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Sino-German partners plan Beijing’s ‘first second-life ESS plant’

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:48 -- Paul Crompton
Sino-German partners plan Beijing’s ‘first second-life ESS plant’

Global vehicle OEM brands Daimler and China’s state-owned BAIC Group have entered into a development partnership to establish Beijing’s first second-life energy storage system facility.

The firms plan to use retired electric car batteries from BAIC’s subsidiary Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV).

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East Penn buys into lithium-ion market in bid to expand motive power offering

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:00 -- Paul Crompton
East Penn buys into lithium-ion market in bid to expand motive power offering

North American lead-acid giant East Penn Manufacturing has reaffirmed its intention of moving into the lithium-ion market with the purchase of a majority interest in Navitas Systems.

The move allows East Penn to expand its motive power battery offering and  ‘strategic integration’ into other market segments in a bid to provide a wider range of energy storage system solutions.

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Fate of Leoch’s Malaysian lead-acid battery plant hangs in the balance

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:21 -- Paul Crompton
Fate of Leoch’s Malaysian lead-acid battery plant hangs in the balance

The fate of a Malaysian lead-acid battery plant owned by Leoch Accupower will be confirmed this month after a four-month governmental probe to decide if the facility is an environmental hazard.

A verdict on whether to maintain or relocate the battery manufacturing plant in Jenjarom, Selangor state, will be made at the end of this month, Malaysian news outlets have reported.

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Jungheinrich and Triathlon acquire site for ‘Europe’s biggest’ LIB production centre

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:30 -- John Shepherd
Jungheinrich and Triathlon acquire site for ‘Europe’s biggest’ LIB production centre

German firms Triathlon Batteries and forklift OEM Jungheinrich have acquired a 240,000m2 site to build one of Europe’s biggest lithium-ion battery pack assembly plants for the motive application market.

The companies’ JT Energy Systems joint venture, formed earlier this year, will initially build a 42,000mproduction plant on the former solar equipment-manufacturing site in Freiberg, in the eastern-German state of Saxony.

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Aviation firm looks to Oxis and Li-S for next gen electric aircraft

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 10:34 -- John Shepherd
Aviation firm looks to Oxis and Li-S for next gen electric aircraft

Battery developer Oxis Energy will work with Bye Aerospace to produce a lithium-sulfur battery cell for a high-voltage battery pack system for possible use in the US aircraft maker’s electric aircraft.

The Colorado-based aircraft maker is working with UK-based Oxis on a variant of the chemistry for its eFlyer 4 and future air taxi aircraft designs’ performance. The project will start next month.

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C-level reshuffle at aqueous zinc ESS firm Eos

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 16:05 -- Paul Crompton
C-level reshuffle at aqueous zinc ESS firm Eos

Aqueous zinc battery firm Eos Energy Storage has made a swathe of C-level appointments as it looks to progress its global energy storage reach.

The US company named Joe Mastrangelo (pictured) as its new chief executive officer, Kevin Walsh as senior commercial advisor, and Mack Treece as chief financial officer on 23 July. 

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Firms announce merger with goal of becoming No.1 global flow battery company

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 13:01 -- Paul Crompton
Firms announce merger with goal of becoming No.1 global flow battery company

It is ‘business as usual’ for redT following the announcement on 25 July it had agreed to a proposed merger with fellow vanadium redox flow battery company Avalon Battery Corporation.

The UK and US (respectively) companies have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding for the merger. If approved by shareholders the deal will constitute a reverse takeover* under London Stock Exchange rules.

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New CFO to ultracapacitor firm Skeleton Technologies

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 11:20 -- Paul Crompton
New CFO to ultracapacitor firm Skeleton Technologies

Graphene ultracapacitor firm Skeleton Technologies has appointed Wolfgang Breme as the company’s chief financial officer.

Breme (pictured) was appointed to help the Estonia-based firm take advantage of an “upturn in the interest for ultracapacitors”, as the company positions itself to gain a foothold in the ultracapacitor energy storage market.

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Consortium gets nod to install VRFB as part of Li-ion hybrid system

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 11:07 -- Paul Crompton
Consortium gets nod to install VRFB as part of Li-ion hybrid system

Planning permission has been granted for the development of a 2MW/5MWh vanadium redox flow battery at a substation in Oxford, UK.

The system by RedT is part of the Energy Superhub Oxford project led by led by Pivot Power with a consortium of Habitat Energy, Kensa, Oxford City Council, the University of Oxford and UK-based firm.

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Battery and automotive powerhouses join to jump-start China’s EV market

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 10:32 -- Paul Crompton
Battery and automotive powerhouses join to jump-start China’s EV market

Global automotive heavyweights BYD and Toyota have formed a partnership to build cars and develop the onboard lithium-ion battery packs for those vehicles.

The Chinese and Japanese (respectively) firms announced on 19 July they had signed an agreement for the joint development of electric vehicles that will include developing sedans and low-floor SUV battery EVs (BEVs).

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