Connected Energy is to install the first of its new generation of second life energy storage systems as part of a Suffolk County Council project. The 300kW/360kWh E-STOR storage system will be installed at a flagship heritage facility – dubbed The Hold – due to open later in 2020 on the University of Suffolk’s Ipswich Campus. The Hold – which will house the council’s archive collection – will have a low carbon energy system, with the storage to optimise energy use and peak loads across a system that features solar PV and electric vehicle chargers.
Solar Power Portal 16th July 2020 read more »
A startup company with plans to build Britain’s first gigafactory to make batteries for electric cars has chosen a site in south Wales for the plant after discussions with the Welsh government. Britishvolt, which in May launched an ambitious effort to create a £1.2bn factory, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Welsh government ahead of signing a lease for a former Royal Air Force base at Bro Tathan business park, south Wales. The battery manufacturer is aiming to list on the London Stock Exchange, around the first quarter of 2021. It is seeking to raise funds through equity, debt and possibly government grants, said Orral Nadjari, its chief executive. The UK government and car companies have called for the establishment of a gigafactory to ensure the sector holds on to the 168,000 manufacturing jobs as the global automotive industry moves towards electric cars.
Guardian 17th July 2020 read more »