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Swiss firm eyes EV market traction for new ‘standardised’ battery

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Swiss technology company Ecovolta has unveiled a “standardised” lithium-ion battery, aimed at speeding up the development of electric vehicles.

Ecovolta, which announced the start of operations at a battery pack manufacturing and R&D plant in Switzerland earlier this year, said its ‘evoTraction’ battery “significantly cuts the time and expense needed to bring electric vehicles to the serial production stage”.

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Hitachi starts up ‘hybrid BESS’ in Germany

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Hitachi storage project

Japanese technology group Hitachi has started up a demonstration energy storage system comprising two battery technologies in Germany.

Hitachi Chemicals has set up the 22.5 megawatt-hour (MWh) lithium-ion and sodium sulfur (NaS) system in Lower Saxony with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (Nedo), Hitachi Power Solutions and battery developer NGK Insulators.

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Capchem joins Asia’s battery march on EU with Poland plant

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 08:12 -- John Shepherd
Artist's impression of Capchem Poland. Image: Capchem

Chinese lithium-ion group Capchem is set to become the latest Asian battery manufacturer to expand operations to Poland— building a low-cost European base to supply the lucrative electric-vehicle market.

Shenzhen-based Capchem, which produces lithium batteries, capacitor chemicals and semiconductors, has been given the green light to build a battery materials production facility on an 81,000 square metre site.

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India cuts lithium-ion tax ‘to boost battery investments’

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:01 -- John Shepherd
India cuts lithium-ion tax ‘to boost battery investments’

The tax rate on lithium-ion batteries in India has been reduced from 28% to 18% in a bid to boost the country’s electric vehicle industry.

The cut announced by the Goods and Services Tax Council (GST), which was set up by the Indian government, was not as much as had been expected.

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BYD joins auto rival to make batteries in China

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:42 -- Xuan Zhong
BYD joins auto rival to make batteries in China

Chinese car and battery maker BYD is teaming up with a rival car-maker to build a battery giga factory in China— hot on the heels of opening what it said was the “world’s biggest” auto batteries plant in the country.

BYD is forming a joint venture with state-owned Changan Automobile to focus on electric vehicle (EV) battery production at a new plant in southwest China for domestic sales.

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Germany coughs up cash to host CATL gigafactory

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:39 -- Xuan Zhong
Germany coughs up cash to host CATL gigafactory

Germany is dipping into an economic aid fund to support the construction of a battery cells factory in the country by Chinese lithium giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), BEST Battery Briefing can reveal.

CATL confirmed last week it would invest €240 million (US$280m) to build the electric vehicle (EV) battery plant at Erfurt, in the east-central state of Thüringen.

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Chinese firm invests in South Korea battery recycling partnership

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 14:02 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese firm invests in South Korea battery recycling partnership

A Chinese company is building a lithium-ion battery recycling joint venture in South Korea— in response to China’s ban on solid waste imports, BEST Battery Briefing can reveal.

China’s Anhua Taisen Recycling Technology said its decision to launch the project, in partnership with South Korean e-waste recycler NH Recytech, was driven by China’s decision last year to halt imports of more than 20 types of solid waste.

 

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Younicos batteries ‘first’ for floating wind farm

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 12:19 -- Xuan Zhong
Younicos batteries ‘first’ for floating wind farm

Norwegian energy firm Equinor and Abu-Dhabi-based Masdar have unveiled a Younicos battery system in Scotland as the “world’s first” to be connected to an offshore floating wind farm.

The one-megawatt system, comprising two Younicos lithium-ion Y Cubes in modular battery containers, have been installed at the Hywind onshore substation in Peterhead.

 

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Exide Industries-Leclanché in Li joint venture for India

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:22 -- John Shepherd
Exide Industries-Leclanché in Li joint venture for India

India lead-acid manufacturer Exide Industries is teaming up with Swiss battery storage firm Leclanché in a new lithium joint venture targeting the Indian market.

The partnership will focus on building lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), stationary energy storage systems and “speciality storage markets”.

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Is Treofan holding key to lithium cells safety?

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:05 -- Xuan Zhong
Is Treofan holding key to lithium cells safety?

German Battery separator company Treofan is developing a “thermally stable separator film” for lithium-ion battery cells as part of a government-funded research project.

Treofan said it aims to develop a temperature-stable lithium-ion battery for all mobile and stationary applications through its work with partners in the EUR2 million ($2.3m) HiT-Cell (High-Temperature Cell) project.

 

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