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Imerys strengthens grip on lithium-ion materials market

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 09:46 -- Xuan Zhong
Imerys strengthens grip on lithium-ion materials market

French minerals company Imerys Graphite & Carbon has strengthened its international grip on the lithium-ion materials market with a buy-out of a Japanese company.

The firm has obtained graphite surface treatment technology after buying Japanese company Nippon Power Graphite (NPG), which held a patented Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) coating technology.

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Say bonjour to grid-scale organic flow battery applications

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 09:30 -- Xuan Zhong

A French company has designed, assembled and tested a 10 kW organic redox flow battery prototype for renewable, smart and micro-grid applications.

Kemwatt’s non-corrosive organic RFB required two years of development from the Rennes based start-up.

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Saft to replace substation lead-acid batteries with nickel cadmium

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 09:26 -- Xuan Zhong

Battery maker Saft has been awarded the contract to supply its maintenance-free nickel cadmium backup battery systems to Brazil’s capital city.

The French firm will replace existing lead-acid batteries at all 34 of Brazilian power utility CEB (Companhia Energetica de Brasilia) distribution substations serving Brasilia.

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SAFT technology to power France’s biggest battery storage system

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 10:39 -- Paul Crompton
SAFT technology to power Frances biggest battery storage system

France’s largest battery storage system will use lithium-ion batteries to integrate renewable power generation on the grid.

Battery manufacturer Saft is supplying its Intensium® Max 2MW/1.3 MWh battery system to the Venteea project, which was officially launched on June 5.

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Areva and Schneider Electric partner for flow battery storage

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:29 -- Laura Varriale
Areva's Greenenergy box

France’s nuclear and renewables company Areva and critical power supplier Schneider Electric have teamed up for the development of a flow battery storage solution.

The project, funded by the European Union, is aimed to optimise an existing 50kW flow battery prototype made by EnStorage to a 150kW demonstration module. The new energy storage solution will be designed to generate and store electricity from renewable energy by combining hydrobromic acid and hydrogen.

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EV sales rocket in France

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:21 -- Ruth Williams
The Renault Zoe

Sales of electric vehicles rose by 55% last year in France with a total of 8770 vehicles sold. 

The best selling model was the Renault Zoe, sales of which reached 5511, or a 62.8% share of the EV market. The figures are up from 5663 EVs in 2012. 

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