EU leaders have been warned against ignoring lead-acid technology when selecting battery “winners” and bestowing alternative chemistries with millions of euros in fresh funding for advanced battery research.
The warning from the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) came as the European Commission revealed plans to launch a EUR1bn ($1.1bn) “Future Emerging Technologies Flagship initiative”— to support long-term research in advanced battery technologies for a 10-year period from 2025.
German battery manufacturer Akasol has unveiled its first cylindrical-cells battery system with very high energy density which it claims can boost the driving range of plug-in hybrid commercial vehicles “by more that 60%”.
The AKAModule 60 CYC battery system was in the spotlight at last week’s Battery Show Europe in Hannover.
When is a battery show not a battery show? When what it features is mainly related to dealing with non energy storage issues like getting rid of heat and containing fires— at least that’s your scribe’s take on the much publicised Battery Show Europe at the Hannover Messe last week. I’ve renamed it— Vehicle electrification systems today or VEST.
And at VEST last week, the hot products were exactly in that ilk everything else was just motors and wiring looms.
German lithium-ion battery developer and producer BMZ has signed a long-term battery cells supply deal with South Korea’s LG Chem.
BMZ said the contract covered supplies of “over a few hundred million cells” by the end of 2022 for products in the electro mobility and energy storage markets.
Japanese holding company SoftBank has signed an agreement to acquire a stake of up to 9.9% in Canada’s Nemaska Lithium.
SoftBank said the undisclosed investment amount in the lithium development firm will help to meet growing demand for batteries uses in electric devices and electric vehicles.
The growing impact of lithium-ion power in the traditional lead acid traction market could be seen last week at Modex in Atlanta— a major US supply chain trade fair.
Exide, one of the USA’s big four and predominantly lead-acid makes, launched a lithium-ion battery aimed the forklift and autonomous guided vehicle market while Navitas announced a lithium-ion deal with Hyster— one of the largest global players in materials handling equipment.