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ALABC joins Argonne Lab for next-gen lead batteries study

Lead-acid battery technology is to undergo a “high-tech makeover” under a research agreement between members of the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) and the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.

BMW, Northvolt and Umicore join forces for cells recycling

The BMW Group has formed a joint technology consortium with Swedish lithium-ion start-up Northvolt and Belgium-based materials tech giant Umicore, to develop a “complete and sustainable value chain for battery cells for EVs in Europe”.

Monbat drops plans to acquire control of Assad

Assad battery

Bulgarian lead-acid battery manufacturer Monbat has dropped plans to buy a majority stake in Tunisian lead firm Assad.

LithiumOre bets on metal extraction in Nevada

LithiumOre is to form a new division to develop a method of extracting battery-grade lithium from brine.

Work starts on Mercedes’ Alabama EV battery plant

Daimler has broken ground for an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in Alabama for its Mercedes-Benz subsidiary.

SolarEdge to acquire majority stake in Korea’s Kokam

US energy tech firm SolarEdge Technologies is to acquire a majority stake in South Korea battery manufacturer Kokam, ahead of plans to take full control of the company.

BMW to take full control of Chinese JV Brilliance

The BMW Group is set to take control of its Chinese joint venture brand, BMW Brilliance Automotive, whose portfolio includes a lithium-ion battery production plant to power the German car firm’s fully-electric BMW iX3 model.

Bolivia deal ‘guarantees German access to lithium’

Salar de Uyuni salt flat

Germany’s ACI Systems Alemania (ACISA) has officially sealed a deal with Bolivian state enterprise Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB) to cooperate on the extraction and industrialisation of lithium from Salar de Uyuni, southwest Bolivia.

Duke Energy to invest US$500m in Carolinas battery storage

US-based power company Duke Energy has outlined plans to invest US$500 million to build around 300 megawatts of battery storage in their home state and its southern sister over the next 15 years.

EU pledges more cash to prop up lithium battery alliance

Maroš Šefčovič

The European Union is pledging to throw additional cash at projects that support plans for an EU-wide battery cell manufacturing industry to compete with Asia.