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Toyota and Panasonic agree batteries joint venture

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Shigeki Terashi

Japanese compatriots Panasonic and Toshiba have concluded contracts toward setting up a joint venture (JV) company related to the automotive prismatic battery business.

The JV— which is subject to approval by anti-trust chiefs— will cover “research, development, production, engineering, manufacturing, procurement, order receipt, and management”.

Toyota will contribute equipment and personnel in the areas of development and production engineering related to battery cells, while Panasonic will contribute equipment and personnel to support activities including production, development, engineering and manufacturing (at its plants in Japan and Dalian, China).

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GS Yuasa expands in Germany for sales push

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Osamu Murao

Japan-based battery giant GS Yuasa is leasing new premises in Germany to expand its business.

The lead-acid and lithium-ion battery manufacturer has leased around 7,300 square metres of logistics space at Krefeld, in North Rhine-Westphalia, northwest of Düsseldorf.

The lease at the new Segro Logistics Center Krefeld II has a term of more than 10 years and starts in April 2019.

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Toshiba targets battery business growth with SCiB spin-off

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Toshiba targets battery business growth with SCiB spin-off

Toshiba is to spin-off its SCiB rechargeable battery business to make it an independent business unit within the Japanese corporation.

The decision will see SCiB (Super Charge ion Batteries) transferred from Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation (TISS)— a wholly owned Toshiba subsidiary— from 1 April 2019.

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24M funding boost for semi-solid tech

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Photo: 24M

Semi-solid lithium-ion cells company 24M is to pump more than $20 million into speeding up deployment of the technology for the electric vehicle market.

US-based 24M said it had raised a total of $21.8m in series D financing to boost development of its “simple, capital-efficient, low-cost manufacturing process and the development of differentiated, high energy density lithium-ion cells”.

The financing was led by Japan-based ceramics manufacturer Kyocera and Japanese trading house Itochu. Previous investors also taking part in the round included North Bridge Venture Partners.

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Mitsubishi to supply parts for (another) ‘world’s largest energy-storage system’

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Japanese electrical manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric has received an order from the Chiyoda Corporation to provide its BLEnDer RE energy management system to monitor and control a 240 megawatt/720 megawatt-hour lithium-ion battery system at Kita-Toyotomi Substation in Teshio, Hokkaido.

Upper Hokaido, with favourable winds and abundant open land, is well suited to wind turbines, but there are fears that the associated fluctuations in power output will increasingly disrupt the balance of electrical demand and supply.

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Hitachi starts up ‘hybrid BESS’ in Germany

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Hitachi storage project

Japanese technology group Hitachi has started up a demonstration energy storage system comprising two battery technologies in Germany.

Hitachi Chemicals has set up the 22.5 megawatt-hour (MWh) lithium-ion and sodium sulfur (NaS) system in Lower Saxony with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (Nedo), Hitachi Power Solutions and battery developer NGK Insulators.

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UK’s Moixa expands smart battery tech in Japan

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

UK-based residential energy storage firm Moixa has rolled out its GridShare smart battery technology platform to 3,500 homes in Japan.

The move comes just eight months after Moixa agreed to export its battery tech to Japan— under a signed a partnership agreement with the country’s Itochu trading house.

Moixa’s roll-out announcement was made at the British embassy in Tokyo, where the company also launched a GridShare off-peak ‘smart tariff’ for residential battery owners.

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Toshiba expands ‘ahead of demand’ for SCiB batteries

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Toshiba SCiB

The social infrastructure arm of the Toshiba Group is to invest JPY16.2 billion (US$144.5m) to ramp up production of its SCiB rechargeable lithium-ion batteries by building an additional production facility.

The three-storey 27,000 sq. m facility, to be built at Toshiba Infrastructure Systems and Solutions’ (TISS) Yokohama complex, will also serve as a ‘production technology development centre’.

Toshiba said this would allow the firm “to respond positively to potential future expansion of the lithium-ion battery unit”.

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Exide India ‘collaborating with Furukawa on Bengal battery plants’

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:57 -- John Shepherd
Guatam Chatterjee

India’s Exide Industries is set to expand a production plant in West Bengal in collaboration with Japanese manufacturer Furukawa Battery to supply batteries for bullet trains.

Exide Industries CEO and MD Gautam Chatterjee (pictured) was quoted as telling the Economic Times: “The expansion project will mainly produce high-end nickel-cadmium batteries in technical collaboration with Furukawa.”

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Nissan battery unit sale off as Chinese ‘fail to raise funds'

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:07 -- Xuan Zhong
Nissan battery unit sale off as Chinese ‘fail to raise funds'

Nissan has called off the sale of its batteries business to Chinese private equity firm GSR Capital, saying the buyer failed to raise the cash required.

A number of Chinese firms including lithium manufacturer Zhejiang Unifull Industrial Fibreand lead-acid battery maker Camel had said they would join GSR in the reported $1 billion acquisition of Nissan subsidiary Automotive Energy Supply Corp and manufacturing operations in Japan, the UK and US.

 

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