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Glencore bullish on boost for EVs, storage

Glencore bullish on boost for EVs, storage

Switzerland-based mining and commodities giant Glencore has increased its earnings guidance for 2017 because of an expected “large scale” push for electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

Gigafactory concept man bows out from Tesla

Gigafactory concept man bows out from Tesla

Kurt Kelty (pictured), the battery engineer who envisioned the concept of taking a simple 18650 cell and transforming it into the heart of every Tesla battery pack, as well as dreaming up the concept of the ‘Gigafactory’, has left the company after eleven-and-a-half years.

German battery park triples capacity

German battery park triples capacity

Europe’s first commercial battery storage park has tripled in size to a capacity of 15 MWh, German energy storage systems developer Younicos has announced.

GS Yuasa ‘to boost EVs’ range with new Li-ion tech’

GS Yuasa ‘to boost EVs’ range with new Li-ion tech’

Japan's GS Yuasa, a major lead-acid battery maker, could start mass production of lithium-ion batteries that would double the driving range of small electric vehicles (EVs) by 2020, according to a report.

Utility ‘in major Minnesota storage talks’

Utility ‘in major Minnesota storage talks’

Minnesota electric cooperative Connexus Energy is reportedly in talks to build the “largest energy storage project” in the US state alongside three solar installations.

Deal ‘aids march of US flow batteries into China’

Deal ‘aids march of US flow batteries into China’

Primus Power has teamed up with a Taiwanese manufacturer to help the march of its flow batteries into China’s energy storage market.

Czech tussle over “strategic” lithium mining

Czech tussle over “strategic” lithium mining

The government of the Czech Republic is said to be in talks about a possible “public-private” deal for lithium mining in the country with foreign-owned domestic mining firm Geomet.

Japanese sell battery businesses to China

Japanese sell battery businesses to China

Nissan has sold its battery business to GSR Capital, a Chinese private equity firm.

Queensland kickstarts 100MW energy storage tenders scheme

Queensland kickstarts 100MW energy storage tenders scheme

The Queensland state government in Australia has launched a large-scale energy storage auction programme – calling on firms to start registering their interest in tendering to provide a total of up to 100MW of storage capacity in the state before 2020.

Aquion ‘reborn’ under China-linked JV

Aquion ‘reborn’ under China-linked JV

Sodium-ion batteries manufacturer Aquion Energy is back in operation – under new ownership and with a new name – after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US.

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