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Australia urged to take on Asia in battery hub bid

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 09:12 -- John Shepherd
Australia urged to take on Asia in battery hub bid

Mining firms have unveiled a blueprint they say could transform Australia into a global battery development hub— and grab a multi-billion-dollar slice of the “lithium value chain”.

A new report from Australia’s Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) calls on the federal government to declare battery minerals processing an “industry priority”— and use tax breaks and other incentives to entice global industry giants to the country to kick-start a domestic battery industry.

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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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Wales to host ‘large-scale battery research lab’

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 09:11 -- John Shepherd
Wales to host ‘large-scale battery research lab’

A “large-scale battery” research lab is being set up in Wales with the backing of key industry players.

The University of South Wales has been awarded GBP995,000 ($1.3 million) to invest in the project at its Power Systems Laboratory in Treforest.

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Solid-state batteries “game-changer” for EVs report

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 09:54 -- Xuan Zhong
Solid-state batteries “game-changer” for EVs report

Solid-state batteries are expected to be a “game changer” for the electric vehicle industry, according to a new report.

The batteries are set to open up “significant growth opportunities for future battery chemistries due to manufacturers’ claims of an energy density 2.5 times higher than lithium-ion batteries”, said market analysts Frost & Sullivan.

 

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Chinese lithium recycler in NEV lithium link-up with BAIC

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:23 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese lithium recycler in NEV lithium link-up with BAIC

Chinese lithium battery recycler GEM has teamed up with domestic state-owned carmaker BAIC to establish a used batteries collection and recycling operation.

The move is the latest response to Chinese government guidelines to ensure the prompt recycling of batteries from the country’s fast-developing new energy vehicle (NEV) market.

 

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China EV battery firm cuts production over financial crisis

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:18 -- Xuan Zhong
A leading Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer, Shenzhen OptimumNano, has been forced to slash production to just 20% of its capacity amid a financial crisis.  OptimumNano, reportedly China’s third largest EV battery maker as of 2016, said it had taken the drastic move because it has a glut of batteries in stock that it cannot sell.

A leading Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer, Shenzhen OptimumNano, has been forced to slash production to just 20% of its capacity amid a financial crisis.

OptimumNano, reportedly China’s third largest EV battery maker as of 2016, said it had taken the drastic move because it has a glut of batteries in stock that it cannot sell.

 

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JCI expands AGM manufacture in Germany

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:05 -- Xuan Zhong
JCI expands AGM manufacture in Germany

Johnson Controls International (JCI) is to expand manufacturing of its advanced glass mat batteries in Germany.

The US-based battery giant said the move was needed to meet a new contract for its Power Solutions division to supply AGM truck batteries to European original equipment production plants and aftermarket service centres for MAN Truck and Bus.

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FDG ‘starts work’ on first phase of China batteries and EV project

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:45 -- Xuan Zhong
FDG ‘starts work’ on first phase of China batteries and EV project

Hong Kong-listed FDG Electric Vehicles has reportedly started the first-phase of construction of its EVs and batteries production facilities in Jianyang, in China’s Sichuan Province, according to the state Xinhua News Agency.

The total investment in the first phase of the project is CNY4 billion ($636 million), Xinhua said.

 

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Narada books 30% sales rise on back of batteries, recycling

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:35 -- John Shepherd
Narada books 30% sales rise on back of batteries, recycling

Chinese battery maker Narada Power has posted a 30% sales rise for 2017— which boosted net by profit by 16% over the previous year.

Narada said total revenue for the year was CNY8.63 billion ($1.37bn) and net profit increased to CNY381 million.

 

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Li-powered hoverboards top fire risk concerns in US

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 10:51 -- John Shepherd
Li-powered hoverboards top fire risk concerns in US

Consumer safety chiefs in the US have issued a fresh warning about fire risks from a range of lithium-ion powered devices and toys— with hoverboards at the top of the list of concerns.

Hoverboard importers, retailers and distributors in the US have been urged to review product safety standards after US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) data showed the toys— also known as self-balancing electric scooters— were responsible for more than 280 fires in the country since 2015 and three deaths.

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