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China’s CATL ‘plans Europe battery plant’

China’s CATL ‘plans Europe battery plant’

Chinese lithium-ion battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) is to open a production base in Europe, according to state media.

EU to future proof Batteries Directive

EU to future proof Batteries Directive

The European Commission (EC) has launched a public consultation into the EU’s Batteries Directive, as part of a fundamental review of laws governing batteries in Europe.

UK’s Drax poised to invest in battery storage

UK’s Drax poised to invest in battery storage

UK power group Drax is considering proposals to build a 200MW battery storage facility at its Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire.

NEC ES to supply “largest” Swiss BESS

NEC ES to supply “largest” Swiss BESS

US energy storage firm NEC Energy Solution (NEC ES) is to supply a Swiss utility with grid storage that will potentially be “the largest battery energy storage system in Switzerland”.

ESS a “game-changer” for NZ, study says

ESS a “game-changer” for NZ, study says

Building energy storage systems across New Zealand would represent an economic “game-changer” for the country within the next few years, according to new research by national grid owner-operator Transpower.

Australian firm signs China graphite supply deal

Australian firm signs China graphite supply deal

Australia’s Syrah Resources has signed a deal to provide a Chinese lithium battery materials supplier with 30,000 tonnes of graphite in the first year of production at its Balama mine in Mozambique.

China-US firms invest in Beijing batteries project

China-US firms invest in Beijing batteries project

Chinese carmaker BAIC Group and US-owned Chinese battery firm Funeng Technology (Ganzhou) are to invest a total of CNY10 billion ($1.2bn) to launch a batteries plant for new energy vehicles in Shunyi, Bejing.

Daimler joins investors in fast-charge firm StoreDot

Daimler joins investors in fast-charge firm StoreDot

Israeli start-up StoreDot has raised a further $60 million to support the scaling-up of its electric vehicle (EV) fast-charge FlashBattery technology in a third round of funding led by the truck division of Germany’s Daimler.

Study “changes lead absorption assumptions”

Study “changes lead absorption assumptions”

New analysis indicates that earlier studies into lead absorption levels of workers in the battery industry “likely overestimated” the rates of absorption.

VW unveils $60bn batteries investment plan

VW unveils $60bn batteries investment plan

Volkswagen has announced plans to invest more than EUR50 billion ($60bn) in battery cells and related technology, towards the electrification of its entire model portfolio by 2030 “at the latest”.

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