‘Starved of lithium-ion batteries’ — alternatives urgently needed for stationary storage, says report

‘Starved of lithium-ion batteries’ — alternatives urgently needed for stationary storage, says report 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

May 27, 2021: A report by Peter Harrop of the analytics firm IDTechEx released on May 25 says the need for stationary energy storage cannot be met by batteries or pumped storage and that the storage sector is urgently seeking alternatives. In the Stationary Energy Storage Without Batteries: Grid, Microgrid, UPS, Trackside 2021-2041 report, Harrop…

US Energy Storage Association announces new board

US Energy Storage Association announces new board 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

May 27, 2021: The US Energy Storage Association on May 17 announced its new 2021-2022 board of directors and officers, with Fluence market applications vice president Kiran Kumaraswamy elected chairman. Kumaraswamy has been on the ESA board since April 2019, and became vice chair a year later. He started at Fluence in January 2018, when…

Ukraine’s first grid-scale ESS launched by DTEK

Ukraine’s first grid-scale ESS launched by DTEK 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

May 27, 2021: A 1MW/2.25MWh pilot battery project will become the first grid-scale lithium-ion energy storage system in the Ukraine, local energy group DTEK announced on May 20. The battery has been installed at the Zaporizhzhya Power Plant in Energodar, and will store and dispatch energy to the grid as well as maintain Ukraine’s power…

Lithium-sulfur firm Oxis goes into administration

Lithium-sulfur firm Oxis goes into administration 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

May 27, 2021: Oxis Energy, the UK-based lithium-sulfur battery start-up, was placed in administration on May 19. Most of the 60 staff had already been made redundant when accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP was appointed as an administrator to dissolve the company. “The company was unable to secure the investment required to continue…

Li-Cycle signs deal with new joint venture to recycle battery scrap

Li-Cycle signs deal with new joint venture to recycle battery scrap 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

May 27, 2021: Canadian lithium battery recycling firm Li-Cycle signed an agreement on May 11 with a General Motors joint venture to recycle scrap materials from battery cells. GM and LEG Energy Solution have formed the JV ‘Ultium Cells LLC’, which will use  a hydrometallurgical process to extract cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and…

Fluence announces new VP of support & services

Fluence announces new VP of support & services 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

May 27, 2021: Siemens and AES company Fluence on May 20 said it had appointed Carol Couch as vice president of support & services. Couch, whose academic and professional background is predominantly in manufacturing and supply chain operations, joins Fluence from Itron, which provides international technology for smart operations within utilities, such as smart grids,…

CS Energy announces closing of acquisition by American Securities

CS Energy announces closing of acquisition by American Securities 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

May 14, 2021: CS Energy, a project management firm for the solar, storage, and emerging energy industries, announced that on May 4 that it had been acquired by affiliates of American Securities, a US private equity firm. American Securities acquired the equity interests in CS Energy from a fund managed by the Infrastructure and Power…

TEP’s largest solar plus storage system goes live

TEP’s largest solar plus storage system goes live 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

May 14, 2021: Tucson Electric Power announced on May 3 that its new solar generating facility with  battery energy storage had gone live at its new Wilmot Energy Center. This includes a 100MW solar array and 30MW BESS. Each is the largest of their kind on TEP’s local energy grid. TEP will buy power from…

Mongolia seeks bids for 80MW/200MWh BESS

Mongolia seeks bids for 80MW/200MWh BESS 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

May 14, 2021: Mongolia’s ministry of energy announced on May 6  that it had received financing from the Asian Development Bank toward the cost of its first utility scale energy storage project. Part of this ADB financing will be used for payments under the contract named above. The contract is for the construction and completion…

Mitsubishi Power and Powin join forces for two California BESS

Mitsubishi Power and Powin join forces for two California BESS 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

May 14, 2021: Southern Power  announced on May 4 it  had awarded Mitsubishi Power Americas, and Powin, an order for two utility-scale battery energy storage system  projects totalling 640MWh. The BESS projects are among the first collocated solar and storage projects in California and represent some of the largest retrofits of solar and storage in…