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

UK contest to find energy storage ‘innovation’

The UK’s Department of Business has launched a competition offering up to £20 million (US$26.2m) for “innovative, replicable solutions that could provide a market competitive alternative to conventional commercial large scale energy storage technologies.”

Siemens opens BlueVault battery plant in Norway

Erna Solberg

Siemens has opened a battery module factory in Norway to assemble its BlueVault lithium-ion maritime battery systems.

Europe ‘lost edge to China’ in batteries— Saft owner

Patrick Pouyanné

Europe has “lost its edge” to China in the battery stakes— even before the EU’s proposed Batteries Alliance starts making cells, the boss of the company that owns French batteries firm Saft has said.

ABC Crowns bipolar licensing with sixth deal

Hal Hawk

US deep-cycle lead firm Crown Battery Manufacturing has acquired licensing rights to Advanced Battery Concepts’ (ABC) bipolar lead-acid technology— strengthening its support for the company.

Novel start-up forging ahead with VW investment

Dr Paul Lichty

US-based start-up Forge Nano has received a US$10 million investment from German car maker Volkswagen— funds the company will use to continue investigating and developing “a material coating technology that could further improve the performance of battery materials”.

Mercedes adds batteries to investments in Poland

Mercedes-Benz is to build a new battery factory in Jawor, Poland, creating 300 jobs and expanding the global battery production network of Mercedes to nine factories across three continents.

China promotes ‘eco’ lead batteries plan with illegal recycling crackdown

China is to crack down on illegal lead recycling and launch a “traceability system” to promote advances in lead battery development as a “backbone” national industry.

Utility bankruptcy blow for California battery storage?

Plans for four major energy storage projects in California could be under threat after the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

SABIC takes majority stake in nanotech firm Black Diamond Structures

Chemicals group SABIC has taken a majority stake in nanotechnology company Black Diamond Structures (BDS).

Apple picks Samsung SDI exec for batteries post

Soonho Ahn

Apple has appointed a former top executive of Korean battery giant Samsung SDI as its global head of battery development.

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