Jan 17, 2017 – Energy Storage Dusseldorf 14-16 March.
ENERGY STORAGE EUROPE offers a unique forum to the leading research institutes and companies of the storage industry. Only here are you able to experience live all of the presently existing storage technologies.
Nov 23, 2016 – South Korea’s battery makers face a major setback in the world’s largest electric vehicle market as they would most likely to become unqualified for a government subsidy program that is essential to keep EVs affordable under a strengthened battery guidelines going effect as early as January 2017. See http://pulsenews.co.kr/view.php?sc=30800018&year=2016&no=815048
Nov 4, 2016 – EV violently burst into flames causing cells from its lithium-ion battery to explode.
The video above shows parts of the batteries, which can burn for up to 24 hours, bursting into flames after the crash and shooting into the air like fireworks. The single-vehicle crash, which killed the driver and a passenger, occurred Thursday morning in Indianapolis, WTHR reported.
By Nicole Gallucci, Nov 4th 2016
May 11, 2016 – SWARM project: First publicly accessible hydrogen station opens in Belgium .The first publicly accessible hydrogen station in Belgium opened on 22nd of April 2016 as part of the FCH2 JU funded project, SWARM. The Air Liquide station opened in the presence of the Flemish Minister and Director of Innovative and Sustainable Mobility at the European Commission, with SWARM partners H20 e-mobile and Microcab Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles on show. The Air Liquide station is located on the Toyota premises in Zaventem. The event was attended by a large group from the press, European Commission representatives as well as Flemish Minister A. Turtelboom. FCH2 JU Head of Operations Unit, Jean-Luc Delplancke, gave a keynote speech highlighting the benefits of the project which brings together a public private partnership: “The SWARM project illustrates also that in Europe we are stronger if we are cooperating. Indeed the project includes 17 beneficiaries from 4 different Member States. Most of these beneficiaries are SMEs or research institutes showing the importance of SMEs involvement in the FCH JU programme and illustrating the innovation potential of these SMEs. Just look at the 50 new concept cars to be built and operated in the SWARM project. These cars will not be built by the traditional well known OEMs of the automobile sector but well by these SMEs.”
May 11, 2016 – Saft signs up to supply batteries for Scandinavia’s largest storage project. French battery developer and manufacturer Saft will provide the lithium-ion batteries for the largest energy storage project in Scandinavia to date.Finnish energy company Fortum, which focuses on the Nordic and Baltic countries, Poland and Russia, has signed up Saft to supply it with a containerised megawatt-scale battery system with a nominal power output of 2MW and energy capacity of 1MW.
May 11, 2016 – UET announces deployment of a 450 kW energy storage system with Terna in Sicily, Italy.Flow battery provider UniEnergy Technologies (UET, Mukilteo, Washington, U.S.), on April 22nd, 2016 announced a 450 kW/1,440 kWh utility-scale energy storage system for a Terna utility substation in Ciminna, Italy on the island of Sicily.
Terna, the owner of the Italian High Voltage National Transmission Grid, is the largest independent transmission system operator in Europe and the sixth in the world. UET’s core technology is an advanced vanadium flow battery, with a new generation electrolyte first developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity.
China International Battery Fair, 24th to 26th May, Shenzhen, China.
The event offers a platform for battery manufacturers, suppliers and end users to exchange ideas on all battery types and materials. Includes sessions heavily focused on xEV and ESSs.
The China Industrial Association of Power Sources will also hold the first China International Energy Storage Exhibtion during the event.
International Renewable Energy Storage Conference 15 to 17 March, Dusseldorf.
The annual Dusseldorf expo and conference gathers experts together to look at the energy storage industry and the production and storage of renewable energies.
Includes the main players in the industry revealing methods to help your company gain from developments in the industry, and keynotes from global leaders of energy, economics and research.
Hydrogen production and storage also are involved. More info at: http://www.energy-storage-online.com/
Renewable Energy’s Secret Weapon by Charles Murray
As the world moves toward a grand vision of renewable energy, an underappreciated reality is dawning: You can’t do it without storage. The reason is deceptively simple: Wind turbines can’t produce power when the wind doesn’t blow; solar cells can’t do it when the sun doesn’t shine. Without some form of backup, those intermittent renewable sources can’t play in big numbers on the grid, unless the world is willing to accept instability and blackouts. That’s where batteries — farm loads of them — could play a role.
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A team of investigators led by Dreamweaver International has investigated the effects of heat and nail penetration on lithium ion cells by performing autopsies on cells post-test. The investigators found that conventional separators shrink, melt, crack, split and burn under extreme conditions. Cells were built with identical construction except for the separators, and then several conventional safety tests were performed. The two most remarkable were a 170 °C hot box and nail penetration. In the hot box cells made with conventional separators underwent thermal runaway, bursting the package and venting the electrolyte, while cells made with more thermally stable separators continued to hold their voltage for the full 1 hour duration and still functioned after the test.The biggest surprises came with the nail penetration test, in which the cells made with ceramic coated polyolefin separator underwent immediate thermal runaway, the surface of the cell rising within two minutes to over 100 C, spilling smoke and electrolyte into the lab. The surface of the cells made with Dreamweaver Gold only rose to 40 C, and there was no evidence of electrolyte leakage or smoke.