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

EU launches ‘batteries innovation platform’

Diego Pavia

Batteries Europe— a technology and innovation platform “to drive research and innovation, knowledge transfer and competitiveness across the European battery value chain”— has been launched by the European Commission.

BESS order boost for storage in Massachusetts

Canada’s Storage Power Solutions (SPS) has been selected to boost the expanding portfolio of battery energy storage systems in the US state Massachusetts.

UK consortium secures funds to develop liquid air energy storage tech

Bardon Hill Quarry, Leicestershire

A commercial-academic UK consortium has secured more than £350,000 (US$454,000) of government funding to develop a liquid air energy storage (LAES) system.

BioSolar plans next steps for silicon in emerging battery tech

US lithium technology firm BioSolar has set out the next steps towards incorporating its silicon additive technology into commercial-grade lithium-ion battery prototypes.

LG Chem’s batteries aid record sales

South Korean battery giant LG Chem said the company achieved record battery sales in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Freudenberg doubles down on XALT Energy

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is making a “multi-million dollar investment” to take a majority stake in XALT Energy, a Michigan-based developer of lithium-ion energy storage systems.

CATL signs giga battery supply deal with Honda

Chinese lithium battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has signed an electric vehicle battery supply deal with Honda of Japan. 

‘US needs more investment in batteries’— former energy chief

Ernest Moniz

Batteries should be included on a “breakthrough technology shortlist” in preparation for a much-needed overhaul of US energy policy, according to an expert report.

Tesla to acquire Maxwell Technologies

Dr Franz Fink

Tesla is to acquire Maxwell Technologies, in a deal that values the California-based ultracapacitor firm at around US$218 million.

Canada Rolls out expansion funding for lead-acid

James Surrette (right) with local MP Bill Casey

Canadian deep cycle lead-acid battery maker Surrette is expanding its production facility in Nova Scotia, to “boost its global competitiveness and spur business growth”.