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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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German ‘infrastructure failures could hit batteries’

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:10 -- John Shepherd
German ‘infrastructure failures could hit batteries’

Germany must tackle infrastructure “failures” that are impeding the take-up of electric vehicles— and risk hitting the development of the EV batteries sector, according to an industry body chief.

The president of the German Federal Association for e-Mobility, Kurt Sigl (pictured), told last week’s Battery Experts Forum in Aschaffenburg progress in developing “e-mobility” in the country was plain “bad”.

 

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Daimler-BAIC to build Beijing battery and car plant as Geely takes Daimler stake

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Daimler-BAIC to build Beijing battery and car plant as Geely takes Daimler stake

German auto giant Daimler is investing in a second battery and car production plant in Beijing with its Chinese state-owned automobile partner BAIC.

Daimler told BBB the companies would jointly invest more than CNY11.9 billion ($1.9bn) in the new facility at their Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC) joint venture making lithium-ion batteries and “high-quality premium vehicles” for Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz brand.

 

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Enel partnership to build battery storage in Germany

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:14 -- Xuan Zhong
Enel partnership to build battery storage in Germany

Plans to build a 22MW lithium-ion battery storage plant online in Germany in April have been announced by the renewables subsidiary of Italian energy giant Enel.

Enel Green Power (EGP) has signed a contract with German wind developer Enertrag and Swiss battery maker Leclanché to build and operate the lithium-ion battery in Cremzow.

 

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Battery storage project boost for Bavaria

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:06 -- John Shepherd
Battery storage project boost for Bavaria

Germany’s mountainous Allgäu region in Bavaria has switched on its “first large-scale battery storage system”.

The StoraXe lithium-ion grid-balancing battery system supplied by ADS-TEC has been installed in the remote community of Bruck, adjacent to a hydroelectric power plant that serves the region run by utility Allgäuer Kraftwerke.

 

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German battery chiefs warn EU over Giga cash dash for lithium

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:21 -- John Shepherd
German battery chiefs warn EU over Giga cash dash for lithium

Battery industry leaders in Germany say there is currently “no business case” for “politically-inspired” plans by the European Union to build at least 10 Gigafactories across the bloc for lithium-based batteries.

EU energy chief Maroš Šefčovič said last week the Gigafactories would be needed to produce “green European batteries” for new electric vehicles produced in Europe— and to combat Asia’s increasing dominance in the EV batteries sector.

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Australia’s Magnis takes 45% stake in German battery venture

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:09 -- Xuan Zhong
Australia’s Magnis takes 45% stake in German battery venture

Australian graphite producer Magnis Resources is to hold a 45% stake in a new company building a 30GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Germany.

Plans to build the gigafactory in the state of North Rhine Westphalia were unveiled last year, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding by Magnis in a public-private partnership with WIN Emscher-Lipper— a consortium of firms including energy and chemicals companies, government agencies and financial institutions.

 

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German grid-balancing battery goes online

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:24 -- John Shepherd
German grid-balancing battery goes online

A new 2.5MW lithium-ion grid-balancing battery system has gone online in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.

Public utility Wind to Gas Energy (WGE) said the StoraXe storage system, with a power output of 2.5MWh, was connected to the grid in Brunsbüttel and will also assist research into smart grid functionality.

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BYD invites Germany to ‘test drive’ LiFePO4 batteries

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:15 -- John Shepherd
BYD invites Germany to ‘test drive’ LiFePO4 batteries

Chinese battery giant BYD is inviting towns and cities in Germany to ‘test drive’ a fleet of new electric buses powered by the company’s LiFePO4 batteries.

The initiative is in partnership with Bavarian-based e-storage specialist Fenecon, which said the batteries give the buses “a range of about 300 kilometres travelling up to 70km per hour on a full load time of about five hours”.

 

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