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

Alfen selected by Vattenfall to supply a 20MWh energy storage system in Sweden

Energy storage system developer Alfen has been selected by Swedish power company Vattenfall to deploy a 5MW/20MWh system in its home country.


Successful pilot paves way to lithium-ion recycling joint venture

Pilot plant test‐work on project development company Neometals’ proprietary lithium‐ion battery recycling technology has been successfully completed after 13 months.


Solid-state firm receives £15m cash boost to scale up production of its technology

Ilika has successfully completed a £15 million equity placing to support its growth strategy, the UK-based solid-state company announced on 27 March.


Tesvolt begins first stage of its European lithium-ion ESS manufacturing plant despite Covid-19

Energy storage manufacturer Tesvolt began semi-automated production of its commercial lithium-ion systems in Wittenberg, Germany, on 1 April


German lead battery maker Moll blames sales drop caused by coronavirus for insolvency after 75 years

German lead-acid battery maker Moll Batterien has opened insolvency proceedings after 75 years of operation due to the “sudden, massive, and permanent” decline in sales caused by the corona crisis.


Battery separator firm Entek waves goodbye to Gerts and welcomes Towns

Battery separators company Entek has announced that Richard Towns (pictured) has joined its sales group as account manager for Eastern Europe & North Africa.


VW follows Tesla with move to 811 lithium-ion cells in hunt for higher driving range

German vehicle OEM Volkswagen is moving to a NMC 811 cell format in its electric vehicle battery packs with the “medium to long term” goal of one day producing cobalt free cells.


Coronavirus highlights US’ reliance on China for key lithium-ion battery materials supply

The US is too reliant on a battery materials supply from outside the country especially China, the CEO of battery minerals firm American Battery Metals Corporation (AMBC) has said.


Sion Power’s prototype lithium-metal cell shows EV market promise

Lithium-metal battery developer Sion Power has announced promising results from its demonstration cell that uses a metallic lithium anode and nickel-rich commercial cathode material.


Firms form joint venture for Japan-based lithium-ion electrolyte company

Japanese chemical companies Mitsubishi Chemical and Ube Industries have agreed to form a joint venture to develop lithium-ion electrolytes.