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ROUNDUP: Leclanché Caribbean collaboration, Energy Vault-BHP, Propagation-safe battery tech deal – EQ Mag Pro

ROUNDUP: Leclanché Caribbean collaboration, Energy Vault-BHP, Propagation-safe battery tech deal – EQ Mag Pro


Leclanché companions with MPC on St Kitts solar-plus-storage challenge

Leclanché has partnered with MPC Vitality Options on utility-scale vitality storage options, beginning with a challenge within the Caribbean.

Switzerland-headquartered vitality storage options supplier Leclanché beforehand introduced the challenge on the island of St Kitts. The challenge, referred to as Inexperienced Energy Plant, integrates 35.7MW of photo voltaic PV with 45MWh of battery vitality storage and can present a couple of third of St Kitts’ baseload vitality necessities for as much as 25 years.

Sustainable vitality challenge firm MPC Vitality Options, which is focusing on rising its market share within the Caribbean and Latin American markets, will make investments as much as US$17 million of the Inexperienced Energy Plant’s complete US$74 million value and has acquired 40% of the challenge holding firm owned by Leclanché.

The plant, within the St Kitts Basseterre Valley, will use Leclanché’s Vitality Administration Software program, and the Swiss firm has an engineering, procurement and building (EPC) contract for the challenge and a 20-year energy buy settlement (PPA) with the island’s utility firm, St Kitts Electrical Firm. The battery storage firm additionally has a 20-year lease on the land for use, with a 5 12 months renewal possibility and commenced building in December 2020.

Leclanché and MPC Vitality Options described their collaboration as a strategic partnership, with the St Kitts challenge step one. Earlier this 12 months Leclanché launched its newest vitality storage platform, a large-scale modular and stackable resolution referred to as LeBlock.

Vitality Vault to discover alternatives to decarbonise pure sources extraction with BHP

Vitality Vault, the startup growing a novel vitality storage expertise based mostly on gravity and kinetic vitality, has shaped a strategic settlement to work on decarbonisation of pure sources extraction.

The corporate has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with pure sources producer BHP. BHP produces iron ore, copper, nickel, metallurgical coal and petroleum and its enterprise capital (VC) arm BHP Ventures is an current investor into Vitality Vault.

The corporate’s vitality storage options, which use cranes to raise enormous weights on towers, decreasing and swinging them to launch vitality for durations from two to 12 hours, could possibly be deployed and carried out at BHP websites. The preliminary area of focus is predicted to be Australia.

As well as, mine tailings or waste from BHP websites could possibly be used to create the composite bricks that Vitality Vault desires to make use of as weights in its storage programs.

Whereas Vitality Vault revealed earlier this 12 months that regardless of having constructed an illustration facility in Switzerland, its large-scale storage programs expertise is but to be totally developed, it additionally launched a subsidiary which can provide vitality storage software program and providers individually, hiring former Greensmith Vitality CEO John Jung to steer it.

Battery tech with ‘thermal runaway defend’ for use in Volta’s battery structure

A “multi-million greenback order” has been positioned for lithium-ion thermal administration and hearth protected expertise developed by KULR Expertise Group, an organization with a background in offering cooling options for NASA area missions and aerospace corporations.

KULR has developed a Passive Propagation Resistant (PPR) resolution which features a patented ‘thermal runaway defend,’ designed to cease battery thermal runaway from spreading from cell to cell.

The corporate has now obtained a three-year order from Volta Vitality Merchandise, a supplier of stationary vitality storage programs for industrial and industrial (C&I) and residential purposes. Volta and KULR have labored collectively to design and take a look at the PPR resolution to be used in Volta’s proprietary vitality storage system battery structure.

Volta is a subsidiary of New York battery tech firm Viridi Parente. Its preliminary order with KULR is value US$1.6 million for prime quantity deliveries of apparatus throughout 2022. It’s the primary industrial order KULR has obtained for its PPR for stationary vitality storage.

“Security is paramount in these purposes and by pairing KULR’s space-proven expertise with our proprietary structure, we have now designed the most secure lithium-ion vitality storage resolution in the marketplace,” Jon Williams, Viridi Parente’s CEO, stated.

“We additionally plan to include KULR’s expertise into different Volta stationary and sure cellular storage programs to be able to capitalise on the added security it’s going to present our clients.”

Elsewhere, a novel ‘Supercell’ lithium-ion battery expertise produced by Connecticut-headquartered startup Cadenza Innovation, which is equally designed to forestall propagation is being trialled at an workplace block in New York by public utility NYPA.

Source: thetechcluster

Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network