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China launches ‘first solid state production line’

China has reportedly started operations of the country’s first solid-state battery production line in the city of Kunshan, in eastern Jiangsu Province.

Mitsubishi to supply parts for (another) ‘world’s largest energy-storage system’

Japanese electrical manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric has received an order from the Chiyoda Corporation to provide its BLEnDer RE energy management system to monitor and control a 240 megawatt/720 megawatt-hour lithium-ion battery system at Kita-Toyotomi Substation in Teshio, Hokkaido.

Gravita confirms lead processing expansion in Africa

Gravita Pb

Indian lead producer and exporter Gravita has confirmed plans to expand its lead-acid battery scrap processing operations overseas with two new facilities in Africa.

BMZ takes control of TerraE to launch German cell production ‘by 2020’

Sven Bauer

Lithium-ion developer and producer BMZ has taken control of German peer TerraE Holding, in a move to cement Germany’s position as a future leader in European battery cell manufacturing.

Vargo takes over at Exide Technologies as Koelsch steps down

Tim Vargo

US-based lead-acid giant Exide Technologies has named Timothy Vargo as president and chief executive officer to succeed Vic Koelsch.

Second life for Nissan batteries in Endesa power plant

Melilla power plant

Spanish utility Endesa is to re-use batteries taken from Nissan Leaf electric vehicles in a “pioneering” storage system at its Melilla power plant.

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.