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French power firm EDF buys battery storage project from lead-acid firm Narada

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 12:17 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid battery maker Narada announced on 16 September it had signed a battery storage projects cooperation agreement with EDF Renewables China, the Chinese subsidiary of the French multinational.

The cooperation will start with the acquisition agreement by EDF of a 1.5MW/12MWh battery storage owned and operated since September 2018 by Narada in Jiangsu province, China.

Pic: EDF Renewables China and Narada joined hands on 18th Sep. Mr Tian Yue, CEO of EDF Renewables China (left) and Wang Yuenneng, vice chairman of Narada (right)

 

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China moves to 40GW pumped hydro goal with Winter Olympics project

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 14:03 -- Paul Crompton

A 3.6GW pumped hydro project is being built in China to deliver grid services and back-up power at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and Zhangjiakou.

To meet the Winter Olympic deadline the $2.78 billion project in Hebei province will be built in two stages.

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Panax to double electrolyte output within three years with second plant

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 14:51 -- Paul Crompton

Korean firm Panax Etec has finished building its second lithium-ion electrolyte manufacturing plant in Tianjin, China, according to Korean media.

The company plans to produce around 10,000 tons of electrolyte at the new plant by 2021 to take advantage of ‘Europe’s growing secondary battery market’.

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Japan-China venture ‘to build battery materials plant’

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 09:33 -- Paul Crompton

Tokyo-based JFE Chemical Corporation is reportedly joining forces with Chinese companies to establish a battery materials plant in China to supply the domestic and overseas electric vehicles market.

JFE is acquiring a 40% stake in Chinese joint venture company Wuhai Baojie New Energy Materials with China’s Baowu Carbon Materials & Technology Company holding a 51% stake, China’s state Xinhua News Agency said. The remaining stake will be taken by local firm Tianhe Carbon Corporation.

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Bosch teams up with China’s CATL for 48V battery cells

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 09:27 -- Paul Crompton
Bosch teams up with China’s CATL for 48V battery cells

German technology group Bosch is to work with China battery-making giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) on developing cells for Bosch’s 48V battery systems.

Bosch said the collaboration would see CATL design, develop and manufacture the cells “in accordance with Bosch requirements”.

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Ganfeng Lithium finalises Argentina mine partnership with Lithium Americas

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:42 -- John Shepherd
China, Ganfeng Lithium, Argentina, Cauchari-Olaroz, lithium brine

China’s Ganfeng Lithium has finalised a US$160 million investment deal to raise its stake in Argentina’s Cauchari-Olaroz lithium brine project to 50%.

China's largest lithium compounds producer Ganfeng Lithium will now partner Canada’s Lithium Americas (LA) in a 50-50 joint venture that will develop and operate the project.

 

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Chinese LIB components firm ups stake in Australian lithium miner

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 09:58 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese LIB components firm ups stake in Australian lithium miner

Chinese lithium battery components producer Ningbo Shanshan has strengthened its supply chain by increasing its stake in Australia’s Altura Mining.

Altura said Shanshan would invest AUD$22.4 million (US$16m) and become the lithium miner’s single-largest shareholder, with a stake of 19%, subject to completion of various regulatory approvals.

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China rejects lead waste shipment in crackdown

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 11:03 -- John Shepherd
China rejects lead waste shipment in crackdown

China has sent back a 150-ton shipment of sludge derived from recycled lead-acid batteries as part of its new policy to ban imports of global waste.

Customs chiefs in the city of Yantai, in the eastern Shandong Province, seized 153 tons of lead sludge during an inspection and ordered it sent back to the source, which has not been named, the state Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Policy, costs and reform to power China’s energy storage market future

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 11:25 -- Paul Crompton
Policy, costs and reform to power China’s energy storage market future

China will dominate Asia Pacific’s energy storage market within five years as the country’s installed capacity goes through a rapid expansion, according to industry analysts Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.

The country will leap frog its neighbour South Korea to become the number one energy storage market in the region by 2024 with 12.5GW/32GWh of installed capacity— up from 489MW/843MWh in 2017.

 

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European gigafactory part of Li-ion firm’s 100GWh global roadmap

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 11:13 -- Paul Crompton
European gigafactory part of Li-ion firm’s 100GWh global roadmap

Chinese firm Svolt Energy Technology has announced plans to build a 20GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Europe. 

Although the location of the plant has not been disclosed, the company has said it is looking at Eastern Europe and Belt & Road Initiative countries (a Chinese government initiative that connects countries and international organisations).

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