Faradion’s sodium-ion battery has potential

By Julian Singer Faradion is a privately financed, Sheffield-based company that is developing sodium-ion rechargeable batteries. These batteries are not yet commercially available, but solve two problems with the standard lithium-ion variety. First, they are safer. In lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), if for any reason the electrodes come in contact, the resulting current can be large [...]

By | 2021-03-01T12:41:20+00:00 March 3rd, 2021|Energy Storage|Comments Off on Faradion’s sodium-ion battery has potential

Battery maker AMTE Power seeks admission to AIM

By Julian Singer On 8 February 2021 AMTE Power announced its intention to seek admission to trading on AIM. AMTE develops specialised lithium-ion batteries for particular niche markets. It was founded in December 2013 when it acquired the battery manufacturer AGM Batteries with its small-scale manufacturing plant in Thurso, Scotland. AMTE is currently working on [...]

By | 2021-02-16T10:17:08+00:00 February 17th, 2021|Energy Storage|Comments Off on Battery maker AMTE Power seeks admission to AIM

Brick Supercapacitors

By Oliver Nelson-Drummett Fired bricks are one of the original construction materials, dating back 5000 years to Neolithic China. Their distinctive red colouring comes from a small amount of haematite – a common form of iron ore – in the bricks. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, USA have exploited this iron content to [...]

By | 2020-08-31T16:58:57+00:00 September 1st, 2020|Energy Storage|Comments Off on Brick Supercapacitors

Liquid Air Energy Storage

By Oliver Nelson-Dummett The latest step towards an all-renewables grid is beginning construction near Manchester, UK. Excess energy will be used to compress and cool air into a liquid for long term storage. When demand spikes, the air will be reheated and directed through a turbine to generate electricity. The process is called liquid air [...]

By | 2020-07-31T18:04:49+00:00 July 30th, 2020|Energy Storage|Comments Off on Liquid Air Energy Storage

Highview Power gets a grant to install the first commercial liquid air battery

By Julian Singer On 18 June the DBEIS[1] announced an award of £10 million for what is claimed to be the world’s first commercial liquid air battery project to be installed in Trafford, Greater Manchester. The complete project will consist of a CryoBattery, developed by Highview Power, and a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) from [...]

By | 2020-06-24T07:41:25+00:00 June 24th, 2020|Energy Storage|Comments Off on Highview Power gets a grant to install the first commercial liquid air battery

Flow Batteries – A Technology for Grid Energy Storage

By Oliver Nelson-Dummett Batteries are the ever-present power sources that the modern world relies on. From single-use button cells to rechargeable car batteries, these devices can be tailored to meet seemingly any energy demand. As intermittent renewable energy generation becomes more prevalent, large battery reserves could help to smooth the electricity supply. They have extremely [...]

By | 2020-06-01T10:34:22+00:00 June 2nd, 2020|Energy Storage|Comments Off on Flow Batteries – A Technology for Grid Energy Storage

Storage: the theme of the eighth annual Oxford Energy Day

The eighth annual Oxford Energy Day, held on 1 October with 180 attendees, was devoted to the issues of energy storage for the UK. Professor Chris Llewellyn-Smith, who is currently advising the government on the matter, gave the keynote address. To achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 Llewellyn-Smith estimates that the UK will need 50 [...]

By | 2019-10-09T17:44:30+00:00 October 9th, 2019|Energy Storage|Comments Off on Storage: the theme of the eighth annual Oxford Energy Day

UK focuses on energy storage to solve the renewables puzzle

Today we welcome a new writer and an old friend to Greenbarrel. Richard worked for a sister company to Oilbarrel.com which was Greenbarrel’s predecessor company that was involved in writing and publishing energy stories. Since those days (some ten years ago) Richard has carved out a distinguished career with a portfolio of projects and consultancies. [...]

By | 2019-06-21T17:02:53+00:00 June 20th, 2019|Energy Storage|Comments Off on UK focuses on energy storage to solve the renewables puzzle

Redflow has completed the transition to a new strategy and now needs to prove it

Redflow, the Australian manufacturer of flow batteries, announced its half-year results on 26 February. They were not encouraging. For the six months to 31 December 2018 (H1 2019) revenue was AU$0.5 million, down from AU$1.2m for H1 2018, while the loss increased from AU$3.8m to AU$4.9m (AU$1.8 = £1). In fact these results were not [...]

By | 2019-04-27T08:12:42+00:00 April 25th, 2019|Energy Storage, Redflow|Comments Off on Redflow has completed the transition to a new strategy and now needs to prove it

January wind power output shows why batteries are insufficient for storage

We often read that batteries can solve the problem of intermittency in wind and solar sources. Batteries can certainly help and are useful for short-term storage or time-shifting over a few hours. For longer periods of a day or more the size and cost of batteries become prohibitive and other solutions will be needed. To [...]

By | 2019-02-06T20:35:16+00:00 February 6th, 2019|Energy Storage|Comments Off on January wind power output shows why batteries are insufficient for storage