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

Leclanché joins marine energy storage partnership

Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché has been selected to supply “customised marine energy storage” systems for Norway-based technology group Kongsberg.

Battery system coupled with wind farm to aid research

A new lithium-ion battery energy storage facility connected to a wind farm in northern Germany has started operations as part of a research programme.

Korea team claim lithium metal performance breakthrough

Kist researcher Moon-Sek Kim (left) and Dr Won-Il Cho (right) are testing their lithium metal ion battery using a drone and some LEDs (Photo: Business Wire)

Researchers in South Korea say they have developed “essential technologies” to boost the safety and performance of lithium metal batteries.

EDF Renewables signs California solar-storage deals

The North American arm of EDF Renewables has signed two 20-year solar-plus-storage deals in California.

Swiss firm eyes EV market traction for new ‘standardised’ battery

Swiss technology company Ecovolta has unveiled a “standardised” lithium-ion battery, aimed at speeding up the development of electric vehicles.

VW adds SK Innovation to battery cells suppliers group

VW modular electric toolkit

Volkswagen has expanded its Asian network of electric vehicle battery suppliers to include South Korean manufacturer SK Innovation (SKI).

Auto alliance invests in Enevate’s advanced LIB tech

Enevate batteries

International automotive partnership Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Ventures is stepping up its investment in fast-charge battery technology research.

Battery storage to replace retiring gas generators in Golden State

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has granted approval for four energy storage projects— totalling 567.5MW/2,270MWh— which the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) utility will use to replace retiring gas generators.

JCI quits batteries with Power Solutions sale

Cyrus Madon

Johnson Controls International (JCI) has announced a definitive agreement to sell its battery business Power Solutions to US and Canadian investment firms Brookfield Business Partners and CDPQ in a cash transaction valued at US$13.2 billion.

Germany’s billion-euro bid to lead EU battery cell production

Peter Altmeier

Germany has pledged to pump €1 billion (US$1.1bn) into promoting battery cell production by 2021— with the aim of German and European producers “supplying 30% of global demand” by 2030.