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Rolls-Royce invests in Berlin BESS start-up Qinous

Qinous ESS

Rolls-Royce has become a “strategic investor” in Qinous, a Berlin-based renewables and energy storage start-up.

Renault to use EV batteries for ‘biggest stationary BESS’

Renault BESS

The Renault car group has unveiled plans to build “the biggest stationary energy storage system using electric vehicle batteries ever designed in Europe” by 2020.


EU red tape ‘risks exporting battery jobs’, ILA warns

Thousands of battery jobs risk being axed in Europe and ‘exported’ to overseas competitors as a result of unnecessary and restrictive legislation, lead-acid industry bosses have warned.


US-Korea partners name New York for battery recycling facility


The partners behind a US-Korean battery recycling joint venture have named New York State as the site for their first lithium-ion recycling plant.

Merkel ‘sad’ at lack of battery cell production

German chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to “whip up” the development of a made-in-Europe battery cells industry— but she held out the possibility of cooperation with international partners.

Johnson Controls, Amara Raja sign India battery tech deal

Jayadev Galla

India’s Amara Raja Batteries and Johnson Controls (JCI) have signed a technology collaboration deal to introduce “a new wave” of advanced battery technologies” to India.

Portugal looks to lithium

Jorge Seguro Sanches

Portugal is set to offer licences for the exploration of lithium in the country in a bid to grab a share of the lucrative battery materials supply market for electric vehicles.


‘Pragmatism needed’ to create EU battery industry

Chris Herron

In a carefully worded swipe at the European Chemicals Agency (ECA), Eurometaux’s Chris Herron (pictured) has warned of the need for pragmatism with regard to the battery industry— when it comes to creating a low-carbon European future with batteries at the very centre of things.


BMZ steps up battery expansion

An artist's impression of the developments at Karlstein

The BMZ group has announced a €120 million (US$141.2m) investment to expand battery systems production at its Karlstein am Main headquarters in Bavaria.

World Bank unveils battery storage finance ‘game-changer’

World Bank battery initiative image

The World Bank Group has launched a US$1 billion plan to “accelerate investments” in battery storage for energy systems in developing and middle-income countries.