inorganic electrolyte as Alevo’s GridBank storage system being commercialized in utility-scale applications in America. “In read more

  • NEC in ‘plug-and-play’ pilot for SCE


    November 14, 2016 4:41 am by ESJ

      NEC Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, announced in November it is supplying Southern California Edison (SCE) with its first grid energy storage pilot system under a pre-approved energy storage procurement program initially conceived of and announced by SCE last year. The NEC ES GSS grid storage product line is the first in read more

  • UK National Grid names winning suppliers for enhanced frequency response support


    November 14, 2016 4:40 am by ESJ

      For the record, seven battery firms won UK National Grid contracts on August 26 to provide 200MW sub-second enhanced frequency response support to the grid. It is the first time that batteries will be used for grid-scale energy storage in the UK. The bid winners have all signed four-year contracts, which will begin on read more

  • Ecoult installs UltraBattery in first European location at Tallaght smart grid test bed in Dublin


    November 14, 2016 4:38 am by ESJ

      East Penn’s Australian subsidiary Ecoult has installed its lead-acid hybrid UltraBattery in Dublin, Ireland, which makes it the first European installation. The UltraFlex battery, a lead-acid battery with an added layer of carbon, was developed by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), which owned Ecoult until it was bought by the read more

  • GE, California Edison to install first ever gas and battery storage system


    November 14, 2016 4:36 am by ESJ

      The world’s largest gas and battery hybrid grid storage system will be installed by the end of the year, utility Southern California Edison announced in mid-October. SCE said the 10MW lithium-ion battery system, from General Electric spin-off firm Current, will merge with an existing but upgraded GE LM6000 gas turbine. “Operating the batteries and read more


    Analysis and Features

    August 31, 2016 8:54 am by ESJ

    Loading weight to take weight off the load Despite a proliferation of highly nuanced business models, utilities, solar-and-storage companies continue to fine-tune their approach to using energy storage as part of a virtual power plant, reports Sara Verbruggen.   In the US a variety of drivers, which vary by region or state, are responsible for read more

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