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Lithium dreams: The surreal landscapes where batteries are born
Batteries that power our smartphones need lithium – an increasingly precious resource. Could Bolivia supply the world?
Oct 9, 2019 // Storage, USA, Germany, Chile, South america, Europe, lithium, North America, Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni, Stephen Kesler, Tesla Motors, LITCO, Marco Antonio Limachi, COMIBOL, Evo Morales
‘They created a rechargeable world’
American John B. Goodenough, Brit Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino, from Japan, have received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for developing the lithium-ion battery. A statement from the Royal Academy of Sciences of Sweden said the invention “laid the foundations of a society without wires and fossil fuels, and [they] are of great benefit to humanity”.
Oct 9, 2019 // Technology, Storage, USA, Japan, Lithium-ion batteries, Germany, UK, Europe, Asia, North America, John B. Goodenough, Brit Stanley Whittingham, Akira Yoshino, Nobel Prize
Do lead batteries have a role in the clean energy transition?
The Consortium for Battery Innovation has outlined research goals for advanced lead-based battery concepts, claiming the potential of the technology is “nowhere near fully exploited”. The group, comprised of lead-battery industry stakeholders, says such devices can play an important role alongside lithium-ion and other storage technologies in electric vehicles, renewable energy storage and other applications.
Oct 9, 2019 // Technology, Storage, storage, Consortium for Battery Innovation, Alistair Davidson
The sun shines only at night
Engie has been selected to supply a solar power plant in Guam with 50 MWdc of generation capacity and approximately 300 MWh of storage – with the express purpose to deliver 100% of the electricity after sunset.
Oct 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, USA, storage, Engie, North America, guam, Samsung SDI
Engie wins 50MWp/300MWh solar-plus-storage duo on Guam
Engie has been hired by Guam’s state electricity utility to build two solar-plus-storage plants with a combined capacity of 50MWp/300MWh on the Micronesian island.
Oct 8, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Grids, USA, storage, Engie, auctions, solar-plus-storage, Oceania, North America, tenders, Micronesia, guam, guam power authority, Carlalberto Guglielminotti
Embrace clean energy or risk US$71bn in stranded coal assets, Japan told
Japan risks saddling its citizens with an inefficient, economically obsolete power fleet if it doesn’t rethink its current plans for a large-scale roll-out of new coal, experts have warned.
Oct 8, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Japan, SunPower, utility-scale PV, Asia, coal phase-out, total solar, thinktank, carbon tracker, japan solar
Coal costs see PacifiCorp turn to major solar-plus-storage build-out
PacifiCorp has formalised a long-anticipated shift from coal to solar, wind and battery storage, setting ambitious targets underpinned by a belief in clean energy’s sound economics.
Oct 7, 2019 // Storage, USA, Virginia, pv power plants, utilities, Dominion Energy, solar-plus-storage, BESS, North America, PacifiCorp, Rick Link, Chad Teply, coal phase-out
An oasis of PV
A new study shows that solar may help reduce water pumping costs in a desert oasis of Mauritania by more than 300%, while also considerably reducing water losses. The researchers claim that PV water pumping may also help prevent the desertification of these areas.
Oct 7, 2019 // Technology, Storage, storage, Africa, thin-film PV, Mauritania, PV water pumping systems, Sahara Desert
Ireland allocates 110 MW in large scale storage auction
Originally intended to commission 140 MW of storage, the tender drew three winning projects: a 50 MW system and two 30 MW facilities. Eirgrid has estimated the total value of the contracts at around €6 million per year.
Oct 4, 2019 // Storage, Grids, Ireland, Europe, auction, Eirgrid Group
Corsica hosts 5 MW/7.5 MWh solar plant with Tesla batteries
The project is in Giuncaggio, in the northeastern part of the French island, and was built with Tesla Powerpack batteries, a Nidec power management system and a new power management device from the project’s developer Corsica Sole.
Oct 4, 2019 // Plants, Storage, TESLA, France, SunPower, Europe, Corsica, Nidec, Anthony Bonello
Australia’s Horizon to replace overhead network with solar and batteries
A recent project milestone saw the disconnection of properties from overhead lines and will enable 64km of poles and wires to be replaced by off-grid solar-plus-battery solutions.
Oct 4, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Residential, Storage, Australia, Oceania, aemc, Horizon, Stephanie Unwin
Chad gets financing for large scale solar-plus-storage project
An €18 million loan has been provided by the African Development Bank. The solar park, planned for capital N’Djamena, will be coupled to 4 MWh of storage.
Oct 4, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, storage, Africa, African Development Bank, chad, amea power
PacifiCorp’s draft resource plan adds significant new solar+storage generation
PacifiCorp released a draft of its long-term energy plan that continues investments in new wind generation and transmission, while adding significant new solar and storage resources. The plan, which is the result of a comprehensive data analysis and stakeholder input process, demonstrates the company’s adoption of additional lower-cost renewable resources to meet customer needs and support for its phased coal transition.
Oct 4, 2019 // Markets & Finance News, Storage, USA, storage, North America, PacifiCorp, Rick Link, Chad Teply, Wyoming
SunPower awarded solar-plus-storage carports in California
US solar firm SunPower is to deploy 3.7MW of solar carports across 10 locations in Contra Costa County, California, with some of the sites using energy storage.
Oct 4, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, California, USA, SunPower, solar-plus-storage, North America, contra costa, carport, helix roof system, Frank Di Massa
Australia’s Townsville battery gigafactory reaches new milestone
Plans to develop an 18 GWh lithium-ion battery factory in northern Queensland have reached an important milestone with the project feasibility study submitted to the Queensland government.
Oct 4, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Storage, Australia, Oceania, lithium-ion battery, Siemens, Magnis Energy, James Cook University, Edify Energy, Cameron Dick, Durr Megtec, Ausenco
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