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Varta in second legal action over lithium-ion patent infringements with US suit against Samsung

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 09:57 -- Paul Crompton

German battery company Varta is suing Samsung Electronics America over alleged lithium-ion coin cell patent infringements in the US.

The South Korean battery giant is accused of patent infringements relating to a rechargeable lithium-ion battery in Galaxy Buds earphones including batteries obtained from China’s Eve Energy bearing the part number ICR 1254. 

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Chinese patent infringements spurs Varta to increase annual production of lithium-ion cells by 50 million

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 11:11 -- Paul Crompton

German firm Varta AG is taking legal action against Chinese battery manufacturers for alleged patent infringements on its lithium-ion coin cells.

The German company has made the allegations about Chinese competitors EVE Energy and MIC-Power based in South China's Guangdong Province.

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Rolls-Royce eyes the microgrid market with majority share in ESS firm

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:43 -- Paul Crompton

Luxury car brand Rolls-Royce has upped its interest in German lithium-ion energy storage firm Quinous as turns its focus on the microgrid market.

The firm, which owns German industrial concern Rolls-Royce Power Systems, now holds a 73.1% majority stake in the Berlin-based storage specialist, the companies announced on 15 January.

Image: Andreas Schell (right), CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems Division, and Steffen Heinrich co-founder and co-managing director of Qinous

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Audi and Umicore to recover cobalt and nickel from lithium-ion batteries as they continue to pursue closed loop goal

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:24 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Audi and recyclers Umicore have recovered 90% of the cobalt and nickel from the German car maker’s e-tron battery packs during the test phase of their strategic research project. 

Audi and the Belgian materials technology and recycling firm will now enter the next phase of the plan to cooperate on a closed loop for cobalt and nickel materials. 

The recovered materials will be used in new battery cells.

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AMG starts work on ‘battery grade’ lithium-ion cathode material plant in Germany

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 15:24 -- Paul Crompton

Metals firm AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group aims to build a ‘battery grade’lithium hydroxide refining facility in Germany through its subsidiary AMG Lithium.

The refining plant and AMG Lithium’s state-of-the-art lithium hydroxide and battery materials laboratory in Frankfurt-Hoechst is set to cost up to $60 million.

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BASF and NGK strengthen sodium-sulfur battery partnership with stationary storage JDA

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 13:48 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese ceramics manufacturer NGK Insulators and German BASF New Business (BNB) are expanding their business relationship to develop the next generation of sodium-sulfur batteries.

NGK and BNB, a wholly owned subsidiary of the German chemical company BASF, have entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) to develop sodium-sulfur (NaS) batteries for stationary applications.

Image: Right Dr. Frank Prechtl (BASF New Business) Tatsumi Ichioka (NGK Insulators LTD)

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Lithium-ion battery recycling MoU between SMS Group and Neometals

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 15:31 -- Paul Crompton

Neometals has signed a memorandum of understanding with German firm SMS Group to jointly fund and evaluate research on a lithium-ion battery recycling technology.

SMS has exclusive due diligence period to test Neometal’s recycling technology, which will include the design, manufacture and operation of a two tonne per day demonstration-scale plant at SMS’ sites in Germany and Austria. 

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CATL breaks ground on European gigafactory to streamline lithium-ion battery supply chain

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 15:35 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has broken ground on its German battery manufacturing plant— the first time the company has expanded beyond its China borders.

The company aims to make 14GWh of lithium-ion cells and modules a year by 2022—just four years after the deal was announced during talks in Berlin between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese premier Li Keqiang.

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Firms renew silicon anode strategic partnership for lithium-ion batteries

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 12:21 -- Paul Crompton
Firms renew silicon anode strategic partnership for lithium-ion batteries

Chemicals firm Wacker Chemie has upped its interest in the silicon anode market with the purchase of a 25% stake in UK firm Nexeon.

The German firm has also invested an undisclosed sum into the Oxfordshire company that develops and supplies battery materials for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. 

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Bosch teams up with China’s CATL for 48V battery cells

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 09:27 -- Paul Crompton
Bosch teams up with China’s CATL for 48V battery cells

German technology group Bosch is to work with China battery-making giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) on developing cells for Bosch’s 48V battery systems.

Bosch said the collaboration would see CATL design, develop and manufacture the cells “in accordance with Bosch requirements”.

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