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Northvolt secures almost $2billion to continue goal of building Europe’s first ‘home-grown’ lithium-ion gigafactory

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 10:44 -- Paul Crompton

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a $350 million loan agreement to support Northvolt’s hopes of Europe’s first home-grown lithium-ion battery gigafactory.

The funding follows the EIB supporting the demonstration line at Northvolt Labs in 2018, which produced its first battery cells in late 2019.

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Europe to grasp quarter of lithium-ion production market as global capacity quadruples to 1.3 TWh

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 15:18 -- Paul Crompton

Global lithium-ion cell manufacturing capacity could rise fourfold compared to last year's figures to reach 1.3TWh in 2030 thanks in part to the rise of gigafactories being built in Europe, according to industry analysts Wood Mackenzie.

The company’s report shows that 119 battery manufacturing facilities that are operational, under construction or announced by more than 50 vendors will increase global battery making capacity. 

Asia will continue to dominate the industry, with the area’s manufacturers— CATL, LG Chem, BYD, and SK Innovation— leading in the capacity arms race. 

Wood Mackenzie senior analyst Mitalee Gupta said: “Manufacturing capacity in Asia Pacific accounts for 80% of global capacity pipeline. The region will remain the leader of lithium-ion battery production for the next decade.  

“Within Asia Pacific, China dominates the pipeline capacity and is expected to double its capacity from 345GWh this year to more than 800GWh by 2030. 

“In addition to local vendors’ rapid expansion in China, foreign manufacturers such as LG Chem, Samsung SDI and SK Innovation have also been adding new lines after they became eligible for subsidies from the Chinese government in 2019.” 

However, emerging European vendors such as Northvolt in Norway, ACC— the joint venture between Saft and PSA Group (8GWh production plant rising to 24GWh) and Britishvolt could push Europe’s market share from 7% of global capacity, to around a quarter in 2030 amid growing demand for batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage. 

Growth will also be driven by Asian manufacturers investing heavily in new plants in Europe, including: CATL’s Erfurt Plant (Germany), LG Chem’s Wroclaw Plant (Poland), and Samsung SDI’s Goed Plant (Hungary). 

The Americas will maintain its share for the next decade, suggest WoodMac, with pipeline capacity concentrated in the US, and led by Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada. 

In terms of battery chemistry, NMC is the mainstream chemistry in operating facilities, followed by LFP. However, announced capacity is often unspecified due to constantly advancing battery technologies and changing market preference. 

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Tesvolt to supply 2MWh of energy storage capacity to Europe’s largest EV charging park

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 14:03 -- Paul Crompton

German manufacturer Tesvolt is supplying 2MWh of its lithium-ion energy storage systems to Europe’s largest electric car charging park in the German state of Hilden.

The ESSs at Kreuz Hilden junction park will deliver power to 114 charging stations, including 40 V3 Tesla Superchargers and 22 fast charging stations from Dutch supplier Fastned with a combined charging power of up to 350kW.

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European ESS markets witness a 30% slow down as it pays price for bumper 2018

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 11:50 -- Paul Crompton

Despite deploying 1GWh of energy storage system last year the European market showed a marked slow down compared to 2018.

The European market fell by around 470MWh year-on-year according to the fourth edition of the European Market Monitor on Energy Storage (EMMES) published by the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) and new energy consulting company Delta-EE.

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Europe’s hopes of a lithium-ion gigafactory boosted with an EIB loan

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 16:16 -- Paul Crompton

LG Chem Group’s ambitions to build a lithium-ion gigafactory in Europe has been boosted with a €480 million ($518 million) loan agreement from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

LG Chem Wroclaw Energy, a subsidiary of the South Korean firm, finalised the loan on 26 March as it bids to extend production at its factory on its industrial site in south-west Poland.

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Battery testing firm Arbin opens European office as it looks to reach new markets

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 16:05 -- Paul Crompton

Battery test equipment specialist Arbin Instruments has opened a dedicated European sales office in Germany to develop closer relationships with existing customers and reach new markets. 

The Munich office is the US firm’s second in the country and comes as Arbin looks to expand in the region and capitalise on the potential of the European market.

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Leclanché secures $65 million investment to triple battery making capacity in Europe

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 14:05 -- Vic
Leclanché energy storage solutions

Investments totaling CHF64 million ($65 million) will allow Swiss lithium-ion battery maker Leclancé to triple its manufacturing capacity at its German plant.

The funds— one for CHF 39 million ($40 million) and one for CHF 25 million ($25 million)— will allow the company to triple the volume of cells that it manufactures in Germany to three million cells and to fund the delivery of the company’s order book.

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LG Chem lithium-ion battery supply shortage causes halt to electric vehicle manufacturing

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 14:40 -- Paul Crompton

A shortage of lithium-ion batteries from LG Chem’s European gigafactory forced luxury vehicle OEM Jaguar to halt production of its I-Pace electric car.

Jaguar was unable to secure enough batteries from the Korean firm’s Poland factory to continue production of its £61,000 SUV at a factory in Graz, Austria, for a week from 10 February.

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BASF announces second European lithium-ion battery materials plant

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 09:58 -- Paul Crompton

Chemicals firm BASF has confirmed the location of its new battery materials production site in Germany as it steps up investment into the European electric vehicle (EV) value chain. 

The state-of-the art plant in Schwarzheide will initially produce enough cathode active materials (CAM) for around 400,000 full electric vehicles per year, says the German conglomerate.

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BMZ Group and VDE form strategic partnership to push European battery industry agenda

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 09:39 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery producer BMZ Group and technology association VDE Renewables have formed a strategic partnership to promote Europe’s battery storage industry.

Through the Battery Experts Forum conference, organised by the BMZ Group, the partnership aims to promote and strengthen international dialogue within the industry.

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