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BMW, Northvolt and Umicore join forces for cells recycling

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

The BMW Group has formed a joint technology consortium with Swedish lithium-ion start-up Northvolt and Belgium-based materials tech giant Umicore, to develop a “complete and sustainable value chain for battery cells for EVs in Europe”.

This announcement comes just weeks after BMW placed a “billion euro” order for EV batteries from China, saying that they “can’t wait” for Europe to build a battery cells industry.

The consortium’s main aim is to establish a closed life cycle loop for batteries to make battery cells sustainable. The partners said this would be achieved by creating a recyclable cell design and manufacturing process that uses mostly renewable energy.

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Merkel ‘sad’ at lack of battery cell production

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

German chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to “whip up” the development of a made-in-Europe battery cells industry— but she held out the possibility of cooperation with international partners.

Merkel, who studied physics, said it was “unbelievably sad… that we cannot produce battery cells in the land of the founding fathers of electrochemistry (or) even the whole of Europe”.

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‘Pragmatism needed’ to create EU battery industry

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Chris Herron

In a carefully worded swipe at the European Chemicals Agency (ECA), Eurometaux’s Chris Herron (pictured) has warned of the need for pragmatism with regard to the battery industry— when it comes to creating a low-carbon European future with batteries at the very centre of things.

Herron, public affairs manager for Eurometeaux, which represents the non-ferrous metals industry, told the International Congress for Battery Recycling in Berlin last week, a three-part solution was needed to create a new European battery industry— a circular economy, a battery action plan and a non-toxic environment— a loaded phrase, because Herron recognised that in order to make batteries, hazardous metals are inevitably involved.

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Germany turns on ‘Europe’s biggest BESS’

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:04 -- Xuan Zhong
Germany turns on ‘Europe’s biggest BESS’

A 48-megawatt BESS claimed to be Europe’s biggest battery storage facility has been switched on in Germany.

NEC Energy Solutions supplied the lithium-ion facility in Jardelund, in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, for energy services firm EnspireMe— a joint venture of Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation and Dutch power company Eneco.

 

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Study backs Finnish lithium bid to mine batteries market

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:02 -- Xuan Zhong
Study backs Finnish lithium bid to mine batteries market

There is a “profitable business case” for developing a lithium project in Finland to supply high-quality battery materials for Europe’s “fast-developing lithium markets”, according to the firm behind the project.

Finnish mining company Keliber Oy said a definitive feasibility study indicates the project could make the firm Europe’s “first vertically integrated battery grade lithium carbonate producer”.

 

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Lithium Australia acquires German lithium project

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:27 -- Xuan Zhong
Lithium Australia acquires German lithium project

Lithium Australia (LIT) is to acquire ownership of Germany’s Sadisdorf lithium project— and plans to take on global battery players rushing to grab a slice of Europe’s future electric vehicles supply chain business.

LIT, which was granted a 133 square-kilometre exploration licence for the Saxony site earlier this year, will acquire the lithium/tin project from Germany’s Tin International subject to regulatory approvals.

 

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Musk confirms Tesla Gigafactory plans for China and Europe

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00 -- John Shepherd
Musk confirms Tesla Gigafactory plans for China and Europe

Tesla has given the green light to launch its first Gigafactory for batteries production outside the US in China, company chief Elon Musk has confirmed.

The new Shanghai plant confirms a pledge by Musk to one day set up business at the heart of Asia’s booming batteries sector.

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Metair looks to pick up TAB for new lead investment

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:51 -- John Shepherd
Metair looks to pick up TAB for new lead investment

South Africa-based automotive and energy storage group Metair Investments has launched a EUR300 million ($353m) bid to acquire European lead battery firm Tovarna Akumulatorskih Baterij (TAB).

Metair said the bid is still “in the early stages”— but confirmed it is in exclusive talks that could see it take control of and expand TAB’s international automotive batteries and energy storage business.

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Marubeni plans Li-batteries tie-up with Northvolt

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:26 -- John Shepherd
Marubeni plans Li-batteries tie-up with Northvolt

Japan’s Marubeni Corporation has become the latest Asian player vying for a stake in Europe’s evolving battery cells business through a deal with Swedish lithium-ion firm Northvolt.

Marubeni and Northvolt have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate, in a move that could see the Japanese conglomerate supply LIB manufacturing equipment and raw materials.

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European debut for ESS all-iron flow batteries

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:41 -- John Shepherd
European debut for ESS all-iron flow batteries

All-iron flow batteries from US-based firm Energy Storage Systems’ (ESS) are making their debut in Europe under a contract with German chemicals group BASF.

ESS said two of its 50kw/400kWh ‘Energy Warehouse’ batteries ordered by BASF “set the stage for active market development on the continent”.

 

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