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Toyota-Suzuki map out Li battery plans for India

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:21 -- Xuan Zhong
Toyota-Suzuki map out Li battery plans for India

Japanese auto giants Toyota and Suzuki have agreed the next steps to launching a range of electric vehicles in India by “around 2020” using locally made lithium-ion batteries.

Toyota said on 17 November the firms had concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on moving forward with the project.

 

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Batteries plan to “alleviate” Fukushima grid challenges

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 10:42 -- News Editor
Batteries plan to “alleviate” Fukushima grid challenges

Japan’s IHI Corporation has unveiled plans to launch a lithium battery storage project in the country’s Fukushima Prefecture.

IHI said the 500kW, 2.5MWh storage facility, incorporating LG Chem Li-ion battery racks, will be developed by US-based subsidiary IHI Energy Storage.

 

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Panasonic plans Japan batteries expansion

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:46 -- Xuan Zhong
Panasonic plans Japan batteries expansion

Japanese tech giant Panasonic Corporation is stepping up domestic production of prismatic lithium-ion batteries to meet what it said is increasing demand for electric vehicles.

Panasonic confirmed it will open a production line for the batteries at a factory in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, although it declined to give details about planned production capacity.

 

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Study points way to ‘safer batteries’

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:11 -- News Editor
Study points way to ‘safer batteries’

Researchers in Japan say they have identified new solid materials that could lead to the production of “potentially-safer” lithium-ion batteries.

According to a study published in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, research led by Makoto Moriya, of Shizuoka University’s Department of Chemistry, has identified solid crystals that “self-assemble” to form channels for an electric current that could lead to the manufacture of safer batteries.

 

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GS Yuasa ‘to boost EVs’ range with new Li-ion tech’

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:17 -- News Editor
GS Yuasa ‘to boost EVs’ range with new Li-ion tech’

Japan's GS Yuasa, a major lead-acid battery maker, could start mass production of lithium-ion batteries that would double the driving range of small electric vehicles (EVs) by 2020, according to a report.

Japanese business journal Nikkei Asian Review said the batteries would allow a Mitsubishi Motors' i-MiEV small vehicle to travel up to 340km after charging – compared to around 170km at present. This would compare favourably with the driving range of a large EV or a petrol-fuelled vehicle, the journal claimed.

 

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Indian auto giant plans to make Li-ion batteries

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 09:44 -- Xuan Zhong
Indian auto giant plans to make Li-ion batteries

Indian automobile maker Maruti Suzuki India plans to develop hybrid electric cars as a consequence of a joint venture (JV) with Japanese battery makers, Indian business news website MintAsia reported.

"Nobody is producing lithium-ion batteries in India. To realize (electric) vehicles, we need lithium-ion batteries. That's why Suzuki decided to make lithium-ion battery packs here,” said Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director and chief executive of Maruti Suzuki India.

 

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Mitsui electrolyte boost

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:28 -- Xuan Zhong
Mitsui electrolyte boost

Japanese chemicals firm Mitsui has announced the startup of its electrolyte solution production facilities for lithium-ion batteries in Nagoya, Japan.

The new facilities with a total electrolyte solution capacity of 5,000 tonnes/year were built to meet growing domestic demand for lithium-ion electrolyte solution for batteries, according to the company.

 
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Largest BESS in Europe

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:19 -- Xuan Zhong
Largest BESS in Europe

Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation is working with Dutch energy firm Eneco on a 50MW energy storage project in Germany. NEC Energy Solutions will become the lithium-ion battery system supplier to the project.

Mitsubishi says it will be the largest BESS in Europe.

 

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FDK's new Li-ion cathode material doubles Li-ion energy density

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:23 -- Xuan Zhong
FDK's new Li-ion cathode material doubles Li-ion energy density

Japan’s battery components’ maker FDK Corporation and ICT (information and communication technology) firm Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd have jointly developed lithium cobalt pyrophosphate (Li2CoP2O7) for the cathode of all-solid lithium-ion batteries.

The cooperative development has 1.5 times more energy density than the existing cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries, said Fujitsu.

 
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GS Yuasa shows state-of-the-art lithium-ion tech for datacentre

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:21 -- Xuan Zhong
GS Yuasa shows state-of-the-art lithium-ion tech for datacentre

Japanese battery manufacturer GS Yuasa showcased its 300kW ‘plug and play’ lithium-ion power cabinet in the Data Centre World exhibition in London.

The new product contains 12 GS Yuasa LIM50EN-12-F2 lithium-ion batteries with 3,000 cycles at 100% discharge and 600A charge-discharge, (density controlled) by a battery management system.

 

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