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Germany could back three battery cells consortia, says minister

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 12:19 -- John Shepherd
Germany could back three battery cells consortia, says minister

Germany could help finance three separate corporate alliances for the domestic production of battery cells for Europe’s growing electric vehicle market, according to the country’s economy minister.

Peter Altmaier (pictured) told Reuters: “We’ve now reached a point where we can say that there is likely to be not only one battery cell consortium, but probably three.”

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VW coy on partnership and funding for €1bn battery cells plant

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 13:13 -- John Shepherd
VW coy on partnership and funding for €1bn battery cells plant

German carmaker Volkswagen is to invest “just under €1 billion” (US$1.1bn) to build a battery cell production facility in the country with an undisclosed partner.

A VW spokesperson told BEST Battery Briefing its partner would be “a European-based company” but declined to elaborate. 

However, the spokesperson revealed the plant would have an annual production capacity of 10GWh and could be in operation by 2022/2023.

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Northvolt set for €400m Swedish gigafactory loan

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 17:10 -- John Shepherd
Northvolt set for €400m Swedish gigafactory loan

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is set to approve a €400 million (US$450m) loan to help start-up Northvolt build a 16GWh capacity lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing plant in Sweden.

The loan to design, build and start operations at the gigafactory, which Northvolt estimates will cost a total of around €1.5 billion, is likely to get the green light when the EIB board meets on 15 May.

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Lithium Australia in batteries tie-up with China’s DLG

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Lithium Australia (LA) and China’s DLG Battery Co are to form a joint venture to sell DLG’s lithium-ion batteries in Australia— and launch a battery product targeting domestic and global markets.

The 50-50 'Lithium Australia DLG' business will also “fast-track” the commercialisation of cathode powders produced by LA subsidiary VSPC for use in DLG batteries, according to a letter of intent signed by the firms.

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VW and Northvolt in driving seat for new battery research group

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 13:22 -- John Shepherd
VW and Northvolt in driving seat for new battery research group

Volkswagen has formed a European batteries research consortium with Swedish lithium-ion start-up Northvolt.

The German carmaker said the newly-formed European Battery Union (EBU) would work with research and industry partners in seven European Union member states to cover “the entire battery value stream – from raw materials through cell technology to recycling”.

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Second Korean collaboration for BMZ Group

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
BMZ's Sven Bauer and Samsung SDI's Michael Son at the contract signing

Germany’s BMZ Group and South Korea’s Samsung SDI have entered a long-term cooperation agreement to jointly promote the expansion of electromobile applications in the European market.

Karlstein-based BMZ said Samsung SDI, “one of the world's largest cell manufacturers, will rely in the future on BMZ as system supplier for battery systems, integration and software”.

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Merkel ‘sad’ at lack of battery cell production

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

German chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to “whip up” the development of a made-in-Europe battery cells industry— but she held out the possibility of cooperation with international partners.

Merkel, who studied physics, said it was “unbelievably sad… that we cannot produce battery cells in the land of the founding fathers of electrochemistry (or) even the whole of Europe”.

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Chinese cells ‘to power more German EVs’

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:45 -- John Shepherd
Chinese cells ‘to power more German EVs’

Mercedes-Benz is reportedly to use battery cells made under its partnership operations in China in some cars made by the firm worldwide.

Dieter Zetsche (pictured), chairman of the German carmaker's parent company Daimler, made the announcement in Beijing, the China Daily reported.

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BMZ eyes Japan tie-up for cell production

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:25 -- John Shepherd
BMZ eyes Japan tie-up for cell production

German lithium-ion battery developer and producer BMZ is considering partnering with a Japanese company to launch a battery cell production plant in Europe, BBB can reveal.

BMZ founder and managing director Sven Bauer (pictured) said the move is a “serious option” for the company “and makes sense”, as it seeks to widen its supply chain and production capabilities.

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EU ‘aware of lead’s value’ to batteries industry

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 11:03 -- John Shepherd
EU ‘aware of lead’s value’ to batteries industry

European Commission chiefs have not ruled out the participation of the lead-acid industry in a proposed ‘batteries alliance’ for Europe— BBB has learned.

Lead producers called on the Commission to urgently rethink its proposals last week, after EU energy chief Maroš Šefčovič used an industry summit in Brussels to float proposals to invest in large-scale battery cells production— but failed to outline support for Europe’s powerhouse lead-acid battery industry.

 

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