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Industry news

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

Exide invests in VRLA storage plus solar at Portugal plant

US battery manufacturer Exide Technologies is investing in a solar power facility coupled with VRLA battery storage at its production plant in Castanheira do Ribatejo in Portugal.

Mitsui inks battery metals supply deal with Sigma

Japanese chemicals company Mitsui is to pre-pay Sigma Lithium US$30 million under a strategic alliance agreement for the supply of battery-grade lithium concentrate.

Navitas to expand production in Michigan

Navitas Starlifter battery

US battery firm Navitas is expanding production of its Starlifter line of lithium-ion forklift batteries from a new manufacturing facility in Michigan.

Australian acquisition looks to close recycling loop

Lithium Australia (LA) is to acquire a minority stake in lithium-ion battery (LIB) recycling company Envirostream, as part of its mission to “close the loop on the energy-metal cycle”.

Daimler takes NorthStar partnership to next level

Swedish-American battery manufacturer NorthStar has agreed a deal to supply Daimler with wireless battery monitoring systems for the Pure Lead AGM batteries it supplies to the auto giant.

Leclanché welcomes record sales figures

Leclanché welcomes record sales figures

Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché has posted its best sales performance for 22 years, although earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) losses fell further.


ILA calls for new EU strategy on batteries

Europe has been urged to develop a new industrial strategy to “champion” all batteries, including lead-acid.

Sunlight takes a shine to lithium with new ‘smart battery’

Sunlight Li.On Force batteries

Greek lead-acid battery maker Sunlight is entering the electrical industrial vehicles (eIVs) market with the launch of a “smart lithium batteries” line.

Utility mulls future with hydrogen/batteries

A strategy paper from Southern California Gas Company (SCGC) has highlighted the importance of varied methods of energy storage to ensuring the West Coast state meets its “ambitious environmental goals”.

Hawaiian approval for six solar-plus-storage systems

The Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission has approved contracts for six solar-plus-storage projects, totalling 274MW/998MWh, as the price of power generated from such projects falls below traditional generation methods.