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Japan’s big four launch battery tech consortium for electric motorbikes

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:24 -- Hugh Finzel
Japan’s big four launch battery tech consortium for electric motorbikes

Four of the largest Japanese manufacturers are to jointly consider launching standardised replaceable battery tech for electric motorcycles in a potential game-changing move for the industry.

Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha have formed a consortium to consider launching standardised batteries and replacement systems as part of plans to boost the popularity of electric bikes.

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Tribute to ‘exemplary’ battery industry veteran Mike Weighall

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 14:08 -- John Shepherd
Tribute to ‘exemplary’ battery industry veteran Mike Weighall

Tribute has been paid to UK-based battery industry veteran Mike Weighall, who has died.

Weighall (pictured), who died on 7 March, spent most of his working career associated with the battery industry. He was technical manager for Cookson Entek / Entek International until 1998. 

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Envision investment deal for 'advanced' China NCM plant

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Shanghai-based energy group Envision has confirmed plans to build "the world's most advanced" nickel-cobalt-manganese (NCM 811) battery production line as part of an investment and cooperation agreement with US-based investment firm Sequoia Capital.

Envision, which agreed a deal to become the majority owner of Nissan’s international lithium-ion batteries business in 2018, said the manufacturing facility in Wuxi, in China's Jiangsu Province, will produce "high-safety, high-energy density and high-endurance power batteries" with an eventual annual production capacity of some 20 gigawatt-hours.

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Akasol cylindrical battery ‘boosts driving range’

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 09:47 -- John Shepherd
Akasol cylindrical battery ‘boosts driving range’

German battery manufacturer Akasol has unveiled its first cylindrical-cells battery system with very high energy density which it claims can boost the driving range of plug-in hybrid commercial vehicles “by more that 60%”.

The AKAModule 60 CYC battery system was in the spotlight at last week’s Battery Show Europe in Hannover. 

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Investors banking billions in batteries, says report

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 11:09 -- Xuan Zhong
Investors banking billions in batteries, says report

Battery companies sucked in a multi-billion-dollar boost from investors eager to grab a slice of the storage market in 2017, according to a new report.

The Mercom Capital Group said $1.03 billion was raised by battery storage, smart grid, and efficiency firms in the first half of 2017— compared to $807 million in the first half of 2016.

 

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Temperature ‘heals lithium dendrites’— study

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:01 -- Xuan Zhong
Temperature ‘heals lithium dendrites’— study

Researchers in the US say they have developed a new technique using heat to “enable lithium-metal self-healing” to eliminate the dendrite build-up in battery anodes.

The team at New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute claim to have discovered a way to use internal battery heat “to diffuse the dendrites into a smooth layer”.

 

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Attack on lead risks “derailing” EU’s green energy agenda, ILA warns

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 09:49 -- Xuan Zhong
Attack on lead risks “derailing” EU’s green energy agenda, ILA warns

New safety proposals that risk killing off Europe’s lead battery industry could also “inadvertently derail” a host of green energy and recycling initiatives, EU leaders have been warned.

The International Lead Association (ILA) said moves by the Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) to have lead metal classified as “substances of very high concern” under EU health and environmental rules— revealed by BBB last month— could ultimately result in a ban on lead used in batteries. 

 

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New Delhi plans ‘India first’ policy to protect battery industry

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 09:45 -- Xuan Zhong
New Delhi plans ‘India first’ policy to protect battery industry

India’s government is planning a policy shake-up to “incentivise” battery manufacturing in the country, the country’s minister of state for power and new & renewable energy has told industry leaders. 

Raj Kumar Singh (pictured) told a meeting of Indian electric vehicle and battery manufacturing chiefs he could introduce “Make in India” legislation— to ensure only batteries produced in the country are used for government contracts related to the expanding EVs and energy storage market.

 

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CATL ‘gets IPO green light’ for battery investments

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:22 -- John Shepherd
CATL ‘gets IPO green light’ for battery investments

China’s securities regulator has reportedly approved a planned CNY13.12 billion ($1.98bn) initial public offering by lithium battery giant, Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), to expand its automotive battery business.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) gave CATL’s application the green light on 4 April, the state Xinhua News Agency said.

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BYD plans China battery recycling plant

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:38 -- John Shepherd
BYD plans China battery recycling plant

Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD has confirmed plans to open a battery recycling plant in Shanghai.

A BYD spokesperson told BBB the plant would go ahead but said a date for the project’s start had yet to be fixed.

 

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