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Battery giant Leoch buys out UK lead battery distributor DBS Leoch

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 12:20 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based lead battery distributer DBS Leoch has been bought by its existing parent company, the China multi-national lead battery maker Leoch International Holding.

The battery supplier has changed its name to Leoch Battery UK and will continue to target both the industrial and lifestyle markets. 

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Clarios to shutter controversial US battery assembly plant

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 10:39 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid and lithium-ion battery maker Clarios announced on 4 May it is to close its Middletown, Delaware, assembly plant later this year.

In a supplier information letter, the firm, formerly known as Johnson Controls Power Solutions before it was bought by Brookfield Brothers in June 2019, said it would close the plant in November.

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LG Chem extends Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) plant by 1,200 tons to meet growing demand from EV market

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 12:11 -- Paul Crompton

Korean battery materials firm LG Chem has announced it will invest around KRW 65 billion ($53 million) to expand carbon nanotube (CNT) manufacturing by 1,200 tons at its Yeosu plant.

The company is aiming to expand production by Q1 of next year as it targets the industry sector, which is expected to more than triple to reach 13,000 tons by 2024 mainly via the global EV market.

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SCE to deploy 770MW of ESS to bring security of supply to California

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 15:49 -- Paul Crompton

Power provider Southern California Edison has signed seven contracts totalling 770MW of battery-based energy storage capacity to deliver security of supply to California, US.

The projects will help integrate renewable power into the grid from intermittent wind and solar resources.

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Zaf secures Series A funding to accelerate adoption of its nickel-zinc battery

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 11:39 -- Paul Crompton

Nickel-zinc battery developer Zaf Energy Systems announced on 28 April it had completed a capital raise including a $22 million Series A funding round.

The Missouri, US, firm will use the cash to accelerate the commercialisation and adoption of its nickel-zinc (NiZn) technology and expand its manufacturing capacity. 

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Lithium-ion battery maker SK Innovation reveals plans to build second EV battery plant in US

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 15:55 -- Paul Crompton

South Korea lithium-ion battery maker SK Innovation announced last week its going to build a second electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in the United States.

Construction of the 11.7GWh plant is due to begin in July in Georgia with production aimed for 2023, the company said in a statement on 28 April. 

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Opportunities for EFB, bi-polar and AGM batteries despite forecast lead to lose market share

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 15:34 -- Paul Crompton

Advanced lead battery technologies will see a rise in demand during the next five years despite the chemistry losing some of its market share to lithium-ion, according to a forecast made during Battery Council International (BCI) virtual conference.

Ray Kubis, chairman of Gridtential Energy, made the prediction during his five-year forecast for batteries in transportation applications during the BCI event on 27 April.

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Vistra expands ESS by 80% as it moves to replace fossil fuel facility

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 14:22 -- Paul Crompton

Power generation firm Vistra Energy is increasing the size of its battery energy storage project located at the site of its 40-year-old Oakland Power Plant by more than 80%.

The Texas, US, firm announced on 15 April the system would now have a capacity of 36.25MW/145MWh instead of the previously announced 20MW/80MWh. 

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Kstar and CATL to build five new lithium-ion production lines in China for ESS markets

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 13:58 -- Paul Crompton

Global lithium-ion battery maker CATL is extending its joint venture partnership with lead-acid UPS manufacturer Shenzhen Kstar Science & Technology by building new production lines at their battery manufacturing facilities in China.

The joint venture will focus on energy storage system power conditioning systems (PCS), battery packs— including UPS-integrated lithium-ion battery packs, residential energy storage battery packs and packs for small-to-medium lithium-ion batteries of nonstandard size— and charging stations. 

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China backs Taiwan firm to ramp up production of its solid-state lithium ceramic batteries

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 13:51 -- Paul Crompton

Taiwanese solid-state lithium ceramic battery developer ProLogium Technology has raised around $100 million in Series D financing from Chinese investors, reports China Money Network.

ProLogium will use the money from BOCG (Bank of China Group) Investment and FAW First Automobile Works) Group to commercialise and scale-up manufacturing of its technology.

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