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War threat halts battery production?

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:58 -- Xuan Zhong
War threat halts battery production?

The threat of conflict on the Korean Peninsula is being cited as the reason why a collaboration between a Chinese EV car maker and SK innovation has ground to a halt.

But the real reason the suspension of all operations at the Beijing Electronic Holding & SK Technology Co., Ltd. (BESK) is more likely to be protectionism and not retaliation for South Korea’s decision to deploy the US made THAAD anti-missile system.

 
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Lithium anodes born in the USA?

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:51 -- Xuan Zhong
Lithium anodes born in the USA?

The founder of a lithium battery component testing laboratory believes graphitic anode manufacture could be brought to the USA, obviating the need to buy the material from China and bolstering US battery manufacturing industry.

Ed Buiel, founder of Coulometrics told the Florida battery seminar that from his evaluations, most natural graphites were essentially the same but the differences came in purification.

 

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Chaowei Group to form Na-NiCl battery company with GE

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 09:45 -- Xuan Zhong
Chaowei Group to form Na-NiCl battery company with GE

Chinese battery maker Chilwee Group (also known as Chaowei) has created a new company with electronics firm General Electric Company(GE) to bring to market a Na-NiCl battery for energy storage applications.

Chilwee and GE aim to develop the proprietary technology through production, research, and marketing of the so called Zebra Battery, originally developed in the UK.

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Chinese battery maker muscles into European EV market

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 13:29 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese battery maker muscles into European EV market

Lithium battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) has bought a large stake in a Finnish firm as it looks to move into the European electric vehicle market.

The Ningde, China-based battery maker bought a 22% stake in the auto supplier for an undisclosed fee, reported newswire Reuters.

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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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