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SK Innovation starts work on US battery factory

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 12:58 -- John Shepherd
Artist's impression of SK Innovation's EV plant

SK Innovation has broken ground on a US$1.1 billion electric vehicle batteries production plant in the US state of Georgia.

The South Korean group said the plant would have an annual production capacity of around 60 gigawatt-hours of lithium-ion batteries annually by 2022— when full production is slated to start.

SK Group vice-chairman Choi Jae-Won said the facility— being built on a 278-acre site in Commerce City— would be completed in the second half of 2021 and help to strengthen Korean-US economic cooperation.

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Asahi Kasei to expand LIB separator manufacturing

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 14:22 -- Hugh Finzel
Asahi Kasei Hipore Li-ion battery separators

Japanese tech group Asahi Kasei will invest 30 billion yen (US$271 million) to expand its manufacturing capacity for lithium-ion battery separators, in response to “booming global demand in the battery market”.

Asahi Kasei will use the funds to increase production capacity by an additional 450 million square metres a year, taking the total capacity to 1.55 billion sq m, well beyond its target— stated in January 2018— of 1.1bn sq m by 2020.

The current 450m sq m expansion is scheduled for completion in mid 2021 across two factory sites— Moriyama in Japan and North Carolina in the US.

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Australia’s Greens pledge battery storage fund for ‘greener’ future

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 15:33 -- Hugh Finzel

Australia’s Green Party has unveiled proposals for a AUD2.2 billion (US$1.56bn) fund to provide incentives for residents to install home battery storage in the country.

According to the Greens’ manifesto for upcoming federal elections, the fund would, from July 2019, provide up to AUD7,000 per battery system, providing “the opportunity to save consumers money while adding additional flexibility and security to the grid when required”.

The size of the grant would be tapered down as the cost of installing battery energy storage is similarly reduced, the party’s election pledge said.

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Powin secures lithium cells supply deal with CATL

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:09 -- Hugh Finzel

US-based battery storage firm Powin has secured a 1.85GWh supply pipeline of lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cells from Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL).

CATL will supply the cells into 2022 for Powin’s Stack modular battery energy storage systems, which are utilised in various utility scale, commercial, and industrial battery energy storage systems— “including the largest batteries in both Canada and Mexico”.

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Metair boosts profit on back of strong battery operations

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:08 -- John Shepherd
Metair MD Theo Loock

South Africa-based automotive and energy storage group Metair Investments has posted increased operating profit for 2018— boosted by its lead-acid operations in Turkey and Romania.

Metair said group operating profit for the year ended 31 December 2018 increased by 19% to just over ZAR1 billion (US$69 million) compared to the previous year. Revenue for 2018 was ZAR10.28bn, an increase of 8% compared to 2017.

Group earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased 9.4% to ZAR1.33bn.

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Leclanché to contribute ‘breakthough’ tech to German battery consortium

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Leclanché to contribute ‘breakthough’ tech to German battery consortium

Leclanché is working on a “breakthrough technology” that could be rolled out as part of its contribution to a government-backed battery cell consortium in Gemany, BEST Battery Briefing (BBB) can reveal.

Leclanché CEO Anil Srivastava (pictured) told BBB research and development work was already under way, but he said details could not yet be revealed, other than to say the technology was “within lithium”.

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Investment deal signed for batteries and EVs plant in Andhra Pradesh

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 11:52 -- John Shepherd
J. Krishna Kishore (left) signs the MOU with Urja Global’s director and chief financial officer Avinash Kumar Agarwal.

Indian Renewables developer Urja Global is investing the equivalent of US$28 million to build a combined electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Urja’s has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) to build the facility in one of three shortlisted cities— Anantapur, Nellore, and Chittoor.

The APEDB said the plant will produce “high technology lithium-ion Batteries and EVs for the electric mobility ecosystem”.

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Third NEC battery storage system for Chile

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Third NEC battery storage system for Chile

NEC Energy Solutions is further expanding its presence in Chile by installing a 2MW/2MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system in Arica, in the north of the country.

The BESS— NEC’s third such project in Chile since 2009, taking their total installed storage capacity in the country to 32MW— will be connected to an existing substation to provide spinning reserve.

The system is made up of containerised lithium-ion batteries, a power conversion system, and NEC’s Aeros controls system. 

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Johnson Matthey inks LFP cathode deal with Lithium Werks

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

UK-based chemicals company Johnson Matthey (JM) has signed a long-term agreement to supply battery cathode material to Dutch lithium-ion producer, Lithium Werks (LW).

Under the agreement— which will run for five years, commencing 1 April 2019— JM will supply lithium iron phosphate (LFP) material manufactured at its Changzhou, China facility.

In September 2018, JM sold its automotive battery business to US-based Cummins, allowing the company to focus on “developing commercial battery materials for the full range of transport applications”.

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Green light for UK battery storage park

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Artist's rendering of battery project

Planning permission has been granted for a compound of “up to 25 battery storage units along with ancillary structures” in the English city of York.

According to documents filed with the City of York Council, the site “will have the potential to supply up to 50 megawatts of electrical power into the National Grid for a period of up to an hour”.

The council has granted permission for UK Battery Storage Ltd to operate the units for a 20-year period, after which “the site would be decommissioned and restored to its current state”.

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