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Global lead demand on the up

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 16:00 -- Anonymous
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Global consumption of lead-acid batteries is leading to an increased demand for lead. A study by the International Lead Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) suggests that lead demand will increase 5% for the year 2013 and a further 4.6% in 2014.

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EV battery maker Blue Solutions enters stock market to raise profile

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 15:37 -- Anonymous
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The batteries are already being used in a Parisian car-sharing scheme called Autolib in which members can rent a car for short slots in the city centre and leave it plugged into a charging station.
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French electric car battery maker Blue Solutions is entering the stock market with shares priced at €14.50, placing the company’s value at €418 m ($575.6 million); A move made by the company to raise awareness of its technology.

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Hella evaluates Powergenix’s NiZn battery for 48V hybrids

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 15:33 -- Anonymous
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Hella will conduct real-world vehicle tests to evaluate NiZn’s ability in meeting the high-power requirements of 48V mild hybrid systems
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Powergenix, a California-based developer of nickel-zinc (NiZn) batteries, has signed a product evaluation contract with Germany’s Hella, a Tier 1 automotive battery system supplier.

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Power-One introduces first energy storage system for PV in UK

Mon, 09/30/2013 - 11:46 -- Anonymous
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As feed-in tariffs become less rewarding, energy storage is expected to gain popularity
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Power-One, part of the ABB Group, is introducing a residential energy storage solution for the UK market. The energy storage system, called Renewable Energy Accumulator and Conversion Technology (REACT), will be available in 2014.

It will feature a 4.6kW single-phase grid connected Power-One inverter and a 2kWh lithium-ion battery.

The system is for use with home PV panels to capitalise on energy storage as feed-in tariffs are reduced over the coming years.

"PV energy has to be available upon demand, since its feed-in to the grid is no longer worthwhile," Paolo Casini, VP of Marketing, said.

"With REACT we enable homeowners and landlords to adjust energy production and consumption with their needs, helping them to increase self-consumption and save money on their energy bills with the energy storage solution."

Slow start for Germany's PV incentive scheme

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 14:57 -- Anonymous
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PV is hoped to help Energiewende in Germany
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The German government’s scheme to offer subsidy payments to households who purchase a combined energy storage with PV system has got off to a weak start. Of the €25M available to householders, only €3.3M has been claimed. A further €25M is due to be available next year under the same scheme.

The government incentive scheme is intended to encourage the uptake of energy storage systems by offering non-repayable loans that cover up to 30% of the cost of a system.

Although the market is expected to blossom as part of the energiewende, the slow up take suggests householders are reluctant to install the systems.

In a recent report, Lux Research said the coupling of PV with energy storage will be beneficial to the storage companies, but have less impact upon the solar market. However, solar companies that choose to develop products that combine the two could earn a portion of the anticipated US$2.8 billion market in the next five years.

Formula E race car unveiled

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 14:47 -- Anonymous
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The Spark-Renaul SRT_01E
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The car to be used in Formula-E, the race series that will promote zero-carbon electric driving, has been unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Spark-Renault SRT_01E will be driven by the 20 competing teams in the inaugural series of the competition, beginning September 2014.

McLaren Electronics Systems is providing the electric motor, gearbox and electronics, while Williams Advanced Engineering is responsible for the design and supply of the 200kW batteries and BMS for the zero-carbon cars.

Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal of Williams, said: "Williams has a track record in developing hybrid technologies and the team at Williams Advanced Engineering is working hard to develop a battery system that is reliable and makes for excellent racing."

As with traditional Formula One, the promoters hope the e-motorsport will accelerate technological developments for electric cars. Each race will take place on a city circuit to best simulate driving conditions for passenger e-cars.

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Championship promoter Formula E Holdings, said: “With Formula E being an open championship, the series gives manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their electrical energy innovations.”

Following the first series teams are encouraged to design and build their own cars to promote electric drivetrain technology that will in turn benefit universal e-mobility. For this end, Formula E has dictated batteries cannot be swapped during the race to prevent companies designing evermore-efficient swapping systems that will have no value in passenger vehicles. 

Lead prospects poor following thriving summer

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 12:11 -- Anonymous
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Following a prosperous summer, the price of lead on the London Metals Exchange looks shaky.

Lower automobile production in Europe is effecting the demand of lead around the world. Over the past month the value of lead has fallen about US$100 to around US$2125 a tonne (as at 11.09.13). 

Large scale energy storage and smart grid on German island

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 17:52 -- Anonymous
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The island of Pellworm off the northern coast of Germany
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E.ON Energy has deployed Europe’s first smart local energy system on the small German island of Pellworm in the North Sea.

The system is a platform for testing and refining localised storage of renewably sourced electricity, as well as the operation of a smart grid.

E.ON worked alongside Schleswig-Holstein Netz to install an energy-storage system with data links between customers' electricity meters and the island's wind and solar power plants to harness the maximum amount of locally produced energy possible.

Surplus electricity can be stored in large-scale lithium-ion and redox flow batteries, which are integrated into the regional power grid, as well as in small-scale storage devices at customers' homes for use at times when generation is low.

The project aims to address the problem of intermittency with renewables by balancing output for localised use. The €10 million project received funding from several federal German ministries as part of the Federal Energy Storage Initiative.

Glittering lead prize in Singapore

Wed, 09/11/2013 - 09:49 -- Anonymous
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Brian Wilson, left, receives lifetime achievement award from David Wilson
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Winning lottery cheque? Nobel Peace Prize?  Apple product launch?

No, Brian Wilson (left) receives the International Lead Medal for a lifetime achievement in improving lead battery stewardship from David Wilson at this week's 15ABC in Singapore....

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