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

Saft doubles lithium-ion electrolyte capacity at workshop in France

Lithium-ion battery maker Saft — a subsidiary of French fossil fuel firm Total— has inaugurated its new electrolyte workshop at Poitiers, France.


Shokubai to produce 2,000 tons of lithium-ion LiFSI electrolyte a year at new plant

Chemical firm Nippon Shokubai announced plans on 1 October to build a facility to manufacturer 2,000 tons of lithium-ion electrolytes a year.


Turkey breaks ground on its first lithium-ion battery plant

The ground-breaking ceremony for Turkey’s first lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant was held by Aspilsan on 2 October.


Professor David Greenwood named as new CEO for WMG centre HVM Catapult

The University of Warwick - WMG in the UK has appointed of professor David Greenwood as the new CEO of its research centre WMG centre High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult.


Hybrid ESS to demonstrate how lithium-ion and lead-acid can help increase renewables penetration

Poland’s largest hybrid lithium-ion and lead-acid battery energy storage system has begun full-scale technology demonstration to gauge its ability to support wind power generation.


Toyota and Panasonic JV to begin manufacturing lithium-ion cells for EVs in Japan

A joint venture between vehicle OEM Toyota Motor Corporation and lithium-ion battery maker Panasonic is set to begin making prismatic batteries for automotive applications in 2022.


Global patents trend forecasts rapid rise in battery innovation for clean energy transition

The energy storage industry advanced 14% faster than any other technological field between 2005 and 2018, according to a joint study published by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Energy Agency (IEA). 


2nd-life ESS developer receives funding boost to progress its lithium-ion technology

Second-life energy storage developer Connected Energy has received a £350,000 ($453,000) investment from the Low Carbon Innovation Fund 2 (LCIF2) venture capital fund.


Argonne uses AI to identify redox-flow battery redoxmer materials

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have used artificial intelligence to study the inner workings of redox flow batteries.


Founder of lithium-ion ESS firm Sonnen steps aside as COO promoted to top seat

Sonnen, the residential lithium-ion energy storage maker bought by Shell, has announced its founder and CEO will step down from his role.