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Cadenza strikes deal for Australia LIB project

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Cadenza 'Renaissance One' facility

‘Supercell’ technology designed by US battery platform provider Cadenza Innovation is to be deployed in Australia under a deal with the country’s Energy Renaissance (ER).

The companies have entered into a technology agreement that will see Cadenza’s technology utilised in systems produced at ER’s planned 1.3GWh ‘Renaissance One’ lithium-ion facility in Darwin.

ER said Renaissance One will be “the only facility dedicated to providing commercial-scale energy storage systems specifically designed for hot and humid climates”, which have technical requirements that “far exceed the capabilities of typical lithium-ion batteries.”

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Engitec building lead recycling plants in Spain, China

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Italian engineering firm Engitec Technologies has been contracted to expand a lead battery recycling facility in Spain.

The Metalurgica de Medina plant at Medina del Campo, in northwest Spain, will be expanded by some 600 square metres and increase processing capacity from more than 30,000 tonnes of batteries annually to around 120,000 tonnes a year.

The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019. Engitec did not disclose the cost of the project.

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Tesla to acquire Maxwell Technologies

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Dr Franz Fink

Tesla is to acquire Maxwell Technologies, in a deal that values the California-based ultracapacitor firm at around US$218 million.

Maxwell said on 4 February the companies had entered into a definite merger agreement under which Tesla would buy the company's 45.9 million shares for $4.75 a share in an all-stock transaction. The deal represented a 55% premium to the share price, which closed at $3.07 on 1 February.

The merger is expected to be finalised in the second quarter of 2019 or shortly after, subject to the successful tender and exchange of shares, regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

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CATL signs giga battery supply deal with Honda

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Chinese lithium battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has signed an electric vehicle battery supply deal with Honda of Japan.

CATL has guaranteed to supply “about 56 gigawatt-hours” of lithium-ion batteries to the car company before 2027.

The Chinese firm will also open an office in the first half of 2019 in Utsunomiya, on Japan’s main Honshu island— which is home to the Honda R&D Company.

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Health group Evergrande prescribes move into batteries

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:34 -- Hugh Finzel

The Evergrande Health Industry Group is to reportedly pay CNY1.06 billion (US$156m) to to secure a majority stake in Shanghai-based automotive battery maker Shanghai CENAT New Energy.

According to Reuters, Evergrande will receive 58.07% of Shanghai CENAT from electrical instruments maker Shenzhen Clou Electronics, in exchange for the funds.

Shanghai CENAT, founded 2010, is a Sino-Japanese joint venture that manufactures lithium-ion batteries used in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and pure electric vehicles. The company has production plants in Guangxi, Jiangsu, and Jiangxi, in addition to Shanghai.

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China promotes ‘eco’ lead batteries plan with illegal recycling crackdown

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

China is to crack down on illegal lead recycling and launch a “traceability system” to promote advances in lead battery development as a “backbone” national industry.

The environment ministry said the government wants to “promote the standardised and orderly development of lead storage battery production and lead recycling”.

The ministry’s ‘action plan’— which has been seen by BEST Battery Briefing— said lead battery manufacturers will be encouraged to develop “ecological designs” for new batteries and to “increase the proportion of recycled raw materials” used in production.

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‘Lead to power ahead for years to come’, say analysts

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Automotive lead battery demand is in a “state of flux”, but market analysts have warned: “Don’t be too hasty in writing off the humble lead car battery”.

Lead-acid is “increasingly under threat from new battery technologies”, according to metal and materials research consultancy Wood Mackenzie in its 2019 lead outlook.

But the world is yet to see the peak production of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, “and there are new developments in this old technology intended to keep it competitive and relevant for many more years”, the outlook said.

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Toyota and Panasonic agree batteries joint venture

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Shigeki Terashi

Japanese compatriots Panasonic and Toshiba have concluded contracts toward setting up a joint venture (JV) company related to the automotive prismatic battery business.

The JV— which is subject to approval by anti-trust chiefs— will cover “research, development, production, engineering, manufacturing, procurement, order receipt, and management”.

Toyota will contribute equipment and personnel in the areas of development and production engineering related to battery cells, while Panasonic will contribute equipment and personnel to support activities including production, development, engineering and manufacturing (at its plants in Japan and Dalian, China).

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US-Chinese lithium cell supply agreement

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
SimpliPhi logo

A three-year supply agreement for “no less than 19 million lithium batteries” has been signed between SimpliPhi Power and CBAK Energy Technology.

California-based SimpliPhi will buy the industry-standard 26650 lithium batteries for the period starting this year.

SimpliPhi said its storage system components “are UL certified and have been rigorously tested and deployed by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps".

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Nano One signs LFP deal with China’s Pulead Technology

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Canadian lithium battery cathode materials producer Nano One has signed a joint development agreement with Chinese cathode company Pulead Technology Industry.

Nano One said the partners planned to scale up production of Pulead’s lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode materials, using Nano One’s technology, for use in lithium-ion batteries.

The companies will also consider “licensing and commercialisation opportunities”.

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