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Germany turns on ‘Europe’s biggest BESS’

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:04 -- Xuan Zhong
Germany turns on ‘Europe’s biggest BESS’

A 48-megawatt BESS claimed to be Europe’s biggest battery storage facility has been switched on in Germany.

NEC Energy Solutions supplied the lithium-ion facility in Jardelund, in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, for energy services firm EnspireMe— a joint venture of Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation and Dutch power company Eneco.

 

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Study backs Finnish lithium bid to mine batteries market

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:02 -- Xuan Zhong
Study backs Finnish lithium bid to mine batteries market

There is a “profitable business case” for developing a lithium project in Finland to supply high-quality battery materials for Europe’s “fast-developing lithium markets”, according to the firm behind the project.

Finnish mining company Keliber Oy said a definitive feasibility study indicates the project could make the firm Europe’s “first vertically integrated battery grade lithium carbonate producer”.

 

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Sri Lanka firm advances on lead and edges into lithium

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:00 -- Xuan Zhong
Sri Lanka firm advances on lead and edges into lithium

Sri Lanka lead-acid firm Associated Battery Manufacturers Ceylon (ABM) is reportedly set to launch a new start-stop battery onto the market— and make its first foray into lithium with a Korean partner.

The new battery, developed in partnership with the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology, is expected to help “increase vehicle fuel efficiency by 12%”, CEO M Ramachandran (pictured) was quoted as telling the Daily News.

 

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France backs Saft in advanced battery R&D

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 02:58 -- Xuan Zhong
France backs Saft in advanced battery R&D

France’s government is throwing its weight behind a French-led consortium spearheading development of “third and fourth generation” lithium-ion battery technology.

The country’s powerful National Industrial Council (CNI)— headed by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe— said it is backing batteries research by Saft and others to the tune of “at least” EUR10 million ($11.5m).

 

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Is Theresa touting for a Giga factory?

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 11:14 -- John Shepherd
Is Theresa touting for a Giga factory?

The UK is seeking at the highest level a foreign investor to establish a lithium-ion giga factory in Britain, Tony Harper, head of the British Faraday Challenge has told BEST Battery Briefing.

The Faraday Challenge programme, set up nearly a year ago to kick start a UK advanced battery capability to deliver energy storage for the next generation of UK-made low- and zero-emission vehicles, is spending GBP243 million ($319m) on research and development over the next four years.

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Lithium Australia acquires German lithium project

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:27 -- Xuan Zhong
Lithium Australia acquires German lithium project

Lithium Australia (LIT) is to acquire ownership of Germany’s Sadisdorf lithium project— and plans to take on global battery players rushing to grab a slice of Europe’s future electric vehicles supply chain business.

LIT, which was granted a 133 square-kilometre exploration licence for the Saxony site earlier this year, will acquire the lithium/tin project from Germany’s Tin International subject to regulatory approvals.

 

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US states ramp up battery storage

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:20 -- Xuan Zhong
US states ramp up battery storage

Nevada and California have announced moves to expand battery energy storage facilities across the two states.

In Nevada, utility NV Energy is asking regulators to back plans to build six solar energy plants with three related BESS facilities with a combined storage capacity of 100 megawatts.

 

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Akasol IPO to expand battery investments

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 09:29 -- John Shepherd
Akasol IPO to expand battery investments

German battery manufacturer Akasol is preparing for an initial public offering (IPO)— and has its sights set on acquisitions buoyed by “strong growth” in the electric vehicle (EV) market. 

The Darmstadt-based company, incorporated just 10 years ago, said its lithium-ion battery systems business has already amassed orders worth EUR1.45 billion ($1.7bn) through to 2024, with clients including Daimler, Alstom, Bombardier and Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

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Musk confirms Tesla Gigafactory plans for China and Europe

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00 -- John Shepherd
Musk confirms Tesla Gigafactory plans for China and Europe

Tesla has given the green light to launch its first Gigafactory for batteries production outside the US in China, company chief Elon Musk has confirmed.

The new Shanghai plant confirms a pledge by Musk to one day set up business at the heart of Asia’s booming batteries sector.

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UK’s Johnson Matthey tight-lipped on site for post-Brexit battery tech plant

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 11:17 -- Xuan Zhong
UK’s Johnson Matthey tight-lipped on site for post-Brexit battery tech plant

UK-based speciality chemicals company Johnson Matthey (JM) is set to launch commercial production of its “high energy” battery material technology by 2022— but is staying tight-lipped about which country will host the plant.

Investors have been told the enhanced lithium nickel oxide (eLNO) material plant, which will target batteries for the electric vehicles market, “will be located in Europe, in line with the development of its supply chain”.

 

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