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VW Group signs $1.4B battery deal with Wanxinag Group to ensure security of supply in China

China battery maker Wanxinag Group has secured a $1.4 billion deal to supply German vehicle OEM Volkswagen Group with lithium-ion batteries.


Faraday Institution announces six Industry Fellowships to foster relationships between industry and academic researchers

A new programme to strengthen ties between battery researchers working in industry and academia has been launched by the UK’s Faraday Institution.

Academia and industry partner to deliver better lead batteries

Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) will work with the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) to use nanoscale technology to unlock the inner workings of lead batteries. 


Opinion: Australia begins its challenge of China's graphite crown in EV batteries

Australian mining companies are challenging China’s dominance of the graphite market, writes BESTmag editor Vic Giles.

Power generating company Ormat buys 80MWh California energy storage facility

Power generating operator and supplier Ormat Technologies has bought the lithium-ion Pomona battery energy storage facility in California, US, from AtlaGas Holdings for $47 million.


Redflow and carbonTRACK collaborate to bring flow battery VPPs to South Africa

Australian firms Redflow and carbonTRACK have announced an agreement to create virtual power plants (VPP) using zinc-bromine flow batteries.


US Battery partners with Gridtential Energy to mass market bipolar lead-acid batteries

Lead battery maker Gridtential Energy has entered into a formal agreement to collaborate on its Silicon Joule™ bipolar battery technology with flooded lead-acid battery firm US Battery.


Start-up Verkor plans to develop France’s second gigafactory

Battery start-up Verkor is set to increase European battery cell production with  a16GWh lithium-ion gigafactory in an as yet undisclosed location in France. 


Lithium-ion battery giant CATL raises almost $3billion through private share placement

China lithium-ion battery giant Contemporary Amperax Technology (CATL) has closed a funding round that attracted 19.7 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) from nine investors.


Global partnership to protect children from lead exposure announced

US non-profit organsiation Pure Earth, Clarios Foundation and UNICEF have begun a three-year partnership to prevent children being exposed to lead from informal smelting operations.