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Sonnebatterie stakes stronger foothold in US ESS market

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:33 -- Paul Crompton
Sonnebatterie stakes stronger foothold in US ESS market

Germany’s move into the North American energy storage system market is gathering pace as European energy storage provider Sonnebatterie teamed up with US’s Ideal Power.

The pair are set to launch a lithium-ion ESS for the North American commercial market based on a 30kW and 24kWh building block.

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Ees visitors get sneak peek at Solarworld's latest LiFePO4 product

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:27 -- Paul Crompton
Ees visitors get sneak peek at Solarworld's latest LiFePO4 product

Bonn-based SolarWorld launched its second LiFePO4 storage system at this year’s ees exhibition.

The German company's new SunPac LiOn will be available in usable storage from 2 kWh, with the ability to extend modulary in 2 kWh increments up to 10 kWh within one cabinet.

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Germany on cusp of industrial Li-ion batteries production

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:30 -- Paul Crompton
Germany on cusp of industrial Li-ion batteries production

Germany is a step closer to manufacturing PHEV-1 lithium-ion batteries on an industrial scale thanks to the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW).

The institute was able to manufacture automotive Li-ion cells for plug-in hybrid cars - a first for Germany – following the completion of a new research production line in Ulm last December.

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Manz secures $47m in battery deals

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 15:28 -- Laura Varriale
Manz secures $47m in battery deals

Germany-based high-tech manufacturer Manz has received multiple orders from European and Asian companies for lithium-ion battery machinery this month that are worth $47m (€40m) in total.

The orders comprise of lithium-ion batteries production line solutions for electronic devices. Details of the deals remain undisclosed.

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$365m for German battery storage and infrastructure research

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 14:42 -- Laura Varriale
KIT's PV battery storage

The Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) is to set up five new Helmholtz research centres for energy storage and cross-linked infrastructures with a five-year budget of $365m.

Aim of the programme is to close research gaps in the energy storage and smart grids field to meet Germany’s energy turnaround goal, the abolition of coal and other non-renewable energy sources.

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Daimler to expand li-ion battery production capacity

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:30 -- Laura Varriale
Deutsche ACCUmotive

Daimler is to invest €100m ($125m) in its lithium-ion battery system manufacturing subsidiary Deutsche ACCUmotive over the next years.

The subsidiary will produce lithium-ion batteries for new electric versions of Daimler’s Smart cars in 2016 and new Mercedes Benz hybrid models. An expansion of the subsidiary’s manufacturing facility in Kamenz, Germany, is currently under construction and is set to be completed mid-2015, increasing the production space to 20,000 sq. m.

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SK Innovation and Continental end battery JV

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:43 -- Laura Varriale
SK Innovation and Continental end battery partnership

South Korea’s SK Innovation and Germany’s Continental have ended their battery joint venture due to low demand for EVs.

The venture, SK Continental E-motion, was launched in January last year. SK Innovation took charge of supplying battery cells while Continental was responsible for battery control systems.

 

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Tesla considers setting up a battery plant in Germany

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 15:02 -- Laura Varriale
Elon Musk

Tesla is to open up a battery production plant in Germany “within five to six years”, according to the carmaker’s CEO Elon Musk.

In an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel Musk called for more effort in the development of batteries in Germany and criticised the German automotive industry for the lack of technological commitment despite “fulfilling all qualifications for it.”

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Daimler stops li-ion battery production

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 15:21 -- Laura Varriale
Li-Tec plant in Kamenz, Germany

German OEM Daimler’s subsidiary Li-Tec is to cease the production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EV) at its plant in Kamenz, Germany, by the end of 2015.

According to the carmaker, the production of battery cells for electric and hybrid cars is not economical. "Our cells are very good, but at current production figures, far too expensive," Harald Kröger, head of EV research at Daimler, told German media outlet Der Spiegel. "We have realised that a car manufacturer does not have to produce the cells themselves," he added.

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