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Mitsubishi gears up for 50MW Na-S ESS

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:36 -- Paul Crompton
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Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric Corp is set to supply a 50-MW sodium-sulfur energy storage system at a power plant in Fukuoka prefecture.

The company received an order from Kyushu Electric Power Co Inc for installation of the ESS to be deployed at the site by the end of March 2016.

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Japanese firm to double Li-ion separator production

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:29 -- Paul Crompton
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Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical is set to more than double its lithium-ion secondary battery separators production capacity to meet demand.

Marketed under the PERVIOTM brand name, the company plans to build a new plant at its subsidiary in South Korea and boost production at its Ohe Works in Japan by around 1.3 times by next spring.

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Toshiba to supply Li-ion batteries for Japan’s biggest BESS

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:38 -- Paul Crompton
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Japan’s Toshiba Corporation is to supply lithium-ion batteries for the country’s largest battery energy storage system (BESS).

The company’s batteries will be used in the 40MW-40MWh BESS, which aims to stabalise Japan’s grid using energy from renewable sources.

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Japanese firms at heart of 6MW American BESS

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 11:01 -- Paul Crompton
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Two Japanese firms have joined forces to create a 6MW lithium titanate Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in the U.S.

Project owner Sumitomo Corporation will use Toshiba’s SCiB™ (Super Charge ion Battery) lithium-ion batteries to provide a frequency regulation service to PJM, one of North America’s largest grid operator.

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Just add water for emergency back up

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 17:01 -- Paul Crompton
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It hardly seems like we’re weeks away from the fourth anniversary of the Fukishima nuclear disaster following the Tsunami in March 2011, but it is far from erased from the Japanese psyche as visitors to the Smart Energy show in Tokyo (incorporating battery Japan) would have noticed.  

Being without electricity has stimulated a market for “Doomsday Preppers” in the form of home, office and larger power back up systems.

Picture: And don't forget the ice and lemon.........

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BASF and Toda Kogyo form new Li-ion firm in Japan

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:54 -- Paul Crompton
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(Left) Dr. Joerg Christian Steck, Representative Director & President of BASF Japan, (Right) Mr. Shigeru Takaragi, President, TODA KOGYO CORP.
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Chemical companies BASF and Toda Kogyo have teamed up to launch a joint venture firm based in Japan to manufacture cathode active materials (CAM) for use in lithium-ion batteries.

The company BASF Toda Battery Materials will focus on the research and development, production, marketing and sales for cathode materials for the automotive, consumer electronics, and stationary storage markets.

Pic: (Left) Dr. Joerg Christian Steck, Representative Director & President of BASF Japan, (Right) Mr. Shigeru Takaragi, President, TODA KOGYO CORP.

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Saft moves into Japanese market with Li-ion ESS

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:28 -- Paul Crompton
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French battery firm Saft is moving into the Japanese market after winning a contract to supply a containerised lithium-ion energy storage system (ESS) to the country.

The ESS project - a first for Saft in Japan - will offer a nominal storage capacity of 520kWh and 1MWh peak power output on Niijima, a volcanic island in the Philippine Sea.a

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LG Chem signs $272m deal to supply Li-ion ESSs to Japan

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:15 -- Paul Crompton
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LG Chem signs $272m deal to supply Li-ion ESSs to Japan
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South Korea's LG Chem Inc. has secured a deal to supply lithium-ion energy storage systems (ESS) to Japan.

The nation's largest battery manufacturer will supply ESSs for four solar plants in a contract worth more 300 billion won (US$272.7 million).

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Japan wants to boost battery storage with $779m incentive scheme

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 14:47 -- Anonymous
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Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is to subsidise the installation of distributed battery storage and energy-efficient technologies with a $779m incentive scheme.

The programme is aimed to encourage factories and small businesses to be more energy efficient. The incentive should also increase the installation of energy storage systems at PV power plants and grid substations. The deployment of the battery systems should strengthen electricity grids to facilitate growing levels of renewable energy sources.

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BASF and Toda Kogyo form cathode material JV

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:14 -- Anonymous
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Chemicals giant BASF and cathode material developer Toda Kogyo have established a cathode active materials (CAM) joint venture (JV) in Japan.

The JV will focus on researching and manufacturing cathode materials including nickel cobalt aluminum oxide, lithium manganese oxide and nickel cobalt manganese for lithium-ion batteries.

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