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

VW and Northvolt JV plans for EU lithium-ion gigafactory gain momentum

Vehicle OEM Volkswagen is investing €450 ($487million) to construct the buildings and infrastructure of a European lithium-ion gigafactory it is developing with its joint venture partner Northvolt.


Kubis shares hopes that lead batteries can take greater share in distributed ESS market

Safety, costs and regulatory controls could give advanced lead batteries the opportunity to increase its share in the distributed energy storage system market.


Clarios to shutter controversial US battery assembly plant

Lead-acid and lithium-ion battery maker Clarios announced on 4 May it is to close its Middletown, Delaware, assembly plant later this year.


LG Chem extends Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) plant by 1,200 tons to meet growing demand from EV market

Korean battery materials firm LG Chem has announced it will invest around KRW 65 billion ($53 million) to expand carbon nanotube (CNT) manufacturing by 1,200 tons at its Yeosu plant.


STC in final stages of commissioning a bespoke lead-acid battery recycling plant in Nigeria

Italian lead battery recycler STC is in the final commissioning stage of a five tonnes/h plant in Nigeria.


SCE to deploy 770MW of ESS to bring security of supply to California

Power provider Southern California Edison has signed seven contracts totalling 770MW of battery-based energy storage capacity to deliver security of supply to California, US.


Škoda re-starts European traction battery manufacturing after COVID-19 shutdown

Vehicle OEM Škoda Auto has re-started production of its high-voltage traction batteries for the Volkswagon Group’s plug-in hybrid cars after a temporary shut-down due to COVID-19.


Conference update: Battery Cells & Systems Expo and Vehicle Electrification Expo

Show organisers Event Partners have made the decision to move its  Battery Cells & Systems Expo and Vehicle Electrification Expo to the end of the year due to the ongoing and developing situation regarding COVID-19.

Webinar: The Sustainable and Environmentally Sound Management of Lead Acid Battery Manufacturing and Used Lead Acid Battery Recycling in Africa

EVENT WEBINAR: The United Nations Environment Programme— responsible for coordinating the UN's environmental activities and assisting developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices— is holding a webinar looking at the sound recycling practices and managment of lead-acid batteries in Africa.

Daimler focusing research on designing cobalt and lithium out of lithium-ion batteries

Mercedes-Benz, a subsidiary of Daimler, is researching ways to design cobalt and other “critical” materials like lithium out of lithium-ion batteries.