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Editor's Blog

John Shepherd

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.

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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UK energy storage competition: Far too little, far too late

After months of delay, the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) finally announced the winners of its

Energy storage – regulation, regulation, regulation

BEST has been in Amsterdam for the European Utility Week conference & exhibition. Until 2012, the show was known as Metering & Billing Europe and, frankly, was not worthy of the short hop across the North Sea from BESTmag Towers.

Germany aims for unlikely fuel cell domination

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.

The aging beauty and the younger woman

If there was a tagline for the 15th Asian Battery Conference (ABC15) in Singapore, it could only have been 'Lead Ain't Dead'. Yes, it's a tired cliche but the lead-acid battery industry is feeling just a little bit touchy these days.

The curse of the ABC

The curse of ABC has failed to arrive: On the anniversary of 9/11

Tim Probert - New Editor

New Editor Tim Probert will be arriving to take the helm of BEST magazine from September.