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Japan ‘to fund solid-state battery research’

Japan ‘to fund solid-state battery research’

Japan’s government is reportedly planning a multi-million dollar investment in solid-state research to keep national battery tech development ahead of global competitors. 

German components firm to start battery production for new ‘solar car’

German components firm to start battery production for new ‘solar car’

German automotive components firm ElringKlinger is to launch its first battery production facility after clinching a deal worth “several hundred million euros”.

Chinese lithium recycler in NEV lithium link-up with BAIC

Chinese lithium recycler in NEV lithium link-up with BAIC

Chinese lithium battery recycler GEM has teamed up with domestic state-owned carmaker BAIC to establish a used batteries collection and recycling operation.

China EV battery firm cuts production over financial crisis

A leading Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer, Shenzhen OptimumNano, has been forced to slash production to just 20% of its capacity amid a financial crisis.  OptimumNano, reportedly China’s third largest EV battery maker as of 2016, said it had taken the drastic move because it has a glut of batteries in stock that it cannot sell.

A leading Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer, Shenzhen OptimumNano, has been forced to slash production to just 20% of its capacity amid a financial crisis.

BMZ ‘secures cells supply’ with LG Chem deal

BMZ ‘secures cells supply’ with LG Chem deal

German lithium-ion battery developer and producer BMZ has signed a long-term battery cells supply deal with South Korea’s LG Chem.

Chilwee issues profits slump warning over lead 'overcapacity'

Chilwee issues profits slump warning over lead 'overcapacity'

One of China’s biggest lead battery manufacturers, the Chilwee Group, has said it expects to see first half-year profits “fall sharply” because of falling prices triggered by “overcapacity” in the domestic lead-acid sector.

 

JCI expands AGM manufacture in Germany

JCI expands AGM manufacture in Germany

Johnson Controls International (JCI) is to expand manufacturing of its advanced glass mat batteries in Germany.

 

US cash boost for energy storage research

US cash boost for energy storage research

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a $30 million shot in the arm for energy storage research.

CATL ‘signs EV batteries deals with Daimler, Hyundai’

CATL ‘signs EV batteries deals with Daimler, Hyundai’

China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has reportedly been awarded contracts to supply electric car batteries to Germany’s Daimler and South Korea’s Hyundai Motor. 

New Li battery plant for southeast China

New Li battery plant for southeast China

Plans to build a “new energy” lithium battery industrial park with a total investment of CNY1.55billion($243.7 million) have been unveiled by the Liancheng County government in China’s Fujian Province.

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