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Toyota and Panasonic agree batteries joint venture

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Shigeki Terashi

Japanese compatriots Panasonic and Toshiba have concluded contracts toward setting up a joint venture (JV) company related to the automotive prismatic battery business.

The JV— which is subject to approval by anti-trust chiefs— will cover “research, development, production, engineering, manufacturing, procurement, order receipt, and management”.

Toyota will contribute equipment and personnel in the areas of development and production engineering related to battery cells, while Panasonic will contribute equipment and personnel to support activities including production, development, engineering and manufacturing (at its plants in Japan and Dalian, China).

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Toshiba targets battery business growth with SCiB spin-off

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Toshiba targets battery business growth with SCiB spin-off

Toshiba is to spin-off its SCiB rechargeable battery business to make it an independent business unit within the Japanese corporation.

The decision will see SCiB (Super Charge ion Batteries) transferred from Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation (TISS)— a wholly owned Toshiba subsidiary— from 1 April 2019.

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JCI and Toshiba to work on lead-lithium dual-battery systems

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Johnson Controls International’s (JCI) soon-to-be-sold Power Solutions business, is joining forces with Toshiba to manufacture lithium-ion batteries that will be “paired” with lead-acid battery technology as part of dual-battery systems for carmakers.

JCI, which has agreed to sell Power Solutions to US and Canadian investment firms, said the partners will develop and make the lithium-ion batteries at JCI’s Holland plant in Michigan.

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Toshiba expands ‘ahead of demand’ for SCiB batteries

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Toshiba SCiB

The social infrastructure arm of the Toshiba Group is to invest JPY16.2 billion (US$144.5m) to ramp up production of its SCiB rechargeable lithium-ion batteries by building an additional production facility.

The three-storey 27,000 sq. m facility, to be built at Toshiba Infrastructure Systems and Solutions’ (TISS) Yokohama complex, will also serve as a ‘production technology development centre’.

Toshiba said this would allow the firm “to respond positively to potential future expansion of the lithium-ion battery unit”.

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Truck firm buys battery division

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 16:22 -- News Editor
Hyliion truck

US firm Hyliion, which can turn diesel trucks into electric hybrids, has bought the battery division of Gentherm.

Its battery system was already a major component of Hyliion's 6x4HE solution. The acquisition will further Hyliion's growth plans and on-going innovation, according to founder and CEO Thomas Healy.

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EV business hots up in India

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 09:52 -- Xuan Zhong
EV business hots up in India

The indications that the electric vehicle (EV) and alterative vehicle markets are hotting up in Asia comes with the announcement that Suzuki Motors has agreed to establish a joint venture with Toshiba and Denso to produce lithium-ion batteries in India.

The new company, which will have an initial capital of JPY 2 billion ($18.3 million), will be 50% owned by Suzuki, 40% by Toshiba and 10% by Denso - Japan's leading automotive components manufacturers.


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JCI queers pitch for lead future with lithium SLI launch

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:22 -- gerry@bestmag.co.uk
Johnson Controls and Toshiba team up

As lead pressure groups, including International Lead Association (ILA) and Eurobat, lobby for an extension of the usage of lead-acid battery technology beyond 2020 in Europe, one of the world’s largest lead-acid battery makers has unveiled a lithium-based starter system for start-stop vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It will be in production by 2018, the company says.

The lithium titanate battery, made in conjunction with Toshiba, will power advanced start-stop vehicles.

"Johnson Controls is pursuing opportunities to develop evolutionary low-voltage energy storage systems that will help our customers meet increasing fuel regulations at a lower cost than a hybrid or electric vehicle," said Lisa Bahash, group vice president and general manager Original Equipment, Johnson Controls Power Solutions. "In partnership with Toshiba, we are expanding our lithium-ion product offerings to support the needs of our global customers."

The lithium titanate chemistry is effective at quickly recharging, works well in a wide range of temperatures and can be easily integrated into a vehicle's 12-volt electrical system. Toshiba, with its SCiB technology, is the established market leader for lithium Titanate.

"Toshiba is pleased to work with Johnson Controls to supply SCiB cells for this application," said Shun Egusa, general manager of Toshiba's automotive business. "The opportunity to support global automakers with their goal of improving vehicle efficiency is an important part of our strategy and vision."

