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Plans to build lithium-ion and lithium-sulfur gigafactory in Norway are underway

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 13:10 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Morrow Batteries— a joint venture between Graphene Batteries and Agder Energy Ventures— has announced plans to establish a gigafactory in Norway. 

Work on the 32GWh factory, which will consist of four equal modules of 8GWh, is expected to begin next year with the first section planned to be ready in 2024.

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China lithium-ion battery maker reveals plans for 5GWh plant in the country

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 10:53 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese battery producer Jiangsu Pylontech has announced plans for a 5GWh a year lithium-ion battery production plant in China’s southeast Jiangsu province.

Pylontech, a subsidiary of Chinese telecom operator ZTE, that mainly produces lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries expects the plant to be completed in three phases by the end of 2022.

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Amte Power and Britishvolt sign MoU for UK’s landmark battery gigafactories

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 13:31 -- Paul Crompton

UK battery maker Amte Power and Britishvolt announce plans on 20 May to build the UK’s first lithium-ion battery cell gigafactories servicing the automotive and energy storage markets.

The British start-ups have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) focussed on enabling the scalable production of lithium-ion batteries to support the UK’s Road to Zero (at least half 50% of new car sales to be ultra low emission by 2030) targets and transition to electrification. 

Britishvolt aims to add to Amte’s 1GWh manufacturing plant plants with a 30GWh factory.

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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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Europe’s hopes of a lithium-ion gigafactory boosted with an EIB loan

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 16:16 -- Paul Crompton

LG Chem Group’s ambitions to build a lithium-ion gigafactory in Europe has been boosted with a €480 million ($518 million) loan agreement from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

LG Chem Wroclaw Energy, a subsidiary of the South Korean firm, finalised the loan on 26 March as it bids to extend production at its factory on its industrial site in south-west Poland.

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LG Chem lithium-ion battery supply shortage causes halt to electric vehicle manufacturing

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 14:40 -- Paul Crompton

A shortage of lithium-ion batteries from LG Chem’s European gigafactory forced luxury vehicle OEM Jaguar to halt production of its I-Pace electric car.

Jaguar was unable to secure enough batteries from the Korean firm’s Poland factory to continue production of its £61,000 SUV at a factory in Graz, Austria, for a week from 10 February.

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Japanese JV aims to close the circle with lithium-ion battery recycling plant in India

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 09:53 -- Paul Crompton

Automotive Electronics Power— a joint venture of Suzuki, Toshiba, and Denso — is planning to build a lithium-ion battery recycling plant in India to compliment the gigafactory it plans to develop in the country.

The company aims to build a recycling facility capable of recovering metals such as lithium, cobalt, nickel, and manganese from used lithium-ion batteries.

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Tesla and Glencore remain tight-lipped over cobalt supply deal for China gigafactory

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:55 -- Paul Crompton

Electric vehicle OEM Tesla has been in talks with Glencore in a bid to secure a cobalt supply chain for lithium-ion battery packs used at its China gigafactory, according to reports.

Swiss firm Glencore has been in negotiations for a long-term contract to ship cobalt to Tesla’s electric-vehicle factory in Shanghai, according to news outlet Bloomberg.

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Gigafactory firm Northvolt to deploy lithium-ion ESS to charge electric vehicles

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 09:41 -- Paul Crompton

Swedish firms Northvolt and Mälarenergi have partnered to deploy a 220kW/320kWh lithium-ion energy storage system to power an electric vehicle charging station in their home country.

Gigafactory developer Northvolt will deliver the lithium-ion battery system based around its Voltrack modular battery system in Västerås, Sweden.    

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Firm reveals plans for Africa’s first lithium-ion gigafactory to supply the energy storage and EV markets

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 12:56 -- Paul Crompton

With a raw battery materials supply to rival anywhere in the world, Africa seems the perfect place to build a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant, yet North America, Europe and Asia have been the locations of choice— until now.

The Megamillion Energy Company aims to be Africa’s first large-scale producer of lithium-ion batteries and plans to build a 32GWh per year facility by 2028 for both the energy storage and electric vehicle markets.

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