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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.