BYD, ABB Form Global Energy Storage Alliance

3 years ago by Mark Kane 12

ABB and China’s BYD form global alliance in energy storage solutions for a better world

ABB and China’s BYD form global alliance in energy storage solutions for a better world

ABB DC wallbox for Denza

ABB DC wallbox for Denza

ABB and BYD announced a strategic collaboration to jointly develop new solutions for energy storage.

The partners would like to complement their strengths. In the case of BYD, those strengths are related to battery technology, while ABB has know-how in grid storage, as well as electric vehicle charging.

Noteworthy is that ABB is supplying DC fast charging equipment to DENZA (BYD and Daimler JV).

 “This collaboration will accelerate the introduction of new solutions for electric vehicle charging, the fast ramp up of renewables combined with energy storage in off-grid and on-grid solutions as well as battery and energy storage solutions for the fast growing marine segment.”

“ABB and BYD share a common vision of sustainable power and industry as well as transport solutions. This stimulated the initiative of forming a unique global partnership aimed at creating sustainable value for the customers all around the world.”

The scope of the collaboration focuses on the following applications:

  • Grid-connected energy storage
  • Micro-grid applications
  • Solar energy
  • Marine applications

ABB Chief Executive Officer Ulrich Spiesshofer stated:

“We are pleased to build on our achieved joint success and broaden our excellent cooperation with BYD. This next step will bring closer together two leading companies with highly complementary expertise and market access for electric energy storage. With this next step in our successful partnership, we live our promise: ‘Power and productivity for a better world’ in utilities, industries and transport & infrastructure.”

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12 responses to "BYD, ABB Form Global Energy Storage Alliance"

  1. DaveMart says:

    Interview with BYD CEO Wang:
    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/in-china-hybrids-to-beat-electric-cars-for-now-says-byd-chief-2014-09-16

    He sees plug in hybrids as the way to go, with BEVs for cars as opposed to buses which have more fixed routes a long way off:

    ‘It is impossible for the government to build as many charging stations as gas stations. What it can do is build enough charging stations within a certain distance and gradually expand the coverage nationwide. Hybrid cars fit the transition period. In the future, plug-in hybrid cars will account for 70% of private new-energy vehicles, while purely electric cars take up the other 30%. Small batteries with high energy storage for use in automobiles will not be available for around 30 years.’

    So VW and BYD are both betting on PHEV.

    1. sven says:

      “He sees plug in hybrids as the way to go, with BEVs for cars as opposed to buses which have more fixed routes a long way off:”

      This statement is incomprehensible without some editing and punctuation. 😉

      1. DaveMart says:

        Apologies.
        S/be PHEV for cars, and BEV for buses.

  2. DaveMart says:

    Here is Mark’s previous article on grid level storage from BYD:

    ‘Renewable Energy Systems Canada announced final certification of the company’s second energy storage system, Amphora (named after an ancient type of vessel), installed in Central Strathroy, west of London, Ontario.

    The system, developed by RES Canada for “frequency regulation,” uses 2.6 MWh of BYD America lithium-ion batteries, which indicates that the Chinese company is progressing well in North America. System can be charged or discharged by 4 MW of power.’

    http://insideevs.com/byd-batteries-find-home-4-mw-energy-storage-system-ontario-canada/

  3. GeorgeS says:

    BYD is big on LFP batteries yes? (F is for Fe).

    A123 was big on LFP yes?

    I remember way back 4-5 years ago there was so much talk about what a great chemistry it was. But it doesn’t appear to be that widely used in EV’s (except BYD).

    Perhaps this chemistry would be well suited for stationary storage.

    1. Mikael says:

      Please use the full LiFePO4 or at least LiFeP instead of the lazy version of the name with LFP. I know it’s supposed to be for lithium ferrophosphate but there are many elements starting on L and F is Fluorine.

      But maybe it’s just me that finds that irritating. 🙂

    2. DaveMart says:

      Its highly stable, environmentally benign, long cycling.

      It is also low energy and power density.

      Good for grids, and even better for home storage as it is very safe.

      Good for buses too, but the weight is a problem for cars.

      ‘According to Shanghai Metals Market, next year BYD Auto will begin production of new higher energy density battery cells.

      News comes from board secretary Wu Jing-sheng cited by China’s Securities Times.

      The new cells still will be lithium iron phosphate type. However, BYD will add manganese to the mix to gain probably 10-15% more capacity.’

      http://insideevs.com/byd-begin-production-new-high-energy-density-battery-2015/

    3. Mikael says:

      Oh… and back to your question. It is used in many many million EV’s every year. 😉

      1. DaveMart says:

        MILLIONS of EVs?
        What are you talking about?

        1. Rob Stark says:

          Chinese scooters, mopeds,and electric bikes?

          1. Mikael says:

            Exactly 🙂

            1. Just_Chris says:

              I think BYD have installed the largest grid storage battery, they sell lots of different types of solar/battery systems, example;

              http://www.byd.com/energy/dess.html

              BYD is one of those companies that I am really keen to keep an eye on. Yes very few of their products are world leading in terms of quality or performance but I think I’ll wait before making too many jokes about them.