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Lead-acid firm Enersys hedges its bets with targeting of LIB markets

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 14:03 -- John Shepherd
David Shaffer Lead-acid firm Enersys hedges its bets with targeting of LIB markets

US-based lead-acid battery maker Enersys plans to target the defence and aerospace sectors as it pushes deeper into the lithium-ion battery storage market, the company’s CEO has said.

David Shaffer said Enersys had “added some talent in the aerospace and defence sector specifically to go after some of the thermal battery business, and that's primarily lithium”

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Lead-acid operator Metair selects Romania for first LIB line

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:14 -- Paul Crompton
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South Africa-based Metair Investments, whose group includes European lead–acid operations, is to commission its first lithium-ion battery production line in Romania.

Managing director of the automotive and energy storage group, Theo Loock, said the facility would be commissioned at the end of November, but he gave no details of the line’s production capacity or exact location.

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OEM supplier Valmet Automotive to build battery packs in Finland

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:22 -- Paul Crompton
OEM supplier Valmet Automotive to build battery packs in Finland

Tier 1 supplier Valmet Automotive is launching its first lithium-ion battery pack production facility in Finland within months to supply the electric vehicle market.

The facility, in a former Nokia plant, is scheduled to start commercialisation around October-November in the municipality of Salo— where it will produce around 600,000 battery packs per year.

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EU-US firms ink deal for 100MWh Slovakia battery plant

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 12:33 -- Paul Crompton
EU-US firms ink deal for 100MWh Slovakia battery plant

European battery maker InoBat and US materials firm Wildcat Discovery Technologies have signed a deal that paves the way for a 100MWh battery production line to be built in Slovakia.

Construction on the €100 million (US$111m) plant in the Danube Valley is expected to begin in the first half of next year, with the first batteries ready for distribution around 18 months later.

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Tesla’s battery mastermind quits as CTO after 16 years

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 14:57 -- Paul Crompton
Tesla’s battery mastermind quits as CTO after 16 years

The mastermind behind electric vehicle and energy storage OEM Tesla’s battery technology, Jeffrey Straubel, has quit as the US company’s chief technology officer as of 24 July.

The announcement was made during a conference call with analysts that Straubel (pictured) would step down from his executive role after 16 years.

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Dumped batteries blamed for €600,000 recycling blaze

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 12:40 -- John Shepherd
Dumped batteries blamed for €600,000 recycling blaze

Discarded toys containing lithium-ion batteries are believed to have started a blaze at a recycling company in Germany that led to an estimated €600,000 (US$682,000) worth of damage.

Willi Hörger, the owner of the recycling company Hörger in Bächingen, Bavaria, told regional broadcaster BR24 that batteries wrongly discarded along with the toys appeared to have started the blaze, which destroyed a warehouse and at one point was being tackled by around 80 firefighters.

 
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Northvolt’s $1bn battery boost as VW partnership unveiled

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 16:19 -- John Shepherd
Northvolt’s $1bn battery boost as VW partnership unveiled

Battery manufacturing start-up Northvolt has raised US$1 billion for its planned Swedish gigafactory project­­­— and has revealed it will build a second such facility in Germany in partnership with Volkswagen.

Northvolt said the equity capital raise for the lithium-ion battery cells plant at Skellefteå had been led by VW and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division, alongside BMW, AMF, Folksam Group and IMAS Foundation.

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Innolith expands team for US, China sales push

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 13:10 -- John Shepherd
Innolith expands team for US, China sales push

Swiss battery technology company Innolith has announced two key appointments as part of its push into the North American and Chinese markets.

Former Younicos executive Stephen Wiley has been appointed VP for US business development. Wiley is also a former senior VP at BrightSource Energy, working on the development of a concentrated solar power facility in the US.

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Study opens path to ‘safer batteries’

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 11:34 -- John Shepherd
Study opens path to ‘safer batteries’

Researchers backed by the US Army say they have demonstrated a “transformative step” in battery technology with the identification of a new cathode chemistry.

According to the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, the Army’s corporate research laboratory known as ARL, and the University of Maryland, soldiers carrying 15-25 pounds of batteries could carry batteries “a fraction of the weight but with the same energy and improved safety”.

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Tesla rolls out battery software ‘update’ after fires

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 11:38 -- John Shepherd
Tesla rolls out battery software ‘update’ after fires

Tesla has confirmed it is releasing a batteries software update to all its Model S and X cars in the wake of recent high-profile fires.

A Tesla spokesperson told BEST Battery Briefing the company was “revising charge and thermal management settings via an over-the-air software update to help further protect the battery and improve battery longevity”.

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