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Northvolt's $750Mn Battery R&D Center Underway (Ind. Report)
Northvolt
Date: 2021-10-08
Stockholm, Sweden-based battery manufacturer Northvolt reports construction of its $750 million battery technology R&D center is underway. The project includes a new campus with lithium-ion battery design and development facilities for the entire lifecycle from the testing of active materials, cell design, battery systems engineering, to recycling.

The new campus includes a new office complex and space for partners, startups, scale-ups and academia to meet, collaborate and collectively drive forward battery tech development and vehicle electrification. (Source: Northvolt, PR, Automotive Testing Tech, 8 Oct., 2021) Contact: Peter Carlsson, CEO, Northvolt, hi@northvolt.com, www.nortvolt.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northvolt news,  Battery news,  


Battery Recycler Li-Cycle Raises $100 Mn (Funding, Ind. Report)
Li-Cycle
Date: 2021-10-06
Mississauga, Ontario-headquartered lithium-ion battery recycling specialist Li-Cycle reports Koch Strategic Platforms will purchase a $100 million convertible note to support Li-Cycle's growth in North America, Europe and Asia. Li-Cycle currently operates facilities in Kingston, Ontario and Rochester, New York and plans to open additional facilities in Arizona and Alabama and New York, which will create a closed loop recycling ecosystem.

Li-Cycle has two types of facility -- Spokes and Hubs. The Spokes facilities are where batteries are reduced down to produce black mass, which contains materials including lithium, cobalt and nickel that can be recovered, while the Hubs process that recovered black mass back into usable high purity materials. (Source: Li-Cycle, PR, Waste 360, 4 Oct., 2021) Contact: Li-Cycle, 877- 542-9253, info@li-cycle.com, www.li-cycle.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  Li-Cycle,  


DEWA Solar Park Testing Tesla Battery Energy Storage (Int'l.)
DEWA, Tesla
Date: 2021-10-04
In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it is piloting a 1.21MW/8.61MWh energy storage system using Tesla lithium-ion batteries at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the world's largest renewable energy project, in Dubai. The project is DEWA's second battery pilot at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park .

The pilot is intended to test how energy storage can be used to diversify the utility's energy mix at a time when calls for the decarbonisation of the energy sector are increasing. By using energy storage, utilities are able to expand their portfolio of renewables and thereby move away from fossil-fueled energy generation, the release notes. (Source: DEWA, PR, PEI, 4 Oct., 2021) Contact: Tesla, Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack; DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Thayer, CEO, www.dewa.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA,  Tesla Battery,  Energy STorage,  


Lithium-ion Battery Recycling JV Announced (Ind. Report)
PositivEnergy
Date: 2021-09-29
Power Global, a clean energy and mobility products company is reporting a MoU with Miami, Florida-headquartered stationary energy storage integrator PositivEnergy and battery recycling specialist Redivivus.

The partnership aims to develop stationary energy storage solutions that support projected grid demand from electrification and enable the renewable energy transition in global markets. The stationary storage solution is expected to have a life of 15 to 20 years, at the end of which Redivivus will help reclaim up to 92 pct of materials, while recirculating and reprocessing chemical reagents for direct reuse in the recycling process.

Redivivus' "no-burn" Redi-Cycle technology recovers battery materials for secondary markets, reducing the reliance on metal mining. Redivivus will offer mobile Redi-Shred recycling units for Power Global service and sales centers in India and build recycling lines at Power Global's factories in Pasadena, California, and Greater Noida, India. (Source: Power Global, PR, Financial Express, 28 Sept., 2021) Contact: Power Global Corp., (833) 461-7474, info@174powerglobal.com, info@power.global, www.power.global; PositivEnergy, info@positivenergy.us, www. positivenergy.us; Redivivus Technology, www.redivivus.tech

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-ion Battery,  PositivEnergy,  Power Global,  Battery Recycling,  


Dubai Solar Park Tesla Energy Storage Facility Online (Ind. Report)
DEWA, Tesla
Date: 2021-09-27
In the UAE, he Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it has activated a 1.21 MW/8.61 MWh Tesla lithium-ion battery energy storage facility at its 5 GW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest solar project in the Middle East to date.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is expected to include concentrated solar power (CSP) units and hydrogen facilities when completed and fully online in 2030. Presently, the solar park has 1,013 MW of generation capacity in operation. (Source: DEWA, PR, 27 Sept., 2021) Contact: Tesla, Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack;DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Thayer, CEO, www.dewa.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA,  Solar,  CSP,  Tesla,  Battery Energy Storage,  


Battery Resourcers Scores Fresh Funding (Ind. Report)
Battery Resourcers
Date: 2021-09-22
Worcester, Massachusetts-based lithium-ion battery recycling and manufacturing firm Battery Resourcers Inc. reports it has secured $70 million in fresh investment funding. The new funds will be used for commercialization of the company's sustainable closed loop battery active material production and plant expansion in the US and Europe.

Battery Resourcers' technology accepts mixed input of scrap batteries and end-of-life batteries to produce cathode material. (Source: Battery Resourcers, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Battery Resourcers, Michael O'Kronley, CEO , 774-530-6377, www.batteryresourcers.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Resourcers,  lithium-Ion,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Nickel-Hydrogen Battery Startup Raises $100 Mn (Ind. Report)
EnerVenue
Date: 2021-09-15
Battery startup EnerVenue is touting its nickel-hydrogen batteries that the company says will revolutionize stationary energy storage.

According to EnerVenue , its nickel-hydrogen batteries can withstand super-high and super-low temperatures , require little to no maintenance; and it has a far longer lifespan than lithium-ion batteries.EnerVenue's batteries can charge and discharge at speeds ranging from a 10-minute charge or discharge to as slow as a 10-20 hour charge-discharge cycle, though the company is optimizing for a roughly 2 hour charge and 4-8 hour discharge. The batteries are also designed for 30,000 cycles without experiencing a decline in performance.

EnerVenue has raised $100 million in Series A funding from energy infrastructure company Schlumberger and Saudi Aramco's VC arm, along with Stanford University which the company has earmarked for ramping-up nickel-hydrogen battery production and a Gigafactory in the U.S.. The company has a manufacturing and distribution agreement with Schlumberger for international markets. (Source: EnerVenue, PR, TachCrunch, Sept., 2021) Contact: EnerVenue Inc. , Jorg Heinemann, CEO, Chad Spring, Bus. Dev., www. enervenue.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  Battery Energy STorage,  


Sensata Technologies Snares Spear Power Systems (M&A)
Spear Power Systems,Sensata Technologies
Date: 2021-08-25
Attleboro, Mass.-based Sensata Technologie, an industrial technology company and provider of sensor-rich solutions and insights for customers, is reporting acquisition of Grandview, Missouri-based lithium-ion battery energy storage specialist Spear Power Systems.

