Germany’s Litarion has announced its second program with fellow European firm Leclanche to work on a 4.2 MWh lithium-ion operated ferry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
There will be no Tesla-style lithium battery manufacturing projects in Germany, according to German mechanical engineering association Verband Deutscher Maschinen- and Anlagenbauer (VDMA).
Peter Haan, spokesperson of VDMA battery production and head of business development OEM industries at Siemens, said at World of Energy Solutions conference in Stuttgart, Germany, that the country is able to manufacture battery cells entirely with production technology “made in Germany”, but lacks big projects.