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Is a European petrol and diesel powered vehicle ban in sight?

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 09:47 -- Xuan Zhong

European ban on fossil-fuel powered vehicles has gained further momentum after Germany’s Bundesrat voted to ban petrol and diesel powered vehicles by 2030.

Although not binding, the resolution passed by the Bundesrat (the federal council of all 16 German states) calls on the European Commission to evaluate how member states are promoting zero emission vehicles.

 
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Daimler adds to its battery capability

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 10:14 -- Xuan Zhong

Daimler has started construction of its second battery factory in Kamenz with an investment of €500million ($547.3million) and it is claimed to be one of the largest in Europe.

The new production facility is planned to start operations in the middle of 2018. The area of about 20 hectares is located in immediate proximity of the existing battery factory in Kamenz, about 50 kilometers from Dresden.

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European cartel fined for decade of lead battery price fixing

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 15:52 -- Paul Crompton
European cartel fined for decade of lead battery price fixing

A lead battery ‘cartel’ has been fined almost €4million ($4.5million) for price fixing during a ten year period in Belgium.

The six firms admitted their part in the cartel following the Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Authority inquiry.

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Younicos Li-ion BESS to give German grid black start back-up

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:40 -- Paul Crompton
Younicos Li-ion BESS to give German grid black start back-up

Europe’s first commercial battery park will provide regional grid black-start back-up, the first time a stationary battery storage system has been able to do so in Germany. 

In 2014, German energy storage systems developer Younicos installed the 5MW lithium-ion battery plant at Schwerin-Lankow for energy and natural gas utility WEMAG.

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Custom Li-ion firm signs European distribution deal

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:31 -- Paul Crompton
Custom Li-ion firm signs European distribution deal

Custom lithium battery pack design and manufacturing firm Steatite Limited, has signed a European distribution agreement with large format lithium-ion manufacturer Beckett Energy Systems (BES).

UK firm Steatite will now provide BES’s 24Vdc lithium-ion battery pack module, for energy storage and remote power applications in Marine and Defence Markets.

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Skeleton Technologies launches 4500 farad ultracapacitor series

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 09:31 -- Paul Crompton
Skeleton Technologies launches 4500 farad ultracapacitor series

European firm Skeleton Technologies’ is closer to reaching it 20Wh/kg goal with the launch of an ultracapacitor range utilising graphene to boost energy density.

The patented graphene material boosts the capacitance of the SkelCap 4500 series to 4500 farads.

The series has been designed for mass-market applications and meets the industry standard of a 60 mm diameter cylindrical cell.

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Europe's ees and Intersolar gets bigger and better

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:13 -- Paul Crompton
Europe's ees and Intersolar gets bigger and better

With an expected 40,000 visitors and more than 1,000 exhibitors to ees and Intersolar Europe, the ees exhibition weighs in as the continent’s largest exhibition for batteries and energy storage.

The 326 exhibitors are expected to present innovative energy storage systems, in an ees Europe exhibition space that is five times bigger than last year.

Host country Germany is heavily represented with 66 exhibitors on the ees side, followed by China and the UK.

Ees also hosted its inaugural conference this year with 229 speakers on photovoltaics and energy storage.

Read the full report of EES in the summer issue of Best. Make sure you have a paid subscription to receive your copy.

Ease elects Klaus Petter Röttgen as president

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 12:56 -- Laura Varriale
Klaus Peter Röttgen

The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) has named Klaus Peter Röttgen, head of E.ON Innovation Center Energy Storage, as new president of the organisation.

Röttgen had been vice president of EASE since 2011. He took over the presidential role from Bernard Delpech, director of shared services of EDF R&D. At E.ON, Röttgen focuses on pumped storage plants, electric storage, power-to-gas and thermal energy storage.

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JCI in European battery technology collaboration

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:34 -- Ruth Williams
To seal the deal

Johnson Controls and Fraunhofer Institute have entered into an agreement for developing lithium-ion batteries for vehicles.

R&D staff from JCI will work with the Fraunhofer's Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) and its Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM). Under the agreement the group will investigate technologies and thermal management strategies for lithium-ion battery packs.

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