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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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Total and Groupe PSA launch joint venture to develop 48GWh European lithium-ion battery production supply chain

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 15:59 -- Paul Crompton

French fossil fuel firm Total plans to build pilot battery manufacturing facilities in Europe combining the knowledge of its lithium-ion battery making arm Saft and vehicle OEM Groupe PSA.

The partners intend to establish a joint venture named Automotive Cell Company (ACC) with the goal of producing electric vehicle batteries starting in 2023.

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Multi-national project aims to take the vanadium out of flow batteries

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:32 -- Paul Crompton

Basque research centre CIC energiGUNE is leading a European-wide project to develop next generation redox organic flow batteries. 

The project aims to demonstrate that organic flow batteries can be a sustainable alternative to vanadium batteries, a material included in the list of critical raw materials by the European Commission.

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Battery maker Varta buys back its consumer brand amid EC competition concerns

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 14:44 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Varta has bought back Europe-based Varta Consumer Batteries 18 years after selling it to US company Rayovac Corporation (latterly Spectrum Brands) for $262 million.

The German manufacturer completed the buy out of the company for an enterprise value of €180 million ($200 million) from US-based Energizer Holdings subject to a closing balance sheet to be prepared on the closing date. 

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Bank extends loan to LG Chem as it forges ahead with European lithium-ion gigafactory plans

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 15:57 -- Paul Crompton

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has extended a long-term loan of €250 million ($275 million) to support the construction of Korean battery maker LG Chem’s European lithium-ion gigafactory.

The company is set to build a battery production plant in Wrocław in western Poland in three phases.

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Firm reveals plans for Africa’s first lithium-ion gigafactory to supply the energy storage and EV markets

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 12:56 -- Paul Crompton

With a raw battery materials supply to rival anywhere in the world, Africa seems the perfect place to build a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant, yet North America, Europe and Asia have been the locations of choice— until now.

The Megamillion Energy Company aims to be Africa’s first large-scale producer of lithium-ion batteries and plans to build a 32GWh per year facility by 2028 for both the energy storage and electric vehicle markets.

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Lead-acid operator Metair selects Romania for first LIB line

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:14 -- Paul Crompton
South Africa, Metair Investments, Europe, lead–acid, lithium-ion, battery, Romania.

South Africa-based Metair Investments, whose group includes European lead–acid operations, is to commission its first lithium-ion battery production line in Romania.

Managing director of the automotive and energy storage group, Theo Loock, said the facility would be commissioned at the end of November, but he gave no details of the line’s production capacity or exact location.

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‘Frustration’ leads team to solid-state Li breakthough

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:17 -- Paul Crompton
Student solid state batteries © Lunghammer - TU Graz

European scientists have made a breakthrough in developing a solid-state electrolyte they claim has the same conductivity levels as liquid.

The team from Graz University of Technology, the Technical University of Munich and Belgian university UCLouvain, have developed a crystalline ionic conductor, which exhibits high lithium-ion mobility.

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EU-US firms ink deal for 100MWh Slovakia battery plant

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 12:33 -- Paul Crompton
EU-US firms ink deal for 100MWh Slovakia battery plant

European battery maker InoBat and US materials firm Wildcat Discovery Technologies have signed a deal that paves the way for a 100MWh battery production line to be built in Slovakia.

Construction on the €100 million (US$111m) plant in the Danube Valley is expected to begin in the first half of next year, with the first batteries ready for distribution around 18 months later.

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Savannah eyes batteries market in bid for Portugal mine ownership

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 10:22 -- John Shepherd
Savannah CEO David Archer

Commodities developer Savannah Resources has said it will become the sole owner of Portugal’s Mina do Barroso lithium project in Portugal through an all-share offer valued at around US$11.9 million.

The UK-based developer, which already owns 75% of the project, said full ownership would “provide greater exposure of Europe’s most significant spodumene lithium deposit” as it’s developed and commercialised.

Savannah’s CEO David Archer (pictured) said the move was being made at a time when “legislators and battery end users in the region have come to appreciate the need for Europe to have domestic sources of battery raw materials as the region seeks to reduce emissions from the transport sector via the transition to electric vehicles (EVs)”.

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