The Energy Storage Report 2024

Now available to download, covering deployments, technology, policy and finance in the energy storage market

Powin expanding battery test lab to increase ‘performance transparency’

LinkedIn
Twitter
Reddit
Facebook
Email

Global battery energy storage system (BESS) integrator Powin Energy is expanding its battery cell and system testing lab in Oregon, US.

Renovations of the Powin Battery Lab in Tualatin are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. The upgraded lab will expand the company’s cell, module, and system testing capabilities which, it said, will add an important layer of transparency to understanding battery cell performance in an industry that typically relies on vendor self-reporting.

This article requires Premium SubscriptionBasic (FREE) Subscription

Enjoy 12 months of exclusive analysis

  • Regular insight and analysis of the industry’s biggest developments
  • In-depth interviews with the industry’s leading figures
  • Annual digital subscription to the PV Tech Power journal
  • Discounts on Solar Media’s portfolio of events, in-person and virtual

Or continue reading this article for free

The company expects the expanded lab to open its supply chain to new cell vendors. In an interview with Energy-Storage.news published this week, CEO Geoff Brown said the lab gives the company an understanding of the direction and improvement in the overall science of batteries, and that Powin wants to bring new industry leaders’ products to the storage market.

Brown added that the company’s research to-date had shown that lithium iron phosphate (LFP) is the best existing chemistry “…by a wide margin, so that’s why we’re LFP. I don’t expect I will be saying the same thing 10 years from now.”

The lab will allow the company to characterise cell performance and longevity through long-term and advanced life-cycle testing using its custom-built environmental control room, and to test at both the cell and system-level. Testing results will be summarised in Cell Vendor Reports for Powin’s customers. The lab has logged hundreds of thousands of channel-hours in performance testing to-date.

Part of the expansion will involve the introduction of an advanced grid simulation test bed, which will enable Powin to simulate grid behaviour and renewable assets like solar PV projects. That should, the company said, provide its team with insights into Powin systems’ response to grid events, streamlining the interconnection and integration process in complex electricity markets globally.

Powin SVP Danny Lu, who Energy-Storage.news also recently interviewed, added: “The data and reports generated by Powin Battery Lab will be critical in comparing initial characterisation and long-term cell performance, to the end of life and past the warranted period, of market-leading cell suppliers to the up-and-coming vendors.”

“We will also have the capability to test next-generation and alternative battery chemistries such as sodium ion, solid state, & other chemistries, allowing Powin to stay ahead of the curve. The data and analysis are paramount to creating a landscape of competition and cell optionality in the ESS cell space and in turn providing our customers with the best commercial terms in a challenging battery supply chain environment.”

22 October 2024
New York, USA
Returning for its 11th edition, Solar and Storage Finance USA Summit remains the annual event where decision-makers at the forefront of solar and storage projects across the United States and capital converge. Featuring the most active solar and storage transactors, join us for a packed two-days of deal-making, learning and networking.
18 March 2025
Austin, Texas
The Energy Storage Summit USA is the only place where you are guaranteed to meet all the most important investors, developers, IPPs, RTOs and ISOs, policymakers, utilities, energy buyers, service providers, consultancies and technology providers in one room, to ensure that your deals get done as efficiently as possible. Book your ticket today to join us in 2025!

Read Next

May 29, 2024
Denmark-headquartered independent power producer (IPP) Ørsted and investment bank JP Morgan have closed a tax equity financing of US$680 million for solar and storage projects in the US.
Premium
May 29, 2024
Some of the current market prices for lithium-ion batteries are below cost and will not last forever but Europe still needs to be more cost-competitive, the CEO of one of Europe’s first large-scale manufacturing facilities told Energy-Storage.news.
May 28, 2024
Energy-Storage.news is proud to present our sponsored webinar with ACCURE, looking at how data analytics can change the dynamics of insuring large-scale battery storage projects.
May 24, 2024
The new tariffs on batteries from China will increase costs for US BESS integrators by 11-16%, consultancy Clean Energy Associates said, adding that new guidance around the domestic content ITC adder will make it easier to access.
Premium
May 23, 2024
The Kern County, California hybrid facility will have the capability to generate up to 2GW of solar power co-located with up to 2GW of battery energy storage system (BESS) capacity, spanning approximately 12,875 acres of privately owned land.

Most Popular

Email Newsletter