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EU pledges more cash to prop up lithium battery alliance

Maroš Šefčovič

The European Union is pledging to throw additional cash at projects that support plans for an EU-wide battery cell manufacturing industry to compete with Asia.

ABC to work with Fengfan on bipolar lead batteries for China

Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) is setting its sights on China and the wider Asian market for its bipolar lead-acid technology, after signing a memorandum of cooperation with China’s Fengfan.

Nevada study endorses ‘cost-effective’ battery storage

Nevada energy

The potential for cost-effective battery storage projects in the US state of Nevada could range from 700 megawatts to more than 1,000MW by 2030, according to a new economic study.

Hammond CEO Murphy joins BCI board

Terry Murphy

Hammond Group chief Terry Murphy, has joined the board of Battery Council International (BCI).

SK Innovation to build EV batteries in US?

SK innovation

South Korean energy and chemical company SK Innovation (SKI) is reportedly considering building an electric vehicle battery plant in the US, but is staying tight-lipped on details.

Drilling go-ahead for Czech lithium project

Andrej Babis

The developer of the Czech Republic’s Cinovec lithium deposit has been given the green light to launch drilling as part of a definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the project.

Rolls-Royce invests in Berlin BESS start-up Qinous

Qinous ESS

Rolls-Royce has become a “strategic investor” in Qinous, a Berlin-based renewables and energy storage start-up.

Renault to use EV batteries for ‘biggest stationary BESS’

Renault BESS

The Renault car group has unveiled plans to build “the biggest stationary energy storage system using electric vehicle batteries ever designed in Europe” by 2020.


EU red tape ‘risks exporting battery jobs’, ILA warns

Thousands of battery jobs risk being axed in Europe and ‘exported’ to overseas competitors as a result of unnecessary and restrictive legislation, lead-acid industry bosses have warned.


US-Korea partners name New York for battery recycling facility


The partners behind a US-Korean battery recycling joint venture have named New York State as the site for their first lithium-ion recycling plant.