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VW mulls South Africa EV battery plant partnership

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:19 -- John Shepherd
VW mulls South Africa EV battery plant partnership

German car giant Volkswagen is in talks with potential partners about plans to build an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in South Africa, BEST Battery Briefing can reveal.

VW has been in discussions with a consortium— which the car maker declined to give more details on— for the past six months about the possibility of teaming up for the project, the company confirmed to BBB.

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Boris backs battery power plan for Britain

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:09 -- John Shepherd
Boris backs battery power plan for Britain

The UK should become a world-class centre for battery R&D and production, the country’s newly-installed prime minister Boris Johnson has told legislators.

Johnson said the development of battery technology is among key national priorities as his administration prepares to leave the European Union on 31 October.

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Hammond announces new additives to boost EFB performance

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:42 -- Paul Crompton
Hammond  announces new additives to boost EFB performance

As series of additives designed to increase the performance capabilities of enhanced flooded lead-acid batteries has been launched by US speciality chemical firm Hammond Group.

The company’s AE-EFB series of negative expanders is the latest addition to its Advanced Expander product line.

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Western Australia unveils funds register to grow battery industry

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 09:43 -- John Shepherd
Western Australia unveils funds register to grow battery industry

Western Australia (WA) has launched a ‘Funding Assistance Register’ aimed at bolstering the state’s ambitions to develop a home-grown battery industry.

The initiative is designed to help firms such as mining and processing companies, manufacturers, research groups, renewable energy companies, and small businesses apply to unlock state and federal aid for future battery-related projects.

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Jaguar Land Rover urges UK giga-investment plan

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 13:05 -- John Shepherd
Jaguar Land Rover urges UK giga-investment plan

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has called for “giga-scale battery production” to be launched in the UK, as the company revealed plans to manufacture a range of new electric vehicles in England.

JLR said the plans for its Castle Bromwich plant near Birmingham marked “the next significant step in delivering on the company’s commitment to offer customers electrified options for all new Jaguar and Land Rover models from 2020”.

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Insurer releases ESS fire safety guidelines

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 11:53 -- John Shepherd
Insurer releases ESS fire safety guidelines

International commercial property insurer FM Global has released new fire protection guidelines to combat increased incidences of energy storage system fires.

The US-based insurer said the guidelines are needed because lithium-ion battery-based systems are under growing scrutiny after being involved in fires in South Korea and the US.

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Chinese battery group invests in billion-dollar expansion

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 16:36 -- John Shepherd
Chinese battery group invests in billion-dollar expansion

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is to invest CNY10 billion (US$1.5bn) in building a new lithium battery plant in the country.

State-owned AVIC said the plant in Xiamen, in China’s southeastern Fujian Province, will have an eventual annual production capacity of 20GWh across a 570 square metre site.

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New EU forum to support Batteries Alliance

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 12:18 -- John Shepherd
New EU forum to support Batteries Alliance

A new batteries research and innovation forum— the Batteries Europe Platform— has been launched by European Union energy chief Maroš Šefčovič.

Šefčovič (pictured) said the initiative would be a forum setting out Europe’s strategic research and innovation needs and linking existing EU-backed funding programmes to support the European Batteries Alliance.

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LIBs inch ahead in battery market, but Pb has power to grow

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 15:33 -- John Shepherd
LIBs inch ahead in battery market, but Pb has power to grow

Lithium-ion batteries have grabbed a larger slice of the worldwide battery market than lead for the first time, but Pb will continue to grow at a “modest rate”, according to a top industry analyst.

Battery expert Dr Geoffrey May (pictured) told the International Lead Association’s PB2019 conference in Madrid that lithium-ion had a worldwide market share of US$40 billion in 2018, compared to $37.5bn for lead. This was the first time lithium-ion batteries had been ahead, he said.

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LG Chem in batteries joint venture with China’s Geely

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 09:00 -- John Shepherd
LG Chem in batteries joint venture with China’s Geely

South Korea’s LG Chem is setting up a joint electric vehicle batteries business with Chinese carmaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

Each company has invested around US$94 million in the 50-50 joint venture, which, by the end of 2021, will produce 10GWh of EV batteries annually for the Chinese market.

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