Spear Power Systems' scalable lithium-ion battery storage systems are cell-agnostic and include proprietary battery management and monitoring for all lithium-ion chemistries from multiple battery suppliers offering high energy density, modular architecture, light weight, and extreme safety and reliability.(Source: Sensata Technologies Inc., PR, 23 Aug., 2021) Contact: Sesata Technologies Inc., 508-236-3800 www.sensata.com; Spear Power Systems, Jeff Kostos, Founder, CEO, 816-237-5007, www.spearpowersystems.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Spear Power Systems,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Li-Ion Battery,  Energy Storage,  


American Manganese, Itavolt Partner on Li-Ion Battery Recycling (Int'l.)

Date: 2021-08-16
American Manganese Inc. is receiving advisory services and funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program to support its Demonstration of Continuous Recycling of Cathode Material from Lithium-ion Battery Production Scrap pilot project to help innovative Canadian small and medium-sized businesses overcome barriers to global market entry and facilitate direct adoption of technology in foreign markets. With NRC support, and in collaboration with Italvolt, American Manganese will model, commission, and test a lithium-ion battery cathode material recycling demonstration plant that will include continuous operation with specific cathode waste processing objectives, such as capacity, extraction efficiency, and material purity.

Italvolt plans to construct one of Europe's largest lithium-ion battery Gigafactory in Scarmagno, Italy, and to collaborate on developing a commercial recycling plant using the American Manganese's patented RecycLiCo™ technology that extracts cathode metals -- lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, and aluminum. -- to be recycled into new battery products (Source: American Manganese Inc., PR, Investing News, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: American Manganese Inc. , Larry Reaugh, Pres., CEO, 778-574-4444, lreaugh@amymn.com, www.americanmanganeseinc.com; RecycLiCo, www.recyclico.com; Italvolt, www.italvolt.com


American Manganese, Itavolt Partner on Li-Ion Battery Recycling (Int’l.)

Date: 2021-08-16
American Manganese Inc. is receiving advisory services and funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program to support its Demonstration of Continuous Recycling of Cathode Material from Lithium-ion Battery Production Scrap pilot project to help innovative Canadian small and medium-sized businesses overcome barriers to global market entry and facilitate direct adoption of technology in foreign markets. With the NRC support, and in collaboration with Italvolt, American Manganese will model, commission, and test a lithium-ion battery cathode material recycling demonstration plant to include continuous operation with specific cathode waste processing objectives, such as capacity, extraction efficiency, and material purity.

Italvolt plans to construct one of Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery Gigafactory in Scarmagno, Italy, and to collaborate on developing a commercial recycling plant using the American Manganese’s patented RecycLiCo™ technology.

American Manganese Inc. is a critical metals company focused on the recycling of lithium-ion batteries with the RecycLiCo™ patented process that provides high extraction and purity of cathode metals -- lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, and aluminum. -- to produce recycled battery products (Source: American Manganese Inc., PR, Investing News, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: American Manganese Inc. , Larry Reaugh, Pres., CEO, 778-574-4444, lreaugh@amymn.com, www.americanmanganeseinc.com; RecycLiCo, www.recyclico.com; Italvolt, www.italvolt.com


Reliance Solar, Bill Gates Invest in Green Power Storage (Int'l.)
Reliance Industries, Ambri
Date: 2021-08-11
Mumbai-based Reliance Industries Ltd subsidiary Reliance New Energy Solar Ltd (RNESL) reports it, along with Paulson & Co. Inc. Bill Gates, and other investors, have invested of $144 million in Massachusetts-based long-duration energy storage specialist Ambri Inc.

Ambri's patented 4-24 hour long- duration energy storage systems will break through the cost, longevity and safety barriers associated with lithium-ion batteries used in grid-scale stationary storage applications. RNESL and Ambri are also in considering a collaboration on a large-scale battery manufacturing facility in India.

Ambri caters to projects requiring from 10 MWh to over 2 GWh of energy storage systems and that are more economical than lithium-ion batteries. Ambri systems are well suited to peak times and high-usage applications, according to the release. (Source: Reliance Industries Limited, PR, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: Ambri, www.ambri.com; About Reliance Industries Limited, Tushar Pania, + 91 9820 088536, tushar.pania@ril.com, www.ril.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar+Storage,  Reliance Industries,  Bill Gates,  Renewable Energy Storage,  Energy Strage,  Ambri,  


New Jersey Clean Energy Startups Funding Announced (Funding)
Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
Date: 2021-08-09
In Trenton, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) , through the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program which is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), has announced funding to the following organizations to help accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies within New Jersey's economy. The following organizations were funded:

  • Andluca Technologies Inc., located in Princeton, is a spin-out of Princeton University that is developing solar-powered smart glass technology. ($74,969), www.andluca.com

  • Arbela Laboratories, located in Randolph, is creating a methanol-fed Pichia platform designed to increase the scale and reduce the costs of biomanufacturing. ($73,000), www. arbelalabs.com

  • Eion NJ Corporation in Princeton is developing a specialty fine-grained mineral material that rapidly captures and stores carbon dioxide when applied to agricultural soils. ($75,000), www.dnb.com/business-directory/company-profiles.eion_corp.c300f040f3b70cd2ba87f619b617c01b.html

  • Farm to Flame Energy, located in Kearny, provides scalable, end-to-end electricity generation systems using biomass for communities in underdeveloped countries. ($74,995), www.farmtoflameenergy.com

  • Green Blu, located in Hamilton, is developing a solar thermal energy-powered brine separation technology for use in desalination, agriculture, and water industries. ($75,000), www.greenblu.co

  • NextGen Battery Technologies, LLC., located in Somerset, is developing a high-voltage, non-flammable solid-state electrolyte for lithium batteries. ($74,939), www.nextgenbattery.com

  • Princeton NuEnergy, located in Bordentown, is developing a battery recycling technology to recycle and reuse used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, portable electronics, and other energy storage devices. ($75,000) www.pnecycle.com

