Johnson Controls has expanded its Zwickau, Germany, battery plant with a €100m ($136m) investment, making it the world's largest production facility for AGM batteries.
Germany may be worried that it does not have the lithium-ion cell making business it thinks it so desperately needs but when it comes to lithium-ion tool making, its machine makers may yet give the Asians a run for their money.
Despite the lack of take-off in the EV market, there are still plenty of new players trying to get into the lithium-ion battery market with new chemistries. But potential customers will only take these newcomers seriously if they can readily supply working cells and batteries for evaluation.
Research led by an electrical engineer at the University of California, San Diego is aimed at improving lithium-ion batteries through possible new electrode architectures with precise nano-scale designs.
Sweden’s Optisort has launched of the OBS 2.0, the company’s second generation battery sorter.
Exide has continued to exceed lead emissions limits at its Vernon secondary lead smelter in California despite having already been forced to cut production last month.
Siemens Industry and Aquion Energy have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to integrate its battery and drive technologies to develop microgrid and grid energy storage systems.
AES Corporation has notched 100 MW of installed grid-scale storage with commercial operation of a 40 MW lithium-ion facility in Moraine, Ohio.
The global market for supercapacitors will more than double to $836m in 2018, up from $466m in 2013, according to a report by Lux Research.
Not content with being the world’s leading exporter of cars many people lust after – be they Mercedes, BMW or Audi, Germany now wants to be a world leader in fuel cell cars and fuel cells.