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Chinese partners sell Samsung battery business shares

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 10:32 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese partners sell Samsung battery business shares

Two Chinese shareholders have put a total of 30% of shares in Samsung SDI's joint venture battery company on the market, according to China’s Tianjin Property Rights Exchange (TPRE).

Samsung SDI (Tianjin) Battery Co., Ltd. (SDITB), set up in China in 2015 October, is a manufacturer of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

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Tesla opts for Samsung over Panasonic for Australia project

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:29 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla opts for Samsung over Panasonic for Australia project

The Powerpacks Tesla is providing for its South Australia battery project will use lithium-ion battery cells from Samsung SDI— instead of those from its long-term partner Panasonic, BBB has confirmed.

South Australia’s state government announced in July it had chosen the US tech giant to deliver “the world’s largest” battery system in the region.

 

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South Korea plans Li-on push in face of China sanctions

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:46 -- News Editor
South Korea plans Li-on push in face of China sanctions

South Korea is backing plans by the country’s battery giants to inject a total of KRW2.3 trillion ($2.3 billion) into the sector over the next three years, to expand production and challenge China’s increasing dominance of the market.

The move, led by battery giants LG Chem, Samsung SDI and SK Innovation Companies is in response to Chinese sanctions the firms say effectively block the use of South Korean batteries in electric vehicles in China.

 

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German battery park triples capacity

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:33 -- News Editor
German battery park triples capacity

Europe’s first commercial battery storage park has tripled in size to a capacity of 15 MWh, German energy storage systems developer Younicos has announced.

Younicos, which installed the first-phase Schwerin 1 lithium-ion battery plant at Schwerin-Lankow in Germany in 2014, said the second phase of the project – Schwerin 2 – has expanded the facility from the 5 MWh originally available on commissioning of the site in 2014.

 

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Cobalt crisis forces Koreans to act

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:23 -- News Editor
Cobalt crisis forces Koreans to act

Amid growing demand for the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles and smartphones, cobalt, the key energy metal, has seen a decline in production this year driven mainly by the unstable political situation of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which accounts for more than half of global cobalt production.

This month, the price of cobalt came to $61,000 per ton, a 90% jump from early in the year, according to industry data.

Photo credit: The Carter Center: G. Dubourthoumieu

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Hungary plant to feed 50,000 EVs

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 10:24 -- Xuan Zhong
Hungary plant to feed 50,000 EVs

Samsung SDI says its new EV battery plant in Hungary will start production in 2018.

The 330,000sq m site in Goed, north of Budapest, is capable of producing batteries for 50,000 electric vehicles annually. Production is due to begin in the second quarter of next year.

 

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Tesvolt and Samsung SDI to unveil new lithium cell

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:03 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesvolt and Samsung SDI to unveil new lithium cell

German energy storage firm Tesvolt has teamed up with Korean cell manufacturer Samsung SDI on a new high voltage lithium-ion battery.

The battery contains Samsung SDI’s new prismatic lithium cells, which were recently introduced into BMW’s electric cars.

 
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Japanese firm to supply batteries for Samsung’s forthcoming smartphone

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 09:28 -- Xuan Zhong
Japanese firm to supply batteries for Samsung’s forthcoming smartphone

Korea’s tech giant Samsung Electronics is planning to switch lithium-ion battery supplier for its forthcoming Galaxy S8 smart phone, reported Korean media Hankyung.

Japanese ceramic separator maker Murata Manufacturing is set to supply the batteries, just a few months after buying Sony’s lithium batteries business.

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Fast charging lithium-ion to relieve EV range anxiety

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton
Fast charging lithium-ion to relieve EV range anxiety

South Korean battery maker Samsung SDI claims to have developed lithium-ion technology that pushes the boundaries of what electric vehicles can do.

The prismatic cell will help EVs reach a 600km (372miles) driving range, or 500km (310miles) on a single 20 minute charge (taking the battery up to 80% capacity), according to the company.

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Korean battery firms face loss of the Chinese EV market

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 13:05 -- Paul Crompton
Korean battery firms face loss of the Chinese EV market

Two Korean battery makers face further losses after cars using their lithium technology had their certification cancelled in China.

It comes after Samsung SDI and LG Chem both failed to meet the government’s standards for electric car batteries last year.

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