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

LG Chem ramp up battery production in Michigan as Volt sales rise

Chevy Volts start to sell

LG Chem has finally begun producing lithium-ion batteries for the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid vehicle at a facility in Holland, Michigan. The factory has sat idle since 2011, with 200 staff employed, because slow EV sales made it uneconomic to built batteries in the US.

Nickel-zinc for Peugeot stop-start


PowerGenix, a developer of nickel-zinc batteries, has entered into a contract with French carmaker giant Peugeot Citroen to develop nickel-zinc batteries for stop- start vehicles.

SAFT and Bosch get in on German subsidies

Bosch BPT-S 5 hybrid energy management and storage system

Saft looks set to cash in on the growth in the German photovoltaic market as Bosch mass-produces the BPT-S 5 Hybrid energy management and storage system, containing Saft’s lithium-ion batteries.

Supercapacitor graphene break through

Graphene - is there nothing it can't do?

A research team at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, has made a graphene-based supercapacitor with an energy density to rival batteries, thus overcoming the shortfall of previous supercapacitors.

Lithium-ion batteries enable sun study

NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS)

Lithium-ion batteries from Yardney Technical Products are powering an image spectrograph that has been sent into space to capture images and data on the movements of the sun’s material.

High temperature energy dense Capacitor


Scientists at the UK's National Physical Laboratory have developed a capacitor that works at high temperatures, for use in EVs.

The Technology Strategy Board funded project has created a capacitor, called a HITECA, which operates at over 200oC with an energy density of 25 J/cc at 1200 kV/cm.

Testing and Analysis combined from Maccor and AMETEK

Mark Hulse, VP of sales and marketing at Maccor

Maccor, manufacturer of battery test equipment, has entered into an agreement to combine its automated test systems with AMETEK Scientific Instruments’ frequency response analysers and other electrochemical analysis systems, multiplexing and interconnect cables, and integrated impedance analysis software.

Hammond expands into micro-hybrid technology, and Malaysia

Hammond Expanders Logo

Hammond Group, Inc. (HGI), owner of Hammond Expanders and Hammond Oxides, has announced a new family of next generation battery additives and expanders formulated specifically for advanced lead-acid batteries.

Siemens ESS for black starting power plant


Siemens is to supply a battery storage system to Vulkan Energiewirtschaft Oderbrücke GmbH to provide black start capabilities for a gas turbine at a power plant in Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany.

3D printing yields pin head battery

A joint development effort by Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and visiting South Korean researchers has produced a tiny 3D printed lithium-ion battery that could be used one day as a power source for micromedical devices and robots.