The race to bring fast charging to the mobile phone market through new battery developments reached a new peak last week with Samsung and relative newcomer Enervate using consumer electronic marketing and hype to bring their products to the global stage.
Enervate, the Irvine California developer of a silicon anode based battery system, was chosen by the gargantuan Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show which takes place in early January as an ‘honouree’ in three categories — Vehicle Intelligence & Self-Driving Technology, Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies, and Tech for a Better World — for its “groundbreaking” silicon-dominant lithium-ion battery technology.
California energy storage start-up Romeo Power— which boasts a workforce including “top engineers and designers” from business rivals Tesla— has secured $30 million in seed financing.
Romeo said on 24 August it was now pushing ahead with the installation of a fully-automated 113,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Los Angeles that is set to be ready by the year’s end.
Tougher lithium-ion design and manufacturing safeguards must be introduced to bring safety standards up to date following Samsung’s recall of its Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones, says a US agency.
Chairman of the US government agency Consumer Product Safety Commission Elliot Kaye made the call in a statement released last week.
With buzzwords such as ‘environmentally friendly’ and ’green energy’ entering the energy industry lexicon batteries are proving the go to technology for grid scale projects integrating renewable energy.
The latest energy storage system (EES) to come on stream in the US will be powered by Samsung SDI America batteries and management system.
Samsung SDI has unveiled a range of lithium-ion Electric Vehicle battery cell prototypes as the firm continues to stake its claim in the sector.
Launched at The North American International Auto Show in Detroit, one of the prototypes on the Korean electronic giant’s stand promises 94 amp hours (Ah), compared with the industry standard of between 26 and 28 Ah.
One of Europe’s biggest utilities and a South Korean battery giant are set to join forces to take advantage of the growing lithium-ion energy storage system market.
Germany's top utility E.ON and battery firm Samsung SDI have signed a memorandum of understanding to pool together resources and knowledge to enter the market.
The ESS market is predicted to explode in 2016 as Tesla’s Powerwall and a number of rival residential and commercial systems come on stream.
E.ON said in a statement that both groups would develop "profitable energy storage solutions and... assess and develop a potential business model for targeting applications for lithium-ion batteries in selected regions and markets.”
As part of the agreement it is understood that E.ON and Samsung SDI will run battery projects in the United States, Germany, Britain and the Czech Republic, with the aim of expanding these to other countries.
No financial details were disclosed.
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.
Samsung’s battery-making arm Samsung SDI is set to buy the cell material division of its chemical affiliate to bolster competitiveness in the sector.
Samsung SDI will take over the cell material unit of Samsung Fine Chemicals on September 16 in a deal worth US$15.9 million.
Work is set to begin at Samsung SDI Battery Systems (SDIBS) lithium-ion battery plant following the Korean firm’s official opening ceremony.
The company will begin operations to manufacturer EV batteries for the European, American and Chinese markets at the plant in Graz, Austria.