  • RenewCO2, LLC., located in Cranford, is developing an electrochemical process that converts carbon dioxide to plastic precursors and other value-added chemicals conventionally sourced from fossil fuels. ($75,000), www.renewco2.com

  • SunRay Scientific, LLC., located in Eatontown, is commercializing an advanced material adhesive for use in electronics and semiconductor packaging. ($75,000) www.sunrayscientific.com. (Source: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Aug., 2021) Contact: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Judith Sheft, Exec. Dir., (609) 858-6700, www.njeda.com/csit

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


  • Battery, Energy Storage Projects Funded in NJ (Funding)
    New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Trenton, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) , through the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program which is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), has announced funding to the following organizations to help accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies within New Jersey's economy. The following battery and energy storage organizations and projects were funded:

  • NextGen Battery Technologies, LLC., located in Somerset, is developing a high-voltage, non-flammable solid-state electrolyte for lithium batteries. ($74,939), www.nextgenbattery.com

  • Princeton NuEnergy, located in Bordentown, is developing a battery recycling technology to recycle and reuse used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, portable electronics, and other energy storage devices. ($75,000)

  • SunRay Scientific, LLC., located in Eatontown, is commercializing an advanced material adhesive for use in electronics and semiconductor packaging. ($75,000) www.sunrayscientific.com. (Source: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Aug., 2021) Contact: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Judith Sheft, Exec. Dir., (609) 858-6700, www.njeda.com/csit

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  


  • KORE Power Plans Arizona Lithium-ion Battery Plant (Ind. Report)
    KORE Power
    Date: 2021-08-06
    Coeur d'Alene, Idaho-headquartered KORE Power Inc. reports it will construct a 1 million sq-ft lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Maricopa County, Arizona.

    The "KOREPlex" facility will support up to 12 GWh of battery cell production -- sufficient capacity to produce enough power for 3.2 million homes annually.

    KOREPlex will operate with net-zero carbon emissions through strategic partnerships and solar-plus- and storage co-generation and will increase the company's current 2 GWh annual production capacity to 6 GWh.

    KOREPlex construction is slated to get underway this year for production in Q2. 2023 (Source: KORE Power, Area Dev. News, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: KORE Power Inc., 208-758-9391, www.korepower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News KORE Power,  Lithium-ion Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    LG Energy Solutions Aims for 2050 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l.)
    LG Energy Solutions
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In South Korea, Seoul-headquartered advanced lithium-ion battery and energy storage systems specialist LG Energy Solutions reports it aims to transition all business operations to 100 pct renewable energy by 2030, establish a virtual circular value chain for resources by 2025, and eliminate some 960,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: LG Energy Solution, PR, 31 July, 2021) Contact: LG Energy Solutions, www.lgensol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Energy Solutions,  Carbon Neutral,  Battery,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Form Energy Intros Rechargeable Iron-Air Battery (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Form Energy,ArcelorMittal
    Date: 2021-07-30
    Somerville, Mass.-based ArcelorMittal-funded long-duration battery systems developer Form Energy is touting its first commercial product -- a rechargeable iron-air battery capable of delivering electricity for 100 hours at system costs competitive with conventional power plants and at less than 1/10th the cost of lithium-ion batteries, according to the release.

    Form Energy is working with ArcelorMittal on the development of iron materials for Form's battery systems. The materials will be sourced domestically and manufactured for the battery systems near where they will be sited. Form Energy's first project is with Minnesota-based utility Great River Energy. (Source: Form Energy, Website PR, July 26, 2021) Contact: Form Energy, Mateo Jaramillo, CEO, (844) 367-6462, info@formenergy.com, www.formenergy.com; ArcelorMittal, +32 9 347 31 11, www.corporate.arcelormittal.comwww.corporate.arcelormittal.com; Great River Energy, www.greatriverenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  ArcelorMittal,  Great River Energy,  


    Titan Awarded 1.1Mn to ID Dangerous Li-ion Batteries (Funding)
    Titan Advanced Energy Solutions
    Date: 2021-07-28
    Salem, Mass.-based Titan Advanced Energy Solutions, focused on using ultrasound technology to help make batteries run better, safer, and longer lasting, is reporting receipt of $1.1 million in Phase II SBIR funding from the US DOE to develop and build a production-ready prototype of an early warning system that detects hazardous conditions in lithium-ion batteries.

    The Titan award is one of 110 innovative projects from American small businesses and entrepreneurs that the DOE is funding for a total of $127 million.

    The Phase II awards from the DOE's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program go to support the research and development of innovative clean energy technologies toward commercialization.

    Statista, a global business data platform, projects that between 2020 and 2030, the global demand for lithium-ion batteries will increase elevenfold to more than 2 terawatt hours. (Source: Titan Advanced Energy Solutions, PR, 27 July, 2021) Contact: Titan Advanced Energy Solutions, (978) 414-5538, info@titanaes.com, www.titanaes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Li-IonBattery,  Lithium Ion Battery,  Energy STorage,  


    RWE Building German Battery, Run-of-River Facilities (Int'l.)
    EWE
    Date: 2021-07-26
    Essen, Germany-headquartered RWE AG reports it is constructing one of the largest and most innovative battery energy storage systems in Germany. The 117 MW battery system is being installed at the company's plants in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia.

    The batteries will be virtually coupled with RWE's run-of-river hydro power stations along the river Mosel. This coupling process raises the total capacity of the batteries by another 15 pct.

    The roughly €50 million project will incorporate 420 lithium-ion battery racks housed in 47 overseas shipping containers spread across two RWE power stations. The system is expected to start operations at the end of 2022. (Source: RWE, PR, reve, 25 July, 2021) Contact: RWE AG, Roger Miesen, Generation CEO, +49(0)201-5179-0, F+49(0)201-5179-5005, www.group.rwe

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE,  Run-of-River,  Energy Storage,  lithium-ion battery,  


    Siemens, Fluence to Construct German 100MW/200MWh BESS (Int'l.)
    Siemens, Fluence
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Siemens Smart Infrastructure is reporting a letter of intent with Nordostbayern (Future Energy North-East Bayern) for construction of a turnkey 100MW / 200MWh large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) in the town of Wunsiedel, northern Bavaria, Germany.

