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

Lithium battery material deal marks Spanish mine’s commercialisation

South Korean lithium-ion manufacturer LG Energy Solutions has secured a supply of battery grade lithium-hydroxide from a Spanish mine. 


Stena Recycling invests in new lithium-ion battery recycling plant in Sweden

Stena Recycling is investing 250 million SEK ($29 million) in a new lithium-ion battery recycling process in Sweden. 


China deploys world’s first sodium-ion grid-scale battery ESS

China deploys world’s first sodium-ion grid-scale battery ESS

The world’s first grid–scale energy storage system has been deployed in China, according to domestic news outlets.


“Life threatening” violations found at lead recycler Gopher Resources US plant

Gopher Resources recycling plant in Tampa Florida, US

Lead recycling firm Gopher Resources was in breach of 14 violations of the air pollution permits and regulations at its Tampa, US, plant.


Panasonic sells stake in long-term partner Tesla for $3.6 billion

Panasonic cells and Tesla car

Tesla’s lithium-ion battery maker Panasonic has sold its entire stake in the US electric vehicle OEM for almost $3.6 billion, reports Japanese business news outlet Nikkei.


Lithium-ion ESS to help Ukraine align its power markets with Europe

world bank logo

A Ukrainian firm is set to build a 197MW lithium-ion energy storage system after securing a nine-figure loan from the World Bank.


European testing laboratory to ensure future safety of batteries

The Battery Safety Lab project

Risk management firm Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has joined with Dutch partners to develop a testing facility in the Netherlands for complete battery systems. 


Albemarle establishes battery materials innovation center to drive lithium-ion anode development

Chemicals firm Albermarle aims to fully open its new innovation centre in North Carolina, US, by the end of this month.


Report on lithium-ion battery explosion that killed two China firemen proves inconclusive

lithium-i battery fire in Beijing

The cause of a lithium-ion energy storage system explosion that killed two firemen in China earlier this year has proved inconclusive.


Scientists increase lithium metal battery’s cycle life into the hundreds

battery seperator using carbon

An international team of scientists has developed a method of boosting the lifetime of lithium metal batteries to “hundreds” of cycles by preventing dendritic growth.