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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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Japan chems firm launches battery materials business in Shanghai

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 09:53 -- Xuan Zhong
Japan chems firm launches battery materials business in Shanghai

Japan-based global chemicals conglomerate Showa Denko has launched a new business in Shanghai to expand its sales of advanced battery materials across China.

Denko said its wholly-owned subsidiary— Showa Denko Battery Materials (Shanghai) Co— will strengthen the group’s battery materials activities in the country as it ramps up its new energy vehicles (NEVs) sector.

 
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Daramic hails top honour for Li-battery pioneer

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:02 -- John Shepherd
Daramic hails top honour for Li-battery pioneer

The prestigious Japan Prize for science and technology has been awarded to Dr Akira Yoshino for his “significant contributions” to development of the lithium-ion battery, US-based separator firm Daramic has announced.

Dr Yoshino is a fellow of Japan’s Asahi Kasei, of which Daramic is a subsidiary.

 

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Panasonic ships first Li-on batteries from China

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:25 -- John Shepherd
Panasonic ships first Li-on batteries from China

Japan’s Panasonic has shipped its first prismatic automotive lithium-ion batteries from a new factory in Dalian, China.

Panasonic said the move followed the start of “mass production” at the site— which was formally opened last year— with consignments of batteries being shipped to Chinese and North American customers.

 

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Sungrow BESS for Japan solar power project

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:17 -- John Shepherd
Sungrow BESS for Japan solar power project

Sungrow, a Chinese photovoltaic inverter system solution supplier, is to supply a turnkey 30MWh battery energy storage system for installation in Japan.

Sungrow said the BESS will comprise “advanced NCM lithium batteries” for the project in Hokkaido from its joint venture company with Samsung SDI JV.

 

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BMZ eyes Japan tie-up for cell production

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:25 -- John Shepherd
BMZ eyes Japan tie-up for cell production

German lithium-ion battery developer and producer BMZ is considering partnering with a Japanese company to launch a battery cell production plant in Europe, BBB can reveal.

BMZ founder and managing director Sven Bauer (pictured) said the move is a “serious option” for the company “and makes sense”, as it seeks to widen its supply chain and production capabilities.

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Moixa investment boost to export battery tech to Japan

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:12 -- John Shepherd
Moixa investment boost to export battery tech to Japan

UK-based residential energy storage firm Moixa is to export British battery technology to Japan under a partnership agreement with the country’s Itochu trading house.

The deal, which includes a GBP5 million ($7.1m) investment in Moixa by Itochu, a Fortune 500 company, will enable Moixa to launch its GridShare platform in Japan— technology that manages and optimises home energy storage systems.

 

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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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