United States utility-scale power storage designer GlidePath register for battery reusing partnership

Oct 30, 2020 04:33 PM ET
  • US programmer GlidePath Power Solutions has actually signed up to use a full life-cycle monitoring platform for the batteries it uses, consisting of reusing as well as repurposing as it looks for to "solve the recycling and also re-use instance in advance, not down the track".
United States utility-scale power storage designer GlidePath register for battery reusing partnership
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The renewable resource and power storage project programmer has actually partnered with Renewance Inc, a carrier of software application services, consultancy as well as project administration solutions to the industrial battery sector, focused on managing liabilities for batteries at the end of their life along with during their preliminary lifecycle.

This consists of the provision of recycling solutions to the power storage space sector, and also GlidePath will make use of Renewance Connect, an electronic platform targeted at helping possession proprietors to manage their batteries, including conformity with laws and service warranties.

Renewance claimed it has already recycled lithium battery storage space systems used at large power storage space projects for other customers consisting of two 18MWh lithium iron phosphate (LFP) systems running in the US' mid-western PJM Interconnection market.

" Our profile of energy storage space projects has been expanding for some time now and also, in order to sustain this upward trajectory, we are planning ahead about the full life process of batteries," GlidePath CEO Chris McKissack said.

" Teaming with Renewance is a vital action toward making battery recycling and also re-use common practice in energy storage."

In addition to aiding with the end-of-life management of batteries, GlidePath likewise claimed that making use of the system will certainly assist the designer reduce running expenses and intricacy.

Inquiries need to be responded to earlier as opposed to later

While most bigger lithium-ion battery storage space systems only actually began to be installed in significant numbers in the middle of the past decade, indicating that the volumes of batteries available for recycling as systems are deactivated continue to be small, GlidePath management said that it intends to take on the question quicker rather than later.

Anne Foster, head of ESG at GlidePath's parent business Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners said that "collaborations like these are crucial if we are to improve the overall sustainability of renewable energy options helped by battery storage space".

"The industry needs to deal with the recycling and also re-use instance upfront, not down the track," Foster said, including that Quinbrook considers recycling and also re-use of batteries to be an "increasingly essential 'have to have' service".

While recycling of the various products and also elements of lithium-ion batteries is still not as developed as the equivalent 'reverse supply chain' in the lead acid battery market, there are already a handful of firms working to commercialise recycling, such as Canadian company Li-Cycle, which is constructing centers in the United States in upstate New York along with an existing center in its home country.

At the Energy Storage Digital Summit organized by our author Solar Media earlier this year, experts Chloe Holzinger and also Youmin Rong of IHS Markit provided a discussion on the present and also future potential customers for recycling lithium batteries. Holzinger claimed along with the demand for sustainability, such will certainly be the quantities of offered materials and their recoverable value that basically all stakeholders in the "more comprehensive lithium-ion battery supply chain" will see it as remaining in their straight passions to develop a reliable recycling community.

Similarly, in a meeting released this month by Energy-Storage. news, electrical and also energy systems professional Bo Normark said that he believed that not only will "incredibly high recycling prices" of products in lithium-ion batteries be attainable yet that the "substantial market" for lithium batteries in many different markets and also industries suggests that the requirement to "solve the recycling chain," is instant.

Normark is a commercial approach executive for EIT InnoEnergy, a European power tech advancement accelerator and incubator, which assists lead the European Battery Alliance, working to establish a lithium battery production supply chain on the continent. The Alliance has aided battery manufacturers including Swedish start-up Northvolt, which is targeting production of batteries using 50% recycled materials in future.