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CATL and Honda sign agreement to develop new energy vehicle batteries

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 09:24 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) is partnering with vehicle OEM Honda to develop new lithium-ion batteries for use in electric vehicles as well as recycling. 

The agreement will strengthen the companies’ strategic partnership and allow both firms to conduct joint development on EV batteries and conduct joint R&D into fundamental technologies. 

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Japan utility aims to slash ESS cost by repurposing used EV battery lithium-ion packs

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:27 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings (Tepco) is set to launch a storage business using used electric vehicle (EV) batteries from China, just weeks after establishing its wholly owned subsidiary Tepco Ventures to enter new business ventures.

The plan is to assemble up to 30 used EV battery packs into energy storage systems for use at renewable-energy plants, according to reports by news outlet Nikkei Asian review.

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EES firm NEC Energy Solutions to wind down operations as it sets to close

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 12:58 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion energy storage system provider NEC Energy Solutions— the US subsidiary of Japan’s NEC Corp— is set to wind down operations.

The Massachusetts-based company is set to ‘orderly wind down’ by not seeking new business, but will finish projects under development, according to reports by media company Bloomberg. 

NEC had not replied to BEST's questions at the time of publication.

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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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Space battery market to see strong growth as firms like SpaceX exploit the final frontier

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:32 -- Paul Crompton

As Elon Musk’s SpaceX company was preparing to send its first manned flight to the International Space Station (ISS), Japan was sending its final shipment of lithium-ion batteries to the low orbit station.

The batteries, produced by GS Yuasa Technology, were aboard the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kounotori 9 unmanned cargo vessel launched on May 21.

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Asahi Kasai wins lithium-ion patent case against two Chinese firms

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 15:12 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese firm Asahi Kasei has won a two-year lithium-ion separator patent infringement case against firms Shenzhen Xu Ran (旭冉) Electronic and Shenzhen Xu Ran (旭然) Electronic.

Asahi filed a patent infringement lawsuit based on the Chinese patent of separator for lithium-ion secondary battery (Patent No.: ZL200680046997. 8) with the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court in August, 2018.

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APB to make bi-polar lithium-ion batteries in Japan after securing IP from Nissan

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 11:42 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker APB Corporation is preparing to mass-produce lithium-ion batteries in Japan after licensing technology know-how from vehicle OEM Nissan.

Backed by investment from major companies, Tokyo-based APB plans to build a factory manufacturing batteries using Nissan’s bipolar structure all-polymer technology.

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Firms form joint venture for Japan-based lithium-ion electrolyte company

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 13:04 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese chemical companies Mitsubishi Chemical and Ube Industries have agreed to form a joint venture to develop lithium-ion electrolytes.

Both companies announced they would establish a joint venture by joint incorporation-type company split on 27 March.

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Japanese firm to build new pouch cell packaging plant to deliver larger product for EV market

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:39 -- Paul Crompton

Japan’s Showa Denko Packaging, a consolidated subsidiary of Showa Denko K.K, is set to open a new plant to manufacture its SPALF line of aluminium laminate films for packaging lithium-ion pouch cells.

The new production facility, scheduled for operation in March 2021, will include equipment for the mass production of the company’s new large-scale lithium-ion packaging for electric vehicle applications.

The company’s SPALF™ product is a composite of aluminium foil and resin film, that it says is flexible in moulding, lightweight and has better heat radiation characteristics than a metal-can.

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Korea increases market share as lithium-ion battery manufacturing use in EVs grows YoY

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:00 -- Paul Crompton

Annual global battery consumption in registered electric vehicles jumped nearly 17% last year with 117GWh of capacity installed into vehicles.

No surprises that Asia dominated the supply chain with the top 10 manufacturers all based in China, Japan and Korea, according to market research firm SNE Research.

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