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Batteries Up!


Notable progress has been made in the field of advanced batteries since the begin- ning of 2013. Energy storage for the grid is one of those areas. Tis article is a look at what has happened in that period as well as a prospectus on where it is likely to go into 2015. In November, 2013, Research and Markets’ analysts forecasted the lithium-ion


battery market to grow by a compound annual growth rate of 17.9% over the period 2012–2016, largely as a result of the growing demand for lithium-ion batteries in grid energy storage, which underlines the importance of this sector. Lithium-ion, however, is not the only game in town, and other chemistries are also stimulating the market.


While still not quite ready for the major leagues, using batteries for grid storage is establishing a solid base.


Phase II of the Kaheawa Wind Farm on the island of Maui has a grid storage system, which is a key component of the Maui Electric Co.’s Smart Grid Project.


A123 Energy Solutions A123 Systems LLC was formed as a new company aſter the purchase of the major


commercial part of A123 by the Wanxiang Group in January 2013. A123 Energy So- lutions was spun out around May as an independent operating unit of the company to focus on all the nonautomotive business, said company spokesman Roger Lin. It is segmented into two different markets: the grid business and other “commercial” business, such as: telecom towers, data center backup batteries and specialty applica- tions in medical devices.


Steve Bryan Event Director The Battery Show Brighton, UK


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Photo courtesy Tom Walsh


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