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Nissan testing LEAF as electrical power storage and supply for office buildings; LEAF-to-Building a development of LEAF-to-Home

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Vehicle-To-Building” allows up to six Nissan LEAF EVs to be connected to a building’s power distribution board. Charging is phased during the day so at peak hours, when electricity is most expensive, the building draws power from the cars. It can also be used as backup power source in case of a power outage and/or shortages.

Sanyo to Begin Mass Production of Li-ion Systems for Power Storage and Light Electric Vehicle Applications

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Sanyo Li-ion systems for power storage (left) and light electric vehicle (right) applications. Power generation. Click to enlarge.

BMW i home energy storage system integrates 2nd-life i3 vehicle batteries

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BMW i announced a home stationary energy storage system solution integrating its BMW i3 vehicle battery at EVS 29 in Montréal. ChargeForward.

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BMW Group and Vattenfall start new research project on the secondary use of EV batteries

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BMW Group and Vattenfall have started a new research project on the secondary use of high-voltage EV batteries using batteries from the MINI E and the BMW ActiveE as stationary power storage. Brief

Sumitomo installs first large-scale power system using used EV batteries

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This commercial scale storage system, built on Yume-shima Island, Osaka, will begin operating in February 2014. Earlier post.)

New Li-S battery shows cycle performance comparable to that of Li-ion batteries along with more than double the energy density

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750 mAh g –1 over 500 cycles (85% of the initial capacity). Credit: ACS, Lee et al. Click to enlarge. 1 and 2500 Wh kg ?1. metal anode. 1300 mAh g ?1

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Nissan and Endesa collaborating to deliver vehicle-to-grid systems to market

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This Vehicle to Grid (V2G) system consists of the Endesa two-way charger and an energy management system that can also integrate such off-grid, and renewable, power generation as solar panels and wind turbines. Designing and evaluating potential affordable energy and mobility pack offers. —Paul Willcox, Chairman of Nissan Europe. Brie

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Ioxus introduces 3 new ultracapacitor modules targeting automotive, wind, industrial applications

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The iMODTM 16V/500F provides power density up to 95% greater than modules currently on the market. iMOD 48V/165F. Click to enlarge. Brief

China BAK receives $1.9M government subsidy for Li-ion battery module project; more orders for e-bike packs

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China BAK’s battery module is consists of cylindrical cells that can be used in electric vehicles (EVs), electric motors, electric bicycles (e-bikes) and power storage. China BAK Battery, Inc. The government funds will be used to further develop the battery module. Brief

Prayon obtains worldwide sublicense for lithium iron phosphate battery material

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superior safety profile of which offer great potential for hybrid and electric vehicle batteries as well as stationary applications (solar and wind power storage systems). Belgium-based Prayon Group has obtained a worldwide. suitable LFP/LMP producers capable to address the market demand with high quality products. Phosphates (OCP S.A.)

Vattenfall contracts with BMW for up to 1,000 new 33 kWh Li-ion batteries this year for storage projects in wind farms

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Vattenfall will purchase the new batteries from the BMW plant in Dingolfing and use them in all storage projects. The first energy storage from the BMW-i3 batteries is being built at the 122 MW onshore wind farm “Princess Alexia” near Amsterdam. megawatts (MW), it is Vattenfall’s first large storage project in the Netherlands.

Royal Academy of Engineering and Highview create 5-year research chair in liquid air energy storage

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Professor Yulong Ding is the newly appointed Highview Power Storage/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Energy Storage.

Toshiba’s SCiB battery for the Fit EV

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Honda selected Toshiba Corporation’s SCiB rechargeable Li-ion battery to power the Fit EV. 20Ah SCiB cell. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.)

Lightning Hybrids releases initial emissions testing results for medium-duty hydraulic hybrids

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Lightning Hybrids’ system functions like other hybrids that add a secondary power source to an existing engine. The Lightning Hybrid system.

