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LIB disposal under fire after landfill blaze and ‘exploding e-cigs’

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Fire chiefs in Scotland have issued a plea for responsible recycling after a lithium-ion battery was suspected of sparking a major blaze at a landfill site in Dunbar.

Fire fighters spent more than 40 hours battling the blaze in a Dunbar building where waste arriving on site is stored before it is landfilled.

More than 300 tonnes of refuse was set alight in last month’s fire— which at its height required 40 fire-fighters and six fire trucks.

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Corvus strengthens portfolio with Grenland acquisition

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Geir Bjørkeli (left) and Roman Stoiber, CEO at Grenland Energy

Corvus Energy Holdings has signed an agreement to acquire all shares in Norwegian maritime battery manufacturer Grenland Energy, to “offer extended and more specialised solutions and services”.

The acquisition will add “lightweight and subsea batteries” to Corvus’ existing portfolio of over 200MWh of “large-scale maritime energy storage systems”. Grenland’s current operations will continue without interruption.

“We knew that Grenland Energy had technology that would accelerate our long-term strategy by complementing and strengthening our product portfolio”, said Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy. “The Grenland team will play a vital role in future R&D programmes within the Corvus family and help shape a hub for leading battery technology.”

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Corvus strengthens portfolio with Grenland acquisition

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Geir Bjørkeli (left) and Roman Stoiber, CEO at Grenland Energy

Corvus Energy Holdings has signed an agreement to acquire all shares in Norwegian maritime battery manufacturer Grenland Energy, to “offer extended and more specialised solutions and services”.

The acquisition will add “lightweight and subsea batteries” to Corvus’ existing portfolio of over 200MWh of “large-scale maritime energy storage systems”. Grenland’s current operations will continue without interruption.

“We knew that Grenland Energy had technology that would accelerate our long-term strategy by complementing and strengthening our product portfolio”, said Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy. “The Grenland team will play a vital role in future R&D programmes within the Corvus family and help shape a hub for leading battery technology.”

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EU launches ‘batteries innovation platform’

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Diego Pavia

Batteries Europe— a technology and innovation platform “to drive research and innovation, knowledge transfer and competitiveness across the European battery value chain”— has been launched by the European Commission.

The move aims to “spur development of battery projects at both pan-EU and national levels”.

The €1 million (US$1.13m) project will be operated on behalf of the Commission by sustainable energy investment firm InnoEnergy, in cooperation with the EuropeanEnergy Research Alliance (EERA) and the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE), and supported by project partners Zabala and Clerens Consulting.

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Alexander Technologies expands in UK to meet demand

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Alexander Technologies Europe has announced expansion plans in order to keep pace with rising demand for its lithium-ion products.

The expansion plans include an additional manufacturing facility in Peterlee, UK, and a “significant investment in its battery and charger manufacturing capabilities.”

CEO Michael Shirley described the expansion plans as “a major investment for the company” which “represent a significant increase to our current footprint, from 16,000 sq. ft. to 40,000 sq. ft.”

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Europe ‘lost edge to China’ in batteries— Saft owner

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Patrick Pouyanné

Europe has “lost its edge” to China in the battery stakes— even before the EU’s proposed Batteries Alliance starts making cells, the boss of the company that owns French batteries firm Saft has said.

Patrick Pouyanné (pictured), the chairman and CEO of oil and gas giant Total, which acquired Saft in 2016, told broadcaster CNBC: “Quite frankly, Europe’s lost its edge, in this area, hasn’t it? The Chinese are now the world leaders in renewable energy.”

Pouyanné said he had spoken to German economy minister Peter Altmaier, who had “talked a lot about batteries, and how he thinks it’s an important direction” in which Europe should go.

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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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Lithium Werks in China giga-investment deal

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

Dutch lithium-ion battery producer Lithium Werks BV has signed a framework agreement to build a 60-hectare battery gigafactory in China’s Yangtze River Delta.

The agreement for the €1.6 billion (US$1.85bn) factory to produce cells for lithium-ion batteries was signed with the Zhejiang Jiashan Economic Development Zone Industry Corporation.

“With our Chinese partners’ help, and as we continue to grow both organically and through acquisitions, we will deliver the energy storage solutions that our customers increasingly ask for as the world transitions to clean energy,” said Lithium Werks chairman Kees Koolen (pictured centre).

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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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