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Webasto and Wanxiang ink Shanghai battery partnership

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Automotive component manufacturers Webasto and Wanxiang A123 are to cooperate on a Shanghai-based battery development partnership targeting commercial vehicles for the Chinese market.

China-based Wanxiang, which also produces lithium-ion batteries, has signed a partnership agreement to produce a battery module that will be integrated in Munich-based Webasto’s modular battery system.

The project is the first under the partnership. The battery modules from Wanxiang contain high-quality NCM battery cells.

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China launches ‘first solid state production line’

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

China has reportedly started operations of the country’s first solid-state battery production line in the city of Kunshan, in eastern Jiangsu Province.

Chinese start-up Qing Tao (Kunshan) Energy Development, led by Nan Cewen, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has invested CNY1 billion (US$144m) in the project, China’s state Xinhua News Agency said.

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VRB Energy ramps up redox flow BESS in China Primary tabs

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Global vanadium redox flow battery manufacturer VRB Energy has started the commissioning of an energy storage system in China’s Hubei Province.

VRB said the 3-megawatt/12-megawatt-hour vanadium redox battery in Zaoyang is part of 10MW/40MWh contract the company was awarded in November 2017.

The Zaoyang battery will be used to integrate a large-scale solar PV system into the grid. The first— 250kW/1MWh— battery module of the system has been successfully commissioned.

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LG Chem starts work on second China battery plant

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
LG Chem ground breaking ceremony

South Korean lithium-ion battery firm LG Chem has broken ground for its second electric vehicle battery factory in China.

LG Chem said the facility, first mooted earlier this year, would be built in stages up to 2030 in the Nanjing economic development zone, in China’s eastern Jiangsu province, at a total cost of KRW 2.1 trillion (US$1.8 billion).

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Lithium Werks in China giga-investment deal

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Dutch lithium-ion battery producer Lithium Werks BV has signed a framework agreement to build a 60-hectare battery gigafactory in China’s Yangtze River Delta.

The agreement for the €1.6 billion (US$1.85bn) factory to produce cells for lithium-ion batteries was signed with the Zhejiang Jiashan Economic Development Zone Industry Corporation.

“With our Chinese partners’ help, and as we continue to grow both organically and through acquisitions, we will deliver the energy storage solutions that our customers increasingly ask for as the world transitions to clean energy,” said Lithium Werks chairman Kees Koolen (pictured centre).

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ABC to work with Fengfan on bipolar lead batteries for China

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) is setting its sights on China and the wider Asian market for its bipolar lead-acid technology, after signing a memorandum of cooperation with China’s Fengfan.

The memorandum US-based ABC signed with Fengfan, one of China’s biggest lead-acid manufacturers, sets out the firms’ “joint desire to develop bipolar lead batteries for the Chinese market”— but details have yet to be released.

ABC’s vice-president of business development, Don Hobday, told BEST Battery Briefing: “This is another big step forward for the technology and proves it has value in China.”

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Work starts on Mercedes’ Alabama EV battery plant

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Daimler has broken ground for an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in Alabama for its Mercedes-Benz subsidiary.

A ceremony marking the start of construction at Tuscaloosa, just seven miles from Mercedes existing vehicle production site, came just weeks after German auto firms indicated they could pull the plug on new investments in battery manufacturing in the US, if forced to pay increased tariffs under the Trump administration’s “national security” review.

The battery plant is part of a US$1 billion investment in the US that will cover two million square feet— twice the size of Mercedes’ nearby site. The US plant will form part of an eight-strong global battery production network including plants in Germany, China and Thailand.

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BMZ steps up battery expansion

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
An artist's impression of the developments at Karlstein

The BMZ group has announced a €120 million (US$141.2m) investment to expand battery systems production at its Karlstein am Main headquarters in Bavaria.

The decision will yield a 3,000sq.m production area, 80 new workstations, and a 20m logistics centre with 12,000 pallet spaces.  “As early as 2019, the new building alone will create another 300 jobs at the Karlstein plant,” said BMZ CEO Sven Bauer.

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Narada’s German BESS ‘can spur closer cooperation’

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:36 -- John Shepherd
Langenreichenbach inauguration

Chinese battery maker Narada’s launch of its first large-scale battery storage project outside of China in Germany should spur both countries to expand technical and economic cooperation, a top Chinese diplomat has said.

Narada formally inaugurated the 15-megawatt/25 megawatt-hour Langenreichenbach lead-carbon battery system near Leipzig, in partnership with German electric energy storage operator the Upside Group, on 14 September.

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Daramic chief reveals French facility expansion

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 13:50 -- John Shepherd
Bryan Moorehead

US-based lead-acid separator company Daramic is expanding its facility in France, president Bryan Moorehead has revealed.

The move will “add at least 15% to our capabilities” in the country, Moorehead told BEST Battery Briefing on the sidelines of the 16th European Lead Battery Conference (ELBC) in Vienna.

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