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California move on lead-acid risks ‘hindering’ energy policy

California move on lead-acid risks ‘hindering’ energy policy

Regulators in California have been warned that new moves to increase pressure on producers of lead-acid batteries risk “hindering” state energy goals.

 

Seoul presses Beijing on ‘fair deal’ for battery makers

Seoul presses Beijing on ‘fair deal’ for battery makers

South Korea has called on China to ensure “a fair business environment” for battery manufacturers to compete for business across the two countries. 

 

Australia urged to take on Asia in battery hub bid

Australia urged to take on Asia in battery hub bid

Mining firms have unveiled a blueprint they say could transform Australia into a global battery development hub— and grab a multi-billion-dollar slice of the “lithium value chain”.

 

China tightens grip on lithium in Chile deal

China tightens grip on lithium in Chile deal

China’s Tianqi Lithium is set to become a key shareholder of the world’s second largest producer of lithium— in a move to strengthen Chinese influence on the battery raw materials market.

 

EU warned on picking ‘winners’ for new battery research cash

EU warned on picking ‘winners’ for new battery research cash

EU leaders have been warned against ignoring lead-acid technology when selecting battery “winners” and bestowing alternative chemistries with millions of euros in fresh funding for advanced battery research.

Akasol cylindrical battery ‘boosts driving range’

Akasol cylindrical battery ‘boosts driving range’

German battery manufacturer Akasol has unveiled its first cylindrical-cells battery system with very high energy density which it claims can boost the driving range of plug-in hybrid commercial vehicles “by more that 60%”.

 

Nissan chief to lead new UK battery centre

Nissan chief to lead new UK battery centre

The boss of Nissan batteries in the UK, Jeff Pratt, is to head a new national centre supporting government plans to develop next-generation battery systems for the automotive sector.

 

BEST in show are fire retardants

BEST in show are fire retardants

When is a battery show not a battery show? When what it features is mainly related to dealing with non energy storage issues like getting rid of heat and containing fires— at least that’s your scribe’s take on the much publicised Battery Show Europe at the Hannover Messe last week. I’ve renamed it— Vehicle electrification systems today or VEST.

 

East Penn signs electrode tech deal with ArcActive

East Penn signs electrode tech deal with ArcActive

East Penn Manufacturing has signed a commercial arrangement with New Zealand-based ArcActive to further develop carbon fibre electrode technology for lead batteries.

 

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