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Blockchain tech trialled in international projects

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 09:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Blockchain tech trialled in international projects

Dutch electricity transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT is working with German battery storage firm Sonnen, Amsterdam-based energy company Vandebron and IBM to launch pilot projects integrating storage batteries into the power supply system via blockchain technology.

Blockchain, a platform developed by IBM, ensures the verifiability and transparency of the transactions of the small-scale batteries. It is expected to simplify how suppliers of locally distributed flexible energy provide services to support power grid operators in the future. 

 

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€300M ($327.5M) boost in NMC production

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:44 -- Xuan Zhong
€300M ($327.5M) boost in NMC production

Global materials technology and recycling group Umicore plans to invest €300 million ($327.5 million) between 2017 and 2019 to further increase its production of NMC (nickel-manganese-cobalt) cathode materials for lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.

The Brussels-based company says demand for its NMC materials from electric vehicle manufacturers is outpacing the market and the increased capacity will enable it to cater for a surge in orders. The investment in its plants in South Korea and China will also enable the company to meet growing demand for its proprietary high-energy LCO (lithium cobalt oxide) cathode materials used in high-end consumer electronics.

 

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Big shake-up in China’s Li-ion market

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Big shake-up in China’s Li-ion market

Sources within China’s battery industry suggest BYD might make its automotive lithium batteries available to other carmakers, while another leading lithium-ion battery maker plans to establish two joint ventures with state-owned SAIC Motor.

The informed sources suggest BYD will split its vehicle and battery manufacturing businesses, opening the door for BYD to supply its lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries and ternary lithium batteries to the wider market.

 

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Indian auto giant plans to make Li-ion batteries

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 09:44 -- Xuan Zhong
Indian auto giant plans to make Li-ion batteries

Indian automobile maker Maruti Suzuki India plans to develop hybrid electric cars as a consequence of a joint venture (JV) with Japanese battery makers, Indian business news website MintAsia reported.

"Nobody is producing lithium-ion batteries in India. To realize (electric) vehicles, we need lithium-ion batteries. That's why Suzuki decided to make lithium-ion battery packs here,” said Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director and chief executive of Maruti Suzuki India.

 

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Largest solar plant in Australia with Li tech

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 09:49 -- Xuan Zhong
Largest solar plant in Australia with Li tech

Queensland-based firm SolarQ has announced it plans to develop the largest solar farm and energy storage facility in Australia, with 800MW(ac) of solar photovoltaic and 4,000MWh of lithium-ion battery storage.

The AU$2 billion (US$1.5 billion) project that has secured sufficient land in the Lower Wonga area of Queensland, says will eventually supply about 15% of south-east Queensland's power needs.

 

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SDG&E seeks storage plans go-ahead to boost reliability

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:21 -- Xuan Zhong
SDG&E seeks storage plans go-ahead to boost reliability

US utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is asking regulators to give the green light to contracts it has signed for five new local lithium-ion battery storage facilities with a combined total of 83.5MW.

If approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), two of the five four-hour energy storage facilities will be owned and operated by SDG&E.

 
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Panasonic’s new Li-ion battery factory in China

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Panasonic’s new Li-ion battery factory in China

Japan’s battery giant Panasonic held an opening ceremony for its new automotive lithium-ion battery factory in Dalian, China last week.

The factory is Panasonic's first automotive battery cell production facility in China and owned by Panasonic Automotive Energy Dalian Co., Ltd., an automotive battery joint venture established between Panasonic and Dalian Levear Electric Co., Ltd. in February 2016.

 

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Mercedes-Benz drive to sell home-storage batteries

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:56 -- Xuan Zhong
Mercedes-Benz drive to sell home-storage batteries

Mercedes-Benz is driving the lithium-ion battery technology used to power thousands of hybrid and fully electric vehicles into homes for a new range of stationary energy storage units.

Up to eight Energy Storage Home wall-mounted or floor-standing battery modules, with an energy content of 2.5kWh each, can be combined to produce an energy storage unit with a capacity of up to 20kWh, the company said.

 

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LG Chem makes home batteries foray in North America

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:53 -- Xuan Zhong
LG Chem makes home batteries foray in North America

South Korea-based LG Chem Ltd has formally launched its residential battery systems line into the North American market.

LG said the debut lithium-ion range, which comprises AC- and DC-coupled solutions with capacities up to 9.8kWh, follows UL certification and marks the company’s “initial foray” into the North American residential market.

 

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New man at TBS

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:50 -- Xuan Zhong
New man at TBS

Steve Sharpe has joined TBS, a UK-based battery machines maker, as technical director. He was previously group technical director at Froude, manufacturer of test equipment for the automotive, gas turbine and shipbuilding industries. 

 

Steve is responsible for all engineering design and development, where he will be using his 35 years of engineering expertise to develop and evolve TBS’ fully automatic high speed assembly equipment. Steve replaces Chris Barge, who TBS said had left after 24 years with the firm.

 

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