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

New owner for Alcad’s North American lead business

Mesa batteries

US industrial power supply company Mesa Technical Associates is to acquire Alcad’s lead-acid business in North America for an undisclosed sum.

Mitsui bolsters material production on batteries demand

Mitsui Chemicals logo

Japanese chemicals company Mitsui has expanded production of its “ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene” for lithium-ion battery separators in response to growing demand from the automotive and industrial sectors.

Germany marks solar BESS ‘milestone’

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Germany has welcomed the “milestone” installation of the country’s 100,000th grid-connected residential battery energy storage system.


Solid Power ‘to scale-up’ with investments boost

Solid Power image

The venture capital arm of Belgium-based battery materials firm Solvay has made an equity investment in US-headquartered next-generation solid-state batteries developer Solid Power.


Envision to build China battery plant on back of Nissan deal

Envision CEO and founder Lei Zhang. Photo: Envision

Shanghai-based energy group Envision has unveiled plans to build an electric vehicle battery plant in China and upgrade production facilities it has acquired following its takeover of Nissan’s international lithium-ion business.


Amara Raja to launch LIB assembly plant

Amara Raja logo

Indian lead-acid battery maker Amara Raja reportedly plans to build a lithium-ion battery pack assembly plant in Andhra Pradesh in the south-east of India.


Narada’s German BESS ‘can spur closer cooperation’

Langenreichenbach inauguration

Chinese battery maker Narada’s launch of its first large-scale battery storage project outside of China in Germany should spur both countries to expand technical and economic cooperation, a top Chinese diplomat has said.


Farasis Energy paves way for EU lithium cell plant

Farasis Energy

San Francisco-based lithium-ion tech company Farasis Energy is pushing ahead with plans to open a “large-scale” European lithium-ion cell production facility after securing financing “exceeding US$1 billion”.


New chapter for BESTMag as Gerry Woolf bids farewell

Gerry Woolf (centre) with BEST sales director David Beckett (left) and technical editor Dr Michael McDonagh

Editors prefer to report the news rather than make it – but it was outgoing BEST Magazine chief Gerry Woolf who made headlines last week, as he bade farewell to battery industry fans and critics alike at the European Lead Battery Conference (ELBC) in Vienna.


Mercedes’ billion euro pledge on batteries

Dieter Zetsche

Mercedes-Benz has announced investments of more than €1 billion (US$1.1bn) in “global battery production” in concert with the launch of its first fully-electric vehicle— the ‘EQC’.