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Asian firms sign partnership agreement to make lithium-ion separators

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 15:52 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese firm Teijin Limited has signed a technical license agreement with China’s Shanghai Energy New Materials Technology (SEMCORP) to make solvent-based coating separators for lithium-ion secondary batteries.

Teijin aims to integrate its technologies with SEMCORP's strengths in substrate production capacity and cost competitiveness.

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BASF and NGK strengthen sodium-sulfur battery partnership with stationary storage JDA

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 13:48 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese ceramics manufacturer NGK Insulators and German BASF New Business (BNB) are expanding their business relationship to develop the next generation of sodium-sulfur batteries.

NGK and BNB, a wholly owned subsidiary of the German chemical company BASF, have entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) to develop sodium-sulfur (NaS) batteries for stationary applications.

Image: Right Dr. Frank Prechtl (BASF New Business) Tatsumi Ichioka (NGK Insulators LTD)

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Japanese firms team up to create 1MWh second-life lithium-ion ESS business

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 15:14 -- Paul Crompton

Three Japanese firms are in talks to develop a business that will reuse end-of-life lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) batteries in energy storage systems.

Japanese trading house Itochu will partner with BYD, as well as forming an equity and business partnership with vehicle battery recycler Shenzhen Pandpower, reports Nikkei Asian Review news source.

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GS Yuasa’s first overseas lithium-ion battery plant starts operations in Hungary

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 15:17 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid battery maker GS Yuasa has begun operations at its first lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility outside of Japan— although the company is ‘not allowed’ to release information on the type of cell.

GS Yuasa Hungary, a subsidiary of the Japan-based firm, announced it has started production of automotive 12V lithium-ion batteries at its plant in Miskolc, Hungary.

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Partnership aims to commercialise next gen solid-state batteries within five years

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 14:59 -- Paul Crompton

A partnership to develop solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) for lithium batteries has been made between Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Japanese chemical manufacturer Piotrek.

The companies hope to fast- track the development and commercialisation of an SPE for use in high energy (4.5-5V) lithium batteries for electric vehicles and drones by 2025.

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Korea invests to protect EV battery makers in trade spat with Japan

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 10:27 -- John Shepherd
Korea invests to protect EV battery makers in trade spat with Japan

South Korea has confirmed plans to invest about 7.8 trillion won (US$6.5 billion) in supporting the country’s battery sector and other key domestic industries in a trade row with Japan.

South Korea said it would boost “self-sufficiency” for 100 key components, materials and equipment items such as semiconductors used in battery packs for electric vehicles— aiming to ease the country’s dependency on other nations.

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CATL edges into Japan’s solar-storage market with new partnership

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 10:52 -- Paul Crompton
CATL edges into Japan’s solar-storage market with new partnership

Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) is to develop and sell lithium-ion energy storage systems under a new partnership with Japan’s Next Energy & Resources.

Renewables developer Next Energy said the tie-up aims to mainly target Japan’s lucrative and growing residential solar-plus-battery storage market.

 

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Honda drives new investment round in UK’s Moixa

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:38 -- John Shepherd
Honda drives new investment round in UK’s Moixa

Japanese carmaker Honda has led an £8.6 million (US$10.9m) funding round to boost investment in UK battery tech firm Moixa.

Moixa said the move, which was backed by several international investors including Japan’s Itochu Corporation, would support the firm’s vision of “managing millions of home energy storage systems and electric vehicles (EVs)”.

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Mitsui inks battery metals supply deal with Sigma

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 13:54 -- Hugh Finzel

Japanese chemicals company Mitsui is to pre-pay Sigma Lithium US$30 million under a strategic alliance agreement for the supply of battery-grade lithium concentrate.

Sigma will supply Mitsui with “up to 55,000 tonnes” of material annually for six years, with an option to extend for a further five years.

Sigma said the agreement provided for a significant portion of the funding required for capital expenditures and construction of Sigma’s commercial production plant at its Grota do Cirilo lithium project in Brazil.

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Asahi Kasei to expand LIB separator manufacturing

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 14:22 -- Hugh Finzel
Asahi Kasei Hipore Li-ion battery separators

Japanese tech group Asahi Kasei will invest 30 billion yen (US$271 million) to expand its manufacturing capacity for lithium-ion battery separators, in response to “booming global demand in the battery market”.

Asahi Kasei will use the funds to increase production capacity by an additional 450 million square metres a year, taking the total capacity to 1.55 billion sq m, well beyond its target— stated in January 2018— of 1.1bn sq m by 2020.

The current 450m sq m expansion is scheduled for completion in mid 2021 across two factory sites— Moriyama in Japan and North Carolina in the US.

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