An Advanced Start-Stop system has two batteries. A 12V Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) or Enhanced Flooded Battery (EFB), which will start the engine and supply power to accessories such as lights, navigation systems and radios. The 12V lithium titanate battery will primarily accept and store regenerative braking energy during vehicle deceleration, enabling greater power and load management capabilities.

However, the hybrid battery system as currently configured, paves the way for eventual elimination of lead-acid technology, perhaps substitution the lead acid component with a supercapacitor, experts told BEST magazine

"With an Advanced Start-Stop system, drivers could save up to 8 percent every time they fill up their gas tank as the batteries enable the engine to shut off more frequently and for longer periods of time," said Bahash. "This is also a great solution for our customers because the technology allows for greater fuel savings without major changes to the existing powertrain and electrical systems."

ILA Managing Director, Dr Andy Bush, said: “The announcement of this new type of 12V battery by JCI further demonstrates that alternative battery technologies require a lead-based battery to work alongside them in start-stop and mild hybrid electric vehicles. The essential nature of lead-based batteries was one of the points that was made to the EU Commission by the European, Japanese and Korean automotive associations, along with EUROBAT and ILA, in their submissions to the review of the End-of-Life-Vehicle (ELV) Directive calling for a further exemption for lead-based batteries within the wider ban on lead in light-duty vehicles.”

The 12V battery systems will be produced starting in 2018.

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Toshiba reveals 1000kVA UPS

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:44 -- Laura Varriale
Toshiba UPS

Toshiba has added a 1000kVA UPS for data centres and other mission-critical facilities to its G9000 product line.

The double-conversion system has a capacity of 1000kVA/1000kW and provides reliable power at up to 97% AC/DC/AC efficiency at loads from 50 to 100%, according to the company. At 20% load, it should still have an efficiency of 95%. The input power factor is greater than 0.99, the input voltage ranges is from 15% to -20% and the output power factor is rated at unity. The company claimed that the UPS is the largest unit yet of its G9000 products.

The UPS was developed at Toshiba’s Houston facility in the US and is designed for stand-alone or parallel use in up to eight unit configurations without requiring paralleling or load sharing intelligence in the switchgear cabinet. The UPS aims further to support 100% step-load changes without battery discharge. The dynamic response of the inverter shall eliminate the need for an output transformer.

The UPS comes with a three-year onsite warranty. Other units of G9000 line have a capacity ranging from 100 to 750kVA.

Toshiba 2MW lithium titanate battery to be installed in UK distribution grid

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:10 -- Laura Varriale
Willenhall primary substation

The UK's University of Sheffield will connect a Toshiba 2MW lithium titanate battery at an energy storage research test facility located at a primary substation owned by Western Power Distribution.

The battery will form a part of the 11kV Grid Connected Energy Storage Demonstrator, which is part of Western Power Distribution’s network. Toshiba will supply the lithium titanate battery to be connected to Willenhall substation near Wolverhampton later this year.

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Yancey Power Systems partners with Toshiba

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:41 -- Laura Varriale
Toshiba UPS

Yancey Power Systems has secured a deal with Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) to distribute TIC’s uninterruptible power system (UPS) solutions.

The partnership adds Yancey to TIC’s expansive UPS distribution network and includes UPS, input/output switchgears and power distribution units. TIC produces single-phase with a range from 1 to 22kVA and three-phase UPS solutions with a range from 15 to 1000kVA and 100 to 6000kVA. The modules are integrated in Caterpillar generators and used in critical industries.

“With a lengthy company history and strong customer base, Yancey Power Systems makes for an ideal Toshiba UPS distributor,” said Greg Mack, vice President of the TIC Power Electronics division.

“The Toshiba UPS product offering not only complements our power systems solutions but allows us to further ensure reliable and consistent power delivery to our valued customers,” said Eric Arnold, vice President and general manager of Yancey.

Yancey’s portfolio of customers in the critical power industry includes FedEx, NAPA, Wellstar Smyrna, and Waffle House. “Toshiba is one of the most recognized brands for high quality, space saving products. The UPS system helps customers lower operating costs and provide an industry leading three-year on-site warranty”, added Arnold.

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