Ioxus introduces new iCAP ultracapacitor series with a 3,000F cell

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for rubber tire gantry cranes in ports); backup power and uninterruptible power supply (UPS); power conditioning; and renewable energy systems.

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Volvo Car Group testing lightweight structural energy storage material applied in trunk lid and plenum cover

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The trunk lid is a functioning electrically powered storage component and has the potential to replace the standard batteries seen in today’s cars.

Prototype electric New Flyer transit bus powered by 120 kWh MHI MLiX Li-ion pack in operational testing in Manitoba, Canada

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An all-electric, battery-powered prototype demonstration bus under joint development by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. The 40-foot “E-Bus” is based on New Flyer’s 40-foot Xcelsior heavy-duty transit bus and is powered by a 120 kWh lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack developed by MHI. Earlier post.) cells (185 Wh-class). Resources.

Global investment in renewable power reached $270.2B in 2014, ~17% up from 2013; biofuel investment fell 8% to 10-year low

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Global investment in renewable power and fuels (excluding large hydro-electric projects) was $270.2 Biomass Fuels Power Generation Solar Wind

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Mitsubishi Heavy develops containerized large-scale Li-ion energy storage system

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MHI), has developed Japan’s first cargo container-type large-capacity energy storage system using Li-ion batteries. The system is capable of providing power of up to one megawatts (MW), and its mobility makes the system suitable for a wide range of applications, including emergency use. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., (MHI),

Sharp developing Intelligent Power Conditioner enabling EV batteries to be used as storage batteries for home power

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Sharp Intelligent Power Converter. The technology can make use of EV traction batteries as part of a residential power storage system.

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New Mitsubishi Electric regenerative power optimization technology for railways reduces total energy consumption by up to 5%

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The technology enables full use of regenerative power in trains through real-time control of voltages at nearby substations. Click to enlarge.

Toshiba to partner with Kawasaki City on 5-year demo of independent energy supply system utilizing solar power and hydrogen

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Hydrogen electrical power storage capacity is 350 kWh. Fuel Cells Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Hydrogen Storage Japan Power Generation

Toshiba supplying H2-based energy supply system to Tohoku Electric Power; evaluating H2 for overcoming fluctuations from renewables

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Toshiba Corporation will support a two-year study of power management to be done by Tohoku Electric Power Co., Brief

A123 Systems awarded new patent on high-power capability nanoscale lithium transition metal phosphates

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The US Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) has awarded A123 Systems a patent covering nanoscale lithium transition metal phosphates with high power capability. have discovered unique behavior and phase composition at the nanoscale for ion storage materials based on alkali transition metal phosphates. M includes Fe, z is between about 0.15

Researchers demonstrate concept desalination battery

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in seawater; step 4, exchange to new seawater. Credit: ACS, Pasta et al. Click to enlarge. Their paper is published in the ACS journal Nano Letters.

ZSW develops process for Li-ion batteries with extended cycle life; 10,000 charge cycles

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The cells have a power density of 1,100 W/kg. The Lithium-ion batteries are intended for use in electric vehicles and as solar power storage systems. O 2 composite electrodes for lithium-ion batteries, Journal of Power Sources , Volume 210, Pages 276-285 doi: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2012.03.017. —Dr. Co 0.15 Al 0.05

Researchers synthesize battery cathode from lignin derivatives

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Renewable energy systems based on intermittent sources require methods for power balancing over time, and thus some means of storage. Charge storage in organic polymers rarely gives energy and power densities, gravimetric or volumetric, that match the needs for secondary batteries and supercapacitors. and 0.4 and 0.75

IEA: Estonia is pioneering technologies for more efficient and cleaner use of oil shale

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Different that shale oil—i.e., Estonia has more than 4 billion tonnes of estimated reserves—just over 1.1% In 2012, Estonia mined 15.86

New automotive application for second-life batteries from electric vehicles

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On the sidelines of the COP21 summit, Carwatt and its partners Renault, Paris City Council, BPI France, the Alès École des Mines Engineering School, and the Bobigny Business Campus are showing a converted Renault Trafic powered by second-life lithium-ion batteries recycled from Renault electric cars. Brief

Hitachi Doubles Life of Industrial Li-ion Batteries with Manganese-Based Cathode Materials

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Lithium-ion batteries using the newly developed cathode material are expected to be used for electrical power storage in wind power generation and other new energy fields, and as industrial power sources for electric-powered construction machinery designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Earlier post.).

