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Kstar and CATL to build five new lithium-ion production lines in China for ESS markets

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 13:58 -- Paul Crompton

Global lithium-ion battery maker CATL is extending its joint venture partnership with lead-acid UPS manufacturer Shenzhen Kstar Science & Technology by building new production lines at their battery manufacturing facilities in China.

The joint venture will focus on energy storage system power conditioning systems (PCS), battery packs— including UPS-integrated lithium-ion battery packs, residential energy storage battery packs and packs for small-to-medium lithium-ion batteries of nonstandard size— and charging stations. 

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Total and Groupe PSA launch joint venture to develop 48GWh European lithium-ion battery production supply chain

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 15:59 -- Paul Crompton

French fossil fuel firm Total plans to build pilot battery manufacturing facilities in Europe combining the knowledge of its lithium-ion battery making arm Saft and vehicle OEM Groupe PSA.

The partners intend to establish a joint venture named Automotive Cell Company (ACC) with the goal of producing electric vehicle batteries starting in 2023.

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EV maker signs MoU with state government to build lithium-ion battery plant in India

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:56 -- Paul Crompton

Indian electric scooter maker Ather Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build a 400,000 sq ft vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Hosur, near Bengaluru.

The MoU was signed with the government of Indian state of Tamil Nadu at the Investment and Skill Development Conclave in Chennai. 

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Firm reveals plans for Africa’s first lithium-ion gigafactory to supply the energy storage and EV markets

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 12:56 -- Paul Crompton

With a raw battery materials supply to rival anywhere in the world, Africa seems the perfect place to build a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant, yet North America, Europe and Asia have been the locations of choice— until now.

The Megamillion Energy Company aims to be Africa’s first large-scale producer of lithium-ion batteries and plans to build a 32GWh per year facility by 2028 for both the energy storage and electric vehicle markets.

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Navitas to expand production in Michigan

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:09 -- Hugh Finzel
Navitas Starlifter battery

US battery firm Navitas is expanding production of its Starlifter line of lithium-ion forklift batteries from a new manufacturing facility in Michigan.

Navitas has secured a 100,000 sq ft building to boost production by an additional 5,000 systems annually, in line with the company’s reported “almost 200% year-over-year growth in revenues”.  

The new facility is near Navitas’ existing 48,000 sq ft R&D and manufacturing facility in Ann Arbor.

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Saft to ‘expand lithium’ with Chinese lead group Tianneng

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 09:51 -- Hugh Finzel
Patrick Pouyanné

France’s Saft and Chinese lead-acid battery group Tianneng Energy Technology have formed a joint venture (JV) to expand lithium-ion manufacturing and “scale up its e-mobility and energy storage businesses”.

The JV will “primarily focus on the development, manufacturing and sales of advanced lithium-ion cells, modules and packs”. Production will be based at Tianneng’s Changxing factory, with a potential annual manufacturing capacity of 5.5GWh.

“This is a first strategic move driven by Total, following its acquisition of Saft in 2016,” said Patrick Poyanné, CEO of Total, the French battery manufacturer’s parent company. “The JV will allow Saft to join forces with a Chinese partner, a world leading lead-acid battery manufacturer, willing to develop its lithium-ion activities.

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SK Innovation building Polish battery plant

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 10:42 -- Hugh Finzel

SK Innovation is to start work on a factory in Poland to manufacture lithium-ion battery separators (LiBS) and ceramic coated separators (CCS) for electric vehicle batteries in Europe.

The South Korean group will break ground on the plant site in Województwo Śląskie in southern Poland in the third quarter of 2019— and expects to begin mass production in the third quarter of 2021.

SK Innovation intends to invest €335 million (US$378m) to realise four LiBS production units and three CCS production units on the 270,000 square metre site.

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Powin secures lithium cells supply deal with CATL

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:09 -- Hugh Finzel

US-based battery storage firm Powin has secured a 1.85GWh supply pipeline of lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cells from Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL).

CATL will supply the cells into 2022 for Powin’s Stack modular battery energy storage systems, which are utilised in various utility scale, commercial, and industrial battery energy storage systems— “including the largest batteries in both Canada and Mexico”.

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Metair boosts profit on back of strong battery operations

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 12:08 -- John Shepherd
Metair MD Theo Loock

South Africa-based automotive and energy storage group Metair Investments has posted increased operating profit for 2018— boosted by its lead-acid operations in Turkey and Romania.

Metair said group operating profit for the year ended 31 December 2018 increased by 19% to just over ZAR1 billion (US$69 million) compared to the previous year. Revenue for 2018 was ZAR10.28bn, an increase of 8% compared to 2017.

Group earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased 9.4% to ZAR1.33bn.

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Indian government unveils ‘battery mission’

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 15:28 -- Hugh Finzel
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The Indian government has approved a ‘National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage’ that aims to transform mobility in India.

The move will see the introduction of a “sustainable mobility ecosystem” and push ahead with the government’s ‘Make in India’ programme to boost domestic manufacturing”.

Under the initiative— approved by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s (pictured) cabinet— two phased manufacturing programmes (PMPs) will be established and will be valid for five years, up until 2024.

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