Category Archives: Analysis and Features

  • Lithium Werks buys assets of Valence Technology


    February 22, 2018 8:33 am by Jade Beevor

      Lithium Werks, the Dutch battery and energy group, has acquired substantially all the assets of Valence Technology, including the customer relationships, global manufacturing, sales and distribution locations along with Valence’s proprietary LiFePO4 intellectual property, trademarks, and inventory. The IP portfolio also includes patents on high voltage battery materials for potential future battery breakthroughs. The read more

  • Younicos replaces lead acid with Li-ion at Hawaiian wind farm


    February 8, 2018 10:57 am by Jade Beevor

      Energy storage firm Younicos is to replace lead acid batteries with lithium ion ones after signing a deal with renewable energy firm TerraForm Power to upgrade a system in Hawaii, it was announced on January 30. Younicos will install and commission a 10MW energy storage system using cells from Samsung SDI, and its YQ read more

  • UK distribution operator dips toe into V2G technology


    February 8, 2018 10:50 am by Jade Beevor

      Distribution operator UK Power Networks announced on January 23 it is to launch four vehicle-to-grid (V2G) projects to demonstrate how electric vehicles can be used for peak shaving and possibly deferring reinforcement costs. The projects, in the south east and east of England as well as London, will look at how the technology can read more

  • VizN C-level shake up as former CEO resigns


    February 8, 2018 10:45 am by Jade Beevor

      US energy storage firm ViZn Energy Systems has appointed Stephen Bonner as the president and interim CEO of the zinc iron flow battery, the company announced on January 26. Bonner, who was named chairman of its board of directors on January 1, assumed the additional roles following the resignation of Ron Van Dell, who read more

  • PV and storage installations rises 1,832% on Hawaii island


    February 8, 2018 10:40 am by Jade Beevor

      Installations of PV plus battery systems have risen by 1,830% on the Hawaii island of Oahu helped in part to falling prices, according to a report from the state’s department of business economic development and tourism released on January 31. The report, based on building permit data released by the Honolulu Department of Planning read more

  • Power behemoth GE partners with start-up Arenko on 41MW UK ESS


    February 8, 2018 10:31 am by Jade Beevor

      Energy storage start-up Arenko announced on February 5 that it had chosen General Electric to deliver a 41MW lithium ion energy storage system to ensure security of supply to 100,000 UK homes. The strategic alliance will combine GE’s technology with London-based Arenko’s experience of the UK market as well as its proprietary energy trading read more

  • South Australia adopting cutting edge grid-scale ESS technology


    February 8, 2018 10:25 am by Jade Beevor

      South Australia’s adoption of the latest technology to address its energy problems will involve a trial of virtual power plants and installation of a 4.3MWh lithium ion micro-grid, its government announced in early February. The state’s energy minister Tom Koutsantonis said the South Australian Produce Market would install 2.5MW array using 1,600 solar panels read more

  • Itochu partners Moixa to push AI in Japan’s home ESSs market


    February 8, 2018 10:21 am by Jade Beevor

      Moixa, the UK residential storage company, announced on January 29, it is to export its virtual power plant software to Japan after a deal with the country’s second largest international industrial group Itochu. Itochu will include GridShare in its own battery products, market the technology to its lithium ion battery material customers and a read more

  • Global microgrid deployment touches 21GW as ME&A increases capacity


    February 8, 2018 10:17 am by Jade Beevor

      Grid-tied and remote microgrid deployment has reached almost 20GW through 1,869 different projects, according to a report by industry analysts Navigant Research. As of the fourth quarter of 2017, the firm’s Microgrid Deployment Tracker found microgrid projects in the proposal, planning, and deployed stages had steadily risen throughout 2017 across seven microgrid segments and read more

  • German 2.5MW Li-ion research BESS commissioned


    February 8, 2018 10:11 am by Jade Beevor

      Energy storage firm Ads-Tec announced on January 18 it had commissioned a 2.5MW/2.5MWh lithium ion battery energy storage system and would be testing the technology’s ability to smooth renewable energy generation on the Germany grid. The ESS will be used for grid services and to research smart grid functionality as the federal states of read more

  • Canadian mineral firms set to compete in ESS arena


    February 8, 2018 10:06 am by Jade Beevor

      Two Canadian mineral firms — MGX Minerals and Golden Share Resources Corporation — announced on January 30 that they were looking to make moves into unusual forms of large scale energy storage. Vancouver-based MGX Minerals is developing a scaled-up zinc-air battery through its wholly-owned subsidiary ZincNyx Energy Solutions. MGX has also taken control of 20 read more

  • Litarion insolvency process to protect parent company


    February 8, 2018 10:01 am by Jade Beevor

      Electrovaya announced on January 25 it had begun a voluntary insolvency process on its German lithium ion battery subsidiary Litarion, amid financial concerns and the termination of its manufacturing facility leasehold. Li-Tec Battery, the wholly owned Daimler subsidiary, and owner of the premises had notified the company that it would terminate Litarion’s lease on read more

  • Connected Energy secures investment to push second-life ESS


    January 25, 2018 9:25 am by Jade Beevor

      UK-based Connected Energy secured a £3 million ($4.2 million) investment to develop its E-Stor technology that promises to bridge the gap between end of life electric vehicle batteries and grid-scale storage, the company announced on January 11. As questions remain about the recyclability of end-of-life EV batteries, the company is aiming to push sales read more

  • Lead carbon picked for Tibetan 20MWh ESS


    January 25, 2018 9:06 am by Jade Beevor

      Advances in technology, costs benefits and recyclability reasons led energy storage company China Shoto Energy Storage to forgo lithium ion batteries and instead install a 20MWh lead carbon battery in Tibet to support the Yangyi power plant. The system, which is connected to the power plant’s 30MW PV installation, went live in December on read more

  • ESA VP shake up as it develops strategic direction


    January 25, 2018 7:43 am by Jade Beevor

      The US’ Energy Storage Association announced on January 10 that it has made two senior appointments. Marissa Gillett (pictured) joins as vice president of external relations and Jason Burwen has been promoted to vice president of policy. He was previously director of policy. Gillett was most recently the senior adviser to the chairman at read more

  • Start-up receives $20m investment to drive micro-grid deployment in India and Africa


    January 25, 2018 7:36 am by Jade Beevor

      Micro-grid start-up Husk Power Systems received $20 million in an equity investment that included cash from fossil fuel giant Shell and utility company Engie, the firm announced on January 15. The money was invested through Shell’s corporate venture fund Shell Technology Ventures, alongside Swedish development finance institution Swedfund International and French firm Engie Rassembleurs read more

  • EoI round names 20 firms for large-scale Australian ESS project


    January 25, 2018 7:15 am by Jade Beevor

      Twenty companies have been shortlisted to build an energy storage system in Australia’s Northern Territory as the state looks to cut reliance on fossil fuel power generation and smooth the transition to higher renewable penetration on the grid. A call for an expression of interest by Territory Generation closed on January 22. The government-owned read more

  • Mesh membrane could pave way for mass molten salt ESS deployment


    January 25, 2018 7:07 am by Jade Beevor

      Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a separator that could bring cheaper molten sodium battery technology to the grid-scale energy storage market, it was announced on January 22. The team reported that by using steel mesh coated with a solution of titanium nitride the battery’s membrane could perform all the functions identified read more

  • Tesla at heart of New Zealand energy storage firsts


    January 25, 2018 6:55 am by Jade Beevor

      New Zealand is set to test the grid-connected capabilities of a 1MW/2MWh lithium ion energy storage system using technology from supplier Tesla, the country’s energy company Mercury announced on January 15. The project, a first for New Zealand, follows a tender process that began last September. It will use the same technology Tesla used read more

  • Fluence begins operation with aggressive business plan


    January 25, 2018 6:44 am by Jade Beevor

      Fluence , the energy storage joint venture between Siemens and The AES Corporation, announced the launch of business operations on January 11 with confirmation that it is to supply a 100MW/400MWh lithium ion energy storage system for a US project. The company is set to begin an aggressive expansion of the business backed by read more

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