Energy storage news: 16.07.14

Sales of electric vehicles in China are set for huge growth, as 30% of all new government vehicles must be ‘new energy’ (electric, hybrid or fuel cell) by 2016. Photo: BMW Brilliance

Sales of electric vehicles in China are set for huge growth as 30% of all new government vehicles must be ‘new energy’ (electric, hybrid or fuel cell) by 2016. Photo: BMW Brilliance

A selection of energy storage news from our Twitter feed over the last week.

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Energy storage news: 11.12.13

China is to build a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with a thermal energy storage system in Delingha, the province of Qinghai. Qinghai already contains more than 60% of the Chinese solar photovoltaic installed capacity. Photo credit: SSE

China is to build its first concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with thermal energy storage system in Delingha, in Qinghai. Qinghai already has over 60% of the Chinese solar photovoltaic installed capacity. Photo credit: SSE

The top energy storage news stories from our Twitter feed over the last week.

  • The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has awarded a GBP£3m contract to EValu8 Transport Innovations, on behalf of the Electric Vehicle Embedded Renewable Energy Storage and Transmission (EVEREST) Consortium. EVEREST is developing modular energy storage systems based on recycled electric vehicle batteries.

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Hong Kong gets first electric bus

BYD electric buses are headed for Hong Kong

BYD electric buses are headed for Hong Kong. Photo credit: 写意人生

In a week that sees Chinese authorities making noises on tackling the country’s dire air pollution problem comes the news that Hong Kong is taking a tentative step in the right direction. And it comes as no surprise that BYD is the company supplying the metropolis’s first electric bus to the Kowloon Motor Bus company.
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Energy Storage China 2014 unveiled

Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai and the China Energy Storage Alliance have announced a collaboration under which the German trade fair organiser will arrange China’s most promising energy storage industry event, Energy Storage China. It will be staged on June 23 to 24, 2014, at the China National Convention Center.

According to the organisers, Energy Storage China is broadly supported by the global energy storage industry, including the German Energy Storage Association, the California Energy Storage Alliance and the Indian Energy Storage Alliance.

Messe Düsseldorf says Energy Storage China will be a unique energy storage conference and expo in China that motivates and influences policy makers, experts, decision makers and manufacturers in the renewable energy and energy storage industry in China. It will also serve as a deal-making and business development platform.

The new conference will continue the legacy that China Energy Storage Alliance has successfully staged for the past two years before its integration into the global energy storage event network, say organisers.

Acta signs distribution partnership

Acta, an Italian clean energy products company, has signed a distribution agreement for the Chinese back-up power and energy storage markets with Shanghai Sunwise Energy Systems. Sunwise is a leading supplier of hydrogen energy systems and distributed energy systems and equipment for the Chinese market.

Through its partnership with Sunwise, Acta intends to strengthen distribution of its electrolysers and Acta Power self-recharging back-up power systems in the Chinese market.

China has the world’s most rapidly growing mobile network, yet faces the challenges of not having an integrated national electricity grid system, so Acta’s products should be invaluable to mobile operators seeking to develop an off-grid mobile network, says Acta.

Nanotech T-shirt offers storage to wear

In the future, energy storage could be as important as style when shopping for clothes.

In the future, energy storage could be as important as style when shopping for clothes. Photo credit: Oxfordian World

What’s the best place to store electricity? Many solutions are being suggested, from household fuel cell energy storage units to your electric vehicle’s lithium-ion battery. But a fascinating article in Nanowerk explores the idea that we’ll one day be powering our wearable electronics with electricity generated and stored in the clothes on our back.
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China to spend $166bn on energy storage

Wind farm in Xingiang, China.

Wind farm in Xingiang, China. Photo credit: taylorandayumi

Analyst group Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) is predicting China could spend between USD$164bn and $192bn on energy storage between now and 2030. The figures are from a study released this week that considers four possible future energy scenarios for the Asian giant. BNEF’s favoured scenario, dubbed the ‘New Normal’, would see energy storage investments topping $166bn.
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Ballard eyes Chinese bus market

Still on the bus beat, Ballard Power Systems has announced a non-binding memorandum of understanding with its partner Azure Hydrogen Corporation of Beijing, China, extending the scope of their collaboration to include fuel-cell buses.

Azure plans to develop fuel-cell bus capabilities in China with Ballard’s technical support and funding from Chinese sources, including private investors and various levels of government.