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A123 Systems wins $1B contract to supply Li-ion batteries for 48V systems to SAIC-GM

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:01 -- Paul Crompton

Automotive News China reports that Li-ion battery maker A123 Systems won a 6.9-billion CNY (US$1 billion) contract to supply 2.6 million Li-ion batteries for 48V systems to the SAIC-GM joint venture in China.

The news comes via a statement by Wanxiang Group, the owner of A123 Systems.

A123 initially entered into a partnership with SAIC Motor in 2009 with the formation of Advanced Traction Battery Systems (ATBS), a battery pack joint venture company. In 2012, the two expanded their partnership.v

 

Korean battery firms face loss of the Chinese EV market

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 13:05 -- Paul Crompton
Korean battery firms face loss of the Chinese EV market

Two Korean battery makers face further losses after cars using their lithium technology had their certification cancelled in China.

It comes after Samsung SDI and LG Chem both failed to meet the government’s standards for electric car batteries last year.

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SK Innovation to expand production of lithium-ion battery separators

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:10 -- Paul Crompton
SK Innovation to expand production of lithium-ion battery separators

SK Innovation Co is expanding its lithium-ion battery separator manufacturing facility in China.

The energy solutions arm of South Korean conglomerate SK Group is ramping up output of the battery product in Jeungpyeong, North Chungcheong. Ground-breaking is set for May.

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Microvast launches non-flammable lithium-ion battery technology

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 15:01 -- Paul Crompton
Microvast launches non-flammable lithium-ion battery technology

US-headquartered Microvast has launched battery technology that it claims can prevent thermal runaway in lithium-ion batteries during a press conference in Beijing, China.

The firm’s research looked at how heat released by electrolytes could be controlled to ensure safety during thermal runaway

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Testing of 8MWh vanadium flow battery under way

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 00:00 -- Paul Crompton
Testing of 8MWh vanadium flow battery under way

Canadian firm Sparton Resources has begun testing its 8mWh vanadium flow battery in Hebei Province, China.

Work on the Zhangbei Project begun after Sparton received confirmation to initiate testing from the battery owner, the State Grid North China Company Limited ("State Grid"). 

On-line testing started on November 21st and will take place over several weeks to ensure the battery meets design protocols.

Funding for the commissioning project was carried out by VanSpar Mining, a 90.4% owned Sparton subsidiary.

The renewable energy utilisation platform integrates wind power, solar power, energy storage, and smart grid transmission technologies.

Clean power generated by this project will be integrated into north China's energy grid, operated by the State Grid.

This is a key component of China's Golden Sun Photo Voltaic Solar Pilot Project, which currently includes 110 megawatts of energy storage capacity, and covers a total land area of 200 square kilometres.

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Digatron announces new General Manager for China

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:43 -- Paul Crompton
Digatron announces new General Manager for China

Digatron Power Electronics has appointed German Karl Sobotka as General Manager responsible for Digatron Qingdao China.

Sobotka, who has lived in Qingdao and worked in China for ten years, was chosen for his knowledge of the Asian markets.

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