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Tesla signs battery material deal with China’s Ganfeng Lithium

Ganfeng Lithium

China's largest lithium compounds producer, Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium, has signed a deal to supply a fifth of its production to Tesla.

Berlin urges EU to relax state-aid rules for battery investment

Angela Merkel: Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

Germany has started hush-hush talks with EU leaders aimed at relaxing state-aid rules so the government can pump cash into launching of a national battery cell production programme, BEST Battery Briefing has learned.


New owner for Alcad’s North American lead business

Mesa batteries

US industrial power supply company Mesa Technical Associates is to acquire Alcad’s lead-acid business in North America for an undisclosed sum.

Mitsui bolsters material production on batteries demand

Mitsui Chemicals logo

Japanese chemicals company Mitsui has expanded production of its “ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene” for lithium-ion battery separators in response to growing demand from the automotive and industrial sectors.

Germany marks solar BESS ‘milestone’

German Solar Association image

Germany has welcomed the “milestone” installation of the country’s 100,000th grid-connected residential battery energy storage system.


Solid Power ‘to scale-up’ with investments boost

Solid Power image

The venture capital arm of Belgium-based battery materials firm Solvay has made an equity investment in US-headquartered next-generation solid-state batteries developer Solid Power.


Envision to build China battery plant on back of Nissan deal

Envision CEO and founder Lei Zhang. Photo: Envision

Shanghai-based energy group Envision has unveiled plans to build an electric vehicle battery plant in China and upgrade production facilities it has acquired following its takeover of Nissan’s international lithium-ion business.


Amara Raja to launch LIB assembly plant

Amara Raja logo

Indian lead-acid battery maker Amara Raja reportedly plans to build a lithium-ion battery pack assembly plant in Andhra Pradesh in the south-east of India.


Narada’s German BESS ‘can spur closer cooperation’

Langenreichenbach inauguration

Chinese battery maker Narada’s launch of its first large-scale battery storage project outside of China in Germany should spur both countries to expand technical and economic cooperation, a top Chinese diplomat has said.


Farasis Energy paves way for EU lithium cell plant

Farasis Energy

San Francisco-based lithium-ion tech company Farasis Energy is pushing ahead with plans to open a “large-scale” European lithium-ion cell production facility after securing financing “exceeding US$1 billion”.