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Utility plans pioneering underground redox project

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 12:46 -- News Editor
Utility plans pioneering underground redox project

A subsidiary of German utility EWE has unveiled proposals to build “the world’s largest redox flow battery” in the country’s underground former salt mines.

EWE Gasspeicher has teamed up with researchers at Germany’s Friedrich Schiller University in Jena to work on the Brine for Power (B4P) project that involves deploying an electrolyte solution pioneered by the university team.

 

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Monbat moves into lithium-ion with German acquisitions

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:55 -- News Editor
Monbat moves into lithium-ion with German acquisitions

Bulgarian lead-acid battery manufacturer Monbat has moved into the lithium-ion business with the acquisition of German peers Gaia Akkumulatorenwerke and EAS Germany.

The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but Monbat said it had acquired 100% of all tangible and intangible assets of both companies and is merging them into the EAS Batteries business in Nordhausen, northeast Germany.

 

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German car giant builds gigafactory

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:35 -- Xuan Zhong
German car giant builds gigafactory

The casing of a vehicle battery has been laid as the foundation stone for a massive new battery factory being built in Germany. Showing the importance of the €500 ($550) million factory to Germany’s electric car and renewable energy industries, German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the ceremony at Daimler’s subsidiary, ACCUMOTIVE, in Kamenz.

ACCUMOTIVE’s second factory for lithium-ion batteries in the small town, about 25 miles (40km) northeast of Dresden, is scheduled to go into operation mid-2018.

 

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Passive electrolyte circulation doubles SLI Battery life – and wins a prize!

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 09:42 -- Xuan Zhong
Passive electrolyte circulation doubles SLI Battery life – and wins a prize!

IQ Power Licensing, a German “minnow” in the global SLI battery industry, walked away with a coveted “Greentech” award from the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) earlier this month.

The award was for the company’s 360° electrolyte mixing system, which is claimed to avoid acid stratification and increase battery life by a factor of two.

 

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SRG teams up with Germans to test graphite for Li-ion batteries

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:55 -- Xuan Zhong
SRG teams up with Germans to test graphite for Li-ion batteries

Canadian Sama Graphite (SRG) has announced its signature of a consulting agreement with Dorfner ANZAPLAN, a German specialty minerals producer, for advanced graphite test work on the SRG’s Lola Graphite for lithium-ion battery application.

Laboratory work and analysis on the Lola Graphite concentrate is aimed at identifying the optimal procedure for shaping and purification in order to obtain high-purity spherical graphite, suitable for use in lithium-ion battery and technology grade graphite applications.

 

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Germans penetrate lithium separator market

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 11:01 -- Xuan Zhong
Germans penetrate lithium separator market

Treofan, the upcoming German Battery separator company has won its first major supply contract for its TreoPore microporous separator film.

The customer is an unnamed Chinese manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries make for electric buses.

The contract marks the first large-scale entry of a European separator manufacturer into this market, which has been dominated by Japanese producers.

 

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Jungheinrich reveals lithium powered forklift

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 09:20 -- Xuan Zhong
Jungheinrich reveals lithium powered forklift

Jungheinrich, the German industrial vehicle maker has shown 48V lithium-ion technology for 48V forklift truck at a German trade fair.

It features shorter charging times, zero maintenance and a long battery life, with the option of short interim charging times, increasing the availability of electric stackers.

 

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Tesvolt and Samsung SDI to unveil new lithium cell

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:03 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesvolt and Samsung SDI to unveil new lithium cell

German energy storage firm Tesvolt has teamed up with Korean cell manufacturer Samsung SDI on a new high voltage lithium-ion battery.

The battery contains Samsung SDI’s new prismatic lithium cells, which were recently introduced into BMW’s electric cars.

 
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German UPS company to steer flywheel firm after buyout

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 09:17 -- Xuan Zhong

Two powerhouses in the flywheel and uninterruptable power supply (UPS) markets have merged after Active Power was sold to Piller Group.

The German firm’s purchase, which was announced in September but only finalised recently, comes as it angles itself for a greater share of the critical power market.

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German OEM launches US arm of ESS subsidiary

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 10:11 -- Xuan Zhong

German vehicle OEM Daimler is opening an US arm of its energy subsidiary as it looks to break into one of the biggest and most congested energy storage markets in the world.

After founding Mercedes-Benz Energy, based in based in Kamenz/Saxony, Germany, earlier this year.

 
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