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Lithium Australia acquires German lithium project

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:27 -- Xuan Zhong
Lithium Australia acquires German lithium project

Lithium Australia (LIT) is to acquire ownership of Germany’s Sadisdorf lithium project— and plans to take on global battery players rushing to grab a slice of Europe’s future electric vehicles supply chain business.

LIT, which was granted a 133 square-kilometre exploration licence for the Saxony site earlier this year, will acquire the lithium/tin project from Germany’s Tin International subject to regulatory approvals.

 

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Akasol IPO to expand battery investments

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 09:29 -- John Shepherd
Akasol IPO to expand battery investments

German battery manufacturer Akasol is preparing for an initial public offering (IPO)— and has its sights set on acquisitions buoyed by “strong growth” in the electric vehicle (EV) market. 

The Darmstadt-based company, incorporated just 10 years ago, said its lithium-ion battery systems business has already amassed orders worth EUR1.45 billion ($1.7bn) through to 2024, with clients including Daimler, Alstom, Bombardier and Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

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German research to ‘safeguard future’ of lead-acid

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 08:57 -- John Shepherd
German research to ‘safeguard future’ of lead-acid

The German government is backing research in the country designed to help “safeguard the future of lead-acid batteries”.

Goals of the AddESun project include helping the lead industry to achieve “more sustainable production, improved charging behaviour, longer service life and higher power density”.

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VW confirms plan for battery cells pilot plant

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:23 -- John Shepherd
VW confirms plan for battery cells pilot plant

Volkswagen has told BBB it will build a pilot manufacturing plant for battery cells in Germany as part of a new corporate “centre of excellence”.

The pilot facility, on which work is expected to start by 2019, will be incorporated with an existing VW plant in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony, a VW spokesperson confirmed.

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Continental silent on battery options amid ‘structural review’

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Continental silent on battery options amid ‘structural review’

German automotive manufacturer Continental is staying silent on potential moves to further develop its battery systems business.

CEO Dr Elmar Degenhart told the company’s annual shareholders' meeting Continental’s entire organisational structure was under review while the firm “tested suitable scenarios”.

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German components firm to start battery production for new ‘solar car’

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:26 -- Xuan Zhong
German components firm to start battery production for new ‘solar car’

German automotive components firm ElringKlinger is to launch its first battery production facility after clinching a deal worth “several hundred million euros”.

ElringKlinger told BBB the fully-automated facility had been planned for some time and would be “primarily used” to develop and produce modular lithium-ion battery systems for “fully-electric” solar vehicles under a contract awarded by Germany’s Sono Motors.

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BMZ ‘secures cells supply’ with LG Chem deal

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:13 -- Xuan Zhong
BMZ ‘secures cells supply’ with LG Chem deal

German lithium-ion battery developer and producer BMZ has signed a long-term battery cells supply deal with South Korea’s LG Chem.

BMZ said the contract covered supplies of “over a few hundred million cells” by the end of 2022 for products in the electro mobility and energy storage markets. 

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JCI expands AGM manufacture in Germany

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:05 -- Xuan Zhong
JCI expands AGM manufacture in Germany

Johnson Controls International (JCI) is to expand manufacturing of its advanced glass mat batteries in Germany.

The US-based battery giant said the move was needed to meet a new contract for its Power Solutions division to supply AGM truck batteries to European original equipment production plants and aftermarket service centres for MAN Truck and Bus.

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Li batteries focus of new German research pact

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 09:42 -- Xuan Zhong
Li batteries focus of new German research pact

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is to work with the Technical University of Braunschweig, in northern Germany, on a joint research programme into applications for batteries in the automotive and aviation sectors.

A DLR spokesperson told BBB the “initial strong focus” of research would be on lithium-ion technology— but that both partners are already studying lithium sulfur batteries and this would “contribute” to their joint work.

 

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German-Chinese joint venture for hybrid batteries

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:13 -- Xuan Zhong
German-Chinese joint venture for hybrid batteries

German automotive manufacturer Continental has confirmed plans to launch a battery production joint venture with China’s Sichuan Chengfei Integration Technology (CITC).

Continental said the partnership is expected to start producing 48-volt mild hybrid lithium-ion battery systems in China, by the middle of this year, targeting the European, North American and Asian electric vehicle markets.

 

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