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SAIC-GM-Wuling builds ESS using retired EV batteries

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 10:36 -- Paul Crompton

SAIC-GM-Wulin— the joint venture between US firm GM Motors and China’s SAIC Motor Corporation— has created a 1MWh storage facility using second-life lithium-ion electric vehicle battery packs.

The 250kW power station is using batteries from the development of SAIC-GM-Wuling’s Baojun E100 and E200 electric vehicles. 

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Japan utility aims to slash ESS cost by repurposing used EV battery lithium-ion packs

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:27 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings (Tepco) is set to launch a storage business using used electric vehicle (EV) batteries from China, just weeks after establishing its wholly owned subsidiary Tepco Ventures to enter new business ventures.

The plan is to assemble up to 30 used EV battery packs into energy storage systems for use at renewable-energy plants, according to reports by news outlet Nikkei Asian review.

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CATL begins work on laboratory to develop next-generation batteries and energy conversion systems

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:43 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has broken ground on an innovation laboratory at its headquarters in Ningde, east China's Fujian Province.

The 21C Lab— named to represent its aspiration to lead innovation trends in the 21st century— marks the start of the company's exploration into developing next-generation electrochemical energy storage systems and new energy conversion systems.

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Vision Group announce lithium-ion gigafactory plans to meet NEV and telecoms demand

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 10:28 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese battery maker Vision Group, which makes lead-acid batteries through its subsidiary Shenzhen Center Power Tech, has announced plans to build a 30GWh lithium-ion battery plant in China's Hubei province.

The company says the plant will meet demand from the 5G telecom networks and new energy vehicle (NEV) power battery sectors, according to media organisation Argus Media.

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China lithium-ion battery maker partners with wireless charging firm Energous

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 10:59 -- Paul Crompton

Wireless battery charging firm Energous Corporation has entered into a partnership with China lithium-ion battery manufacturer Grepow Battery. 

The firms will work together to develop batteries that are wirelessly charged via the US-based Energous’ radio frequency (RF) based charging technology.

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Award winning US Harvard University scientist charged over links with China

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 10:14 -- Paul Crompton

An award winning US Harvard University scientist who reportedly worked on nano-wire-based lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles has been indicted on charges of making false statements to federal authorities regarding his participation in China’s Thousand Talents Program. 

Dr. Charles Lieber has been indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of making false statements and will be arraigned in federal court in Boston, US, at a later date. He was arrested on 28 January.

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BYD secures first deal with major global OEM as Ford aims to secure lithium-ion battery supply

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 10:50 -- Paul Crompton

Ford is set to source batteries for its electric vehicles through the China lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride battery maker BYD.

It is the first time the Chinese firm BYD (which stands for Build Your own Dreams) has made a deal with a major global automaker. 

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China lithium-ion battery maker reveals plans for 5GWh plant in the country

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 10:53 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese battery producer Jiangsu Pylontech has announced plans for a 5GWh a year lithium-ion battery production plant in China’s southeast Jiangsu province.

Pylontech, a subsidiary of Chinese telecom operator ZTE, that mainly produces lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries expects the plant to be completed in three phases by the end of 2022.

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Coronavirus highlights US’ reliance on China for key lithium-ion battery materials supply

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:12 -- Paul Crompton

The US is too reliant on a battery materials supply from outside the country especially China, the CEO of battery minerals firm American Battery Metals Corporation (AMBC) has said.

Doug Cole’s comments came as the big three lithium companies telegraphed profit warnings due to coronavirus-driven logistics issues in the supply chain.

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Coronavirus impact on lithium-ion industry to be felt for at least another year

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 09:56 -- Paul Crompton

The outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 is putting China lithium-ion manufacturers into the ‘high risk’ supplier and production category. 

Industry analysts Wood Mackenzie predict a drop of 10% (26GWh) in lithium-ion battery production in China, with the Hubei province most impacted by the outbreak.

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