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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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Tianneng go-ahead for batteries spin-off

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 16:51 -- John Shepherd
Tianneng go-ahead for batteries spin-off

Financial regulators in China have given Tianneng Energy Technology the green light to spin-off its batteries division to “expand and transform” its lead-acid and lithium-ion manufacturing operations.

Tianneng said the spin-off would focus on R&D, manufacture, sales and “ancillary services” for lead-acid, lithium-ion and other “new energy batteries”.

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Work starts on latest Mercedes-Benz EV battery plant

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:14 -- John Shepherd
Work starts on latest Mercedes-Benz EV battery plant

Mercedes-Benz has made a ceremonial start on building what will be the latest in its global network of electric vehicle battery manufacturing plants.

The 12,000 sq m Brühl facility near Stuttgart, Germany, at the site of the Mercedes-Benz Untertürkheim plant, will be “carbon neutral” and become one of several of the car giant’s battery factories spanning seven locations on three continents.

The plant will support lithium-ion battery production for the Daimler-owned company’s recently-launched range of EQ vehicles.

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Leclanché welcomes record sales figures

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 16:43 -- John Shepherd
Leclanché welcomes record sales figures

Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché has posted its best sales performance for 22 years, although earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) losses fell further.

Consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2018 were CHF 49 million (US$49m), up from CHF 18m in 2017, and more than 2.7 times 2017 revenues.

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Commercial start for vanadium electrolyte using novel tech in Canada

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 12:43 -- Hugh Finzel
Commercial start for vanadium electrolyte using novel tech in Canada

Canada’s Electrochem Technologies & Materials has started commercial production of all-vanadium equimolar electrolyte solutions directly from vanadium pentoxide purchased on the market by using a novel process.

Production of the electrolyte for vanadium redox flow batteries “is now performed on demand” at Electrochem’s facilities in Quebec, using the company’s proprietary VRFBEX unit.

The process uses VEPT (VanadiumCorp-Electrochem processing technology)— which has been jointly developed with Vancouver-based mining and technology firm VanadiumCorp Resource.

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Keppel stakes claim to batteries in deal with Envision

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:17 -- Hugh Finzel
Keppel stakes claim to batteries in deal with Envision

Singaporean conglomerate the Keppel Corporation is buying into the lithium-ion batteries business with a US$50 million minority stake in Shanghai-based energy group Envision.

Keppel, whose businesses include infrastructure, offshore and marine and asset management, said its investment will “deepen our insights into the fast-growing electric vehicle market”.

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German state aid for batteries not enough to replace private investment, says minister

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 15:48 -- John Shepherd

German state investment to establish a ‘home-grown’ battery cell industry cannot replace the need for “entrepreneurial commitment”, the country’s economy minister has said.

Federal economic affairs and energy minister Peter Altmaier (pictured) said: “We can only subsidise a part of the costs— the lion's share must be raised by the industry itself.”

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