    Subject to financing, energy storage technology and services provider Fluence, which was formed in 2017 as a Siemens-AES Corporation JV, will provide the lithium-ion battery system. Siemens will handle project management including the building of medium-voltage switchgear equipment and facilitating connection to the local high-voltage grid.

    Siemens broke ground earlier this month on an 8.75MW green hydrogen electrolyser plant at the Town of Wunsiedel's local "energy park". The plant's proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser will be connected to a 6MW battery storage system that Siemens supplied and installed in 2017. The green hydrogen project is scheduled to go into operation in summer 2022, according to the release. (Source: Siemens Smart Infrastructure, PR, Energy Storage, 20 July, 2021) Contact: Siemens Smart Infrastructure, www.linkedin.com/showcase/siemensinfrastructure, www.new.siemens.com/global/en/company/topic-areas/smart-infrastructure.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Fluence,  Energy Storage,  BESS ,  


    Wartsila Supplying 100MW of Energy Storage for UK Projects (Int'l.)
    Wartsila, Pivot Power
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila reports it will supply 100MW / 200MWh of energy storage systems to Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, for its next two projects in the West Midlands, England, to support the roll-out of Pivot Power's innovative Energy Superhub model. Wartsila will install batteries at two sites in the city of Coventry and the borough of Sandwell, on the outskirts of Birmingham.. Construction is due to commence at Sandwell in Q4 2021 and at Coventry in Q1 2022.

    Wartsila is also delivering 50 MW of energy storage for Pivot Power's Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) and 50MW in Kemsley, Kent. The ESO project will include the world's largest lithium-ion and vanadium-flow hybrid grid-scale energy storage system, in partnership with Invinity Energy Systems. The hybrid battery is supporting the development of a high-powered EV charging network delivering power to key locations across the city, and will share a connection to the high-voltage electricity transmission network.(Source: Wartsila. Website PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Wartsila Energy, Mirja-Maija Santala, Marketing, +358 400 793 827, mirja-maija.santala@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com/energy; Pivot Power, www.pivot-power.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery energy Storage,  Wartsila,  Pivot Power,  Energy Storage,  


    Koch Invests $100Mn in Znyth® Battery Maker Eos (Ind. Report)
    Eos Energy , Koch Industries
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Edison, New Jersey-based zinc battery manufacturer Eos Energy Enterprises Inc. is reporting a $100 million investment from Koch Industry subsidiary Koch Investments Group to help build the company's technology.

    Eos's manufacturing plant in Pittsburgh makes long-term energy storage Znyth® batteries that provide storage for renewable energy sources and can be used by utilities, industry and commercial businesses.

    The Znyth® battery is designed to last at least 5,000 cycles, or approximately 15 years, and is safe even in extreme temperatures. The Znyth® battery has a carbon payback time -- the time that it takes to offset GHG footprint -- that is twicew as fast as lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries and three times faster than sodium sulfur and vanadium redox, according to the company. (Source: Eos Energy, PR, Pittsburgh Business Times, July, 2021) Contact: Eos Energy, Joe Mastrangelo, CEO, www.eose.com; Koch Industries, Koch Investments, www.kochequity.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnerSmart,  Eos Energy,  Battery Energy Storage,  Koch Industries,  


    Albemarle Battery Materials Innovation Center Open (Ind. Report)
    Albemarle Corporation
    Date: 2021-07-07
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based Albemarle Corporation, a leader in the global specialty chemicals industry and the only US-based producer of lithium metal anodes , reports the opening of its Battery Materials Innovation Center (BMIC) at its Kings Mountain, North Carolina, site.

    The BMIC is expected to be fully operational this month and will support Albemarle's lithium hydroxide, lithium carbonate and advanced energy storage materials growth platforms.

    Albemarle, the only US-based producer of lithium metal anodes, notes that materials developed in its labs will enable the next frontier of lithium-ion battery performance. Moving from conventional graphite battery anodes to lithium metal offers the potential to double energy density and reduce cost by as much as 50 pct. (Source: Albemarle Corp., PR, 30 June, 2021)Contact: Albemarle Corporation, Luke Kissam, CEO, 225-388-7402, www.albemarle.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Albemarle Corporation,  Battery,  


    AMTE JV Plans Aussie Li-Ion Battery Gigafactory (Int'l. Report)
    AMTE Power
    Date: 2021-07-02
    Caithness, Scotland-headquartered lithium-ion battery specialist AMTE Power is reporting a joint venture agreement with Perth-based Australian infrastructure developer InfraNomics to form Bardan Cells Pty and the construction of a new battery plant in Western Australia.

    The JV will develop the manufacturing, sales and distribution business using AMTE's licensed technology and manufacturing expertise to build cells for use in power storage systems. The company plans an initial manufacturing microcline plant leading to a major "gigafactory" facility. Off-take agreements are being finalised to support the factory build out. (Source: AMTE Power, PR, Website, 2 July, 2021) Contact: AMTE Power, Dave Pell, CCO, +44 (0) 1847 867200, hello@amtepower.com, www. amtepower.com; InfraNomics, Cameron Edwards, +61 434 714 377, www.infranomics.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AMTE Power,  Battery,  Lithium-Ion,  Energy Storage,  


    EnerSys® Now Offering Advanced Lithium-ion Battery (Ind. Report)
    EnerSys
    Date: 2021-06-28
    Reading, Pennsylvania-based energy storage specialist EnerSys® is reporting the addition of high-performance NexSys® iON batteries to its power solutions portfolio. Combining the latest lithium-ion chemistry with cost-effective modularity, NexSysiON batteries are engineered with sustainable Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) large format prismatic cell chemistry that has been heavily researched and built to deliver high energy capacity in a smaller footprint.

    NexSys iON batteries are designed to meet Automotive / Rigorous Functional Safety Standard ISO 26262, exceeding customary industrial compliance standards. With modular construction, the power system can maintain a high State of Charge (SOC) as a result of its speed of recharge capabilities and can be up-sized or down-sized as demands change.

    Ideal for heavy-duty applications, virtually maintenance-free NexSys iON batteries feature an integrated battery management system (BMS) that supports greater safety, reliability and battery life by performing auto-diagnosis, voltage limitation (charge and discharge) and communication of performance data.

