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South Korea-China deal to ease battery tension?

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 10:52 -- Xuan Zhong
South Korea-China deal to ease battery tension?

Chinese and South Korean businesses have formed two new joint ventures to produce lithium-ion battery materials from bases in China.

The move follows months of claims and counter claims over China’s alleged “blocking” of South Korean batteries in a heated trade spat.

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German grid-balancing battery goes online

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:24 -- John Shepherd
German grid-balancing battery goes online

A new 2.5MW lithium-ion grid-balancing battery system has gone online in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.

Public utility Wind to Gas Energy (WGE) said the StoraXe storage system, with a power output of 2.5MWh, was connected to the grid in Brunsbüttel and will also assist research into smart grid functionality.

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NZ opts for Tesla as battery battle hots up Down Under

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:57 -- Xuan Zhong
NZ opts for Tesla as battery battle hots up Down Under

Tesla is to supply New Zealand with the same battery tech it has installed in South Australia as an antipodean battle of the batteries hots up.

New Zealand’s majority state-owned electricity generator, Mercury NZ, has selected Tesla to provide the battery for what it said will be the country’s “first” national grid connected battery trial.

 

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Northern Territory call for battery storage

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:24 -- John Shepherd
Illustration of Energy Renaissance gigafactory

Australia’s Northern Territory state government is calling for expressions of interest to build a large-scale energy storage system of 25-45MW.

Tender documents published by the government say the facility would support the grid in the state capital of Darwin and the town of Katherine.

 

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Samsung showcases new EV battery tech in Detroit

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:13 -- Xuan Zhong
Samsung showcases new EV battery tech in Detroit

New battery technology designed to increase the range of electric vehicles has been showcased by Samsung SDI in the US.

The South Korean lithium-ion battery company lined up various capacities (37, 50, 60 and 94 Ah) of battery cells for EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs at the Detroit North American International Auto Show.

 

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GS Yuasa to expand lithium business with Hungary plant

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:38 -- John Shepherd
GS Yuasa to expand lithium business with Hungary plant

Japan-based lead-acid company GS Yuasa is expanding its push into the lithium battery business by building a EUR3.5 million ($4.2m) manufacturing plant in Hungary.

Hungary’s government is backing the project in the city of Miskolcz, in northeastern Hungary, with a non-repayable grant worth around $1.8m. Construction work is set to start next month.

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Will regulator thwart green energy bid?

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:28 -- John Shepherd
Will regulator thwart green energy bid?

Plans to invest $200 million in a lithium-ion storage facility in the US hang in the balance in a row over ‘price protectionism’ and the use of renewable energy to charge the batteries.

Franklin Energy Storage Projects has said the proposed Idaho facility— which would include four 25MW battery storage units— qualifies for a 20-year contract under a federal law promoting alternative energy.

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Carmakers warn India of Li-battery “challenges”

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:05 -- Xuan Zhong
Carmakers warn India of Li-battery “challenges”

India’s government has been urged to be “technology neutral” in supporting the country’s nascent electric vehicle (EV) sector— and not to back lithium-ion batteries exclusively.

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), which represents vehicle and vehicular engine manufacturers, said warned ministers “there are also challenges in developing charging infrastructure, lithium mining, low cost batteries and disposal of discarded lithium batteries”.

 

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BMW invests in solid-state start-up

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:11 -- Xuan Zhong
BMW invests in solid-state start-up

German automotive giant BMW has formed a partnership to develop solid-state batteries for its electric vehicles with US-based start-up Solid Power.

Solid Power, which has been developing solid-state rechargeable batteries in Louisville, Colorado, aims to advance its technology to meet the requirements for high performance EVs.

 

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Nexeon wins EV battery research funding

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:14 -- Xuan Zhong
Nexeon wins EV battery research funding

UK-based battery materials firm Nexeon has been awarded GBP7million ($9.5m) to support research into silicon-based materials to increase the safety and range of batteries for electric vehicles.

Nexeon said the support from the government’s Innovate UK agency will support its work with partners on a project called ‘SUNRISE’ to develop improved materials, based on silicon as a replacement for carbon in the lithium-ion battery anode and optimising cell designs for automotive application.

 

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