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Start-up Verkor plans to develop France’s second gigafactory

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 15:23 -- Paul Crompton

Battery start-up Verkor is set to increase European battery cell production with  a16GWh lithium-ion gigafactory in an as yet undisclosed location in France. 

With support of EIT Energy, Schneider Electric and the IDEC Group, the new venture will produce low-carbon batteries in France to help meet the increasing demand for electric vehicles (EVs) and battery energy stationary storage (BESS).

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UK lithium-ion gigafactory developer Britishvolt inks MoU with Welsh government

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 11:09 -- Paul Crompton

The UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory has moved a step closer to reality with a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between manufacturer Britishvolt and the Welsh government.

It is the first time a location has been officially announced for the firm’s planned 30GWh gigafactory, which will produce lithium-ion cylindrical and pouch cells primarily to the electric vehicle market.

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Freyr secures $13 million financing to build Norway’s first lithium-ion gigafactory

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 10:23 -- Paul Crompton

Norwegian firm Freyr has secured NOK 130 million ($13 million) of pre-construction financing to build the country’s first lithium-ion battery cell facility.

The cash will be used to complete the design and technology selection process and enable the development of a 2GWh Fast Track battery cell manufacturing plant in the town of Mo i Rana, Rana municipality. 

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Loan paves way to lithium-ion production line in Slovakia as gigafactory plans move forward

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:21 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery maker InoBat Auto has secured investment to fund the development of a 100MWh R&D centre and production line in Slovakia.

The €10 million ($11 million) loan from European organisation CEZ Group —a conglomerate of 96 companies— comes as the Slovakian battery maker progresses plans to build a 10GWh gigafactory to supply the electric vehicle market.

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Tesla signs three-year pricing and purchase volume deal with battery cell maker Panasonic

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 11:17 -- Paul Crompton

Tesla has signed a three-year pricing deal with Japan’s Panasonic Corp relating to the manufacture and supply of 2170 lithium-ion battery cells manufactured at its gigafactory in Nevada, US.

The electric vehicle and energy storage system maker made the announcement on 10 June.

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UK lithium-ion gigafactory a step closer with MOU and new strategy officer

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 10:24 -- Paul Crompton

The site of the UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory is rumoured to be in Wales as AMTE Power and Britishvolt commit to exploring the development of the facility.

The UK-based companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate building the ‘GigaPlant’, which would deliver cells for automotive and energy storage applications.

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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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