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AES to build Hawaiian solar-storage facility

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 10:50 -- Xuan Zhong
AES to build Hawaiian solar-storage facility

Work has started on a major solar and battery storage project on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

AES Distributed Energy Inc., part of the US-based AES Corporation, is building the 20MW “five-hour duration” storage system on the island— together with a 28MW Oasis solar system from Silicon Valley-based SunPower Corp.

 

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Shoto develops carbon fibre-grid battery for start-stop

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 09:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Shoto develops carbon fibre-grid battery for start-stop

Chinese lead-acid battery company Shuangdeng Group (Shoto) said it has developed a new carbon fibre-grid battery technology that could be used for start-stop systems.

The battery “completely subverts the traditional lead-acid battery manufacturing process, using carbon fibre mat instead of a lead alloy skeleton”, Shoto said.

 

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Chinese partners sell Samsung battery business shares

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 10:32 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese partners sell Samsung battery business shares

Two Chinese shareholders have put a total of 30% of shares in Samsung SDI's joint venture battery company on the market, according to China’s Tianjin Property Rights Exchange (TPRE).

Samsung SDI (Tianjin) Battery Co., Ltd. (SDITB), set up in China in 2015 October, is a manufacturer of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

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Camel invests in Croatian battery tech start-up Rimac

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:57 -- News Editor
Camel invests in Croatian battery tech start-up Rimac

Chinese battery maker the Camel Group is investing EUR30 million ($35.3m) in Croatian electric vehicle technology firm Rimac Automobil.

Zagreb-based Rimac, whose products include battery packs and battery management systems for the automotive, nautical and bicycle markets, said the deal represented the “single largest foreign direct investment in a Croatian technology company”.

 

 

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South Korea plans Li-on push in face of China sanctions

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:46 -- News Editor
South Korea plans Li-on push in face of China sanctions

South Korea is backing plans by the country’s battery giants to inject a total of KRW2.3 trillion ($2.3 billion) into the sector over the next three years, to expand production and challenge China’s increasing dominance of the market.

The move, led by battery giants LG Chem, Samsung SDI and SK Innovation Companies is in response to Chinese sanctions the firms say effectively block the use of South Korean batteries in electric vehicles in China.

 

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Gridtential secures $11m investment boost

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:43 -- News Editor
Gridtential secures $11m investment boost

Advanced battery firm Gridtential has completed an $11 million Series B equity raise to boost “commercial opportunities” for its Silicon Joule battery technology in hybrid vehicle, grid storage and other global markets.

Gridtential said the equity raise was led by US-based venture capital firm, 1955 Capital, with leading battery businesses.

 

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Romeo Power woos investors for storage start-up

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:14 -- News Editor
Romeo Power woos investors for storage start-up

California energy storage start-up Romeo Power— which boasts a workforce including “top engineers and designers” from business rivals Tesla— has secured $30 million in seed financing.

Romeo said on 24 August it was now pushing ahead with the installation of a fully-automated 113,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Los Angeles that is set to be ready by the year’s end.

 

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Gigafactory concept man bows out from Tesla

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:02 -- News Editor
Gigafactory concept man bows out from Tesla

Kurt Kelty (pictured), the battery engineer who envisioned the concept of taking a simple 18650 cell and transforming it into the heart of every Tesla battery pack, as well as dreaming up the concept of the ‘Gigafactory’, has left the company after eleven-and-a-half years.

In an e-mail to his friends and business contacts, Kelty wrote: “Our mission was to get us away from fossil fuels. We had a path: the Roadster, then moved on to Model S and ended with Model 3. Over the years, we have stayed true to our mission and on track with our roadmap (with the exception of the addition of Model X). Model 3 was always going to be the culmination of all our work – where we hit it out of the park and convinced the world that EVs were unbeatable. We are now at that point.”

 

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Another ‘gigafactory’ for Europe?

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:55 -- News Editor
Another ‘gigafactory’ for Europe?

New German company TerraE Holding GmbH has formed a consortium of 17 major companies and research institutions – and plans to construct two large-scale lithium-ion battery cell production plants in the country.

CEO Holger Gritzka (pictured) says the factories will be operated as “foundries”, meaning that TerraE Holding GmbH will build and operate them, and produce lithium-ion cells according to customers’ specifications.

 

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Panasonic expects profit from Tesla batteries by year-end

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 09:28 -- News Editor
Panasonic expects profit from Tesla batteries by year-end

Electronics giant Panasonic expects to see a profit from Tesla’s Model 3 batteries by the end of the year.

Panasonic began battery cell production for the mass-market electric vehicle at their $5 billion Gigafactory in Nevada, USA, in June. 

 

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