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Sony, Hydro-Québec to form energy storage JV

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 09:07 -- Tildy Bayar
Sony, Hydro-Québec to form energy storage JV

Sony and Hydro-Québec are to form a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids, the companies have announced.


The intention is to combine Sony’s control techniques for olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate rechargeable batteries and scalable module systems with Hydro-Québec’s operation and control technologies for electric power supplies as well as its lithium-ion battery technology.  

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MHI to sell battery manufacturing business

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 08:51 -- Tildy Bayar
MHI to sell battery manufacturing business

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is to sell its battery manufacturing business and focus instead on grid-tied energy storage.


The purchaser is Taiwanese firm Delta Electronics. The two companies said they have finalized a deal giving Delta Mitsubishi’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery manufacturing concern, including machinery. The two companies will continue to work together to further develop the battery business, they said.

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GM to invest $65m in Detroit battery factory

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:24 -- Editor
GM to invest $65m in Detroit battery factory

GM is to invest $65 million in its lithium-ion battery plant in Detroit as part of a $449 million boost to its Chevy Volt manufacturing facility.


GM’s Brownstown Battery Assembly, a 479,000 square feet facility 20 miles south of Detroit, produces the lithium-ion battery packs for GM’s extended-range electric vehicles. It started mass production in October 2010 and is the first high-volume manufacturing site in the US operated by a major car manufacturer for automotive lithium-ion battery production.

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LG to enter e-bike lithium-ion market

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:07 -- Tildy Bayar
LG to enter e-bike lithium-ion market

LG Chem, a division of Korean electronics giant LG, is reportedly reviewing a plan to begin manufacturing batteries for electric bicycles.


According to the Korean IT Times, LG has shown its hand after clear signs that both the e-bike and rechargeable battery markets are growing, with growth in the latter sector accelerated by the trend toward replacing lead-acid batteries with lithium-ion.

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Daimler to buy Evonik's li-ion business

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:52 -- Tildy Bayar
Daimler to buy Evonik's li-ion business

German carmaker Daimler is to acquire two battery cell manufacturing companies from its erstwhile partner Evonik Industries, the companies have announced. 


Under the terms of their agreement, Daimler will acquire a 50.1% stake in Evonik’s battery cell company Li-Tec Battery and a 10% stake in joint venture Deutsche Accumotive, making Daimler the sole owner of both companies. Details of the agreement were not revealed.

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Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt licensed for cathodes

Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:09 -- Ruth Williams
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The global developer of chemicals, materials and energy storage solutions, 3M, has teamed up with Korea-based ECOPRO to develop a patent license to build upon existing work in nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) for cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

Under the license agreement, 3M is granting a license for use of three patented cathodes it holds. These patents are US6964828, US7078128, US8241791 and all global equivalents that relate to preparing compositions useful as cathodes for lithium-ion batteries.

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