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

Lithium-ion battery giant CATL unveils its first generation of sodium-ion batteries

CATL believes sodium-ion batteries will “provide a new solution for the use of clean energy and transportation electrification”.


LG Chem begins billion-dollar plan to be world’s biggest battery materials firm

LG CHem office building

LG Chem has bought the battery materials manufacturing arm of its subsidiary LG Electronics in a bid to become the “world’s largest general battery materials company”.


Kore Power choses site for its US-owned lithium-ion gigafactory

Lithium-ion battery start-up Kore Power has confirmed that its gigafactory will be built in Arizona, US.


Long-duration ESS financial analysis tool omits lead but includes lithium-ion

NREL headquarters sign

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a model to evaluate the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) for long-duration energy storage systems.


Tesla’s lithium-ion megapack causes three-day fire during test at Australian 300MW ESS

A fire that spread across two Tesla lithium-ion battery packs at Neoen’s 300MW/450MWh energy storage system (ESS) in Australia took three days to extinguish.


Tesla agrees to $1.5 million settlement over battery voltage reduction in its cars

US electric vehicle maker Tesla is set to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit regarding the voltage restriction of batteries amid a spate of fires in their Model S sedans.


Group14 and SK Materials form JV to increase lithium-silicon battery material supply

Battery materials firm Group14 Technologies has formed a joint venture with SK Materials to build a lithium-silicon battery materials factory in South Korea.


German energy firm RWE combines hydropower and lithium-ion in storage project

A combined 117MW of lithium-ion battery storage will be coupled with hydropower stations by German energy company RWE.


Digatron promotes Driesch as former CEO Campbell takes new global role

Image: Driesch (left) is congratulated by Rolf Beckers

German headquartered Digatron Power Electronics has promoted Holger Driesch as the new managing director and chief executive officer. 


LGES signs 45mt off-take deal to secure lithium-ion battery supply from Vulcan

lithium hydroxide

Battery maker LG Energy Solution, a subsidy of LG Chem, has signed a lithium-ion battery materials off-take deal with Vulcan Energy.