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Regulators in BESS safety review warning after US explosion

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 09:38 -- John Shepherd
Regulators in BESS safety review warning after US explosion

Regulators in the US have warned a major shake-up of safety standards may be needed for home battery storage systems in the wake of an explosion at a lithium-ion grid-scale battery storage facility in Arizona.

The Arizona Public Service (APS) utility told BEST Battery Briefing an investigation into what caused the “catastrophic failure” of the 2MW/2MWh system at its McMicken facility last month in the city of Surprise was still under way.

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UK pumps extra cash into national battery centre

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 14:53 -- John Shepherd
UK pumps extra cash into national battery centre

The UK government is investing extra cash in the project to build a battery centre in the city of Coventry as a “stepping stone” towards launching a national gigafactory.

Business and industry minister Andrew Stephenson (pictured) announced £28 million (US$35.8m) for the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre— set to open in 2020— which will provide “world-leading testing facilities for new battery technologies”.

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CATL and LG Chem sign Volvo battery supply deals

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 14:10 -- John Shepherd
CATL and LG Chem sign Volvo battery supply deals

Chinese and Korean battery makers have signed deals to secure the “multi-billon-dollar” long-term supply of electric vehicle batteries for Swedish car firm Volvo.

Volvo said today the agreements with Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and LG Chem would ensure supplies of lithium-ion batteries over the coming decade for its next-generation Volvo and Polestar models.

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Aqua Metals upbeat on shares offer despite Q1 loss

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 12:05 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals upbeat on shares offer despite Q1 loss

US lead-acid battery recycler Aqua Metals, which posted a first-quarter net loss of US$11.7 million, said it intends to offer and sell shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering. 

The loss reflected several non-cash items, including expenses related to the firm’s agreement with the US arm of France’s transnational Veolia group to operate and manage its AquaRefining plant in Nevada.

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Lawmakers push for US battery materials security

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 15:12 -- John Shepherd
Lawmakers push for US battery materials security

US lawmakers are backing draft legislation aimed at cutting the country’s “damaging” dependence on imports of materials, including those “critical”  to expanding battery storage and electric vehicle (EV) technology.

A bipartisan group of senators say the American Mineral Security Act is needed to help reduce reliance on countries such as China. 

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Australian miner signs China EV lithium supply deal

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 10:53 -- John Shepherd
Australian miner signs China EV lithium supply deal

Australian lithium producer Alliance Mineral Assets has signed an agreement with a Chinese producer of engines for electric vehicles (EVs) that paves the way to jointly produce and sell battery-grade lithium hydroxide.

Alliance said the non-binding memorandum of understanding with Jiangxi Special Electric Motor is to develop the terms on which the parties will cooperate in the 50-50 joint venture.

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Former JCI business relaunched as Clarios

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 14:49 -- John Shepherd
Former JCI business relaunched as Clarios

The US-based batteries business formerly known as Johnson Controls Power Solutions has been relaunched as Clarios— with a pledge to further invest in its lead-acid and lithium products.

Power Solutions was acquired by US and Canadian investment firms Brookfield Business Partners and CDPQ last year.

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Batteries 'can help UK achieve net-zero emissions by 2050'

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 13:59 -- John Shepherd
Batteries 'can help UK achieve net-zero emissions by 2050'

Ramping up the development and use of battery technologies can help the UK achieve “net-zero” emissions by 2050, according to a new report.

Government advisory body the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said a net-zero greenhouse gases target for 2050 “is achievable with known technologies, alongside improvements in people’s lives”.

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UK chems firms ‘to cash in on battery supply market’

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 13:29 -- John Shepherd
UK chems firms ‘to cash in on battery supply market’

The UK chemical supply chain for battery manufacture could “capture a £4.8 billion (US$6.2bn) per annum market share” by 2030, meeting the needs of UK-built vehicles alone, according to a new report.

The report said its forecast was based on the “strong foundation of UK-based companies already embedded within many global battery supply chains”.

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GS Yuasa expands lead-acid base in Turkey

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 15:49 -- John Shepherd
GS Yuasa expands lead-acid base in Turkey

Japan-based GS Yuasa has launched operations at its new joint venture lead-acid battery manufacturing plant in Turkey.

The 100 million Turkish lira (US$17m) plant (pictured) in Manisa, is operated by Inci GS Yuasa, a subsidiary of Inci Holding and GS Yuasa.

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