Beijing-based energy storage firm Pu Neng has been awarded a contract to provide what it said will be “China’s largest flow battery” as part of a pilot energy storage project.
A 3MW/12MWh vanadium flow battery will be installed in a 10MW/40MWh at the battery demonstration facility as the first phase of integration with a photovoltaic system to supply the grid in Zaoyang, Hubei Province.
Australian mining firm Core Exploration Limited has applied for a licence to develop one of the country’s highest-grade lithium deposits, as part of plans to make inroads into the Chinese battery materials market.
Core said on 19 October it plans to develop its 100%-owned Grants deposit near Darwin, in the Northern Territory, which contains an estimated 1.8 million tonnes of high-grade spodumene— a key mineral in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries.
Zhenjiang in China is to be the new headquarters and production base for the now Chinese-owned Nissan electric vehicles batteries business, state media has reported.
The new Nissan batteries complex will be set up in the Zhenjiang New District in Jiangsu Province at a cost of around CNY12.5 billion ($1.9bn), according to China’s Xinhua News Agency.
The Chinese joint venture brand of German car giant BMW, BMW Brilliance, is reportedly to open a “high-voltage automotive battery pack production centre” in China on 24 October.
According to Chinese media reports, BMW’s long-term Chinese lithium-ion battery supplier Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) will supply cells for the project.
Two Chinese shareholders have put a total of 30% of shares in Samsung SDI's joint venture battery company on the market, according to China’s Tianjin Property Rights Exchange (TPRE).
Samsung SDI (Tianjin) Battery Co., Ltd. (SDITB), set up in China in 2015 October, is a manufacturer of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
China has announced plans to support a “transformation” of its energy storage industry over the next decade— focusing on the development of an array of technologies including a pilot high performance lead-carbon capacitor battery system.
The national government said it wants to move existing R&D and development activities in the energy storage sector onto full-scale commercialisation.
Sodium-ion batteries manufacturer Aquion Energy, which recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US, has declined to comment on reports that it is quitting its base in Pennsylvania and moving operations to China.
Aquion, now known as AEI Winddown, was acquired in a bankruptcy auction earlier this year by “a majority-American joint venture”, said to be linked to Chinese investment holding company China Titans Energy Technology Group.