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Pilbara secures funding to expand Pilganoora lithium deposit

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Pilganoora lithium-tantalum project

Australian mining company Pilbara Minerals has secured funding from two of its key customers, in order to expand its Pilganoora lithium ore deposit.

The funding is comprised of a US$25 million offtake pre-payment facility provided by Chinese automotive manufacturer, Great Wall Motor Company, a $50m equity placement to Ganfeng Lithium, and a proposed new $50m Nordic bond to be implemented in the current quarter, with bondholder consent.

The funding package will be combined with Pilbara’s existing cash reserves and future cash flow from stage 1 operations of the Pilganoora resource to fully fund the second stage of operations. Pilbara is targeting commissioning of stage 2 from the March quarter 2020.

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CATL opens first US office in Detroit

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Chinese lithium-ion manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) is opening its first North American sales and service facility, in Detroit, Michigan, as the company looks to stake its claim on the US battery market.

CATL has established “a series of partnership agreements with world-renowned car manufacturers” such as BMW, Daimler, and Jaguar Land Rover.

The Detroit facility will help CATL to “improve the supply of lithium-ion batteries to the US auto market and to support the expansion of EV manufacturing.”

 

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Samsung 'to expand China battery production'

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Korean electronics giant Samsung is to invest US$2.4 billion in order to expand battery manufacturing in Tianjin, northern China, according to a report by the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

The Tianjin municipal government has reported that the investment will be used to expand the power battery lines for automotive batteries, and to establish a multi-layer ceramics capacitors (MLCC) factory in the city.

Tianjin is already a well-established manufacturing base for Samsung, with 10 affiliated companies currently in the municipality, pumping out products reportedly worth a combined total of around CNY84bn ($12.2bn) annually.

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BYD ‘on course for batteries unit IPO’

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Wang Chuanfu

Chinese automotive manufacturer BYD plans to list its batteries business within the next four years to fund expansion plans, founder and chairman Wang Chuanfu has said.

Wang (pictured) told Bloomberg the company, which is backed by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway group, is eyeing an initial public offering for its battery storage business by the end of 2022.

Wang said the company is in the process of spinning off its vehicle-battery operations into a separate firm before listing. He said the listing would take place by the end of 2022— but that the Shenzhen-based company had yet to decide where the shares would be traded.

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Webasto and Wanxiang ink Shanghai battery partnership

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Automotive component manufacturers Webasto and Wanxiang A123 are to cooperate on a Shanghai-based battery development partnership targeting commercial vehicles for the Chinese market.

China-based Wanxiang, which also produces lithium-ion batteries, has signed a partnership agreement to produce a battery module that will be integrated in Munich-based Webasto’s modular battery system.

The project is the first under the partnership. The battery modules from Wanxiang contain high-quality NCM battery cells.

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China launches ‘first solid state production line’

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

China has reportedly started operations of the country’s first solid-state battery production line in the city of Kunshan, in eastern Jiangsu Province.

Chinese start-up Qing Tao (Kunshan) Energy Development, led by Nan Cewen, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has invested CNY1 billion (US$144m) in the project, China’s state Xinhua News Agency said.

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VRB Energy ramps up redox flow BESS in China Primary tabs

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Global vanadium redox flow battery manufacturer VRB Energy has started the commissioning of an energy storage system in China’s Hubei Province.

VRB said the 3-megawatt/12-megawatt-hour vanadium redox battery in Zaoyang is part of 10MW/40MWh contract the company was awarded in November 2017.

The Zaoyang battery will be used to integrate a large-scale solar PV system into the grid. The first— 250kW/1MWh— battery module of the system has been successfully commissioned.

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LG Chem starts work on second China battery plant

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
LG Chem ground breaking ceremony

South Korean lithium-ion battery firm LG Chem has broken ground for its second electric vehicle battery factory in China.

LG Chem said the facility, first mooted earlier this year, would be built in stages up to 2030 in the Nanjing economic development zone, in China’s eastern Jiangsu province, at a total cost of KRW 2.1 trillion (US$1.8 billion).

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Lithium Werks in China giga-investment deal

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Dutch lithium-ion battery producer Lithium Werks BV has signed a framework agreement to build a 60-hectare battery gigafactory in China’s Yangtze River Delta.

The agreement for the €1.6 billion (US$1.85bn) factory to produce cells for lithium-ion batteries was signed with the Zhejiang Jiashan Economic Development Zone Industry Corporation.

“With our Chinese partners’ help, and as we continue to grow both organically and through acquisitions, we will deliver the energy storage solutions that our customers increasingly ask for as the world transitions to clean energy,” said Lithium Werks chairman Kees Koolen (pictured centre).

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ABC to work with Fengfan on bipolar lead batteries for China

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) is setting its sights on China and the wider Asian market for its bipolar lead-acid technology, after signing a memorandum of cooperation with China’s Fengfan.

The memorandum US-based ABC signed with Fengfan, one of China’s biggest lead-acid manufacturers, sets out the firms’ “joint desire to develop bipolar lead batteries for the Chinese market”— but details have yet to be released.

ABC’s vice-president of business development, Don Hobday, told BEST Battery Briefing: “This is another big step forward for the technology and proves it has value in China.”

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