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Akasol launches Li battery systems plant for buses

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:16 -- Xuan Zhong
Akasol launches Li battery systems plant for buses

German battery manufacturer Akasol has launched production of its high-performance lithium-ion systems for commercial vehicles at its new EUR10 million ($11.7m) plant in Langen, near Frankfurt.

Akasol started production on 16 November at the 600MWh capacity facility. The company said it has already secured contracts to supply its battery systems for 10,000 buses being built by two European bus manufacturers in the next few years.

 

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Daimler, Mitsui in 2nd life Li-ion cash boost

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 10:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Daimler, Mitsui in 2nd life Li-ion cash boost

German carmaker Daimler AG and Japanese chemicals firm Mitsui & Co., Ltd., are investing in moves to ramp up the development of second use lithium-ion battery storage.

Daimler said it is acquiring a minority stake in German energy services company, The Mobility House AG (TMH), while Mitsui confirmed it too has “made an investment”.

 

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Next-gen redox-flow study launched

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:52 -- News Editor
Next-gen redox-flow study launched

A European Union-backed research project to develop materials for next-generation redox-flow battery systems has been launched in Germany.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (FICT) is coordinating the ‘FlowCamp’ project, launched towards the end of last month, to develop materials for three next-generation redox-flow battery systems— hydrogen-bromine, aqueous organic and zinc-air flow battery systems.

 

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Leclanché batteries to power EV fast-charging partnership

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 09:45 -- News Editor
Leclanché batteries to power EV fast-charging partnership

Switzerland-based energy storage firm Leclanché is teaming up with a Dutch company on a pilot batteries project aimed at creating a network of energy-efficient electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations across Europe.

Leclanché said it will initially develop a battery storage system “using large-format lithium-ion batteries” at two unnamed locations for Fastned— which already operates 63 fast charging EV stations it has built in the Netherlands.

 

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VW unveils $60bn batteries investment plan

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:01 -- News Editor
VW unveils $60bn batteries investment plan

Volkswagen has announced plans to invest more than EUR50 billion ($60bn) in battery cells and related technology, towards the electrification of its entire model portfolio by 2030 “at the latest”.

CEO Matthias Mueller (pictured) said the group has already launched a global tender process to find manufacturing partners in China, Europe and North America— as VW will “need more than 150GWh of lithium-ion battery capacity annually by 2025 for its own e-fleet alone”.

 

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Magnis wins fresh gigafactory deals

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:47 -- News Editor
Magnis wins fresh gigafactory deals

Australian graphite producer Magnis Resources is to supply raw materials to the German start-up behind plans to build two gigafactories in Europe.

Magnis said it has signed a deal with TerraE Holding GmbH, which recently formed a consortium of 17 (now 18) major companies and research institutions – and plans a total of 34GWh of production capacity across two lithium-ion battery cell production plants in Germany.

 

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German battery park triples capacity

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:33 -- News Editor
German battery park triples capacity

Europe’s first commercial battery storage park has tripled in size to a capacity of 15 MWh, German energy storage systems developer Younicos has announced.

Younicos, which installed the first-phase Schwerin 1 lithium-ion battery plant at Schwerin-Lankow in Germany in 2014, said the second phase of the project – Schwerin 2 – has expanded the facility from the 5 MWh originally available on commissioning of the site in 2014.

 

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Jungheinrich hails largest lithium-ion contract

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 09:27 -- News Editor
Jungheinrich hails largest lithium-ion contract

Forklift truck and battery manufacturer Jungheinrich has received an order for more than 1,000 lithium-ion vehicles.

The German firm hails it as “the largest order ever awarded for vehicles fitted with lithium-ion batteries anywhere in the world”.

 

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Another ‘gigafactory’ for Europe?

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:55 -- News Editor
Another ‘gigafactory’ for Europe?

New German company TerraE Holding GmbH has formed a consortium of 17 major companies and research institutions – and plans to construct two large-scale lithium-ion battery cell production plants in the country.

CEO Holger Gritzka (pictured) says the factories will be operated as “foundries”, meaning that TerraE Holding GmbH will build and operate them, and produce lithium-ion cells according to customers’ specifications.

 

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EFB takes the European start stop market as Moll announces new partnership

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 09:18 -- News Editor
EFB takes the European start stop market as Moll announces new partnership

Moll, the family-owned lead battery maker based in Germany, with notable up market customers including Porsche, has announced a strategic partnership with Metair - the Johannesburg-listed automotive supplier which already owns European battery maker Rombat in Romania and Mutlu in Turkey.

Moll also has a partnership with Chaowei in China which commenced in 2014 and the German firm has already supplied 4 million batteries to that nation.

 

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