CODA Automotive Battery Joint Venture Secures $394M of Committed Capital for Expansion

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California-based electric car and battery company CODA Automotive ( earlier post ), together with its China-based joint venture partner, Lishen Power Battery, has secured $394 million of committed capital. In 2009, CODA, which had an existing long-term sourcing contract with Lishen (Tianjin Lishen Battery Joint-Stock Co., Earlier post.

Toshiba to supply 40MW-40MWh Li-ion storage system to Tohuku Electric Power

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Toshiba Corporation will supply a large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) to Tohoku Electric Power Company’s “Minami-Soma Substation Project to Verify the Improvement of Supply-demand Balance With Large-capacity Power Storage Systems″. end of February 2016. Brief

Toshiba Partnering with Mitsubishi To Develop Li-ion SCiB Battery Systems for EVs

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Toshiba positions the SCiB as a new business with promising long term growth potential—and one that is already showing its versatility, as the SCiB has already been selected for an electric bicycle, an electric motorcycle, and as part of the power storage in a microgrid system. 50A). Earlier post.).

ELIIY Begins Mass Production of Li-ion Batteries

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Keio University spin-out ELIIY Power Co., ELIIY plans to market stationary power systems for commercial and residential applications. Nikkei. has begun operations at its new Li-ion battery manufacturing plant in Kawasaki. Earlier post.). 2012, it will build an adjacent factory that will be capable of making 1 million cells a year.

INEES report shows intelligent integration of EVs reduces power fluctuations, but not currently economically viable

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The findings of the report show that it is technically possible to absorb grid power fluctuations by connecting electric vehicles to the power supply.

Corvus Energy’s marine lithium polymer battery pack used in Europe’s first hybrid tugboat

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Corvus’ lithium polymer batteries last up to 10 times longer and have up to 10 times more power and energy storage than lead acid batteries. In 2011, Foss incorporated Corvus’ lithium polymer batteries into the Campbell Foss, introducing the next generation in energy and power storage solutions into the Tugboat industry.

Ohio Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program Recommends Nearly $7.2M in Funding for 6 Projects; 3 Li-ion Awards

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The Ohio Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program supports research and development that addresses the technical and cost barriers to commercialization of advanced energy components and systems, with preference to wind, biomass, and energy storage in Ohio. The Ohio Third Frontier Advanced Energy Program recently recommended nearly $7.2 1.12.

OM Group to Acquire Advanced Battery Manufacturer EaglePicher Technologies for $171.9M

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EaglePicher is also actively pursuing opportunities that would leverage its advanced power storage technologies to serve the rapidly growing alternative energy market. million to develop a new generation of high energy, low cost planar liquid sodium beta batteries for grid scale electrical power storage applications.

NYSERDA Awards Ultralife $2.4M for Advanced Energy Storage System

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million by The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for the design, development, prototyping, scale-up and installation of a 1 megawatt-hour advanced energy storage system on Ultralife’s Newark, New York corporate campus. Ultralife Corporation recently was awarded approximately $2.4

New Energy and City of Roanoke, VA to demonstrate MotionPower System for generating electricity from moving cars at the Roanoke Civic Center

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New Energy Technologies, Inc. NET) and the City of Roanoke, Virginia, plan to debut jointly NET’s MotionPower-Express system, capable of generating electricity from moving vehicles. Earlier post.) to 6 p.m. on 22 October. Brief