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Chinese patent infringements spurs Varta to increase annual production of lithium-ion cells by 50 million

German firm Varta AG is taking legal action against Chinese battery manufacturers for alleged patent infringements on its lithium-ion coin cells.


Australian Vanadium signs vanadium flow battery LoI with two Chinese firms

Australian Vanadium (AVL) has signed an agreement with two Chinese firms that could lead to the antipodean mining firm developing a vanadium materials supply chain.


Tesla and Glencore remain tight-lipped over cobalt supply deal for China gigafactory

Electric vehicle OEM Tesla has been in talks with Glencore in a bid to secure a cobalt supply chain for lithium-ion battery packs used at its China gigafactory, according to reports.


Rolls-Royce eyes the microgrid market with majority share in ESS firm

Luxury car brand Rolls-Royce has upped its interest in German lithium-ion energy storage firm Quinous as it turns its focus on the microgrid market.


Multi-national project aims to take the vanadium out of flow batteries

Basque research centre CIC energiGUNE is leading a European-wide project to develop next generation redox organic flow batteries. 


Korea’s planned recycling facility to recover 10,000 tpy of lithium-ion material

Korean firm GS E&C has announce plans to build a 120,000m2 lithium-ion battery recycling facility with the goal of recovering 10,000 tonnes of materials per year.


BCI’s first in-house lawyer highlights issues affecting lead battery industry

Lead battery organisation Battery Council International (BCI) has hired its first in-house lawyer to lead regulatory and legislative efforts, it was announced on 7 January.


Battery production equipment firms partner to offer lithium-ion portfolios to global base

Battery manufacturing equipment OEMs Manz and Shenzhen Yinghe Technology have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to develop their lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing portfolios.


Azelio plans 25 MW of energy storage installations in Jordan

Swedish thermal energy storage developer Azelio has outlined plans to deploy about 25MW of its systems in Jordan after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with contracting firm Hussein Atieh & Sons (HAE).


Lithium-air batteries take a step closer to commercialisation

Researchers in Korea claim to have developed a lithium-air battery that has a 300km driving range in an electric vehicle.