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Solid-state batteries “game-changer” for EVs report

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 09:54 -- Xuan Zhong
Solid-state batteries “game-changer” for EVs report

Solid-state batteries are expected to be a “game changer” for the electric vehicle industry, according to a new report.

The batteries are set to open up “significant growth opportunities for future battery chemistries due to manufacturers’ claims of an energy density 2.5 times higher than lithium-ion batteries”, said market analysts Frost & Sullivan.

 

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Panasonic chief hints at battery tie-up with Tesla in China

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 09:51 -- Xuan Zhong
Panasonic chief hints at battery tie-up with Tesla in China

The head of Japan’s Panasonic Corp has floated the idea of jointly producing electric vehicle batteries in China with Tesla.

Panasonic CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga (pictured) said during an earnings briefing on 10 May that the move could be on the cards, Reuters reported.

 

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Continental silent on battery options amid ‘structural review’

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Continental silent on battery options amid ‘structural review’

German automotive manufacturer Continental is staying silent on potential moves to further develop its battery systems business.

CEO Dr Elmar Degenhart told the company’s annual shareholders' meeting Continental’s entire organisational structure was under review while the firm “tested suitable scenarios”.

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China trials “advanced” lead-carbon solar BESS

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:15 -- Xuan Zhong
China trials “advanced” lead-carbon solar BESS

A lead-carbon battery storage system for solar power, with a cycle life “more than four times that of conventional lead technology”, has been developed by Chinese lead battery firm Baoding Fengfan and scientists. 

Fengfan’s research partner the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics— part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences— said the battery has been developed to store power generated by solar and wind.

 

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Chinese lithium recycler in NEV lithium link-up with BAIC

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:23 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese lithium recycler in NEV lithium link-up with BAIC

Chinese lithium battery recycler GEM has teamed up with domestic state-owned carmaker BAIC to establish a used batteries collection and recycling operation.

The move is the latest response to Chinese government guidelines to ensure the prompt recycling of batteries from the country’s fast-developing new energy vehicle (NEV) market.

 

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China EV battery firm cuts production over financial crisis

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:18 -- Xuan Zhong
A leading Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer, Shenzhen OptimumNano, has been forced to slash production to just 20% of its capacity amid a financial crisis.  OptimumNano, reportedly China’s third largest EV battery maker as of 2016, said it had taken the drastic move because it has a glut of batteries in stock that it cannot sell.

A leading Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturer, Shenzhen OptimumNano, has been forced to slash production to just 20% of its capacity amid a financial crisis.

OptimumNano, reportedly China’s third largest EV battery maker as of 2016, said it had taken the drastic move because it has a glut of batteries in stock that it cannot sell.

 

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Chilwee issues profits slump warning over lead 'overcapacity'

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:10 -- Xuan Zhong
Chilwee issues profits slump warning over lead 'overcapacity'

One of China’s biggest lead battery manufacturers, the Chilwee Group, has said it expects to see first half-year profits “fall sharply” because of falling prices triggered by “overcapacity” in the domestic lead-acid sector.

Chilwee (also known as Chaowei) said in a Hong Kong Stock Exchange announcement estimated profits would be down in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period a year ago— but the company did not give figures. 

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New Li battery plant for southeast China

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 09:42 -- Xuan Zhong
New Li battery plant for southeast China

Plans to build a “new energy” lithium battery industrial park with a total investment of CNY1.55 billion ($243.7 million) have been unveiled by the Liancheng County government in China’s Fujian Province.

The southeastern county said it will co-invest with other companies to spend a total of CNY920m on manufacturing two different types of lithium batteries— including producing 100 million 18600 lithium-ion cells for energy storage and vehicles each year— plus 20 million “soft pouch lithium batteries”.

 

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South Korea graphite ‘could bring battery independence’ from China

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 09:50 -- Xuan Zhong
South Korea graphite ‘could bring battery independence’ from China

Graphite being produced from two deposits in South Korea could be used to ease the country’s dependence on battery materials from neighbouring China, according to a report by Australia-listed Peninsula Mines.

Peninsula has started a  “test work programme” for material produced at its Eunha Graphite Project and Gapyeong Graphite Project in South Korea.

 

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BMZ China invests to expand battery operations

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 11:04 -- Xuan Zhong
BMZ China invests to expand battery operations

German lithium-ion battery developer and producer BMZ is relocating its China operations in Shenzhen to new premises in the city as it expands operations.

The group’s 100%-owned BMZ China subsidiary is investing around EUR7 million ($8.5m) in the new, 35,000 square metre facility— which is three times the size of the current plant, BBB has confirmed.

 

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