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Japan utility aims to slash ESS cost by repurposing used EV battery lithium-ion packs

Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings (Tepco) is set to launch a storage business using used electric vehicle (EV) batteries from China, just weeks after establishing its wholly owned subsidiary Tepco Ventures to enter new business ventures.


Audi to cooperate with German utility to build grid-scale ESS using used lithium-ion battery packs

A project to repurpose used electric vehicle battery packs into energy storage systems is being developed by German vehicle OEM Audi and utility EnBW.


Global committee on lithium standards will be led by China

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has created a technical committee for standardising global lithium market — from mining to material for lithium-ion batteries. 


Toyota invests in Japanese polymer lithium-ion battery maker APB

Toyota Group has invested in Japanese polymer lithium-ion battery developer APB Corporation by means of third-party allocation of new shares.


New lithium-ion battery chemistries key to mitigating raw material supply concerns

New lithium-ion batteries that use less or none of the key materials must be developed to ensure the supply chain isn’t depleted, the United Nations Conference on Trade And Development (UNCTAD) has reported.


Renewable energy firms apply Tesla’s lithium-ion ESS and AI trading software in UK project

Renewable energy firms Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) and Harmony Energy have commissioned a 15MWh lithium-ion energy storage system using six Tesla Megapack batteries.


GS Yuasa to supply ground-breaking dual lead and lithium hybrid ESS in UK

Japanese battery maker GS Yuasa has announced it will be supplying a dual chemical— lead-acid and lithium-ion— hybrid energy storage system to a port in the UK.


Ampcera a step closer to commercialising its solid electrolyte technology for solid-state lithium-ion batteries

Battery electrolyte developer Ampcera has announced the latest step in the commercialisation of its flexible solid electrolyte (SE) membrane technology for solid-state lithium-ion batteries. 


Loan paves way to lithium-ion production line in Slovakia as gigafactory plans move forward

Lithium-ion battery maker InoBat Auto has secured investment to fund the development of a 100MWh R&D centre and production line in Slovakia.


German lithium-ion battery market grows in 2019 while lead battery sales slump

Germany’s secondary lead battery production fell for the second year in a row, according to the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI).