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John Shepherd

Has UK shot itself in the foot as starting pistol is fired in giga race?

14/05/2019

The race to the gigafactory finishing line in Europe is now well and truly under way, but who will be first or could it be a photo finish?

Tesvolt, as we report this week, is trumpeting its expansion of operations towards hitting 'giga' status, but the company is being coy about its schedule. So there could be all to play for if Northvolt gets its mega loan this week to build a commercial lithium-ion cells production facility in Sweden.

But the strangest of our stories this week has to be the news that the UK could consider pushing up taxes on low-carbon technologies such as battery storage. 

Regular readers of BEST Battery Briefing will know the UK government has been busy promoting its investments in battery tech over the past couple of years. In fact, PM Theresa May was crowing about her support for renewables when it was confirmed that Britain had had its first week without using electricity from burning coal since the 1880s. This crazy tax hike proposal should be shredded long before it gets within reach of a ministerial desk!

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Macron charges into batteries fray with German partnership

It's now clear that the countries steering the future direction of the European Union, France and Germany, will also be the ones at the wheel of the bloc's much-vaunted electric vehicle battery industry.

 

Canada takes advantage of Europe's blindspot on lead-acid

The Canadian government's decision to give a financial helping hand to independent battery maker Surrette— the top story in the latest edition of BEST Battery Briefing— is a breath of fresh air.

China keeps the faith in lead to bring home the bacon

Chinese new year officially started this week, heralding the ‘year of the pig’— for those unfamiliar with the Chinese zodiac.

 

China’s battery business still bearing fruit despite Apple’s gloom

Apple has blamed China’s economic slowdown almost entirely for the tech firm’s gloomy sales forecast— but there’s no sign of Chinese firms running out of power to stay ahead in the batteries game.

 

Investments energise batteries for 2019

As the year draws to a close, there’s no let up in battery activity, as our raft of investment-related stories reported this week show.

Battery honours even between Europe and Asia

It's quid pro quo between Europe and Asia this week, as BMW and Dräxlmaier announced plans to establish local battery production for electric vehicles in Thailand, whilst LG Chem are reportedly set to establish a second lithium-ion plant in Poland, in order to keep pace with ever-rising demand.

 

Splashing the cash in power plays for batteries

After months of guessing who might be an eligible suitor for JCI’s battery business, the wait is over. The sale of Power Solutions to investment firms seems an unlikely partnership. But a US$13 billion ‘dowry’ is not a bad start to building a relationship.

Study reveals true value of 'climate-friendly' lead

It’s taken a (presumably) very expensive study to tell the EU what most of us already know, as we report in the latest edition of our weekly e-newsletter, BEST Battery Briefing

Enersys wraps up mega deal, Trojan unpacks lithium surprise

Enersys has invested in an expensive gift with its acquisition of Alpha Technologies, as we report in the latest issue of BEST Battery Briefing...

 

EU energy chief’s about-face on lead?

At last, after months of lobbying, has the EU’s energy chief seen the light and is he now willing to level the playing field for lead-acid and lithium?

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