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

VW to build EV battery pack facility in China as it targets 40% NEV fleet by 2030

Work on an electric vehicle pack manufacturing plant has begun in China by Volkswagen Group China— the first battery system plant wholly owned by the Group in China.


Ford partners with Korea to boost US lithium-ion battery production

Ford Motor Company and SK Innovation plan to invest $11.4 billion in the US electric vehicle and battery sector— including three dedicated battery plants with a combined 129GWh capacity.


High-performance vein graphite tests show promise for lithium-ion battery anodes

Canadian mining firm Ceylon Graphite has reported a significant breakthrough in the performance of its vein graphite anode material in lithium-ion coin cells. 


Chinese firm plans to build out 160,000tpa of lithium-ion materials capability by 2024

China-based cathode research and development firm XTC New Energy Materials is planning to invest at least $1.55 billion (CNY10 billion) in a lithium battery materials project in Sichuan province.


Lead recycler Aqua Metals to turn focus on to lithium-ion battery reprocessing

Lead recycler Aqua Metals has established an Innovation Center to apply its know-how to lithium-ion battery recycling research and development and prototype system activities.


State owned firm to build lithium-ion gigafactory in Russia

Renera, a subsidiary of TVEL Fuel Company Rosatom, has revealed plans to build up to 12GWh of lithium-ion battery production capability in Russia. 


ABTC partners with GEMC to develop new lithium-ion battery materials manufacturing method

American Battery Metals Corporation has entered a collaborative agreement to develop methods to manufacture nickel and cobalt in the US with fellow lithium battery materials firm Global Energy Metals Corporation (GEMC).


Thermal runaway root cause of Tesla megapack fires that shut down Australian ESS

Thermal runaway in a Tesla megapack was the likely cause of a three-day fire that halted testing at Neoen’s 300MW/450MWh energy storage system (ESS) in Australia.


Polypore and SEMCORP establish JV in China for dry-process lithium-ion battery separators

A joint venture to produce up to 1 billion m2/year of dry-process lithium-ion battery separators in China by 2028 has been established by a joint Japanese and Chinese partnership.

Hammond wins BCI innovation award for its lead battery-boosting additive

Lead-acid additives firm Hammond Group has been awarded the 2021 BCI Innovation Award— the second time the US company has scooped the industry.