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‘We think we’ve found the answer’: The ‘Supercell’ that could bring safe energy storage to New York

21 Dec 2020, 11:31 • By Andy Colthorpe
‘We think we’ve found the answer’: The ‘Supercell’ that could bring safe energy storage to New York

A couple of weeks ago the New York Power Authority (NYPA) began trialling an energy storage system using lithium batteries based around start-up Cadenza Innovation’s ’Supercell’ architecture which aims to eliminate the threat posed by thermal runaway. NYPA’s R&D lead Alan Ettlinger and Cadenza Innovation CEO Christina Lampe-Onnerud spoke with Energy-Storage.news as the trial got underway.

EU’s new battery regulation carries ‘high ambitions’ but risks backfiring

EU’s new battery regulation carries ‘high ambitions’ but risks backfiring

17 Dec 2020, 12:11

The European Union (EU) looks set to introduce the “most extensive product legislation in the world for batteries,” but its potential shortcomings include the risk that battery prices could go up and that established manufacturers from Asia might be better positioned to benefit from the rules than the new European value chain.

PV Tech Power 25 out now: Floating solar, building back better and energy storage fire safety

PV Tech Power 25 out now: Floating solar, building back better and energy storage fire safety

17 Dec 2020, 04:49

The latest edition of PV Tech Power – PV Tech Power 25 – is now available to download from the PV Tech Store. Volume 25 of our downstream solar journal tackles a number of the most pressing topics in utility-scale solar development today and includes Storage & Smart Power, the section contributed to every edition by the team here at Energy-Storage.news.

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Batteries built to last: Half the cost or twice the life?

16 Dec 2020, 10:08 • By Amrit Chandan
Batteries built to last: Half the cost or twice the life?

Lithium battery technology is rapidly enabling the electrification of transport, and of the energy sector. However, batteries themselves can often be seen as a short-lived commodity and as yet, recycling and reuse have not become major priorities in the industry. Dr Amrit Chandan, CEO of UK-headquartered Aceleron Energy discusses what it means to build a circular economy around advanced lithium-ion batteries, designed with longer lifetimes and their repurposing for second-life use in mind.

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What you should know about manufacturing lithium-ion batteries

14 Dec 2020, 03:47 • By Benjamin Sternkopf, Ian Gregory, David Prince
What you should know about manufacturing lithium-ion batteries

Ensuring high quality levels in the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries is critical to preventing underperformance and even safety risks. Benjamin Sternkopf, Ian Greory and David Prince of PI Berlin examine the prerequisites for finding the 'sweet spot' between a battery's cost, performance and lifetime.

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Fire safety for battery energy storage systems: Responding to ‘gaps’ in the industry

8 Dec 2020, 08:34 • By Andy Colthorpe
Fire safety for battery energy storage systems: Responding to ‘gaps’ in the industry

US energy storage safety expert advisory Energy Storage Response Group (ESRG) was created through a meeting of minds from the battery industry and fire service. Andy Colthorpe speaks with ESRG principal Nick Warner and business manager Ryan Franks on what the industry needs to do to win the trust of firefighters, code officials and other stakeholders including banks and insurers.