California energy storage start-up Romeo Power— which boasts a workforce including “top engineers and designers” from business rivals Tesla— has secured $30 million in seed financing.
Romeo said on 24 August it was now pushing ahead with the installation of a fully-automated 113,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Los Angeles that is set to be ready by the year’s end.
New German company TerraE Holding GmbH has formed a consortium of 17 major companies and research institutions – and plans to construct two large-scale lithium-ion battery cell production plants in the country.
CEO Holger Gritzka (pictured) says the factories will be operated as “foundries”, meaning that TerraE Holding GmbH will build and operate them, and produce lithium-ion cells according to customers’ specifications.
Australian company Energy Renaissance (ER) is to build a “specific and niche” lithium-ion battery gigafactory in Darwin, in the country’s Northern Territory, which will start production by late 2018.
“Our niche focus is to build the world's best batteries for hot and humid climates,” said Brian Craighead, managing director of Energy Renaissance, in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). The battery storage systems will be designed for commercial and utility-scale uses in telecommunications, defence and government sectors, and target the Australian and South-East Asian markets.
A damning critique of some of the half-truths the lithium-ion battery industry has disseminated in technical media and online is presented in the summer’s issue of Batteries and Energy Storage Technology Magazine.
Written by Dr Mike McDonagh, the publication’s technical editor, the article, entitled True Li-es, pours cold water on some of the general claims made by the industry that have made it the chemistry of choice for large-scale energy storage projects— vital for the widespread introduction of renewables.
US company Forge Nano has announced plans to step up deployment of a proprietary coating technology that it says improves “the longevity, safety and cost” of lithium-ion batteries.
The Colorado-based firm, which said it maintains the world’s largest manufacturing capacity for Atomic Layer Deposition-enabled (ALD) materials, has commissioned a 300-ton per year light commercial production plant – set to come online early next year – to increase its coating capacity “ten-fold”.