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

BP invests in batteries for China’s ‘new energy’ market

Oil multinational BP is investing US$10 million in a fund aimed at powering the expansion of battery production and R&D for China’s new energy vehicle (NEV) industry.

 

China review ‘aims to expand power battery recycling’

A review of China’s approach to recycling lead and lithium-ion batteries has been launched aimed at proposing “a complete and efficient” nationwide power battery system.

 

Aqua Metals not yet at ‘steady state’ operation

Aqua Metals lead ingot

Newly-appointed Aqua Metals president Steve Cotton, who left the novel lead-acid battery recycling firm just over a year ago, has admitted the company is still working on getting its process modules to “steady state” operation— and will probably be operating as little as four of them in the coming months to get things right as the company moves to scale.

 

Nissan selling batteries unit to China’s Envision

Lei Zhang

Shanghai-based energy group Envision has agreed a deal to become the majority owner of Nissan’s international lithium-ion batteries business.

 

Exide India ‘collaborating with Furukawa on Bengal battery plants’

Guatam Chatterjee

India’s Exide Industries is set to expand a production plant in West Bengal in collaboration with Japanese manufacturer Furukawa Battery to supply batteries for bullet trains.

 

Amara Raja targets Middle East from new UAE batteries base

Ramachandra Galla. Photo: Amara Raja

Indian lead-acid battery maker Amara Raja Batteries has opened a new trading base in the United Arab Emirates to expand sales across the Middle East.

 

Mining firms dig in to turn nickel into ‘battery gold’

Nickel West Mt Keith operation. Photo: Nickel West

Mining behemoth BHP is stepping up investment in nickel mine development and exploration in Western Australia to become “a globally-significant battery materials supplier”.

 

Japan and UK collaboration targets China EV market

A car parts manufacturer in Japan is teaming up with an engineering and development consultancy in the UK “to develop next-generation electric vehicle technology”.

 

Free batteries (if you buy our energy)

Orkney islands

A ‘canny’ company in Scotland has created a business model that enables it to provide customers with free storage batteries.

 

Truck firm buys battery division

Hyliion truck

US firm Hyliion, which can turn diesel trucks into electric hybrids, has bought the battery division of Gentherm.

 

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