Category: energy storage systems

Apple beats rivals to be named top company in the US for solar

The business with the most installed solar capacity in the U.S. is Apple, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Released Thursday, the Solar Means Business Report for 2018 looked at both off and on-site solar installations at businesses in the U.S.Apple, with 393 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity, takes…
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30th July 2019 0

Can Metals Supply Keep Up With Electric Vehicle Demand?

Battery raw materials could face a supply crunch by the mid-2020s. In every electric vehicle (EV) battery, there’s a complex chemistry of metals – cobalt, lithium, nickel and more. The electrification of transport is transforming the demand and supply of those battery raw materials. In fact, we expect to see double-digit growth for battery raw…
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25th July 2019 0

Giant batteries and cheap solar power are shoving fossil fuels off the grid

This month, officials in Los Angeles, California, are expected to approve a deal that would make solar power cheaper than ever while also addressing its chief flaw: It works only when the sun shines. The deal calls for a huge solar farm backed up by one of the world’s largest batteries. It would provide 7%…
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22nd July 2019 0

Lithium-ion recycling rates far higher than some statistics suggest

There is a good deal of misleading statistics surrounding lithium-battery recycling and China and South Korea have already emerged as the global hubs where most batteries end up at the end of their lifetime, a new report commissioned by the Swedish Energy Agency has found. The study states one of the reasons lithium-ion recycling rates…
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15th July 2019 0

Lithium batteries: Far more widely recycled than second-hand statistics imply

Taking apart and recycling the larger battery modules used in grid-scale storage and EVs is a task requiring far more skill than doing the same in portable electronics, the report says. Image: AltaGas. Lithium-ion batteries are far more widely recycled than many people think, while China and South Korea are already leaders of the emerging…
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8th July 2019 0

Siemens Gamesa Unveils World First Electrothermal Energy Storage System

Spanish renewable energy giant and offshore wind energy leader Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy last week inaugurated operations of its electrothermal energy storage system which can store up to 130 megawatt-hours of electricity for a week in volcanic rock. Siemens Gamesa, a company known more famously for its offshore wind turbines, is nevertheless a large-scale renewable…
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5th July 2019 0