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

CBI puts world’s lead energy storage projects on the map

More than 120 lead battery-powered energy storage projects worldwide have been highlighted in a new online map by the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI).

Daimler invests in Sila Nano for next-gen battery tech

Photo: Sila Nanotechnologies

Daimler is investing in the California-based producer of engineered materials, Sila Nanotechnologies, to boost development of “next generation lithium-ion battery materials”.

Savannah eyes batteries market in bid for Portugal mine ownership

Savannah CEO David Archer

Commodities developer Savannah Resources has said it will become the sole owner of Portugal’s Mina do Barroso lithium project in Portugal through an all-share offer valued at around US$11.9 million.

Flow battery firm headed for Canadian stock market

Vancouver-based flow battery manufacturer MGX Renewables expects to list its shares on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) after receiving conditional approval to do so.

Irish regulator rules on commercial battery storage levy

Commercial battery storage units in Ireland will now be required to pay a levy charged to all electricity customers to support renewable energy generation, the country’s Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) has announced.

Indian Oil ‘in lead-acid tech talks with battery makers’

Technology developed by India’s state-owned Indian Oil Corporation to “increase the lifetime” of lead-acid batteries could be licensed to battery makers, the corporation’s director of research and development has revealed.

Musk hits out at Panasonic over Tesla battery supply

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has blamed “lower-than-expected” battery manufacture from Panasonic for disrupting production of Tesla’s Model 3 electric vehicles (EVs).

Investment booster for Pb recycling process in UK

Aurelius Environmental, which is pioneering a lead-acid battery recycling process in the UK, is to invest GBP1.5 million (US$1.9m) in advanced ‘green’ technology after securing a debt funding package.

US consortium awards fast-charge tech contract

California-based lithium-ion battery manufacturer Zenlabs Energy has been awarded a US$4.8 million contract by the US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) to develop “low-cost, fast-charge battery technology” for electric vehicles (EVs).

Mitsui invests in bus battery leasing scheme

A US$200 million credit facility to support a battery-leasing programme for electric buses in North America has been launched by Japanese chemicals company Mitsui & Co and automotive firm Proterra.