30 Jun '15, 1pm

Sony Launches Joint Venture With Canadian Utility to Test Grid-Scale Storage Systems

Esstalion Technologies, a joint venture between Sony and Hydro-Québec, will soon start testing a storage prototype containing nearly 600 batteries. "The name is a combination of 'energy storage system' and 'lithium-ion,'" said Karim Zaghib, manager of energy storage and conversion at Hydro-Québec, explaining the origin of Esstalion Technologies' name. During an interview with Greentech Media, Zaghib also explained the relationship between his company and Sony, and expressed his hopes for the future success of their energy storage systems. Esstalion, half owned by Sony and half owned by Hydro-Québec, is at an early stage, with just a single product that has not yet undergone testing. That said, Zaghib hopes to complete testing some time in 2016 and plans to commercialize in the following year. The system is a 1.2-megawatt-hour container consisting of 576 batteries from Sony...

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