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Doubts over Fisker’s ‘game-changing’ batteries for new EV

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:05 -- Xuan Zhong
Doubts over Fisker’s ‘game-changing’ batteries for new EV

The famous car designer, Henrik Fisker (pictured), who will launch an electric car with a claimed range of 400 miles this summer, has set up his own battery-making company, Fisker Nanotech.

Danish-born Fisker, who designed the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and DB9, and the BMW Z8, originally said his new EV, the EMotion, would feature “game-changing” battery technology that marries a graphene supercapacitor and a lithium-ion battery for nine-minute fast charging capability.

 

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Storage’s time ‘is coming’ as prices fall

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 16:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Storage’s time ‘is coming’ as prices fall

Full grid defection – combining solar with storage and a small electrical generator – will make economic sense in a matter of years, not decades, for some customers in high-cost markets.

That’s the prediction of respected business consultancy firm McKinsey & Company.

 

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Battery production picks up again in China

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:59 -- Xuan Zhong
Battery production picks up again in China

Battery production in China is picking up again after a sluggish start to 2017. 

Shanghai Metals Market (SMM) reports some Chinese battery producers are increasing their production levels by 10-20% as demand turns positive again.

 

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Nissan in talks to sell EV battery unit

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:57 -- Xuan Zhong
Nissan in talks to sell EV battery unit

Nissan is considering the sale of its majority stake in the rechargeable battery unit joint venture it has set up in China with NEC.

The Japanese carmaker has reportedly been seeking a buyer for its share of Automotive Energy Supply Corp (AESC) since last year, as it may be cheaper to buy batteries for its Leaf electric cars from other suppliers.

 

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Redflow milks industrial applications

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 09:52 -- Xuan Zhong
Redflow milks industrial applications

Australian flow-battery manufacturer Redflow has supplied six energy storage units to a Dutch dairy farm.

The deal is being seen as evidence that the company is going to put its energy into industrial and telecommunications backup applications – especially after the company’s strategic review suggested that the residential market does not provide a model for long-term growth. 

 

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German car giant builds gigafactory

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:35 -- Xuan Zhong
German car giant builds gigafactory

The casing of a vehicle battery has been laid as the foundation stone for a massive new battery factory being built in Germany. Showing the importance of the €500 ($550) million factory to Germany’s electric car and renewable energy industries, German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the ceremony at Daimler’s subsidiary, ACCUMOTIVE, in Kamenz.

ACCUMOTIVE’s second factory for lithium-ion batteries in the small town, about 25 miles (40km) northeast of Dresden, is scheduled to go into operation mid-2018.

 

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JCI plans two new battery plants in China

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:33 -- Xuan Zhong
JCI plans two new battery plants in China

US-based battery giant Johnson Controls (JCI) plans to set up two new plants – with a combined annual capacity of 13.5 million batteries – in China.

JCI plans to ramp up its output of batteries to consolidate its leading position in the stop-start system sector in the country, the South China Morning Post reported.

 

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Eos Aurora ‘ready to go mainstream’

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:11 -- Xuan Zhong
Eos Aurora ‘ready to go mainstream’

US firm Eos Energy Storage has recruited two industry veterans to help the global expansion and commercialisation of its Aurora battery technology.

Jeff Wiener (right) has been appointed senior vice president of global sales and Chris Gerlach (left) is the chief financial officer.

 

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Arizona to integrate Li tech into the grid

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 09:41 -- Xuan Zhong
Arizona to integrate Li tech into the grid

US electric utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is planning to enhance the performance of Arizona’s electric grid by using two 10MW lithium battery systems.

TEP has recently completed two lithium battery energy storage projects, constructed by E. ON’s North America subsidiary and a subsidiary of Florida-based electricity supplier NextEra Energy Resources.

 

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