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CATL breaks ground on European gigafactory to streamline lithium-ion battery supply chain

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 15:35 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has broken ground on its German battery manufacturing plant— the first time the company has expanded beyond its China borders.

The company aims to make 14GWh of lithium-ion cells and modules a year by 2022—just four years after the deal was announced during talks in Berlin between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese premier Li Keqiang.

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CATL invests in China cathodes joint venture

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 14:54 -- Paul Crompton
CATL invests in China cathodes joint venture

Chinese lithium battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and a subsidiary company plan to launch a new business venture focused on cathode materials.

CATL and its Guangdong BrunpRecycling Technology subsidiary will set up the new company – dubbed Lingbo Brunp CATL New Energy – with registered capital of around CNY3.6 billion (US$503 million), CATL said.

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48 volt lithium drive trains have arrived

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:07 -- Paul Crompton
48 volt lithium drive trains have arrived

Two major battery and electric drive train suppliers introduced 48 volt systems for the European and Chinese vehicle markets at AABC last week— to the surprise of many analysts.

The 48 volt concept has been dismissed as ‘without value’ by Menachem Anderman, perhaps the most prominent industry watcher.

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Joint Venture to bring sodium nickel battery to market

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 13:04 -- Paul Crompton
Joint Venture to bring sodium nickel battery to market

Chinese battery maker Chaowei Group has established a Joint Venture (JV) company with General Electric to bring to market a sodium-nickel-chloride battery.

The JV sees Chowei’s subsidiary Chaowei Lvna and US firm GE’s subsidiary General Electric Technology Development (GETD) joining forces to develop the technology.

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Chinese and Korean firms eye up $2B lithium battery plant for Chile

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 12:18 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese and Korean firms eye up $2B lithium battery plant for Chile

A consortium of Chinese and Korean battery makers and investment entrepreneurs are in talks to build a lithium-ion manufacturing plant in Chile, according to Chilean newspaper Pulso.

Early talks put the total investment at around $2billion with phases 1, 2 and 3 of production earmarked for January 2018 with an initial investment in 2017 of $510million.

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$231M lithium battery copper foil contract has been signed in China

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:53 -- Paul Crompton
$231M lithium battery copper foil contract has been signed in China

Chinese nonferrous metals, chemical and equipment manufacturer Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group (TNMG) has signed a lithium battery copper foil project worth ¥1.59 billion ($231 million).

The project will be established in two phases, the first started this month and is due to come online in June 2018, with a capacity of 10,000 tonnes per year.

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Firefighting firm can’t wait to share the Chinese EV cake

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:37 -- Xuan Zhong

A Chinese firefighting firm is aiming to secure its share of the electric vehicle market after buying a LiFePO4 battery company and buying stock in a lithium concentrates firm.

Shaanxi J&R Optimum Energy, a fire protection system solutions company bought a 19.9% share of Australian mining firm Altura Mining for AUS$41.6 million ($30.69 million), reported the China Daily newspaper.

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China firm to build Gigafactory in $1.3 billion energy base agreement

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 11:00 -- Xuan Zhong

A Chinese firm intends to invest ¥3 billion ($438million) in lithium-ion battery production in the country’s Xiangyang Yicheng city as it bids to build up its new energy industry base.

Battery manufacture Dynavolt Renewable Energy Technology has signed a contract with the city’s government to construct a plant with an annual lithium-ion battery output of 5GWh as well as research projects.

Picture: from left: Yuewu Chen, Chairman of Dynavolt Tech. Jun Qin, Mayor of Xiangyang.

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Powin Energy receives China patent for BMS

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 10:24 -- Xuan Zhong

Energy storage developer Powin Energy Corporation has been awarded a Chinese patent for its battery management system.

Designed specifically for energy storage systems, the US firm’s Battery Pack Operating System (bp-OS), was also awarded a US patent in June.

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Self-healing Li-ion batteries have been developed in China

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 13:55 -- Paul Crompton
Self-healing Li-ion batteries have been developed in China

Chinese scientists have used carbon nanotubes to develop a thin, flexible lithium-ion battery that can heal itself after breaking, according to reports by Angewandte Chemie.

The battery has self-healing abilities, which even after completely breaking apart, can grow back together without significant impact on its electrochemical properties.

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