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Korean firms fight for slice of Chinese EV market

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 15:15 -- Paul Crompton
Korean firms fight for slice of Chinese EV market

Just as Korean battery maker Samsung SDI claimed to be the first ‘top’ battery manufacturer to open an EV battery plant in China, competitor LG Chem says it has finished building a plant of its own.

Samsung says it has kicked off operations at its plant in Xi’an, central China, where it aims to produce 40,000 batteries a year. Further east, in Nanjing, LG Chem’s factory will churn out 50,000, the manufacturer claims.

Where LG Chem says it already has 16 local customers, including China’s top three automakers—Shanghai Automotive Group, Dongfeng Motor Group and the FAW Group—Samsung has only confirmed bus manufacturer Yutong and vehicle maker Foton.

In August, undisputed EV battery market leader Panasonic shut down a lithium-ion battery factory in Beijing, saying it wanted to concentrate on EV batteries—but the Japanese company has not reported any plans to do this in China.

The latest forecast by market research firm B3 showed that sales of electric vehicles in China grew more than five times to about 80,000 units in 2014, with the number projected to surge to 240,000 units next year.

The firm says the global market for EVs is forecast to reach 7.7 million vehicles by 2020, compared with 2.1 million in 2014.

Camel takes on silicon-graphene tech with US laboratory

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 12:43 -- Paul Crompton
Camel takes on silicon-graphene tech with US laboratory

Chinese battery maker Camel has signed an agreement with a US lithium battery company to commercialise a silicon-graphene material for use in making high-capacity anodes.

The deal with the California Lithium Battery Company (CalBattery) in Los Angeles was signed after a licensing agreement with developers at the Argonne Laboratory in Chicago in 2012.

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Black Monday yet to affect China’s Li-ion investment projects

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 10:17 -- Paul Crompton
Black Monday yet to affect China’s Li-ion investment projects

The shock waves from China’s ‘Black Monday’ appear to have missed the country’s lithium-battery market as investment in the industry continues apace this week.

A strategic cooperation agreement has been signed between Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and the government of Jiangsu province to focus on developing lithium batteries.

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LG Chem strengthens grip on China’s lithium EV market

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:17 -- Paul Crompton
LG Chem strengthens grip on China’s lithium EV market

Battery maker LG Chem has strengthened its already tight grip on China’s EV market with its latest deal to supply lithium batteries to the country’s top OEM.

The South Korean firm has inked a deal to supply Changan Automobile Co. with batteries for its next-generation plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

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Toshiba Completes European lithium BESS tests

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 13:49 -- Paul Crompton
Toshiba Completes European lithium BESS tests

Japanese based firm Toshiba T&D Europe S.p.a (TTDE) is set to handover a 1MW-1MWh lithium Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to a Italian utility firm.

The handover to Italian Transmission System Operator Terna S.p.a. follows successful tests of Toshiba’s lithium titanate oxide SCiB™ equipped BESS.

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Toshiba completes European lithium BESS tests

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:39 -- Paul Crompton
Toshiba completes European lithium BESS tests

Japanese based firm Toshiba T&D Europe S.p.a (TTDE) is set to handover a 1MW-1MWh lithium Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to an Italian utility firm.

The handover to Italian Transmission System Operator Terna S.p.a. follows successful tests of Toshiba’s lithium titanate oxide SCiB™ equipped BESS.

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Custom Li-ion firm signs European distribution deal

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:31 -- Paul Crompton
Custom Li-ion firm signs European distribution deal

Custom lithium battery pack design and manufacturing firm Steatite Limited, has signed a European distribution agreement with large format lithium-ion manufacturer Beckett Energy Systems (BES).

UK firm Steatite will now provide BES’s 24Vdc lithium-ion battery pack module, for energy storage and remote power applications in Marine and Defence Markets.

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Johnson Controls to rethink China battery plant

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:23 -- Paul Crompton
Johnson Controls to rethink China battery plant

Johnson Controls is set to focus on advanced batteries at one of its China plants— but refused to reveal whether it will be lithium or lead-acid.

Although the US company is keeping quiet about the details, a company spokesman confirmed an announcement will be made in the ‘next few weeks’.

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Oakridge secures tax break to boost Li-ion facilities

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:01 -- Paul Crompton
Oakridge secures tax break to boost Li-ion facilities

US lithium battery firm Oakridge Global Energy Solutions has been granted tax breaks that green lights plans to boost its manufacturing space in Florida.

The $9million property tax breaks rely on the firm adding 1,000 jobs in Palm Bay by 2019, and investing $270million in manufacturing equipment.

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Lithium concerns as South America’s biggest supplier faces legal action.

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 11:22 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium concerns as South America’s biggest supplier faces legal action.

Chile and Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM) – the world’s largest producer of lithium – is currently in arbitration proceedings, and the outcome could have a serious implications on lithium supplies and prices.

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