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JCI and Toshiba to work on lead-lithium dual-battery systems

Johnson Controls International’s (JCI) soon-to-be-sold Power Solutions business is joining forces with Toshiba to manufacture lithium-ion batteries that will be “paired” with lead-acid battery technology as part of dual-battery systems for carmakers.

Loan deal expansion plan for Greek lead-acid maker Sunlight

Sunlight Xanthi factory

Greek lead-acid battery maker Sunlight is to expand manufacturing and new product development boosted by a €12.5 million (US$14.2m) financial shot in the arm from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

SK Innovation battery project targets US automotive market

Governor Nathan Deal

SK Innovation plans to invest 1.98 trillion South Korean won (US$1.01 billion) to establish an electric vehicle (EV) batteries production base in Jackson County, Georgia as they look to establish themselves in the US, “the largest battleground of global automakers”.

Study ponders lithium industry future for Quebec

Sarah Houde

A study has been launched into the development of Canada’s Quebec province as a manufacturing and commercial hub for the lithium-ion battery industry.

Kokam deploys ‘high energy’ BESS systems in South Korea

South Korean battery company Kokam has been selected to provide photovoltaic-connected battery energy storage systems for two projects in the country.

Former EPA chief to chair electrolyte tech advisory board for Tydrolyte

Stephen Johnson

The former head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Stephen Johnson is to chair the advisory board of novel electrolyte technology company Tydrolyte.

Auto partners commit to battery-tech investments as chief is sacked

Carlos Ghosn

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has pledged to continue its activities including development of next-generation batteries following the sacking of the alliance’s chief.

Infinity Lithium eyes battery supply market with Spanish project

Australia-listed lithium developer Infinity Lithium has unveiled a scoping study for its San Jose project in Spain’s Extremadura region, including the production of battery grade lithium hydroxide.

Mine waste powers battery business

Adrian Griffin

VSPC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lithium Australia (LA), has successfully manufactured lithium-ion cathode material and lithium-ion batteries themselves from lithium mining waste.

NEC Energy Solutions awarded UK storage contracts

Tilbury Power Station

US-based NEC Energy Solutions has been awarded two contracts by the Gore Street Energy Storage Fund to provide UK energy storage projects.