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

COVID-hampered energy storage industry set to bounce back in 2021

COVID-19 had the biggest effect on the behind-the-metre energy storage market last year while grid-scale projects proved resilient during the lockdown. 


How to prevent short-circuiting in next-gen lithium batteries

Researchers in the US have developed a way to prevent dendrite formation in lithium-ion batteries using a solid electrolyte in contact with an electrode made of sodium and potassium.

Sodium-sulfur order aims to help Mongolia transition from fossil fuel power

Battery maker NGK Insulators has won an order to deploy 3.6MWh of its sodium-sulfur (NAS) batteries at Mongolia’s first solar-plus-storage energy storage system.


Automotive, recycling and science sectors partner in European closed loop system for lithium-ion batteries

Automotive OEM Groupe Renault has formed a partnership with resource management firm Veolia and science-based company Solvay to develop a closed-loop recycling system in Europe.


Asahi Kasei to increase production capacity for its lithium-ion battery separator

Japan’s Asahi Kasei is set to increase production capacity of its lithium-ion battery separators to meet demand in the rapidly growing lithium-ion battery market.


Electrode breakthrough comes in hunt for better performing lithium-ion battery

Scientists from South Korea have unveiled a novel electrode additive that could increase the lifespan and fast chargeability of high-energy-density lithium-ion batteries.


CAM reports positive results from its internal water-cooled ball mill

Lead battery equipment maker CAM has revealed test results that confirm leady oxide from its internal water-cooled ball mill contains 100% tetragonal oxide crystals. 


Aggressive growth plans see CATL secure lithium-ion battery cathode material for rest of decade

A strategic cooperation agreement will see Chinese battery manufacturer CATL buy its lithium-ion battery cathode material from domestic producer Yibin Libaode until 2030. 

VW to build six gigafactories to ensure security of supply for its lithium-ion EV fleet

Vehicle OEM the Volkswagen Group has announced it will build 240GWh of lithium-ion manufacturing capacity in Europe by 2030.


Partnership could see lithium-sulfur powered EVs at under $90/kWh

Emerging electric vehicle maker Mullen Technologies has revealed plans to use lithium-sulfur pouch format batteries developed by NexTech to make more than 100,000 vehicles over five years.