Category Archives: Analysis and Features

  • Hoppecke records impressive 25% growth for 2016-17


    June 9, 2017 8:22 am by Jade Beevor

      Hoppecke Industrial Batteries announced on May 26 it had recorded a 25% growth in revenues for the financial year 2016-2017. The company, the UK arm of Germany’s Hoppecke Batterien, has also completed a major overhaul and restructure that it says has led to improvements across all areas of the business. Hoppecke’s batteries — which read more

  • And the winners are … the ees AWARD 2017


    June 9, 2017 8:17 am by Jade Beevor

      The three winners this year of the ees AWARD 2017 for the most innovative concepts and solutions from the energy storage industry were Solarwatt, LG Chem and Energy Depot Deutschland. “Each had a distinctive product or approach that made them stand apart from their rivals,” a spokesman for exhibition organizer ees said. “The winners read more

  • Tesla gigafactory officially beings making cells in Nevada


    March 17, 2017 9:09 am by ESJ

      For the record, Tesla’s gigafactory in the US state of Nevada officially began making 2170 lithium-ion battery cells for its Powerwall 2 and Powerpack 2 energy storage systems on January 4, the firm said. The new cell — with dimensions of 21mm by 70mm, hence 2170 — is thicker and taller than the previous read more

  • Four major players take $6m stake in Gridtential


    March 17, 2017 9:08 am by ESJ

      Lead battery start-up Gridtential announced on January 12 that four major battery companies — East Penn Manufacturing, Crown Battery Manufacturing, Power-Sonic and Leoch International — had invested a total of $6 million in the company. The four now have a combined equity stake of around a quarter in Gridtential, according to Ray Kubis, chairman read more

  • Indian deal signals massive boost for Ecoult in Asia


    March 17, 2017 9:06 am by ESJ

      In early February, India’s Exide Industries announced an agreement with Ecoult, owned by East Penn, to manufacture UltraBattery for the Asian market. It’s a landmark agreement. BESB spoke to John Wood, Ecoult chief executive, to get the details. John, what sort of production capacity are we looking at? Production of UltraBattery entails a very read more

  • ARENA awards Ecoult A$4.1 million for UltraBattery Commercialization


    March 17, 2017 9:05 am by ESJ

      Just days after signing the deal with Exide Industries, on February 14 Ecoult secured another boost with a funding pledge from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, which has pledged A$4.1 million ($3.1 million) to commercialize the UltraBattery technology. It is not the first time ARENA, the government agency, has lent support to Ecoult. In read more

  • UK firm to increase lead and lithium home storage devices 50-fold by 2020


    March 17, 2017 9:04 am by ESJ

      Powervault, a UK energy storage company which makes home energy storage devices that are suitable for both lead and lithium batteries, announced this week that it was preparing to increase its production of units 50-fold by 2020. Managing director Joe Warren told BESB that the device was compatible with all kinds of battery chemistry read more

  • Primus Power launches second-generation zinc bromine flow battery


    March 17, 2017 8:37 am by ESJ

      Zinc bromine flow battery producer Primus Power has launched its second-generation battery, the EnergyPod 2, the US firm announced on February 21. Paul Ferrera, a business development official at Primus Power, said the new model was being tested by corporates including Microsoft and utilities such as Samruk Energy in Kazakhstan. “The EnergyPod represents a read more

  • Lithium battery inventor Goodenough develops solid state batteries


    March 17, 2017 8:36 am by ESJ

      John Goodenough, the 94-year-old co-inventor of the lithium ion battery, and his research team at the University of Texas’ Cockrell School of Engineering have developed the first solid-state lithium battery. The research is likely to mean a step-change in the potential of lithium as an energy storage medium. Writing in the journal Energy and read more

  • Black Diamond Structures opens battery-testing facility for nanomaterials technology


    March 17, 2017 8:34 am by ESJ

      Black Diamond Structures, a developer and manufacturer of nanomaterial additives for lead-acid and lithium batteries, opened a new testing facility for advanced batteries at its plant in Austin, Texas in February, bringing total spending on analytical and testing equipment by the firm to $2 million. The testing will be carried out on its own read more

  • Younicos to upgrade ESS on Kodiak Island, Alaska


    March 17, 2017 6:32 am by ESJ

    Younicos signed an agreement earlier this year with Kodiak Electric Association in Alaska to design, install and commission an upgraded 3MW battery-based energy storage system on Kodiak Island that will replace a lead acid battery system installed by the company in 2012. “The implementation of li-on batteries will increase the operational lifetime of the storage read more

  • A123 Systems opens Czech plant


    March 17, 2017 5:53 am by ESJ

      A123 Systems, a manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries, hosted an opening ceremony in March to celebrate its new manufacturing facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic. A123 will produce more than 600,000 units of its low voltage automotive systems annually for European customers. A123 plans to build its 12V lithium-ion starter battery and what it calls “next read more

  • Saltwater battery firm Aquion Energy goes under


    March 17, 2017 5:51 am by ESJ

      Just over a week after announcing its biggest ever battery installation in Japan, the saltwater battery firm Aquion Energy on March 8 made an announcement of a rather different kind: Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The firm said in an statement that it had filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy read more

  • 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

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