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All the news and views from the world of energy storage and associated industries.

CEO of cryogenic storage firm takes seat on the US energy storage system trade association’s board

The CEO of liquid air energy storage system developer Highview Power has been elected to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the U.S. energy storage industry.


VRFB firms RedT and Avalon merge to topple lithium-ion’s place as first choice for ESS projects

Vanadium redox flow battery firms RedT Energy and Avalon Battery Corporation have finalised a merger with the goal of becoming a key competitor to lithium-ion technology in the growing energy storage markets.


UK real-world test environment facility to streamline EV battery development

A UK facility dedicated to streamlining the test and validation stages of emerging electric vehicle battery module technologies has been opened by powertrain specialists Mahle Powertrain.


Battery smelter stops lead production as COVID-19 and mild winter strikes markets

German firm Weser-Metall stopped production at its primary lead smelter until further notice as demand from battery makers slumped amid temporarily halts in operations at global car plants.  


Silicon lithium-ion firm secures new funding as it moves toward EV goal

Battery developer Enovix Corporation has secured $45 million in new funds to further commercialise its 3D silicon lithium-ion technology.


Firm transfers hybrid-graphene materials from UK university as it begins tests on supercapacitor cells

Australia-headquartered First Graphene (FGR) has completed the technology transfer of an electrochemical process for hybrid-graphene materials from the University of Manchester.


Patent for lithium extraction technology granted to Lithium Australia

Lithium Australia has received a ‘Certificate of Grant’ from IP Australia for its lithium processing technology patent.


Europe’s hopes of a lithium-ion gigafactory boosted with an EIB loan

LG Chem Group’s ambitions to build a lithium-ion gigafactory in Europe has been boosted with a €480 million ($518 million) loan agreement from the European Investment Bank (EIB).


Cabot secures its place at top of lithium-ion materials supply chain with buy out of Chinese CNT firm

Battery additives firm Cabot has added carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to its lithium-ion energy storage materials portfolio following the $115 million acquisition of Shenzhen Sanshun Nano New Materials (SUSN) on April 1.


Battery testing firm Arbin opens European office as it looks to reach new markets

Battery test equipment specialist Arbin Instruments has opened a dedicated European sales office in Germany to develop closer relationships with existing customers and reach new markets.