INTERVIEW: Former Exide CEO Tim Vargo says new firm Stryten is ready to go

INTERVIEW: Former Exide CEO Tim Vargo says new firm Stryten is ready to go 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

October 15, 2020: Former CEO and president of Exide Technologies Tim Vargo has been speaking about the road ahead for Stryten Technologies, the company that was set up when Atlas Holdings bought the bankrupt firm in August. He spoke of a healthy future for the company, with a focus on lead and lithium batteries and…

Russia’s state nuclear agency launches unit to develop lithium batteries

Russia’s state nuclear agency launches unit to develop lithium batteries 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

October 15, 2020: Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom has launched an energy storage business unit, RENERA, to develop lithium-ion batteries for EVs and emergency power supply, renewable energy and load smoothing, the company said on October 8. RENERA was formed from Rosatom’s TVEL Fuel Company, when it was called Cathode Materials LLC. The agency’s…

Demo lithium/lead battery project pushes nexus of renewables, grid ever closer

Demo lithium/lead battery project pushes nexus of renewables, grid ever closer 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

October 15, 2020: The largest hybrid lead-acid/lithium battery energy storage system in Poland has begun a full-scale demonstration, project partners New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Hitachi, Showa Denko Materials and Sumitomo Mitsubishi Banking Corporation said on October 2. The project is also supported by Poland’s Ministry of Climate and other Polish project…

Generac buys Enbala to expand in energy storage sector and VPP

Generac buys Enbala to expand in energy storage sector and VPP 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

October 15, 2020: US generator firm Generac has expanded its presence in the energy storage sector with the purchase of Enbala, a distributed energy resources technology company offering virtual power plant software, it said on October 5. Calling the move an acceleration of its energy technology capabilities, Generac says the acquisition solidifies Generac’s position in…

Eos Energy to supply zinc cathode batteries to microgrid firm Verdant

Eos Energy to supply zinc cathode batteries to microgrid firm Verdant 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

October 15, 2020: Zinc battery maker Eos Energy will supply its Zynth storage systems to Verdant Microgrid for microgrids in California, the firms said on October 8. Verdant installs microgrids in a range of situations, such as greenhouse and indoor agriculture operations, with roof-top systems that include snow melt functions as well as solar panels…

Solid Power delivers its first all-solid-state lithium pouch cells

Solid Power delivers its first all-solid-state lithium pouch cells 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

October 15, 2020: Lithium battery company Solid Power on October 8 said it had delivered its first solid-state lithium metal cells. The pouch cells, which have a solid sulfide electrolyte, were manufactured using the company’s roll-to-roll pilot line and will target the EV sector, where they have already been validated by several OEMs, the company…

IKEA rooftop to become first commercial microgrid in Australia

IKEA rooftop to become first commercial microgrid in Australia 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

October 15, 2020: Swedish furniture and home accessories giant IKEA is to become a community microgrid in Australia, operating with 100% renewable energy from its rooftop solar and storage installation, it announced on October 14. IKEA Adelaide has been given A$1.95 million ($1.4 million) by the South Australian government’s renewable technology fund, and in the…

Australia plans building of first lithium battery manufacturing plant

Australia plans building of first lithium battery manufacturing plant 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

October 15, 2020: Australia’s first lithium-ion battery manufacturing factory will be built in the Hunter Region, about 75 miles north of Sydney, by Energy Renaissance, the firm announced on October 13. The 4,000 sqm facility will have an initial annual battery production capacity of 66MWh, and the batteries will be sold to the power infrastructure,…

ABB launches bi-directional charger for vehicle-to-grid

ABB launches bi-directional charger for vehicle-to-grid 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

October 15, 2020: Swiss technology giant ABB on October 13 launched an 11kW bi-directional charging system with joint venture DREEV, formed between the French utility EDF and software firm Nuvve, which it says will set a global benchmark for this kind of vehicle-to-grid charging. The product will be made available first in France, then the…

Energy storage on a roll in run-up to 2030 with 31% CAGR

Energy storage on a roll in run-up to 2030 with 31% CAGR 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

October 1, 2020: Global energy storage capacity could grow at a compound annual growth rate of 31% in the decade ahead, according to a Wood Mackenzie report released on September 30. Of this some 70% will come from front of the meter  deployments. Wood Mackenzie reckons that the world will have 741GWh of cumulative capacity…