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

BCI backs bill to remove lead battery chemicals from US Superfund tax

Legislation has been introduced to remove elements of the US infrastructure bill (passed last month) that reinstituted Superfund excise taxes on three chemicals important to the lead battery industry: lead oxide, sulfuric acid and antimony.


Whistle-blower report ignites Porsche investigation over its lithium-ion battery packs

Porsche is investigating allegations that lithium-ion battery packs in its electric vehicles are faulty and could catch alight.


Volkswagen deals to secure European EV lithium-ion battery materials and cheaper cell manufacturing

Volkswagen’s battery strategy is gathering pace with the vehicle OEM securing materials deals to supply its European lithium-ion cell production and investing in a US battery manufacturing process firm.

SES and Entek sign separator materials supply deal

US-headquartered firms SES Holdings and Entek Membranes have entered into an exclusive supply agreement for separator materials in the development and production of high-energy lithium-metal secondary batteries. 


Stena breaks ground on lithium-ion battery recycling plant in Sweden

Stena Recycling, part of Swedish-based Stena Metall Group, has begun construction of its lithium-ion battery recycling plant in Halmstad, Sweden.


Could ESSs allay range anxiety as EV adoption ramps up

Britain’s government-owned organisation National Highways has revealed plans to end electric vehicle owners’ range anxiety by installing 6,000 energy storage systems at service stations across the country by 2035.


GM and POSCO Chemical partner to build North America cathode active material factory

Vehicle OEM General Motors and POSCO Chemical will partner to build a lithium-ion battery materials processing factory in North America to supply GM’s Ultium electric vehicle platform.


UPDATE: Rumours that Toyota will build a $1 billion battery plant in North Carolina are confirmed

Japanese vehicle OEM Toyota is set to invest $3.4 billion into lithium-ion battery production in the US.


Arkema to increase lithium-ion materials production as it opens battery-focused Centre of Excellence

scientist work in laboratory on Arkema Group lithium-ion electrode binder

Battery materials firm Arkema Group has announced it will increase production capacity of its lithium-ion electrode binder by 50% at its French site.


VRFB projects announced to bring 154MWh of long duration storage to California

Three projects using vanadium redox flow batteries have been announced in California, US by Energy agency Central Coast Community Energy, which was established by communities in the area to source renewable power.