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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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Sweden to be nexus of EU-Asia battery future?

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 19:59 -- Xuan Zhong
Sweden to be nexus of EU-Asia battery future?

Chinese private capital firm GSR Capital is ramping up its ambitions to become a key player in European EV battery production with plans for a manufacturing plant in Sweden.

GSR is to build the battery facility at Trollhättan, 75km north of Gothenburg, on land adjacent to Swedish electric vehicle producer NEVS— in which GSR will also invest $500 million.

 

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Now China’s CATL ‘makes play for EU expansion’

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 12:13 -- Xuan Zhong
Now China’s CATL ‘makes play for EU expansion’

Chinese battery giant CATL is reportedly on the lookout for a site in Europe to manufacture lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicle market, after becoming a supplier for Volkswagen cars built in China.

According to Bloomberg, CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Co) “is close to” deciding on a site in either Germany, Hungary or Poland to build what would be its first overseas automotive battery manufacturing plant.

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BMZ eyes Japan tie-up for cell production

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:25 -- John Shepherd
BMZ eyes Japan tie-up for cell production

German lithium-ion battery developer and producer BMZ is considering partnering with a Japanese company to launch a battery cell production plant in Europe, BBB can reveal.

BMZ founder and managing director Sven Bauer (pictured) said the move is a “serious option” for the company “and makes sense”, as it seeks to widen its supply chain and production capabilities.

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Report counts cost of fake batteries

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:10 -- John Shepherd
Report counts cost of fake batteries

Counterfeit batteries are costing legitimate manufacturers in the EU around EUR180 million ($221m) in lost business every year, according to a new report.

The study, from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), said counterfeit batteries mostly affect the vehicle sector, but are also found in the mobile phone market.

 

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GS Yuasa to expand lithium business with Hungary plant

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:38 -- John Shepherd
GS Yuasa to expand lithium business with Hungary plant

Japan-based lead-acid company GS Yuasa is expanding its push into the lithium battery business by building a EUR3.5 million ($4.2m) manufacturing plant in Hungary.

Hungary’s government is backing the project in the city of Miskolcz, in northeastern Hungary, with a non-repayable grant worth around $1.8m. Construction work is set to start next month.

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Korean battery makers line up in Europe

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:15 -- News Editor
Korean battery makers line up in Europe

Further evidence of a Korean “land grab” of future European EV markets came last week with SK Innovation's announcement that it plans to invest around KRW1 trillion ($920 million) to build an electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Hungary and to expand production facilities for EV batteries in South Korea.

The battery maker said it would set aside KRW840 billion for the Hungary plant, which it will start building in February. By 2020, the plant will be capable of producing 7.5GWh of batteries each year.

 

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redT energy storage wins Europe, Asia contracts

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 09:30 -- News Editor
redT energy storage wins Europe, Asia contracts

UK-based energy storage firm redT said it has signed “initial” deals to supply 12 energy storage units using vanadium redox flow technology to firms in Europe and Southeast Asia.

This company declined to give details of the contracts, but said the deals pave the way for redT to potentially supply a total of more than 300 energy storage units in the regions.

 

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‘EU needs Airbus-style consortium’ for batteries

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 09:51 -- News Editor
‘EU needs Airbus-style consortium’ for batteries

The EU’s energy chief has called for the creation of a Europe-wide consortium to support the battery industry— to prevent the EU “falling behind” in the race with China and other nations to power electric vehicles (EVs).

Maroš Šefčovič (pictured), the European Commission vice-president responsible for the ‘EU energy union’, said the bloc should invest in an “Airbus for batteries”— a consortium that he said could do for batteries what the European multinational does for the aircraft industry.

 

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