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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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ALABC joins German partners for battery study

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:15 -- Xuan Zhong
ALABC joins German partners for battery study

The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) has joined forces with three German institutes for a study to evaluate DCA and water loss in lead batteries.

The study will focus on testing laboratory cells for standard sized industry electrodes “under real-world application profiles” with partial state of charge conditions, the ALABC said.

 

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German-Chinese JV on lithium-ion technology

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:23 -- News Editor
Germany-Chinese JV on lithium-ion technology

The German enterprise ElringKlinger (EK) has signed a framework agreement on a joint venture (JV) for lithium-ion battery technology with Sichuan Chengfei Integration Technology Co Ltd (CITC) from China.

The JV will focus on the development, production, and distribution of lithium-ion battery modules for the global automotive market in Asia, Europe, and the United States.

 

 

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Lithium-ion reducing diesel use in micro-grid hybrid applications

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 14:03 -- Xuan Zhong

German firm Quinos is to provide its lithium-ion energy storage systems for two hybrid off-grid applications in the coming months.

The company’s ESS will allow micro-grid projects in Chile and Indonesia to curb use of diesel generators while storing renewable energy from solar photovoltaic (PV).

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German energy firm buys into energy storage market

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 14:33 -- Paul Crompton
German energy firm buys into energy storage market

Energy company Innogy SE has bought fellow German large-scale lead-acid energy storage system firm Belectric Solar and Battery. 

The two companies signed the relevant share purchase agreement — believed to be in a high double-digit million Euro range— at the end of August, but completion was only announced on January 3.

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