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Works start on Jakarta lead-acid separator expansion

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:43 -- Xuan Zhong
Works start on Jakarta lead-acid separator expansion

Construction works have begun on expanded production facilities in Indonesia for the PT ENTEK Separindo Asia joint venture (JV) producing polyethylene battery separators for flooded lead-acid batteries in Asia.

Lead-acid separator firms ENTEK International and Separindo announced the formation of the JV in February 2017 for the production, sales and marketing of the separators. Japan-based NSG Group, which makes glass fibre products for battery applications such as PE and AGM separators, joined the JV in the summer.

 

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Eaton to bring Li-ion UPS into Asia

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 09:49 -- News Editor
Eaton to bring Li-ion UPS into Asia

Work is under way in Australia on an AUD11 ($8.3) million project to develop ultra-thin flexible screen-printed batteries for portable devices and intermittent renewable energy.

Brisbane-based battery energy storage firm Printed Energy said the innovation is a step closer to being made commercially available thanks to research carried out jointly by the University of New South Wales and University of Queensland.

 

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Gigafactory rolls into production despite being 30% complete

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 09:39 -- Paul Crompton
Gigafactory rolls into production despite being 30% complete

Despite being only 30% finished, Tesla’s lithium-ion Gigafactory has rumbled into life proving the US can go head-to-head with Asia’s battery making industry.

Mass production of 2170 cells for Tesla’s Powerwall range of energy storage systems began last week, with Model 3 cell production set to follow in Q2 of this year.

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Leclanché shows global ambition in lithium-ion market

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 14:43 -- Xuan Zhong

After securing its first ESS deal in the US, Swiss firm Leclanché has almost immediately forged an Asian alliance for the low-cost manufacture and development of its Lithium Titanate Oxide (LTO) and Lithium Graphite/NMC (GNMC) batteries.

The European ESS company has formed a strategic partnership with Chinese lead-acid and lithium-ion battery manufacturer Narada Power Source.

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IP company targets Asia after securing 40 electrode patents

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 16:05 -- Xuan Zhong

Intellectual Property licensing and commercialisation company Marathon Patent Group aims to expand its Asia operations after securing 40 electrode patents.

The US firm’s wholly owned subsidiary Traverse Technologies acquired a portfolio of around 40 worldwide patents from CPT IP Holdings, LLC.

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Lithium-ion dominates large-scale ESS deployment

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:37 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium-ion dominates large-scale ESS deployment

Competition between Asia’s big battery makers has seen lithium-ion become the dominant technology for large-scale energy storage systems in the past six years.

Underpinning the rise is cost reductions and a build-up of the auto and power sectors’ supply chain as competition between China's BYD, GCL, South Korea's Samsung SDI, LG Chem and Japan's Panasonic intensifies, according to a report by analytics firm IHS Technology.

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Asian firms move into flourishing US ESS market

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 13:00 -- Paul Crompton
Asian firms move into flourishing US ESS market

With more than 150MWs of energy storage deployed in the US last year two Asian firms are hoping to take a slice of the lucrative market.

Korean electrical components manufacturer LSIS secured its first UL certification for its 1MW ESS, and then met the IEEE 1547 standard— both are required to launch a product in the US.

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Saft ramps up lithium capacity in China to meet demand

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:35 -- Paul Crompton
Saft ramps up lithium capacity in China to meet demand

French battery manufacturer Saft is set to double its primary lithium cell production in China to meet growing demand in the Asian markets.

Saft has invested €5million ($5.6million) in the new Zhuhai site in order to double production capacity to 60 million cells per year by Q3 2016.

 
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Musk hints at Tesla Gigafactories in Asia and Europe

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 15:31 -- Paul Crompton
Musk hints at Tesla Gigafactories in Asia and Europe

Given his penchant for teasing and baiting interest for new products via social media, it was interesting to see Elon Musk’s latest hint at new Gigafactories outside the US.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla— which is in the midst of building a Gigafactory in Nevada, US— commented that given ‘high’ local demand, Gigafactories in India, China and Europe would ‘make sense in the long term’.

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Saft emerging as Asia's go to trainset battery supplier

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 15:06 -- Paul Crompton
Nanshang Wuha metro line

Battery supplier Saft’s emergence as a key player in Asia’s trainset market continues at full steam after the French firm signed two deals to provide nickel-cadmium batteries.

The first deal to provide 156 SRM+ rail batteries was awarded by CNR Changchun, China’s state-owned rolling stock manufacturer.

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