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German state aid for batteries not enough to replace private investment, says minister

German state investment to establish a ‘home-grown’ battery cell industry cannot replace the need for “entrepreneurial commitment”, the country’s economy minister has said.

 

East Penn hits back over overtime violations claim

US lead-acid firm East Penn Manufacturing has pledged to fight allegations that it has violated a federal law relating to overtime payments.

 

NEC unveils ‘Switzerland’s largest’ battery storage system

NEC unveils ‘Switzerland’s largest’ battery storage system

Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions has installed an 18MW/7.5MW battery energy storage system in Switzerland to provide primary frequency reserve.

 

Battery retrieval campaign unites North America

Battery retrieval campaign unites North America

The US-based Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC) and the Canadian Battery Association (CBA) are joining forces in a campaign to “manage used vehicle batteries in an environmentally-responsible manner”.

 

VW and Northvolt in driving seat for new battery research group

VW and Northvolt in driving seat for new battery research group

Volkswagen has formed a European batteries research consortium with Swedish lithium-ion start-up Northvolt.

 

Blackstone Resources bids for German battery investment aid

Swiss battery metals investor Blackstone Resources has submitted a detailed business plan to the German government in a bid to benefit from battery production subsidies.

 

Amnesty issues ‘ethical batteries’ challenge for EVs

Amnesty International is calling for “ethical batteries” to be produced for electric vehicles (EVs) within five years— and a crackdown to prevent human rights abuses in raw materials mining.  Amnesty secretary-general Kumi Naidoo said a “drastic overhaul”

Amnesty International is calling for “ethical batteries” to be produced for electric vehicles (EVs) within five years— and for a crackdown to prevent human rights abuses in raw materials mining.

Asahi Kasei to expand LIB separator manufacturing

Asahi Kasei Hipore Li-ion battery separators

Japanese tech group Asahi Kasei will invest 30 billion yen (US$271 million) to expand its manufacturing capacity for lithium-ion battery separators, in response to “booming global demand in the battery market”.

Joint venture plans liquid air energy storage projects

Highview LAES system

A new joint venture company involving UK liquid air energy storage (LAES) system pioneer Highview Power is to develop “multiple projects” in Spain, the Middle East and South Africa.

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