Canadian energy storage firm Eguana Technologies has been approved to take part in a residential batteries scheme in the state of South Australia.
Eguana is to produce its ‘Evolve’ home battery systems in the state as part of the programme— which is backed by AUD100 million (US$72.5m) in subsidies and low interest loans to encourage residential storage.
Australia-based Novonix Limited has said its new fully-commissioned lithium-ion battery cell pilot manufacturing line in Canada will “accelerate” R&D cycle time and reduce costs.
The Nova Scotia facility will support R&D into “a wide range of battery material”. Novonix said the “initial focus” will be on supporting the company's ‘Pure Graphite’ anode material production joint venture with Coulometrics in the US.
China’s Tianqi Lithium is set to become a key shareholder of the world’s second largest producer of lithium— in a move to strengthen Chinese influence on the battery raw materials market.
Tianqi has agreed to buy a 25.9% stake in Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM) from Canada-based Nutrien in a deal worth more than $4 billion.
China’s CATL has reportedly bought a 90% controlling stake in a Canadian lithium firm— to shore up supplies of the key raw material for its expanding global battery business.
Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) acquired 36.6 million shares of North American Lithium from Jilin Jien Nickel Industry, according to the China Daily.
Canada’s Ontario province is partnering with electricity distribution company Toronto Hydro to build an “innovative energy storage system” as part of a CAD9.1 billion ($7.2bn) public transportation project in Toronto.
The Ontario transportation ministry said Toronto Hydro had agreed that Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES) would design and build the battery facility for the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line.
Swiss battery maker Leclanché is to build its first behind-the-metre battery storage systems in North America for Toronto-based energy storage project developer NRStor C&I.
Leclanché said NRStor is the principal investor in the project and will own and operate the facilities.
Canadian junior mining firm Golden Share Resources Corporation has signed an agreement worth an estimated $906 million with a US government laboratory for R&D into novel vanadium based solid-state battery technologies.
Golden Share said it had signed the deal with Battelle Memorial Institute, which runs the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for the US Department of Energy.
Canada-based ZincNyx Energy Solutions is gearing up for “mass production” of a zinc-based flow battery within a year.
ZincNyx, which was acquired by lithium developer MGX Minerals last month, intends to produce 1,000 flow battery units annually by early January 2019, according to MGX president and CEO Jared Lazerson.
South Korea’s battery manufacturer iQ Power Asia Inc. has been acquired by Vancouver-based lead-acid battery maker Discover Energy and will operates as a subsidiary under a new name.
The new business is called Discover MIXTECH Manufacturing Co Ltd and will be led by Steve Nam, the South Korean manufacturing site helps secure Discover’s global supply of automotive and commercial batteries.