Energy storage firm NRStor C&I re-launches as Aypa Power

Energy storage firm NRStor C&I re-launches as Aypa Power 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

August 6, 2020: Canadian energy storage supplier NRStor C&I, which was bought by investment firm Blackstone Energy Partners in March, has relaunched as Aypa Power, the firm announced on August 4. The new firm has broadened its offerings to include utility-scale development and power marketing of standalone energy storage projects, as well as integrated battery…

First grid-scale energy storage system to be installed in Ukraine

First grid-scale energy storage system to be installed in Ukraine 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

August 6, 2020: Energy investor DTEK and US technology company Honeywell on July 22 signed an agreement to develop a 1MW/1.5MWh lithium battery storage system in Ukraine that will be the first energy storage system at grid scale in the country. The storage system will enable integration of renewables into the energy mix while decreasing…

Tesla breaks ground on world’s biggest battery installation in California

Tesla breaks ground on world’s biggest battery installation in California 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

August 6, 2020: Tesla and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company on July 29 broke ground on a 182.5MW/730MWh lithium-ion battery installation at Moss Landing, California that they say will be the largest utility-owned storage system of its kind in the world. The agreement allows Tesla to increase the size even further, to a total…

EIB rubber-stamps loan for Europe’s first lithium-ion battery gigafactory

EIB rubber-stamps loan for Europe’s first lithium-ion battery gigafactory 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

August 6, 2020: The European Investment Bank on July 29 rubber-stamped a €350 million ($416 million) loan to finance Europe’s first gigafactory for lithium-ion battery cells, being built by Swedish battery company Northvolt, in Skellefteå, Sweden. The loan follows a successful financing of Northvolt’s demo line in 2018, for which the EIB disbursed a €52 million…

LG Chem rejects report that blames Arizona battery explosion on thermal runaway

LG Chem rejects report that blames Arizona battery explosion on thermal runaway 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

August 6, 2020: A lithium battery fire at a 2MW/2MWh Arizona Public Service facility in April 2019 was caused by thermal runaway, a final report by risk management company DNV GL submitted on July 27 concluded. The fire and explosion, which injured four firefighters and destroyed the utility’s BESS and container, was initiated by an…

20MW/80MWh more battery storage scheduled for California

20MW/80MWh more battery storage scheduled for California 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

August 6, 2020: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems has been awarded a 20MW/80MWh battery storage project in California by energy storage joint venture Hecate Grid, the company said on July 29. Named the Johanna Energy Storage System project, the grid-connected facility will be owned and operated by Hecate Grid, which was formed by Hecate Energy and…

Audi teams up with Hager to research bidirectional charging technology for V2H

Audi teams up with Hager to research bidirectional charging technology for V2H 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

August 6, 2020: German carmaker Audi and the Hager Group, a manufacturer of electrical installations,  are working together to put bi-directional charging in 20 models of electric cars to enable vehicle-to-home functionality, the companies announced on July 23. Vehicle-to-home technology enables the car to become a source of electricity to the home — storing electricity…

Redflow and CarbonTrack join forces to develop VPPs in South Africa

Redflow and CarbonTrack join forces to develop VPPs in South Africa 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

July 23, 2020: Redflow, the zinc-bromine flow battery firm, said on July 22 it had signed an agreement with CarbonTrack, the smart energy system company, to join both firms’ technologies to enable the batteries to operate as virtual power plants. The first systems will be developed in South Africa. The firms, which are both Australian,…

UK government removes 50MW barrier to larger battery installations

UK government removes 50MW barrier to larger battery installations 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

July 23, 2020: Planning changes will eliminate the need to get government approval for battery installations above 50MW, the UK secretary of state for business, energy and industry strategy announced on July 14. Until the change was made, such projects fell under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) regime in England and Wales, although in…

Largest battery in the US connected to California ISO grid

Largest battery in the US connected to California ISO grid 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

July 23, 2020: California Independent System Operator on July 13 said it had connected a 62.5MW battery to its San Diego County power grid, which supplies about 80% of the state, in the first phase of the Gateway project, which will ultimately add 250MWh to the grid when it is fully operational. CAISO says the…