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CLNR installs li-ion batteries for smart grid project across North England

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:41 -- Anonymous
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Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) has deployed six energy storage devices across live electricity networks in North East England and Yorkshire.

The lithium-ion batteries, manufactured by A123 Systems, have capacities of 5MWh, 200kWh and 100kWh. The energy storage systems are integrated with other network technologies such as voltage control, real time thermal rating and customer solutions of demand response.

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KIT, SMA launch utility-scale PV storage test centres

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:16 -- Anonymous
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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and SMA Solar Technology (SMA) have opened two separate utility-scale solar plants with lithium-ion battery storage in Germany.

KIT inaugurated together with its partners SolarWatt (SW) and Kostal Solar Electric (KSE) a 1MW PV plant coupled with a 100kWh lithium-ion battery storage system at its research centre in Karlsruhe. The project focuses on demonstrating and researching energy storage and grid control. The PV modules were supplied from SW and the inverters from KSE.

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SK Innovation provides 1MW li-ion battery storage for German microgrid project

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:56 -- Anonymous
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South Korean battery maker SK Innovation has secured a deal to supply a 1MW lithium-ion battery storage system for a microgrid pilot project, led by Frauenhofer-Institut, in Magdeburg, Germany.

The 1MW battery has a capacity of 0.5MWh. It is SK’s first export of its energy storage system (ESS) since the company entered business in 2010.

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Ergon to purchase 2MWh of battery storage

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:37 -- Anonymous
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Australian network operator Ergon Energy is to install 20x100kWh lithium-ion batteries across its grid in Queensland.

The power distributor aims to install the first energy storage systems at several locations within the next 12 months and the rest during the following year. The installed batteries will be charged by the grid during off-peak periods at night and discharged at peak periods in the daytime.

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UK’s National Grid: Battery energy storage too costly for balancing services

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:02 -- Anonymous
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Battery energy storage costs need to fall by as much as 99% to be competitive with other grid balancing technologies, according to UK transmission system operator National Grid.

In a report published on 10 July, Future Energy Scenarios 2014, National Grid explored the number of years taken to recover the cost of sodium sulphur and lithium-ion batteries through revenue from individual reserve services – Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) and Fast Reserve - and the decrease in total plant costs that would be necessary in order to recover costs.

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ACME to install lithium-ion battery storage in Africa

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:35 -- Anonymous
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Indian-based solar and telecom equipment supplier ACME has struck a deal for a telecom firm to deliver lithium-ion batteries for energy storage solutions to Africa.

Details of the contract were not disclosed. ACME and its Korean partner Samsung SDI aim to sell up to 110MWh of lithium-ion batteries by 2016 in India and Africa in telecom, solar power, defense sectors and other related industries.

Harish Goyal, chief marketing officer at ACME highlighted that lithium-ion battery storage is the future of energy storage and added: “This green solution has revolutionized the way we store energy by efficiently managing the energy needs in the financially competitive market segment while being challenged environmentally."

This will help users to replace their diesel generators and cut down on the carbon foortprint with higher efficiency," Goyal claimed. It is ACME’s business entry into Africa, a continent with a high usage of polluting fuel-based energy generation.

While battery storage systems have a miniscule share in the overall energy storage segment, it is estimated to capture 50% share globally in this segment by year 2020

The delivery to Africa is expected to be ready by September this year. ACME is currently replacing its lead-acid batteries with storage systems using Samsung SDI’s lithium-ion batteries.

Toshiba 2MW lithium titanate battery to be installed in UK distribution grid

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:10 -- Anonymous
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The UK's University of Sheffield will connect a Toshiba 2MW lithium titanate battery at an energy storage research test facility located at a primary substation owned by Western Power Distribution.

The battery will form a part of the 11kV Grid Connected Energy Storage Demonstrator, which is part of Western Power Distribution’s network. Toshiba will supply the lithium titanate battery to be connected to Willenhall substation near Wolverhampton later this year.

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Moixa Technology to use second life nickel metal hydride EV batteries for domestic storage pilot

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:43 -- Anonymous
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UK domestic energy storage developer Moixa Technology is to use 'second life' Honda Civic nickel metal hydride batteries as part of a state-funded pilot.

In November 2013, Moixa was awarded funding for a £1.3m ($2.2m) project, which will see an aggregated 0.5MWh installed in 300 homes to demonstrate the provision of grid balancing services from domestic battery energy storage.

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Stem to participate in California ISO market

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:12 -- Anonymous
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Energy storage startup Stem is to supply its distributed energy storage devices to the California independent system operator (ISO) market.

Stem combines behind-the-meter energy storage and real-time data analytics for commercial and industrial business. The pilot project between California ISO and Stem provides to bring various distributed storage systems together as one resource and feed it into a demand response system. With aggregating these power resources, the company will be able to dispatch power to the Californian grid in situations of high demand, without impacting customers’ operations, according to Stem.

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Asian lithium battery companies eying UK manufacturing sites – S&C Electric

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:42 -- Anonymous
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Japanese lithium-ion battery manufacturers such as GS Yuasa and possibly Panasonic are eyeing sites in the UK to serve a perceived growing energy storage market, according to S&C Electric Europe.

GS Yuasa’s subsidiary Yuasa Battery Europe has a lead-acid battery manufacturing plant in Ebbw Vale.

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