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Editor's Blog

John Shepherd

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

07/01/2019

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.

As BEST Battery Briefing (BBB) reports this week, Shanghai-based Envision— fresh from snapping up Nissan’s lithium-ion business— has secured investment to expand. And, separately, CATL and Geely are behind yet another Chinese batteries joint venture.

Meanwhile, Toshiba intends to spin off its SCiB unit to grab a slice of the action.

It seems Asia’s battery tigers are already on the prowl for spoils with the new year barely aired…

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Musk was right… now make it happen

What’s your definition of good engineering? Mine would include making use of the stuff that’s already there, cannibalising (if necessary) existing kit to make what I need or want to try. That’s what I learned as a kid messing around with electronics half a century ago and I’m glad to say it's a philosophy that rings true with some of the best minds out there today.

Alevo: The Apple of energy storage?

North Carolina-based Alevo believes it is 'redefining energy', y'all.

Energy storage: Not ready for prime time (yet)

There’s good reason to believe energy storage is not ready for prime time. Not yet.

Seriously missing Google

It’s only the absence of Google that makes you realise just how dependent we’ve become on it and how valuable it is.

Energy storage: It’s been a long time coming

It’s been a long time coming: this ‘energy storage’ malarkey. But visitors to this year’s Intersolar in Munich were in for a treat— a whole hall dedicated to the stuff.

Online, on-digital and on-target— are you?

Phone directories. When was the last time you used one?

Trouble ahead for lead?

ALABC’s Allan Cooper warns the lead-acid industry that the battle is in danger of being lost to lithium-ion for European 48V cars.

It’s easy as AABC

The Editor visited Atlanta for the 14th Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC).

Behind-the-meter energy storage: A new scheme?

'Behind-the-meter' energy storage could be an attractive solution in California, not least for firms looking for new ways to suckle at the taxpayer teat.

The future is electric but is it 48V?

Changing the voltage level of electrical systems in cars is not an easy task. In fact, it is a real pain in the backside.

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