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Santos’s Cooper Basin oil production is set to be transformed by a trial using solar PV and a CSIRO-developed hybrid battery to replace diesel generators powering the pumps that deliver oil from underground 24/7. Early success suggests the trial will serve as a proof point for the reliability of renewables in many more off-grid applications.

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The Otis microgrid packs enough power to meet all of the base’s electricity needs while islanded. It includes a 1.5-MW wind turbine and a 1.6-MW diesel back-up generator. An intelligent, 1.6-MW/1.2-MWh lead-acid battery energy storage and management system from East Penn Manufacturing subsidiary Ecoult will demonstrate the economics of stacking multiple, battery-based energy storage services.

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India’s goals to develop a renewable-powered electricity grid to provide power to more people has been given a boost by Australia through a partnership with Ecoult and Exide Industries, India’s largest battery manufacturer. The CSIRO-invented UltraBattery®, with battery management, electronics and delivery systems engineered by Ecoult, is now being manufactured by Exide Industries in India for the local market.

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Listen to Ecoult’s CEO John Wood as he explains in a radio interview with Beyond Zero Emissions how the breakthrough hybrid energy storage device Deka® UltraBattery® is thriving in Partial State of Charge, successfully supporting a wide range of storage applications in projects around the world.

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By John Wood, CEO, Ecoult

The energy market is in a period of rapid change. A growing number of commercial businesses have experienced huge spikes in power bills contributed to by continuous short-term policy change and uncertainty detracting from long-term infrastructure planning.

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5 minutes with John Wood - With Australia’s energy system in the middle of a historic transition, ES&D chats to Ecoult chief executive officer John Wood about the role smart energy storage systems will play as renewable energy penetration increases.

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Australian advanced lead battery maker Ecoult says this month’s expansion into India is the first step in creating a global manufacturing network.

Chief executive John Wood told GTM he expects his Sydney-based company to sign licensing deals with manufacturers in most major energy storage markets by 2019.

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Sydney-based battery developer Ecoult is eyeing the huge Indian market after winning Australian government funding to help it cut the cost of its new-generation lead storage device and take the technology global.

While lithium-ion batteries are grabbing the limelight in the public debate around energy storage, lead remains the dominant technology globally, by a factor of about seven, pointed out Ecoult chief executive John Wood.

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