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.

  • Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have discovered that dendrites, which cause lithium-ion batteries to fail, form in the electrode, not the electrolyte.
  • Selenium sulfide composite cathodes could increase the energy density of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery five times, according to the Argonne National Laboratory.
  • Stem, the battery energy storage company based in California, has gained more Series B funding, this time from Angeleno Group, a clean-tech investor.
  • SolarReserve, based in the US, has opened an office in Australia to target the mining industry with its concentrated solar power and energy storage technology.
  • An inquiry by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, has found no manufacturer-related defects were involved in recent Tesla Motors Model S fires.

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