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Another 100MW lithium battery for South Australia

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:59 -- Xuan Zhong
Another 100MW lithium battery for South Australia

Australian energy company ZEN Energy has approved a 1GW renewable energy plan to meet industrial needs of South Australia, including a 100MWh lithium-ion battery facility at Port Augusta.

The company confirmed the battery will be built near the now closed Northern Power Station, and will be plugged into the 275kV Davenport grid connection. The battery itself is said to cost around AUD100 million ($77m) and would be operational in the first quarter of 2019.

 

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Solar-storage joint venture facility plan for Japan

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 09:54 -- News Editor
Solar-storage joint venture facility plan for Japan

Two Japanese firms are teaming up to develop a major solar power facility combined with battery storage on the northernmost of the country’s main islands.

SB Energy, the renewables division of telecoms firm Softbank is working with Mitsubishi UFJ Leasing on a 102.3MW solar PV project combined with 27MWh of lithium-ion battery storage.

 

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BMW issues cobalt supply chain pledge

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 09:53 -- News Editor
BMW issues cobalt supply chain pledge

German automotive maker BMW has pledged to work for a more sustainable and transparent cobalt supply chain for battery manufacturing.

BMW said companies using cobalt as a raw material face tackling issues related to environmental standards and human rights that “cannot be completely eliminated in cobalt mining”.

 

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UN group urges Li-ion battery dumping probe

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:08 -- Xuan Zhong
UN group urges Li-ion battery dumping probe

A United Nations-backed international study group has called for a worldwide investigation into uncontrolled dumping of lithium-ion batteries amid health and safety fears.

The International Lead and Zinc Study Group’s (ILZSG) economic and environment committee has proposed the move to investigate “the safety implications of lithium batteries becoming mixed with lead-acid batteries at collecting sites prior to recycling”.

 

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Call for ‘ethics pledge’ from Li-on users

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 09:41 -- Xuan Zhong
Call for ‘ethics pledge’ from Li-on users

The US-based Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is calling for companies that source lithium-ion batteries for electronic products such as electric vehicles to commit to using only “ethically-sourced materials”.

UCS’s clean vehicles policy analyst, Josh Goldman, said the use of lithium, cobalt, nickel “and other metals that are part of an EV lithium-ion battery pack, have raised red flags about the poor human rights and worker protection records in the countries where these materials are mined”.

 

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Daimler, Mitsui in 2nd life Li-ion cash boost

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 10:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Daimler, Mitsui in 2nd life Li-ion cash boost

German carmaker Daimler AG and Japanese chemicals firm Mitsui & Co., Ltd., are investing in moves to ramp up the development of second use lithium-ion battery storage.

Daimler said it is acquiring a minority stake in German energy services company, The Mobility House AG (TMH), while Mitsui confirmed it too has “made an investment”.

 

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BMW joint venture ‘to open China battery packs plant’

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 10:35 -- News Editor
BMW joint venture ‘to open China battery packs plant’

The Chinese joint venture brand of German car giant BMW, BMW Brilliance, is reportedly to open a “high-voltage automotive battery pack production centre” in China on 24 October.

According to Chinese media reports, BMW’s long-term Chinese lithium-ion battery supplier Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) will supply cells for the project.

 

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Chinese partners sell Samsung battery business shares

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 10:32 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese partners sell Samsung battery business shares

Two Chinese shareholders have put a total of 30% of shares in Samsung SDI's joint venture battery company on the market, according to China’s Tianjin Property Rights Exchange (TPRE).

Samsung SDI (Tianjin) Battery Co., Ltd. (SDITB), set up in China in 2015 October, is a manufacturer of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

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Draft Australia home storage fire-risk rules dropped

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:04 -- Xuan Zhong
Draft Australia home storage fire-risk rules dropped

Regulators in Australia have dropped initial proposals that could have banned the introduction of on-site lithium-ion battery storage in homes.

The potential ban came to light earlier this year when Standards Australia launched consultations into draft fire safety regulations for the use of lithium-based batteries.

 

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Leclanché batteries to power EV fast-charging partnership

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 09:45 -- News Editor
Leclanché batteries to power EV fast-charging partnership

Switzerland-based energy storage firm Leclanché is teaming up with a Dutch company on a pilot batteries project aimed at creating a network of energy-efficient electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations across Europe.

Leclanché said it will initially develop a battery storage system “using large-format lithium-ion batteries” at two unnamed locations for Fastned— which already operates 63 fast charging EV stations it has built in the Netherlands.

 

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