US National Grid wins two ESNA awards

US National Grid wins two ESNA awards 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

November 14, 2019: The power utility, US National Grid ,was given two awards for innovation in energy storage by Energy Storage North America, the North American arm of trade fair organizer Messe Düsseldorf, on November 7. It won two out of the three awards on offer. The awards were given in the microgrid and behind-the-meter…

VC funding for battery storage rises by 104% in the first nine months of 2019

VC funding for battery storage rises by 104% in the first nine months of 2019 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

November 14, 2019: A November report by market analyst Mercom Capital Group revealed that venture capital funding for battery storage companies in the first nine months of 2019 was up 104%. This totalled $1.6 billion in 25 deals compared to $783 million in 38 deals in the same period of 2018. The increase was primarily…

Umicore to supply 80,000 tonnes of lithium-ion cathode materials to Samsung

Umicore to supply 80,000 tonnes of lithium-ion cathode materials to Samsung 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

November 14, 2019: Umicore, the global materials and recycling giant, on October 24 said it had signed a multi-year agreement with Samsung SDI for the supply of close to 80,000 tonnes of high-performance nickel manganese cobalt cathode materials. Beginning next year, the cathode materials will be supplied from Umicore plants in different regions with the…

Highview Power installs first commercial cryogenic energy storage facility

Highview Power installs first commercial cryogenic energy storage facility 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

November 14, 2019: Highview Power, a developer of long-duration energy storage technology, said on October 21 it would install its first commercial cryogenic energy storage facility in the north of England. The liquefied air facility — CRYOBattery — will be installed at a decommissioned thermal power station in a process that can deliver anywhere from…

Tesla Powerpack installed in Slovenia’s first grid-scale battery system

Tesla Powerpack installed in Slovenia’s first grid-scale battery system 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

November 14, 2019: Slovenia has become the first country in the Balkans to install a grid-scale battery storage unit in what is Tesla Energy’s largest installation in Europe, Tesla said on October 17. Slovenia-based energy system solutions firm NGEN has deployed the 12.6MW/22MWh Tesla Powerpack system at a cost of $16.5 million in the first…

BASF expands sodium-sulfur battery partnership with NGK

BASF expands sodium-sulfur battery partnership with NGK 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

November 14, 2019: NGK Insulators, the Japanese ceramics manufacturer, and BASF New Business announced on November 7 they had entered into a joint development agreement to develop sodium-sulfur batteries for stationary applications. The goals are to achieve an increase in power and higher number of cycles per time unit, to open up new market segments…

EDF buys Pivot Power to expand battery storage and EV charging network

EDF buys Pivot Power to expand battery storage and EV charging network 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

November 14, 2019: French electric utility company EDF Energy has bought the UK battery storage and electric vehicle charging network firm Pivot Power, the firms announced on November 4. Pivot Power, a start-up firm, claims to be developing the world’s largest transmission-connected battery storage and EV charging network. EDF’s purchase will hugely increase the firm’s…

Upside Group switches on its latest 25MWh lead carbon battery system

Upside Group switches on its latest 25MWh lead carbon battery system 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

October 31, 2019: Energy storage firm Upside Group fired up its latest lead carbon battery storage system on October 29, this time a 25 MWh facility in Groitzsch, Germany, 80km from its identical 15MW/25MWh facility at Langenreichenbach that was installed in 2018. The two facilities, which provide frequency regulation for the grid, are either side…

EDF signs agreement to supply energy and storage to new UK theme park

EDF signs agreement to supply energy and storage to new UK theme park 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

October 31, 2019: Energy provider EDF Energy has signed a deal to supply a huge entertainment theme park in the UK with all the energy it will need from onsite renewable energy generation and battery storage, the firm announced on October 22. No details of the battery storage were given, and the firms only mentioned…

Saft installs mini storage systems in Australian outback

Saft installs mini storage systems in Australian outback 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

October 31, 2019: Remote communities in Australia have had 20 Saft lithium-ion energy storage systems installed at sites operated by the Ergon Energy Network, Saft Batteries announced on October 22. It is the first ESS deployment by Saft in Australia. The Saft Intensium Mini energy storage systems are specifically for outdoor energy storage in applications…