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BYD joins auto rival to make batteries in China

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:42 -- Xuan Zhong
BYD joins auto rival to make batteries in China

Chinese car and battery maker BYD is teaming up with a rival car-maker to build a battery giga factory in China— hot on the heels of opening what it said was the “world’s biggest” auto batteries plant in the country.

BYD is forming a joint venture with state-owned Changan Automobile to focus on electric vehicle (EV) battery production at a new plant in southwest China for domestic sales.

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BYD builds giga dream with ‘world’s largest’ auto battery plant

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:19 -- Xuan Zhong
BYD builds giga dream with ‘world’s largest’ auto battery plant

China’s BYD has opened the “world’s biggest auto batteries plant”— as part of a reported multi-billion dollar investment to expand its domestic battery-making capacity to 60 gigawatt-hours within three years.

BYD— which stands for ‘build your dreams’— said the six-square-kilometre plant in Qinghai Province— “equivalent in size to around 140 football pitches”— will itself have a 24GWh production capacity when it ramps up to full capacity next year.

 

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BYD powers up BESS presence in UK

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 16:16 -- Xuan Zhong
BYD powers up BESS presence in UK

China’s BYD is to supply its lithium-ion battery tech for a new 25-megawatt energy storage project for a local authority in the UK.

BYD— which has already made inroads into the UK’s BESS market— has been selected to provide the China-made battery system for the project by South Somerset District Council.

 

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BYD plans China battery recycling plant

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:38 -- John Shepherd
BYD plans China battery recycling plant

Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD has confirmed plans to open a battery recycling plant in Shanghai.

A BYD spokesperson told BBB the plant would go ahead but said a date for the project’s start had yet to be fixed.

 

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BYD ‘plans summer start for new battery plant’

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:16 -- Xuan Zhong
BYD ‘plans summer start for new battery plant’

Chinese battery giant BYD is reportedly set to start operations at a new CNY4 billion ($636 million) lithium-ion battery production plant in western China this June.

The first of three production lines expected to start rolling at the plant in Xining, Qinghai Province, will have an annual production capacity of 10GWh, according to China’s state Xinhua News Agency.

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BYD invites Germany to ‘test drive’ LiFePO4 batteries

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:15 -- John Shepherd
BYD invites Germany to ‘test drive’ LiFePO4 batteries

Chinese battery giant BYD is inviting towns and cities in Germany to ‘test drive’ a fleet of new electric buses powered by the company’s LiFePO4 batteries.

The initiative is in partnership with Bavarian-based e-storage specialist Fenecon, which said the batteries give the buses “a range of about 300 kilometres travelling up to 70km per hour on a full load time of about five hours”.

 

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Chinese LiFePO4 firm signs recycling deal

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:08 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese LiFePO4 firm signs recycling deal

Chinese telecoms infrastructure firm China Tower is to give a new lease of life to used batteries from Shenzhen-based LiFePO4 battery maker OptimumNano under a deal between the companies.

OptimumNano, which produces LiFePO4 batteries for a range of applications include electric vehicles, telecoms and energy storage systems, said the agreement would see it supply cascades of batteries to be “regenerated” in a variety of applications by China Tower.

 

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BYD batteries to power US utility-scale system

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 09:44 -- Xuan Zhong
BYD batteries to power US utility-scale system

Chinese battery maker BYD has been chosen to supply batteries to Green Charge’s  “largest utility scale” energy storage system in the US state of Massachusetts.

BYD’s lithium-ion batteries will be deployed for the 3MW/6MWh storage system adjacent to the Mt. Tom Power Station in Holyoke, Green Charge has announced.

 

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UK project ‘proves’ BYD model works

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 10:20 -- Xuan Zhong
UK project ‘proves’ BYD model works

A year on from signing a contract for a 60MWh project in the UK, China’s technology giant BYD has released the results from the solar-plus-storage system.

The results show the system operated smoothly, responding quickly to the grid’s demand and matching over 99% of aggregate demand with five to six cycles every day.

 

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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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