Energy storage news: 10.09.14

The process of lithium plating taking place during the charging of lithium-ion batteries has been observed by scientists at Technische Universität München, Germany.

The process of lithium plating taking place while lithium-ion batteries charge has been observed at Technische Universität München, Germany. Photo: Andreas Heddergott/TUM

This week’s energy storage news headlines from our Twitter feed.

  • NEC Energy Solutions will supply a large utility in California with a 3.9MWh lithium-ion battery-based grid energy storage system.
  • ABB and BYD have announced a global energy storage collaboration, which will focus on electric vehicle charging, on- and off-grid renewable energy storage, batteries and marine energy storage.
  • WiTriCity plans to dramatically increase its electric vehicle wireless charging power transfer potential.

  • Meanwhile, researchers at Ohio State University have tracked the flow of lithium atoms in and out of a battery’s electrode, using a neutron beam.
  • In August, the Nissan Leaf broke the US record for monthly sales of a pure electric vehicle model.
  • The Energy Collective looks at how utilities could change to overcome disruption caused by solar energy storage.
  • Electric vehicle batteries may last much longer than previously thought, according to CleanTechnica.
  • Green Automotive Company is ceasing its UK operations and restructuring its electric vehicle business, as a Creditors Voluntary Liquidation under the UK’s Insolvency Act.
  • The world’s first electric car ferry, a Norled ZeroCat, will be delivered to Norway on 17 October.
  • Simbol Materials is extracting lithium from a geothermal power plant at Salton Sea, California.
  • A new Rocky Mountain Institute project will focus on reducing the balance-of-system costs for battery energy storage.
  • Greentech Media takes a look at ViZn, the zinc-iron flow battery storage start-up company, and S&C Electric Company.
  • EnerG2 and Battery Innovation Center are collaborating on the development of portable battery prototypes which have lithium metal oxide cathodes and silicon carbon composite anodes.
  • The debate about the best energy storage technology is misguided, says Resource Investor.

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