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World’s first test bench using CT surveillance on lithium-ion batteries is opened in Europe

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 17:15 -- Paul Crompton

Climatic chamber maker Weiss Technik has developed a test bench for lithium-ion batteries that aims to improve the safety, durability and performance of batteries as well as inform the development of EU-standards.

Developed at its German headquarters, the testing facility at the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Petten, the Netherlands, will enable researchers to use computer tomography (CT) images during battery operation. 

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BASF breaks ground on second plant as it positions itself as Europe’s key lithium-ion cathode supplier

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 11:02 -- Paul Crompton

Chemical firm BASF has broken ground on its cathode active materials production plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, less than a year after announcing the project.

The plant is scheduled to start making enough materials for 400,000 full electric vehicles per year in 2022 as part of BASF’s investment plan in the European battery materials market.

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German batteries act amendment

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 11:58 -- Paul Crompton

The German Bundestag is expected to pass a ‘batteries collection’ bill in September intended to level the playing field and includes new requirements from the Waste Framework Directive.

The German cabinet has drafted changes to the German Batteries Act and the German Federal Council has, with changes, approved the amendment. 

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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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