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Portugal looks to lithium

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Jorge Seguro Sanches

Portugal is set to offer licences for the exploration of lithium in the country in a bid to grab a share of the lucrative battery materials supply market for electric vehicles.

Energy secretary Jorge Seguro Sanches said in an interview with Reuters the country would launch a call for tenders for the licences “by the end of the year”.

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New Delhi plans ‘India first’ policy to protect battery industry

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 09:45 -- Xuan Zhong
New Delhi plans ‘India first’ policy to protect battery industry

India’s government is planning a policy shake-up to “incentivise” battery manufacturing in the country, the country’s minister of state for power and new & renewable energy has told industry leaders. 

Raj Kumar Singh (pictured) told a meeting of Indian electric vehicle and battery manufacturing chiefs he could introduce “Make in India” legislation— to ensure only batteries produced in the country are used for government contracts related to the expanding EVs and energy storage market.

 

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Jordan ‘backs new energy storage plan’

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:21 -- John Shepherd
Jordan ‘backs new energy storage plan’

Jordan’s government has reportedly agreed on proposals for a $40 million battery facility to push forward the country’s energy storage ambitions.

The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with 23 international firms and consortia to build a battery storage facility with a capacity of “at least” 30MW, according to The Jordan Times.

 

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EVs prompt battery-recycling need in China

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:29 -- News Editor
EVs prompt battery-recycling need in China

Chinese authorities are reportedly preparing new policies for the recycling of batteries due to the rapidly-expanding new energy vehicle (NEV) market— the EV and hybrid electric vehicle sector.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is expected to roll out policies to clarify industrial standards and regulate battery recycling this year, according to China’s state Xinhua News Agency.

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Carmakers warn India of Li-battery “challenges”

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:05 -- Xuan Zhong
Carmakers warn India of Li-battery “challenges”

India’s government has been urged to be “technology neutral” in supporting the country’s nascent electric vehicle (EV) sector— and not to back lithium-ion batteries exclusively.

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), which represents vehicle and vehicular engine manufacturers, said warned ministers “there are also challenges in developing charging infrastructure, lithium mining, low cost batteries and disposal of discarded lithium batteries”.

 

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Moixa wins new battery project funding

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:58 -- Xuan Zhong
Moixa wins new battery project funding

UK-based residential energy storage firm Moixa has been awarded GBP267,750 ($350,771) in government ‘entrepreneurial funding’ to expand its ‘GridShare’ cloud-based virtual power plant.

Moixa said the funds from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Energy Entrepreneur Fund would be used to develop GridShare, “which aggregates batteries to reduce costs and enable more renewable generation”.

 

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Britain surprises all with £246 million battery jumpstart

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:18 -- News Editor
Britain surprises all with £246 million battery jumpstart

The minute UK battery and energy storage market was taken by surprise last week with UK business secretary Greg Clark’s (pictured) statement to invigorate the UK energy storage scene.

The launch of the first phase of a £246 million ($322M) government investment into battery technology is said to ensure the UK ‘builds on its strengths and leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of electric batteries’.

 

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