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Batteries plan to “alleviate” Fukushima grid challenges

Batteries plan to “alleviate” Fukushima grid challenges

Japan’s IHI Corporation has unveiled plans to launch a lithium battery storage project in the country’s Fukushima Prefecture.

 

China names new base for Nissan batteries

China names new base for Nissan batteries

Zhenjiang in China is to be the new headquarters and production base for the now Chinese-owned Nissan electric vehicles batteries business, state media has reported.

 

BMW joint venture ‘to open China battery packs plant’

BMW joint venture ‘to open China battery packs plant’

The Chinese joint venture brand of German car giant BMW, BMW Brilliance, is reportedly to open a “high-voltage automotive battery pack production centre” in China on 24 October.

 

Chinese partners sell Samsung battery business shares

Chinese partners sell Samsung battery business shares

Two Chinese shareholders have put a total of 30% of shares in Samsung SDI's joint venture battery company on the market, according to China’s Tianjin Property Rights Exchange (TPRE).

 

EU ‘aware of lead’s value’ to batteries industry

EU ‘aware of lead’s value’ to batteries industry

European Commission chiefs have not ruled out the participation of the lead-acid industry in a proposed ‘batteries alliance’ for Europe— BBB has learned.

 

Investment scheme boost for Russian battery firm

Investment scheme boost for Russian battery firm

Russian lead-acid battery maker AKOM has been selected to take part in a government-backed programme to boost one of the country’s industrial regions.

 

Draft Australia home storage fire-risk rules dropped

Draft Australia home storage fire-risk rules dropped

Regulators in Australia have dropped initial proposals that could have banned the introduction of on-site lithium-ion battery storage in homes.

Renault sets up energy service subsidiary

Renault sets up energy service subsidiary

French car giant Renault has launched a new subsidiary to invest in the development of secondary use of electric vehicle batteries (EV) for stationary energy storage and smart charging networks.

India’s Amara Raja ‘eyes expansion into Li-on’

India’s Amara Raja ‘eyes expansion into Li-on’

Indian lead-acid battery maker Amara Raja Batteries is reportedly preparing to branch out into “alternative chemistries” as part of business expansion plans.

 

Monbat boosts investment plans with EUR30m bond issue

Monbat boosts investment plans with EUR30m bond issue

The board of Bulgarian lead-acid battery manufacturer Monbat has given the go-ahead for the firm to issue seven-year corporate bonds worth up to EUR30 million ($35.4m).

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