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Battery tech investors ‘face betting on wrong horse’, says report

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 14:07 -- Xuan Zhong
Battery tech investors ‘face betting on wrong horse’, says report

Battery makers will need to work as part of “innovative ecosystems” to successfully launch new technologies onto the market, according to a new report.

The report by consulting firm Arthur D Little said “no single company will be able to come out on top without the support of an intricate and dynamic innovation ecosystem made up of partners, start-ups and institutes”.

 

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VW ups Quantumscape investment for solid-state batteries

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 11:11 -- John Shepherd
VW ups Quantumscape investment for solid-state batteries

Volkswagen is investing $100 million to increase its stake in US battery start-up Quantumscape and “accelerate” commercialisation of innovative solid-state battery technology.

VW said the deal, which is subject to regulatory approvals, will make it Quantumscape’s largest automotive shareholder and will give the car giant a seat on the board.

 

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Solid-state batteries “game-changer” for EVs report

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 09:54 -- Xuan Zhong
Solid-state batteries “game-changer” for EVs report

Solid-state batteries are expected to be a “game changer” for the electric vehicle industry, according to a new report.

The batteries are set to open up “significant growth opportunities for future battery chemistries due to manufacturers’ claims of an energy density 2.5 times higher than lithium-ion batteries”, said market analysts Frost & Sullivan.

 

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Continental silent on battery options amid ‘structural review’

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Continental silent on battery options amid ‘structural review’

German automotive manufacturer Continental is staying silent on potential moves to further develop its battery systems business.

CEO Dr Elmar Degenhart told the company’s annual shareholders' meeting Continental’s entire organisational structure was under review while the firm “tested suitable scenarios”.

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Saft owner Total ‘invests in polymer tech firm Ionic’

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 09:46 -- Xuan Zhong
Saft owner Total ‘invests in polymer tech firm Ionic’

The venture capital unit of French oil and gas giant Total has reportedly acquired a stake in Massachusetts-based polymer tech firm Ionic Materials.

Total, which acquired French battery maker Saft in 2016, told Reuters: “We have decided to invest in Ionic Materials in order to keep a closer look on this technology which may represent one of the most promising path for the development of solid-state batteries.”

 

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Bosch steps back from ‘too risky’ cells production

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:34 -- Xuan Zhong
Bosch steps back from ‘too risky’ cells production

German auto-parts maker Bosch has confirmed it is dropping plans to manufacture battery cells and “disbanding” battery-related research as the result of “a lengthy economic assessment”.

Bosch said investing in the commercialisation of cell technologies itself— whether improved existing technologies or future ones— is “too risky” and it will instead focus on out-sourcing.

 

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Saft launches advanced batteries R&D with Siemens, Solvay

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:03 -- John Shepherd
Saft launches advanced batteries R&D with Siemens, Solvay

French battery firm Saft is teaming up with European companies for a seven-year programme to develop next generation batteries— “focusing on advanced high-density lithium-ion and solid-state technology”.

Saft, which is owned by French oil and gas giant Total, said German technology group Siemens and Belgium-based chemicals firm Solvay have already committed to join the R&D initiative that will “develop and industrialise” next generation batteries for “all markets” including electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

 

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Solid-state research gets UK battery funding nod

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:01 -- John Shepherd
Solid-state research gets UK battery funding nod

New research into solid-state batteries has won a share of a GBP42 million ($59.8m) UK government grant to help accelerate the development of electric vehicle technology.

The research, to be conducted by an academia-industry partnership led by the University of Oxford, is one of four projects chosen for the funding through the Faraday Institution— launched last year as part of the government’s wider industrial strategy.

 

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BMW invests in solid-state start-up

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:11 -- Xuan Zhong
BMW invests in solid-state start-up

German automotive giant BMW has formed a partnership to develop solid-state batteries for its electric vehicles with US-based start-up Solid Power.

Solid Power, which has been developing solid-state rechargeable batteries in Louisville, Colorado, aims to advance its technology to meet the requirements for high performance EVs.

 

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