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Hyundai turning to China after South Korea battery ban

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:18 -- Xuan Zhong

Vehicle OEM Hyundai Motor is looking to China for lithium-ion batteries after its South Korean battery supplier was omitted from a list of vendors permitted to provide batteries for electric cars in China.

The South Korean firm, which is planning a China model of one of its vehicles, has its hands tied due to battery firm LG Chem having its battery certification cancelled in China.

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Advertorial: An upcoming show for China’s Energy Storage Station

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:01 -- Xuan Zhong
An upcoming show for China’s Energy Storage Station

About 800 people from the energy storage industry have been invited to the 8th China International Energy Storage Power Station Conference (ESSC).

The event focuses on the case studies of international energy storage projects, new development of energy storage technologies in terms of renewable energy and grid, and the change of Chinese government policies in terms of energy storage section. Awards ceremony will be held to honor the best performances from the industry, in terms of projects, researches, and companies.

There are 35% of participants are from battery manufacturers, personal communications service, and inverter makers. 25% are energy storage projects owners, and 18% are from power grid and renewable energy companies. Geographically, they are mainly from Europe, the US, Australia, and China.

Over 100 media institutions will cover the event, and there are 50 exhibiters as well as 30 speakers will attend. 

China's energy storage industry has just boomed at the end of 2015. The country’s cumulative installed capacity was 105.5MW, accounting for 11% of the total installed capacity of the global energy storage market, with the largest proportion in lithium-ion battery.

The distribution of applications mainly consists of distributed generation, micro-grid and renewable energy grid, which cumulative installed capacity occupied more than 80% of the Chinese market by the end of last two years. Meanwhile, the distributed generation and micro-grid has accounted for 56% of the installed capacity and 77% of the amount of the projects, and are highly expected to achieve mass commercialisation in China.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts the United States, Europe, China and India will add 310GW of energy storage capacity with $380 billion investment by the year of 2050.

McKinsey noted that energy would play an important role in 2025. The market value is expected to reach between $100 billion to $600 billion.

ESSC has been successfully held in Shenzhen, China and Sydney, Australia since 2013, over 3,000 participants from 23 countries. Cooperative enterprises include Maxwell, Chroma Electronics, KELU Electronic Technology, BYD, Shenzhen Aotexun Electric Power, Tesla Motors, TUV Rheinland Equipment.

The organiser CDMC confirms the event will be held in Shenzhen, China on 11th -12th May 2017.

For more information, please visit: http://www.essc.org.cn/en

 

China to start making Maxwell Technologies supercapacitors

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 14:04 -- Paul Crompton
China to start making Maxwell Technologies supercapacitors

US supercapacitor firm Maxwell Technologies is increasing its foothold in China’s motive industry after signing a definitive agreement with CRRC Qingdao Sifang Rolling Stock Research Institute (CRRC-SRI).

Under the terms of the agreement, manufacturing of the company’s ultracapacitor-based modules is set to begin in China during the second half of 2017.

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China hardens policies against secondary lead industry

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 10:19 -- Paul Crompton
China hardens policies against secondary lead industry

China has introduced a host of stricter new regulations to curb pollution in its secondary lead industry.

China’s existing secondary lead industry— as well as any new construction, reconstruction and expansion projects— will have to relocate ‘step-by-step’ to industrial parks at least one kilometer awayfrom residential areas.

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Lithium battery prices rise with demand

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:46 -- Xuan Zhong
Lithium battery prices rise with demand

The need to sate global lithium-ion requirements saw China’s battery prices rise alongside increasing demands from the electric vehicle market.

The average price of a lithium-ion battery being exported out of China rose $0.62 year-on-year, according to news website Industrial Minerals.

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China continues to clamp down on its lead-acid industry

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 14:28 -- Xuan Zhong
China continues to clamp down on its lead-acid industry

China has introduced a cradle to grave lead-acid battery monitoring system that will put recycling responsibilities on the manufacturer.

China’s State Council’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Plan puts lead-acid battery makers accountable for their product from design, use, recycling and waste disposal began last month.

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Rocketing Chinese lead price, bad news or good news?

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:12 -- Xuan Zhong

Chinese battery producers have begun raising battery prices due to the rocketing cost of lead, which has climbed above ¥21,000 ($3,051)/ tonne, according to Shanghai Metal Market data.

Lead values jumped ¥5,600 ($814)/ tonne in November— with prices hitting the highest since April 28, 2008.

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Chinese battery firm to make EV with either lead-acid or lithium-ion battery

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:10 -- Xuan Zhong

Chinese battery manufacturer Chaowei Group has founded a new company to make electric vehicles with a choice of lead-acid or lithium-ion battery.

Chaowei has invested ¥3.5 billion ($508 million) into its new company called Zhejiang Plante Electric Vehicle.

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$17 m lead-acid battery recycling project in Inner Mongolia

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 11:30 -- Xuan Zhong

Chinese lead-acid battery firm Senrun Recycling Metal Products has announced a ¥120 million ($17 million) investment in a scrap lead-acid battery recycling project.

The project aims to turn 150,000 mt of scrap batteries into 75,800 mt of refined lead and lead alloy annually at the Metallurgical and Chemical Park of Linxi Industrial Park, Chifeng, City, Inner Mongolia.

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Chinese firm to supply lead-carbon batteries for micro-grid ESS

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 11:23 -- Xuan Zhong

Chinese VRLA battery maker Sacred Sun is to supply its lead carbon technology for use in two micro-grid systems in Asia.

The first 1MWh micro-grid project will be used on a ‘militarily confidential’ island in the south of China, where it will be coupled with a 120KWp PV panel. The second is a solar–diesel-battery (both lithium-ion and lead carbon) micro-grid power plant for the China Huadian Corporation (CHD) Tibet renewable energy project.

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