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After buying A123 Energy Solutions, Takashi Ohara of NEC talks to Energy Storage Report about his company's plans for grid-scale, grid-edge and domestic battery energy storage in the USA, Europe, Asia and in developing economies, such as Africa and India.

NEC has big plans for energy storage

When NEC announced it was going to pay USD$100m for A123 Energy Solutions, it was clear that the lithium-nanophosphate battery manufacturer was well and truly back after bankruptcy and a spell of developing its business…


In the wake of new lithium-ion battery storage subsidies in Japan, NEC has bought A123's grid energy storage unit. Photo credit: A123 Systems

Energy storage news: 26.03.14

The top energy storage news headlines from our Twitter feed this week. SolarCity has frozen its solar energy storage programme, blaming the reluctance of utilities in California to connect their systems to the grid. NASA and the…


A123 Long Duration grid storage system. Pic courtesy of A123 Systems

A123 unit goes Hawaii Live-O

A123 Energy Solutions yesterday announced the first commissioning of its Long Duration grid storage system in Hawaii for the Maui Electric Company (MECO). The energy storage installation can provide 1MW for up to one hour and will…


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Wanxiang scoops up A123

Chinese auto giant Wanxiang has beaten US Johnson Controls, Japan’s NEC and German concern Siemens AG to scoop practically all of A123 Systems’ assets in what has become a controversial and politically charged contest. According…



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US battery companies heading East

In the wake of the A123 Systems saga and the controversy surrounding the company’s possible sale to the US arm of Chinese giant Wanxiang Group comes the news that fellow advanced battery manufacturer Altair Nanotechnologies…



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Johnson Controls buys A123 Systems assets

Troubled A123 Systems has announced that Johnson Controls plans to acquire its automotive business assets, including an equity interest in Shanghai Advanced Traction Battery Systems Co. The asset purchase agreement also includes provisions through which…