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CATL strikes deal to supply lithium ion cells for Daimler's EV trucks

CATL strikes deal to supply lithium-ion cells to Daimler EV trucks

Electric vehicle battery firm Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) has signed a deal to supply lithium-ion battery packs for German automaker Daimler’s electric trucks.


Australia’s biggest lithium-ion ESS to be paired with solar power generation

Australia’s biggest lithium-ion ESS to be paired with solar power generation

One of the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery systems paired with renewables is set to be deployed by The Solar River Project and GE Renewable Energy in South Australia.


Celgard successfully sues firm over lithium-ion separator trade secrets

US battery separator firm Celgard, a subsidiary of Polypore International, has successfully sued Canadian company Targray International on infringement of two patents on its lithium-ion separator portfolio.


EnerSys manufacturing plant fire on day it reveals plans to buy out rival lead battery maker

Mixed fortunes at US lead-acid battery maker EnerSys this week as news of its plans to buy out N Holding AB, the parent company of NorthStar, came hours after reports of a fire at its motive power production facility in Kentucky.


Solar firm moves into ESS market as incentives and market grows 232% QoQ

US solar firm Nexamp is joining the battery energy storage system industry with deployment of 51MW of capacity across six sites in New York and Massachusetts.


Ni-MH and recycling pioneer wins ICBR’s first Honorary Award

Ni-MH and recycling pioneer wins ICBR’s first Honorary Award

Huibert Jacobus Hendrik van Deutekom, who has been granted patents on the development of Ni-MH batteries and for the development of a recycling process for lithium metal batteries, has been awarded the International Congress for Battery Recycling (ICBR) first Honorary Award.

Partnership aims to commercialise next gen solid-state batteries within five years

A partnership to develop solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) for lithium batteries has been made between Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Japanese chemical manufacturer Piotrek.


Fire association launches ESS fire safety standards in the US

Fire association launch ESS fire safety standards in the US

The National Fire Protection Association in the US has published its first comprehensive collection of safety standards for energy storage system (ESS) deployment. 


Scientists develop porous silicon layers for more efficient lithium-ion batteries

Dr. Stefan Saager, from Fraunhofer FEP

Scientists at the Fraunhofer FEP institute have developed a non-toxic and efficient manufacturing process for porous silicon layers for use as lithium-ion battery anodes.


Microporous’ C-level recruit to navigate growth in lead battery separator market

Brad Reed

US firm Microporous has hired Brad Reed as director of corporate development to oversee growth in new products and markets for its lead-acid battery separators.