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VW and Northvolt JV plans for EU lithium-ion gigafactory gain momentum

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 15:42 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Volkswagen is investing €450 ($487million) to construct the buildings and infrastructure of a European lithium-ion gigafactory it is developing with its joint venture partner Northvolt.

Construction of the Northvolt Zwei factory in Salzgitter, Germany— close to VW’s existing Center of Excellence for Battery Cells— is due to begin by the close of the year with cell production scheduled for early 2024.

 

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Tesvolt to supply 2MWh of energy storage capacity to Europe’s largest EV charging park

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 14:03 -- Paul Crompton

German manufacturer Tesvolt is supplying 2MWh of its lithium-ion energy storage systems to Europe’s largest electric car charging park in the German state of Hilden.

The ESSs at Kreuz Hilden junction park will deliver power to 114 charging stations, including 40 V3 Tesla Superchargers and 22 fast charging stations from Dutch supplier Fastned with a combined charging power of up to 350kW.

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Battery testing firm Arbin opens European office as it looks to reach new markets

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 16:05 -- Paul Crompton

Battery test equipment specialist Arbin Instruments has opened a dedicated European sales office in Germany to develop closer relationships with existing customers and reach new markets. 

The Munich office is the US firm’s second in the country and comes as Arbin looks to expand in the region and capitalise on the potential of the European market.

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Tesvolt begins first stage of its European lithium-ion ESS manufacturing plant despite Covid-19

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 09:24 -- Paul Crompton

Energy storage manufacturer Tesvolt began semi-automated production of its commercial lithium-ion systems in Wittenberg, Germany, on 1 April

The production process is semi-automated full-cycling, with every battery module fully charged and discharged and checked for anomalies in terms of temperature, voltage and internal resistance.

 

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German project aims to boost EV lithium-ion battery size and manufacturing abilities

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:12 -- Paul Crompton

Researchers at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Germany to bridge the gap from prototype demonstration to industrial mass production of large-format lithium-ion cells.

Launched earlier this month, the ZellkoBatt project will look at reducing the costs of components and digitising manufacturing processes for cells to be used in automotive applications.

The research will include large-format pouch and PHEV-2 cells up to 80Ah and 21700 cylindrical cells.

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BASF announces second European lithium-ion battery materials plant

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 09:58 -- Paul Crompton

Chemicals firm BASF has confirmed the location of its new battery materials production site in Germany as it steps up investment into the European electric vehicle (EV) value chain. 

The state-of-the art plant in Schwarzheide will initially produce enough cathode active materials (CAM) for around 400,000 full electric vehicles per year, says the German conglomerate.

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Industry calls for LIB deposit return scheme in Germany

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 10:23 -- Paul Crompton

A series of major fires at waste recycling facilities has led Germany’s lawmakers to investigate the introduction of a compulsory deposit return scheme for lithium-ion batteries.

The proposal, by Germany’s federal association for disposal, water and raw materials management (BDE), is initially focused on halting the disposal of batteries in discarded toys and electronic devices— but could include electric bikes and cars, BEST Battery Briefing(BBB) understands.

 

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BMZ in lithium joint venture with trucks firm Kion

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 13:54 -- News Editor
BMZ in lithium joint venture with trucks firm Kion

Germany’s BMZ group is teaming up with trucks manufacturer Kion to launch a lithium-ion batteries joint venture.

BMZ said the 50-50 partnership— called Kion Battery Systems— will build a new production facility at BMZ’s existing Karlstein headquarters in Germany and manufacture lithium-ion batteries for industrial trucks in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

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Blackstone Resources forms solid-state team

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 22:23 -- John Shepherd
Blackstone Resources forms solid-state team

Swiss battery metals investor Blackstone Resources said it is forming an international research team that will develop and test “new solid-state battery technologies”.

Blackstone said the team, including “strategic partners” from Germany, Belgium, Poland, Austria, the UK and Switzerland, will form part of its €200 million batteries investment project— which includes plans to build a research centre in the German city of Erfurt.

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Germany selects national battery research factory site

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 17:17 -- John Shepherd
Germany selects national battery research factory site

The German city of Münster has been chosen to host a new national battery production research factory, in the country’s quest to increase its “competitive edge” in the global electrochemical storage technology market.

Federal education and research minister Anja Karliczek said federal and state authorities would invest a total of €700 million (US$790m) in building the centre, in the northwest of the country, following a nationwide competition announced earlier this year.

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