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All the news and views from the world of energy storage and associated industries.

Mining firms dig in to turn nickel into ‘battery gold’

Nickel West Mt Keith operation. Photo: Nickel West

Mining behemoth BHP is stepping up investment in nickel mine development and exploration in Western Australia to become “a globally-significant battery materials supplier”.


Japan and UK collaboration targets China EV market

A car parts manufacturer in Japan is teaming up with an engineering and development consultancy in the UK “to develop next-generation electric vehicle technology”.


Free batteries (if you buy our energy)

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A ‘canny’ company in Scotland has created a business model that enables it to provide customers with free storage batteries.


Truck firm buys battery division

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US firm Hyliion, which can turn diesel trucks into electric hybrids, has bought the battery division of Gentherm.


Second-life research project reaches major milestone

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A UK company has found a way to integrate the large liquid-cooled batteries used in Jaguar Land Rover vehicles in an energy storage system.


Cobalt surplus sparks price plunge

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A surplus of cobalt chemicals used to make high-power lithium batteries has seen Chinese refiners switch to producing metal, sending prices down 30% in recent months.


Kokam lithium cuts data centre battery size

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Kokam has introduced the K-UPS series of high power Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) battery racks featuring Kokam's Ultra High Power Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (UHP NMC) battery technology.


India to make its own lithium-ion batteries

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Commercial production of a "home grown" lithium-ion battery is to begin in India. The technology, developed by scientists at CSIR-Central Electro Chemical Research Institute in Karaikudi is being put into production by Bengaluru-based Raasi Solar. 


Exide India believes in bipolar from ABC

Guatam Chatterjee

India’s largest automotive battery maker Exide Industries Ltd said last week it is planning to reduce dependence on lead—by introducing the bipolar technology of US-based Advanced Battery Concepts.


Thai batteries to go Giga

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Thai renewable power technology company Energy Absolute is planning to invest US$3 billion in a gigafactory project, betting on the prospect that electric vehicles and smart grids will soon catch on in Southeast Asia.