    Utilizing a proprietary EnSite™ modeling software, EnerSys can work directly with the customer to "right-size" a NexSys iON battery and NexSys+charger to their vehicle fleet to help eliminate unwanted downtime associated with premature battery failure from improper equipment fitting or charging practices. (Source: Enersys, PR, 23 June, 20210 Contact: Enersys, www.enersys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnerSys,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    ACCIONA Connects Recycled Lithium-Ion Battery Project (Int'l.)
    ACCIONA
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Madrid-based ACCIONA reports it has connected Spain's first renewable energy storage plant using recycled batteries to the grid at the company's experimental 1.2MW photovoltaic park in Tudela, Navarre.

    The installation, which includes four "second-life" lithium-ion, electric vehicle batteries totaling 130kWh capacity, will store solar energy obtained from the plant to later inject it into the grid. The project concludes with a comparative analysis to verify the equal performance of recycled batteries against first use batteries.

    ACCIONA will operate the system from its Renewable Energy Control Center (CECOER) with its global energy management platform GEMS, which enables optimized management, real-time monitoring and analysis of parameters.

    The storage plant is part of the experimental facilities of Montes del Cierzo in Tudela and is the result of a joint project with startup BeePlanet within ACCIONA's open innovation program, I'mnovation. BeePlanet, together with ACCIONA, is part of the Government of Navarre-backed GERA project specializing in energy storage systems. (Source: ACCIONA, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: ACCIONA, Belen Linares, Director of Energy Innovation, +34 91 663 2850, www.acciona.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-Ion,  ACCIONA,  Battery,  Energy STorage,  


    Fortum Plans Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Fortum
    Date: 2021-06-18
    Finland-based conglomerate Fortum reports it will invest roughly €24 million ($28.7 million) to expand its lithium-ion battery recycling capacity by building a new hydrometallurgical recycling plant in Harjavalta, Finland.

    The new facility, which is slated for commissioning in 2023, will recover lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese from old electric vehicle (EV) lithium-ion batteries and recycle other materials back into the battery supply chain, according to the release.

    Fortum uses a combination of mechanical and low-CO2 hydrometallurgical technologies to recycle the batteries with the lowest carbon footprint. (Source: Fortum Waste Solutions, PR, 17 June, 2021) Contact: Fortum Waste Solutions, +45 80 31 71 00, www.fortum.com/products-and-services/fortum-battery-solutions/recycling/lithium-ion-battery-recycling-solution

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum news,  Lithium-Ion Battery news,  Battery news,  


    Caban Systems Secures EaaS Product Funding (Ind. Report)
    Caban Systems
    Date: 2021-06-18
    Burlingame, California-based software-enabled energy storage and management systems specialist Caban Systems reports securing a support package of $35 million from Ember Infrastructure -- a private equity firm supporting businesses that reduce carbon intensity.

    . The investment will help support Caban's growth, manufacturing capacity, scale its Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) product offering, and accelerate the delivery of clean, distributed energy solutions to the global digital infrastructure sector.

    Caban provides end-to-end turnkey infrastructure solutions with a portfolio that includes: long-life lithium-ion storage and energy management hardware, cloud-based remote monitoring software, and a fully integrated EaaS offering. (Source: Caban Systems, Capcity, 18 June, 2021) Contact: Caban Systems, info@cabansystems.com, www.cabansystems.com; Ember Infrastructure, www.ember-infra.com

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    Burns & McDonnell Tapped for TX, Solar, Wind Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Burns & McDonnell
    Date: 2021-05-26
    Kansas City-headquartered engineering firm Burns & McDonnell reports it has been selected by LG Energy Solution and Sustainable Environmental Renewable Capital Partners to provide engineer-procure-construct (EPC) services for three 10-MW/20-MWh lithium-ion, stand-alone battery energy storage systems in the West Texas region.

    The project consists of owner-provided LG Chem battery racks populated with JH3 and JH4 modules. Burns & McDonnell has engaged in its direct-hire subsidiary Ref-Chem to complete construction and installation of the batteries. Containers will be shipped to the job site with empty racks pre-wired to direct current combiner panels and alternating current auxiliary panels. (Source: Burns & McDonnell, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Burns & McDonnell, Matt Domeier, Director Energy Storage, www.burnsmcd.com; LG Energy Solution , www.lgensol.com

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    Group14 Technologies Planning New Battery Prod. Facility (Ind. Report)
    Group14 Technologies
    Date: 2021-05-12
    In Washington State, battery technology start-up Group14 Technologies reports it is considering and seeking capital for construction of a large production facility in Moses Lake before the end of 2021. The new facility is projected to begin production early in 2023. This follows Group14's recent completion of a 27,000-square-foot production facility in Woodinville.

    Group14 Technologies pioneered a carbon-silicon composite to replace graphite anodes that gives rechargeable lithium-ion batteries 50 pct more capacity. Silicon has long been known to be a more efficient material for anodes in rechargeable batteries. However, silicon molecules heat up as electricity flows through them, expanding and becoming brittle. Group14 has solved that problem with a silicon-carbon composite called SCC55, which uses a carbon scaffolding to contain the silicon molecules, giving them space to expand without damaging the anode, according to the company. (Source: Group14 Technologies, PR, 10 May, 2021) Contact: Group14 Technologies, Rick Luebbe, CEO, www.group14.technology

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    Agilitas Energy's RI Energy Storage Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Agilitas Energy
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Wakefield, Mass.-based distributed energy, solar and battery energy storage developer Agilitas Energy reports pre-construction work is underway on a 3 MW/ 9 MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system in Pascoag, Rhode Island.

    The project is expected to begin commercial operation in Q2, 2022, and will provide peak shaving services to the Pascoag Utility District and ancillary services to ISO-New England.

    Agilitas Energy is presently constructing over 40 MW of solar and over 70 MWh of energy storage projects in Massachusetts and New York State. (Source: Agilitas Energy, Website, Pr, 6 May, 2021) Contact: Agilitas Energy, Barrett Bilotta, Pres., 781-486-4007, www.agilitasenergy.com

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    Leclanche Launches Interlinking Battery ESS (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Leclanche
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Swiss lithium-ion battery energy storage specialist Leclanche is reporting the launch of "LeBlock", a new modular battery energy storage system (ESS) based on easily transportable, plug and play racks that can be assembled onsite to reduce costs, complexity and the environmental footprint of stationary ESS installations.

