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BMW batteries deal with CAT short-circuits EU

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:06 -- Xuan Zhong
BMW batteries deal with CAT short-circuits EU

BMW has placed a “billion euro” order for electric vehicle batteries from China— because the firm ‘can’t wait’ for Europe to build a battery cells industry, according to its chairman.

Harald Krüger’s (pictured) announcement of a deal with Chinese lithium battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) is the clearest signal yet that Germany could break ranks with the EU over plans to create a European Batteries Alliance to compete with Asia. 

 

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BYD powers up BESS presence in UK

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 16:16 -- Xuan Zhong
BYD powers up BESS presence in UK

China’s BYD is to supply its lithium-ion battery tech for a new 25-megawatt energy storage project for a local authority in the UK.

BYD— which has already made inroads into the UK’s BESS market— has been selected to provide the China-made battery system for the project by South Somerset District Council.

 

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German components firm to start battery production for new ‘solar car’

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:26 -- Xuan Zhong
German components firm to start battery production for new ‘solar car’

German automotive components firm ElringKlinger is to launch its first battery production facility after clinching a deal worth “several hundred million euros”.

ElringKlinger told BBB the fully-automated facility had been planned for some time and would be “primarily used” to develop and produce modular lithium-ion battery systems for “fully-electric” solar vehicles under a contract awarded by Germany’s Sono Motors.

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New Li battery plant for southeast China

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 09:42 -- Xuan Zhong
New Li battery plant for southeast China

Plans to build a “new energy” lithium battery industrial park with a total investment of CNY1.55 billion ($243.7 million) have been unveiled by the Liancheng County government in China’s Fujian Province.

The southeastern county said it will co-invest with other companies to spend a total of CNY920m on manufacturing two different types of lithium batteries— including producing 100 million 18600 lithium-ion cells for energy storage and vehicles each year— plus 20 million “soft pouch lithium batteries”.

 

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Japan chems firm launches battery materials business in Shanghai

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 09:53 -- Xuan Zhong
Japan chems firm launches battery materials business in Shanghai

Japan-based global chemicals conglomerate Showa Denko has launched a new business in Shanghai to expand its sales of advanced battery materials across China.

Denko said its wholly-owned subsidiary— Showa Denko Battery Materials (Shanghai) Co— will strengthen the group’s battery materials activities in the country as it ramps up its new energy vehicles (NEVs) sector.

 
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Tech firm claims solid-state fast-charge breakthrough

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:43 -- John Shepherd
Tech firm claims solid-state fast-charge breakthrough

Belgian nanoelectronics and digital tech firm Imec says it has made “an innovative type of solid-state lithium-ion battery” that is set to be a “contender” to power future fast-charging, long-haul vehicles. 

The new battery tech achieved an energy density of 200 Wh/litre at a charging speed of 0,5C (two hours), Imec said.

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KULR to market NREL lithium safety tool

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:40 -- gerry@bestmag.co.uk
KULR to market NREL lithium safety tool

KULR technology, a major player in thermal management from everything from semi conductors to datacentres announced at the Florida International Battery Seminar and Exhibit that it would be commercialising a key tool developed by American state-owned labs for the investigation of lithium battery fires.

The tool, developed by the US National Renewable Engineering Laboratory in Idaho and NASA is an artificial  dendritic short circuit lookalike, which can placed anywhere in the so called ‘Jelly Roll’  of a lithium-ion cell.

 

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Battery-solar plans inch ahead in Western Australia

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:56 -- John Shepherd
Battery-solar plans inch ahead in Western Australia

Proposals that pave the way for a battery storage facility of up to 20MWh to be built alongside a solar farm in Western Australia have taken a step forward.

Australian firm Carnegie Clean Energy has been given the go-ahead to negotiate a lease to build the battery and a solar plant of up to 100MW at the site, 26km southwest of Kalgoorlie.

 

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Mass EV markets are still a long way off— Anderman

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 10:58 -- News Editor
Mass EV markets are still a long way off— Anderman

Electric vehicle penetration at 20% of the global car fleet will not be reached by 2025, according to Menahem Anderman (pictured), the renowned battery and EV market analyst.

Speaking at AABC Europe, part of a conference series Anderman founded nearly 20 years ago, he said the age old arguments of lithium-ion battery costs remain the key barrier to market, though pack size and range have changed enormously in the last five years. Auto OEMs are offering a plethora of battery-powered vehicles with more than 180 available across the globe with the great majority being made in China.

 

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Storage start-up Romeo Power completes battery pack plant

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:24 -- Xuan Zhong
Storage start-up Romeo Power completes battery pack plant

California energy storage start-up Romeo Power has completed construction of a 113,000 square-foot lithium-ion battery pack manufacturing facility in Los Angeles.

The announcement comes three months after Romeo— which boasts a workforce including “top engineers and designers” from business rivals Tesla— secured $30 million in seed financing.

 

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