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All the news and views from the world of energy storage and associated industries.

Business as usual for UK battery companies as IP law remains unchanged after Brexit

Brexit— the UK’s decision to leave the European Union— is unlikely to effect the intellectual property of energy storage companies, for now.


Fossil fuel giant IndianOil buys into energy storage industry with share boost in metal-air firm Phinergy

Government owned IndianOil has upped its stake in Israel metal-air battery company Phinergy as the fossil fuel firm looks to “embrace emerging alternatives”.


UK firm deploys grid-scale second-life lithium-ion energy storage system in Belgium

UK company Connected Energy has commissioned its largest second-life battery energy storage system to date using repurposed electric vehicle packs from Renault. 


Toyota and Panasonic JV to make lithium-ion vehicle batteries and develop next-gen technology including solid-state

A joint venture between vehicle OEM and Toyota Motor Corporation and lithium-ion battery maker Panasonic will specialise in prismatic batteries for automotive applications0.


Lithium-ion battery anode pioneer recognised after missing out on Nobel prize

He may have been overlooked for a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, but the man whose technology rests in more than 95% of all lithium-ion batteries has been recognised for his work in bringing the chemistry to a global market.


Total and Groupe PSA launch joint venture to develop 48GWh European lithium-ion battery production supply chain

French fossil fuel firm Total plans to build pilot battery manufacturing facilities in Europe combining the knowledge of its lithium-ion battery making arm Saft and vehicle OEM Groupe PSA.


Li-Cycle to tap into US’ waste battery market with lithium-ion recycling facility

A lithium-ion battery recycling plant will be built in New York State after Li-Cycle Corporation gained financial backing for the $23 million facility in exchange for jobs.


Firms sign MoU to develop and commercialise vanadium redox flow batteries

Minerals firm VanadiumCorp Resource announced a partnership to develop vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) energy storage systems with Indian company Delectrik Systems.


Electrovaya buys ceramic separator patents for lithium-ion batteries

Electrovaya has bought 30 key lithium-ion ceramic separator and battery issued patents previously owned by Litarion, the Canadian company announced on 4 February.


Battery storage industry bucks trend to increase corporate funding— with lithium-ion the big winner

Global funding for battery storage, smart grid, and efficiency companies fell year-on-year in 2019, according to market researchers.