    The LeBlock system assembles liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery racks into 5 ft blocks/units, each with integrated fire protection systems and a capacity of up to 745kWh of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries. (Source: Lechanche, Website PR, May, 2021) Contact: Lechanche, www.leclanche.com

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    PA DEP Report Recommends Increased Solar+Storage (Ind. Report)
    Penna. DEP
    Date: 2021-04-19
    Reporting from Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) this week released the Pennsylvania Energy Storage Assessment: Status, Barriers, and Opportunities report that assesses energy storage capacity statewide and recommends significantly increasing it by pairing solar energy with storage for a cleaner, more resilient electric grid. The report identifies policies, programs, and incentives that decision-makers can pursue to add energy storage technologies to the state energy portfolio and determine the best path forward to increasing energy storage statewide.

    The report recommends pairing grid-scale solar arrays with battery storage to help reduce carbon emissions and increase grid resilience. One way to catalyze this would be to set a state energy storage capacity target, as seven other states have done. There are currently about 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of energy storage capacity in the state. This represents 22 operational or announced energy storage projects, including traditional pumped hydro storage facilities (1.07 GW), lithium-ion batteries (18 megawatts; MW), lead-carbon batteries (12.5 MW), ice and chilled water thermal storage (6 MW), and other technologies providing smaller amounts.

    For example, to get 10 pct of electricity from solar energy, the DEP Pennsylvania’s Solar Future Plan recommends increasing in-state solar energy from about 700 MW today to 11 GW by 2030. If 25 pct of this solar target were paired with a target of 1.5 GW of battery storage, Pennsylvania energy customers could save $273 million per year in wholesale energy costs and cut 2.5 million metric tpy of carbon emissions.

    The Pennsylvania Energy Storage Assessment recommends 14 other measures to foster energy storage investment and integration, including convening a statewide storage issues forum, designating public funding to accelerate storage deployment, establishing incentive programs for storage projects, and accelerating microgrid deployment at critical facilities. As of February, there were 64 solar-plus-storage projects, totaling more than 2.3 GW, in the Pennsylvania portion of the planning queue of PJM, the wholesale electric regional transmission organization serving all or part of 14 states.

    Download the report HERE (Source: Penna., PR, DEP Energy Programs Office MyChessCo, 18 Apr., 2021) Contact: Penna. DEP, www.dep.state.pa.us/Energy/Office

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    Li-ion Battery Maker Investing $33.5Mn to Expand Capacity (Int'l.)
    Lohum
    Date: 2021-04-19
    Greater Noida, India-headquartered lithium-ion battery pack manufacturer and recycling company Lohum plans to invest up to Rs 250 crore ($33.539 million) over the next three years to enhance its capacity with plans to foray into electric four-wheeler battery segment.

    The company, which currently has battery manufacturing capacity of 300 megawatt-hours per annum, plans to set up a new unit at Greater Noida to take its total battery manufacturing capacity to a "gigawatt-hour scale" to respond to the surge in demand from the electric vehicles segment. (Source: Lohum, PT India, 18 Apr., 2021) Contact: Lohum, (202) 841-3158 -- US Office, info@lohum.in, www.lohum.com

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    Li-Cycle Plans Li-ion Battery Recycling Facility (Ind. Report)
    Li-Cycle
    Date: 2021-04-16
    Mississauga, Ontario-headquartered lithium battery recycler Li-Cycle Corp. reports it will build its third commercial lithium-ion battery recycling facility in North America in Gilbert, Arizona, within the Phoenix metropolitan area. Li-Cycle also operates recycling facilities in Rochester, NY and Kingston, Ontario.

    When complete, the Phoenix facility will be capable of processing up to 10,000 tpy of end-of-life batteries and battery manufacturing scrap, bringing Li-Cycle's total recycling capacity to 20,000 tpy. The company's technology converts battery manufacturing scrap and end-of-life batteries into intermediate products including "black mass," a powder that contains a variety of metals including lithium, cobalt and nickel. (Soucre: Li-Cycle, Website PR, 14 Apr., 2021) Contact: Li-Cycle, Tim Johnston, Co-Founder, Exec.Chairman , 877-542-9253, investors@li-cycle.com, www.li-cycle.com

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    NV Li-ion Battery Recycling Plant Progess Reported (Ind. Report)
    American Battery Technology
    Date: 2021-04-14
    Incline Village, Nevada-headquartered American Battery Technology Company reports it's previously announced planned 60,000-square-foot lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Fernle, Vevada,is expected to break ground soon.

    Initially, the plant would recycle 20,000 metric tpy of lithium-ion batteries then scale up to handling 100,000 metric tpy, matching the number of lithium-ion batteries recycled in all of 2018 globally, according to London-based Circular Energy Storage. In the U.S. alone, only 5 pct of all spent battery cells are recycled, according to the U.S. DOE. According to the release, ABTC plans to create a "circular economy for battery metals" using its clean technology platform. The company has a three-pronged approach to supply battery metals -- lithium-ion battery recycling, extraction technology and primary resources. (Source: American Battery Technology Co. , PR, Northern Nevada Business, Apr., 2021) Contact: American Battery Technology Co., Menka Sethi, COO, (775) 473-4744, info@batterymetals.com, www.americanbatterytechnology.com

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    Battery Tech Noon Energy Raises $3Mn (Funding, Ind. Report)
    Noon Energy
    Date: 2021-03-17
    Noon Energy Inc., developer of a revolutionary ultra-low-cost battery technology for long-duration energy storage, reports it has closed a $3 million Seed stage investment led by Prime Impact Fund, At One Ventures, Collaborative Fund, and Xplorer Capital.

    The Noon battery stores energy in the ultra-low-cost elements carbon and oxygen -- storage media that cost well below $1 per kWh capacity, less than the cost of their containers. Noon's battery will provide long-duration stationary storage at a 10x lower storage cost than lithium-ion batteries, enabled by its earth-abundant materials and simple reaction chemistry. Sized at the 100+ hours storage capacity needed, it will make intermittent solar and wind power on-demand, 24/7 year-round, at a lower cost than fossil fuel generation and with zero emissions.

    Applicable to both grid-scale and smaller applications, Noon gives solar-plus-storage days to weeks of reliable storage capacity, increasing critical grid and site resilience. Additionally, its high energy density (double lithium-ion at full system level) will enable longer-range electric ships, trucks, and other vehicles, according to the company. (Source: Noon Energy, PR, Website, Mar., 2021) Contact: Noon Energy, Chris Graves, Founder/CEO, hello@noon.energy, www.noon.energy

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    £1Mn Gravity Energy Storage Demo Set for Testing (Int'l.)
    Gravitricity
    Date: 2021-03-12
    Edinburgh, Scotland-based Gravitricity reports its will soon begin testing its £1 million gravity powered energy storage system at Forth Port's Prince Albert Dock in Leith, Scotland.

