November 26, 2020: Japanese lead and lithium battery maker GS Yuasa said on November 19 that it and Infinite Renewables, a UK renewable energy firm, were launching a project with Albion Community Power to integrate Yuasa’s hybrid lead/lithium battery system with renewable wind and solar power sources.
The so-called Generation Storage Consumption Supply project is being partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and will seek to integrate the systems in ‘local energy centres’ for various applications.
In total seven of the centres will be built in industrial areas in various parts of Wales. The first is at GS Yuasa’s factory in Ebbw Vale, Wales, where 2,900 solar panels are to be installed to provide around 5% of the factory’s power needs.
The factory makes the lead-acid batteries for the hybrid installations, and the lithium batteries are shipped in from Japan.
In June, Yuasa was hired to provide a 100kW pilot hybrid battery at the port of Portsmouth on the south coast of England.
The batteries will be connected to a rooftop solar array in an area of the port where 24-hour loading needs continuous power.
“The lead-acid battery provides the bulk of the energy storage capacity for cost-effective harvesting of renewable energy, and the lithium-ion battery provides high power discharge capability for EV fast charging,” said a spokesperson for Portsmouth International Port.