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China tightens grip on lithium in Chile deal

China tightens grip on lithium in Chile deal

China’s Tianqi Lithium is set to become a key shareholder of the world’s second largest producer of lithium— in a move to strengthen Chinese influence on the battery raw materials market.

 

EU warned on picking ‘winners’ for new battery research cash

EU warned on picking ‘winners’ for new battery research cash

EU leaders have been warned against ignoring lead-acid technology when selecting battery “winners” and bestowing alternative chemistries with millions of euros in fresh funding for advanced battery research.

Akasol cylindrical battery ‘boosts driving range’

Akasol cylindrical battery ‘boosts driving range’

German battery manufacturer Akasol has unveiled its first cylindrical-cells battery system with very high energy density which it claims can boost the driving range of plug-in hybrid commercial vehicles “by more that 60%”.

 

Nissan chief to lead new UK battery centre

Nissan chief to lead new UK battery centre

The boss of Nissan batteries in the UK, Jeff Pratt, is to head a new national centre supporting government plans to develop next-generation battery systems for the automotive sector.

 

BEST in show are fire retardants

BEST in show are fire retardants

When is a battery show not a battery show? When what it features is mainly related to dealing with non energy storage issues like getting rid of heat and containing fires— at least that’s your scribe’s take on the much publicised Battery Show Europe at the Hannover Messe last week. I’ve renamed it— Vehicle electrification systems today or VEST.

 

East Penn signs electrode tech deal with ArcActive

East Penn signs electrode tech deal with ArcActive

East Penn Manufacturing has signed a commercial arrangement with New Zealand-based ArcActive to further develop carbon fibre electrode technology for lead batteries.

 

Chicago’s cops get batteries backup

Chicago’s cops get batteries backup

Lockheed Martin is to provide a 2MWh GridStar lithium energy storage system for a microgrid project in Chicago.

 

Anesco on track to ‘quadruple’ UK BESS portfolio

Anesco on track to ‘quadruple’ UK BESS portfolio

Energy storage developer Anesco said it is on track to “quadruple its operational battery portfolio” in the UK by 2020.

Tesla inks lithium supply deal with Australian miner

Tesla inks lithium supply deal with Australian miner

Australian miner Kidman Resources has signed a three-year fixed-price deal to supply battery raw material to Tesla.

 

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