    The system uses 25-tone weights that are raised and lowered in underground shafts, such as inactive coal mines, to store and large amounts of power that can be almost instantly delivered as needed. The technology is projected to store energy at half the lifetime cost of lithium-ion batteries, according to Gravitricity.

    The upcoming two-month test programme will confirm modelling and provide data for the company's first full-scale project, which will have up to 8MW of storage capacity.

    Gravitricity is working with Dutch winch and offshore manufacturer Huisman Equipment BV and is developing an Industrial Consortium to take the technology to market. (Source: Gravitricity, Website PR, The Scotsman, Mar., 2021) Contact: Gravitricity, +44 131 554 6966, info@gravitricity.com, www.gravitricity.com

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    Northvolt to Build Energy Storage Systems in Poland (Int'l.)
    Northvolt
    Date: 2021-02-22
    Stockholm-headquartered battery cell start-up Northvolt reports it will construct Europe's largest factory for energy storage systems in Gdansk, Poland, by next year.The The announced $200 million plant will include an R&D center and is an expansion of an existing company built battery system dacility. The expansion will have an initial annual output of 5GWh, and a potential future capacity of 12GWh.

    The Gdansk plant will be fed by lithium-ion battery cells from the company's Northvolt Ett gigafactory in Skelleftea, Sweden, as a raw material and then produce battery modules and larger battery systems for stationary grid and industrial scale energy storage systems for the most part, and additionally industrial energy storage systems. The new facility is expected to to begin operation in 2022. (Source: Northvolt, PR, Website, 19 Feb., 2021) Contact: Northvolt, Peter Carlsson, CEO, hi@northvolt.com, www.northvolt.com

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    Wartsila Supplying Energy Storage for Mexican Wind Farm (Int'l.)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2021-02-10
    Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila Corporation reports it has contracted to install a 10MW battery energy storage system at the Eolica Coromuel Wind Farm near the city of La Paz, Mexico. The 50MW wind energy project is under construction by San Diego-based by Eurus Energy America Corp. -- part of the Tokyo-headquartered Eurus Energy Group -- which operates wind and solar farms globally.

    Wartsilia will provide a grid-connected battery storage system and long-term servicing to the system including remote monitoring, performance guarantees and replacing and repairing components as needed. Wartsilia will use the Finland-headquartered energy storage system integrator's recently launched GridSolv Max containerised lithium-ion battery storage and run on the company's GEMS energy management software platform.

    Mexico is aiming to reach 30 pct renewables by 2021 and 35 by 2024. (Source: Wartsilia, PR, Energy Storage, 8 Feb., 2021) Contact: Eurus Energy Holdings, +81-3-5404-5300 / FAX: +81-3-5404-5301, www.eurus-energy.com; Eurus Energy America, Eurus Energy America, Nick Henriksen, VP, 858-638-7115, 858-638-7125 -- fax; info@eurusenergy.com, www.eurusenergy.com; Wartsila, www.wartsila.com

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    SPARKZ Licenses ORNL Battery Production Technology (Ind. Report)
    ORNL, Sparkz
    Date: 2021-02-05
    The US DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is reporting Knoxville, Tennessee-based battery energy storage start-up Sparkz Energy Systems (SPARKZ) has exclusively licensed ORNL's "fast formation cycling" technology that enables the rapid production of lithium-ion batteries commonly used in portable electronic devices and electric vehicles. The technology reduces production time significantly and also enhances battery performance, which can lead to reduced costs.

    SPARKZ is presently seeking a location for an R&D and prototyping facility to scale their licensed battery technologies to meet the demands of customers in the mobility and grid sectors, according to the release. (Source: ORNL/U.S. Dept. of Energy, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: ORNL/U.S. Dept. of Energy, www.ornl.gov/partnerships; Sparkz Energy Systems, Sanjiv Malhotra, CEO, www.sparkz.energy

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    LAVO Offers Hybrid Hydrogen Green Energy Storage System (Int'l.)
    LAVO
    Date: 2021-01-27
    Australia-based LAVO is touting its hybrid hydrogen Green Energy Storage System as a replacement for lithium-ion battery units, which leave a massive carbon footprint during production.

    The Green Energy Storage System for residential solar systems can store more than 40 kWh of electricity which is supposedly enough for days of off-grid power for an average household. Measuring 66 x 49 x 15.7 inches and weighing 714 lbs, the system's Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to monitor and control energy usage remotely. (Source: LAVO, Website, PR, Men Gear, Jan., 2021) Contact: LAVO, Alan Yu, Pres. www.lavo.com.au

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    Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends and Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-01-25
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • The aftermath of COVID-19 will push economies into a renewable future -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed how societies, businesses, and governments view the world. As various industries saw a decline in the demand for products and/or services throughout the pandemic, the energy industry witnessed the opposite. Energy production and distribution remained essential regardless of the pandemic.

    Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come. For this reason, we don't foresee a job loss, rather a job transfer -- or perhaps a job boom - in renewables in 2021. For those currently working in fossil fuels, this shift will present a great opportunity to transition skills as the energy sector continues to evolve into a clean energy future.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85% on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • BECCS on the short rise -- Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern United States and exports pellets primarily to power plants in the UK, Europe and Japan that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their lifetime carbon footprint by up to 85 pct. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: Enviva Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP., www.envivabiomass.com

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  • Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ENVIVA
    Date: 2021-01-25
    The following has been submitted by ENVIVA Holdings, LP, the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer:
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) -- is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

  • COVID 19 Pandemic aftermath -- Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels and energy will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIV Holdings owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports pellets primarily to formerly coal-fired power plants in the U.K, Europe and Japan. ENVIVA makes pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: Enviva Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, www.envivabiomass.com

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  • UK Battery Energy Storage JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Eelpower, SUSI Partners
    Date: 2021-01-25
    In the UK, London-based Eelpower is reporting a JV with Zug, Switzerland-based SUSI Partners to construct and operate a pipeline of new battery storage assets in the UK. The JV's first project -- a new 50MW battery storage project at Dunsinane, near Dundee, Scotland -- is slated to get underway next month.

