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Nissan chief to lead new UK battery centre

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 09:45 -- John Shepherd
Nissan chief to lead new UK battery centre

The boss of Nissan batteries in the UK, Jeff Pratt, is to head a new national centre supporting government plans to develop next-generation battery systems for the automotive sector.

Pratt (pictured) will take up the post of MD at the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC)— part of the UK government’s Faraday Institution— next month.

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Li batteries focus of new German research pact

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 09:42 -- Xuan Zhong
Li batteries focus of new German research pact

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is to work with the Technical University of Braunschweig, in northern Germany, on a joint research programme into applications for batteries in the automotive and aviation sectors.

A DLR spokesperson told BBB the “initial strong focus” of research would be on lithium-ion technology— but that both partners are already studying lithium sulfur batteries and this would “contribute” to their joint work.

 

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ALABC-Exide launch energy storage project

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:06 -- News Editor
ALABC-Exide launch energy storage project

The Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) and Exide Spain are launching a two-year study into the use of carbon nano materials in the positive active mass.

The objective of the new project “is to investigate potential significant benefits, such as improved energy efficiency and cycle life for lead batteries in energy storage applications, through the use of nano-carbon on the positive plate”, the ALABC said.

 

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Canada lead-acid firm expands in South Korea

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:37 -- News Editor
Canada lead-acid firm expands in South Korea

Vancouver-based lead-acid battery firm Discover is launching an SLI lead-acid manufacturing plant in South Korea, backed by Canadian export financing.

Discover, which was awarded $15 million from Export Development Canada (EDC), told BBB the financing supported the firm’s acquisition of an existing battery plant site in South Korea.

 

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Chinese firm joins Nissan battery buyout deal

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:20 -- News Editor
Chinese firm joins Nissan battery buyout deal

A Chinese lithium battery manufacturer is chipping in up to $100 million to join the takeover of Nissan’s battery business by Chinese private equity firm GSR Capital Advisors.

Zhejiang Unifull Industrial Fibre said in a stock exchange filing it had signed a framework agreement with GSR Capital to become a partner in funding the Nissan deal, which Nissan confirmed earlier this month.

 

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BAIC ‘in batteries purchase deal’

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 12:47 -- News Editor
BAIC ‘in batteries purchase deal’

China’s automaker BAIC BJEV is set to purchase 80,000 automotive batteries, worth a total of CNY3.7 billion ($541.6 million), from renewable battery system supplier Pride by the end of this year, according to Chinese media.

Sohu reported that Pride, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Guangdong Dongfang Precision Science & Technology, a China-based printing machine maker, has signed a strategic procurement contract for 2017 with the leading new energy vehicle manufacturer.

 

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New plant to produce India’s best ever lead-acid battery

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 14:14 -- Paul Crompton
New plant to produce India’s best ever lead-acid battery

Indian firm Exide Industries aims to produce the country’s most technically advanced lead-acid battery to date at its new state-of-the-art automotive battery making facility.

The INR 7,000million ($100 million) unit in West Bengal will use punched grid technology, rather than expanded metal technology, to manufacture Exide’s new range of automotive batteries.

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JCI gambles on stop-start industry to pay off

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 15:53 -- Paul Crompton
JCI gambles on stop-start industry to pay off

Battery maker Johnson Controls is gambling on the stop-start automotive market keeping the lead-acid industry buoyant for the next 20 years.

Joe Walicki, president of power solutions at the US firm, is forecasting that 50% of North America and China, and 60% of Europe’s vehicles will be stop-start by 2020.

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Big automotive OEMs drive down lithium-ion energy storage prices

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 10:20 -- Paul Crompton
Big automotive OEMs drive down lithium-ion energy storage prices

The emergence of big automotive OEMS into the energy storage market will drive battery prices down in the next couple of years, delegates at Intersolar Europe heard last week.

Kai-Philips Kaires from RWRH Aachen University said the emergence of Tesla, Daimler and EON into the ESS market would drive down prices within the next two years.

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Bosch joint venture to double Li-ion battery density within 5 years

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:23 -- Paul Crompton
Bosch has entered into a joint venture to doubling the average lithium-ion automotive battery before 2020

German technology firm Bosch has entered into a joint venture to double the average lithium-ion automotive battery before 2020.

The Lithium Energy and Power joint venture sees the company team up with Japanese battery company GS Yuasa and Mitsubishi.

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