A 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Germany’s Litarion has announced its second program with fellow European firm Leclanche to work on a 4.2 MWh lithium-ion operated ferry.
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.
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.
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