    Eelpower is investing in lithium-ion batteries from BYD. SUSI purchased 40MW of Eelpower's existing electricity storage assets, which along with the new assets will continue to be managed by Eelpower. (Source: Eelpower, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Eelpower, Mark Simon, CEO, info@eelpower.co.uk, www.eelpower.co.uk; SUSI Partners, Marco van Daele, Co-CEO and CIO, www.susi-partners.com

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    Generac Beefs-Up Energy Storage with New Division (Ind. Report)
    Generac
    Date: 2021-01-22
    Waukesha, Wisconsin-based US power product manufacturer and supplier Generac is to unite a number of recently-acquired companies to establish a new energy storage business arm. The new division will combine: Maine-based behind-the meter battery storage technologies manufacturer Pika Energy; Enbala Power Technologies, and Neurio Technology -- all of which were previously acquired by Generac -- with Generac's existing connectivity business to create a combined Energy Technology (ET) division to be headed by Russ Minick.

    Generac lauched its PWRCell home energy storage product last Jan. and released a new EX lithium-ion battery module in October, 2020. (Source: Generac, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Enbala Power Technologies, 262-544-4811, www.generac.com; Pika Energy, Ben Polito, CEO, www.pika-energy.com

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    Siemens, Clemson, Duke Research Hydrogen Storage (R&D Report)
    Siemens Energy, Duke Energy, Clemson University
    Date: 2020-12-14
    Siemens Energy, Duke Energy and Clemson University have teamed up to study the use of hydrogen for energy storage and as a low- or no-carbon fuel source to produce energy at Duke Energy's combined heat and power plant located at Clemson University in South Carolina.

    The US DOE awarded Siemens Energy a $200,000 grant for the "H2-Orange" research pilot to be launched in March. 2021. The project will include studies on hydrogen production, storage and co-firing with natural gas as well as evaluate multiple forms of hydrogen production, including green hydrogen, which has the potential to store larger quantities of energy more efficiently and for longer durations than lithium-ion battery technology.

    Duke Energy has actively evaluated hydrogen as a low- or no-carbon fuel source to help meet its net-zero carbon goal by 2050, as have Siemens Energy and Clemson University as they aim for net-zero carbon by 2030. (Source: Siemens Energy AG,Website PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Siemens Energy, www.siemens-energy.com; Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; Clemson University, 864-656-3311, www.clemson.edu

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    BioSolar Launches Green Hydrogen Tech. Venture (Ind. Report)
    BioSolar
    Date: 2020-12-14
    In the Golden State, Santa Clarita-based energy storage technology and materials developer BioSolar, Inc. is reporting the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary, NewHydrogen, Inc., to develop an electrolyzer technology to lower the cost of green hydrogen. This program's existing lithium-ion technology development targeting the high-growth battery electric vehicle (BEV) sector.

    Pound for pound, hydrogen contains 3 times as much energy as natural gas or gasoline and 200 times as much energy as lithium-ion batteries. It is the most abundant and prevalent clean energy in the universe but does not exist in its pure form and must be extracted. As of 2020, nearly 95 pct of hydrogen in the world is made by steam reforming of natural gas (grey hydrogen) or coal gasification (brown hydrogen). Both sources of hydrogen are basically different forms of dirty, carbon heavy, and non-renewable fossil fuels, according to the BioSolar release. (Source: BioSolar Inc., PR, 14 Dec., 2020) Contact: NewHydrogen, Inc., www.NewHydrogen.com; BioSolar Inc., Dr. David Lee, CEO, Tom Becker, Inv. Rel., (877) 904-3733, ir@biosolar.com, www.biosolar.com

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    Greenko Preferred Purchaser for NEC's US Battery Unit (M&A)
    Greenko,NEC Energy Solutions
    Date: 2020-11-25
    Hyderabad, India-headquartered renewable energy company Greenko Energy Holdings has reportedly emerged as the preferred buyer for Westborough, Mass.-based energy storage specialist NEC Energy Solutions in a deal reportedly valued at around $300 million.

    NEC Energy holds the intellectual property rights for megawatt-scale lithium-ion batteries. Greenko, which has a net installed capacity of 6.2 GWdc across 15 Indian States, is committed towards transforming renewable energy from real-time energy to a dispatchable and controlled medium through digitization and storage solutions to support the economy-wide shift towards a carbon-neutral electricity mix, according to the company. The company has already initiated Integrated Renewable Energy Storage Projects in three Indian states. (Source: Greenko Group, Website, MINT, 25 Nov., 2020) Contact: Greenko Group, +91 40 40301000, info@greenkogroup.com, www.greenkogroup.com; NEC Energy, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com

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    ASU, TEXEL Partner on Battery Tech Commercialisation (Ind. Report)
    Arizona State University
    Date: 2020-11-25
    Arizona State University (ASU) and Goteborg, Sweden-based TEXEL Energy Storage are reporting an agreement to commercialize a new battery technology developed in partnership with US DOE Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL).

    The battery, which uses no rare metals and is potentially more cost-effective than lithium-ion batteries in large scale, is based on Metal Hydrides and Hydrogen, and has more than twenty times higher energy density than other heat storage.

    Under the agreement, ASU will analyse the TEXEL technology and evaluate its competitiveness to other energy storage technologies in solar and storage peaker plants, microgrids, critical public infrastructure and residential and commercial building applications. (Source: ASU, PR, Website, Nov., 2020) Contact: Arizona State University, Assoc. Prof. Nathan Johnson, Director of the Laboratory for Energy and Power Solutions , (408) 727-5271, NathanJohnson@asu.edu, www.asu.edu; TEXEL Energy Storage, Lars Jacobsson, CEO , +46 31 17 00 00 www.texles.com

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    Tesla to Install Another Giant Battery in Australia (Int'l.)
    Neoen,Tesla
    Date: 2020-11-06
    Paris-headquartered Neoen SA reports it will partner with Tesla Inc. to install one of the world's largest lithium-ion batteries in Geelong, Victoria State, Australia after reaching a grid connection deal with the power market operator.

    The 300-MW Victorian Big Battery using Tesla's Megapack technology will be double the size of Neoen's Hornsdale site in South Australia, which was the largest facility when it began operation in 2017. The new system will help modernize and stabilize the coal-dependent local grid, which is targeting 50 pct of its power to come from renewable sources by 2030. The new battery is expected to be operational by the end of 2021. (Source: Neoen, PR, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: Neoen, www.neoen.com; Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

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