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German lead battery maker Moll opens talks with investors following insolvency proceedings

German lead battery manufacturer, Akkumulatorenfabrik Moll has entered exploratory discussions with potential investors after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a fall in sales that led to the 75-year-old firm opening insolvency proceedings.


UK Government awards $12M grant for first commercial liquid air ESS facility

Long duration energy storage developer Highview Power has partnered with power station firm Carlton Power to build a liquid air energy storage facility in the UK with a minimum of 50MW/250MWh capacity.


Australia to double installed energy storage capacity as ESS costs set to fall

Energy storage analyst Wood Mackenzie forecasts that despite COVID-19 Australia is set to more than double its year-on-year installed energy storage capacity in 2020. 


The VW Group increases stake in US solid-state battery start-up QuantumScape to $300M

The Volkswagen Group is increasing its stake in US solid-state battery start-up QuantumScape by up to $200 million as the German OEM looks to future of electric vehicle drivetrains.


Tesla effect attracts lithium-ion battery recycling firm to set up shop in north Nevada

Mineral extraction and battery recycling company American Battery Metals Corporation— which is changing its name to American Battery Technology Company— has chosen northern Nevada, US, for its lithium-ion battery recycling facility.


Zinc ESS firm Eos Energy Storage bolsters management team to prepare for future growth

Zinc energy storage sytem maker Eos Energy Storage has strengthened its leadership to help drive the future of firm.


Umicore secures EIB funding to develop European lithium-ion battery cathode plant

Materials technology firm Umicore has finalised a €125 million ($141 million) loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) as it looks to develop a lithium-ion battery cathode plant in Europe.


Skoltech scientists use bespoke lithium-ion cell to view SEI formation

Researchers from Russia’s Skoltech Center for Energy Science and Technology (CEST) have used a bespoke lithium-ion cell to visualise solid electrolyte interphrase (SEI) formation on battery-grade materials.


New NiMH batteries perform better when made from recycled old NiMH batteries

Researchers at Stockholm University have developed a method for making better performing and cheaper nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries by recycling old ones.


Indian state of Kerela set to build lithium-ion batteries

Titanium dioxide anatase miner Travancore Titanium Products (TTP) is set to manufacture lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EV) in India, according to reports.