News in Brief

News in Brief

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Neoen launches Blyth BESS construction

January 5, 2023: Neoen said today it had launched construction of its 200MW/400MWh Blyth Battery in South Australia.

Blythe is one of seven new grid-scale battery projects across the country that will be supported in part by financial backing from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

NHOA Energy will be the battery storage specialist for the project. Details of the battery tech were not disclosed, but NHOA produces a range of lithium ion-based energy storage systems.

Blyth will mainly be deployed in combination with Neoen’s Goyder South Stage 1 wind farm to deliver 70MW of renewable baseload energy to mining group BHP. Neoen said the energy will power BHP’s Olympic Dam operations in South Australia.

The construction period will last between 12 and 16 months and the battery will be Neoen’s fifth biggest in the country, taking the company’s overall Australian asset portfolio close to 3GW in operation or under construction


BASF supplies first ‘customized’ materials for Toyota-Panasonic firm

January 5, 2023: BASF has delivered the first batch of customized nickel-cobalt manganese cathode active materials (CAM) for high performance EV battery cells being produced by the Toyota-Panasonic joint venture Prime Planet Energy & Solutions (PPES).

BASF said on December 19 that its majority-owned BASF Toda Battery Materials company produced the CAM at its Onoda calcination plant in Japan. Work to expand cell production capacity at Onoda to up to 45GWh is underway and the increased capacity will come online in the second half of 2024.

Toyota holds a majority 51% stake in PPES, which started operations in April 2020 to produce automotive prismatic batteries.


Forster appointed chairman of StoreDot

January 5, 2023: Carl-Peter Forster has been appointed chairman of fast-charging EV battery tech firm StoreDot, the company announced on January 4.

Forster is a senior adviser and board member of several car companies and a former CEO of Tata Motors and General Motors’ Europe president.

StoreDot said on December 6 that it aims to have its ‘100-in-5’ fast-charging lithium ion cells — claimed to offer a driving range of 100 miles within five minutes of charging — ready for mass production in 2024.

Company CEO Doron Myersdorf said: “Boosting our automotive bench strength is extremely important as we are aiming to build on our OEM strategic partnerships and encourage even more automotive manufacturers to independently assess our ‘100-in-5’ XFC cells and incorporate them into their electric vehicles.”


Giuliani joins Sunlight’s executive team

January 5, 2023: Gianpaolo Giuliani has joined the Sunlight Group as commercial energy storage systems executive director, the company announced in a LinkedIn post on December 29.

Giuliani, a former global sales director of energy storage for GE, will lead a team focused on product management for Sunlight’s ESS high voltage portfolio and business development for global markets.

He brings over 15 years of experience in energy, management and renewable hybrid generation and, as of 2014, has specialized in renewables and energy storage.

Sunlight announced on December 8 it had agreed a deal to acquire a controlling stake in Germany-based batteries peer Triathlon Holding, in a move Sunlight said would create a lead and lithium powerhouse to increase the firms’ global sales in existing and new markets.