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Audi battery fire risk prompts E-Tron recall in US

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:45 -- John Shepherd
Audi battery fire risk prompts E-Tron recall in US

German car manufacturer Audi is recalling its first all-electric vehicle rolled out in the US— the ‘E-Tron’— due to the risk of battery fires.

A spokesperson for the company, which is owned by Volkswagen, told BEST Battery Briefing “moisture could, in very rare cases, enter the high-voltage battery through the low-voltage wiring via the charging-socket grommet, due to production tolerances in the manufacturing of wiring harnesses”.

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Thai investor backs Enevate’s fast-charge tech

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 16:28 -- John Shepherd
Thai investor backs Enevate’s fast-charge tech

Thailand-based energy company Bangchak has made a “significant” undisclosed investment in US-based advanced lithium-ion battery tech developer Enevate.

CEO of California-based Enevate, Robert Rango, said the deal meant Bangchak becomes “an important partner in our mission to provide advanced battery technology that will help drive the growth of global EV markets with as little as five-minute charging times”.

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US seeks experts for new LIB transportation safety body

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 13:59 -- John Shepherd
US seeks experts for new LIB transportation safety body

The US has issued a call for experts to join a new committee being set up to advise the federal government on lithium-ion battery transportation safety.

Transportation secretary Elaine Chao (pictured) said the government is looking to recruit “experts from diverse technical and transportation backgrounds to evaluate safety improvements”.

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European partners launch German BESS

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 09:56 -- John Shepherd
European partners launch German BESS

A 22MW lithium-ion energy storage system has been inaugurated in Germany by a European consortium.

Italy’s Enel Green Power (EGP), German renewables company Enertrag and Swiss battery maker Leclanché launched the €17 million (US$19m) BESS at Cremzow, 102km northeast of Berlin, on 16 May.

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Thailand to build region’s ‘biggest LIB testing centre’

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 14:56 -- John Shepherd
Thailand to build region’s ‘biggest LIB testing centre’

A major testing centre for lithium-ion batteries in Asia is to be built in Thailand under a deal with German inspection and product certification services group TÜV SÜD.

TÜV SÜD has signed a cooperation agreement with the Thai industry ministry and the Thailand Automotive Institute to build the €13.5 million (US$15.1m) centre near Bangkok.

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Researchers hail improved recycling process for LIB cathodes

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 17:22 -- John Shepherd
Researchers hail improved recycling process for LIB cathodes

Researchers at the University of California San Diego say they have improved the safety of a recycling process that regenerates degraded cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries. 

The research is part of a larger effort under the US ReCell Center initiative to promote ithium-ion battery recycling.

Project leader Zheng Chen (pictured), a professor of nanoengineering affiliated with the Sustainable Power and Energy Center at UC San Diego, said: “Due to the rapid growth of electric vehicle markets, the worldwide manufacturing capacity of lithium-ion batteries is expected to reach hundreds of gigawatt hours per year in the next five years.”

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Scottish hotel plugs in to battery storage trial

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Gyle Edinburgh Park Premier Inn

A lithium-ion battery storage system has been ‘booked in’ to a hotel in Scotland as part of an energy efficiency trial project.

The Gyle Premier Inn at Edinburgh Park, owned by brewing giant Whitbread, said the 100kW battery has the capacity to run the hotel— “including powering meals cooked” at its bar and grill— for up to three hours daily.

The battery functions by drawing power from the National Grid during off-peak periods and takes two hours to fully charge.

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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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