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Fengfan opens stop-start Pb-A plant

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 13:26 -- Paul Crompton
Fengfan opens stop-start Pb-A plant

One of China’s largest lead-acid battery manufacturers has opened a factory to make start-stop batteries that it will supply directly to OEM firms such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen.

The factory, in Boading in the Hebei province, China, has an annual capacity of five million batteries.

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BMW and PG&E partner for EV charging demand response programme

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 17:30 -- Laura Varriale
vehicle-to-grid

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and BMW are to collaborate in a pilot programme to test the potential for electric vehicle (EV) batteries to provide services to the electric grid.

During the 18-month-programme, BMW will provide at least 100KW to PG&E’s demand response management services.

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ZSW to open li-ion battery research centre in Germany

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:46 -- Laura Varriale
ZSW battery research centre

The Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has inaugurated a lithium-ion battery research centre for the development of electric vehicle batteries in Ulm, Germany.

The 3,600 square metres centre comprises of a complete industrial-scale battery manufacturing line supplied by Manz in order to develop automotive cells under real-world industrial conditions.

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Patent applications for stationary energy storage batteries doubled – study

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:18 -- Laura Varriale
Battery storage patent boom

Patent family applications for batteries suitable for stationary energy storage have doubled. From 2006 to 2011, the number of patents increased from 2,800 to 5,900, according to a study by Technical University Munich.

The lithium segment is most dynamic with a steep upward trend since 2008 and 4,900 patent family applications in 2011. Simon Müller, physicist and economist at TUM told BEST: “A lot of companies have high market expectations for lithium batteries that result in extensive research development.

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Samsung SDI to supply more li-ion batteries to BMW

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:59 -- Laura Varriale
BMW car production

South Korea’s Samsung SDI and German car manufacturer BMW have expanded its partnership with a “multi billion euro” deal that includes the supply of Samsung’s lithium-ion batteries to BMW’s future electric vehicles.

Battery maker Samsung currently provides 96-cell 60Ah battery packs for BMW’s i8 plug-in hybrid and i3 electric car models. BMW plans to increase the order by "at least" 20% to 30% in 2016 from its 2014 level.

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Motor giants collaborate on fuel cells

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Daimler, Ford and Nissan have signed a three-way agreement to collaboratively develop fuel cell electric vehicles to accelerate getting the technology onto the road. The deal will see each company developing its own vehicle but with a common fuel cell system, sharing development and investment costs.

sealing the deal

The companies hope to have affordable fuel cell EVs ready by 2017 with common components to standardise and define global specifications for the technology and encourage faster commercialisation.

(L - R: Raj Nair of Ford, Thomas Weber of Daimler and Mitsuhiko Yamashita of Nissan)

“Working together will significantly help speed this technology to market at a more affordable cost to our customers,” said Raj Nair, group Vice President, Global Product Development, Ford Motor Company. “We will all benefit from this relationship as the resulting solution will be better than any one company working alone.”

Each company will invest equally to develop a common fuel cell stack and fuel cell system that each company can use in their individual FCEVs. This work will be done at several sites around the world to speed up engineering development.

A similar agreement was made by Toyota and BMW in June 2012, and extended in January 2013, to develop a fuel cell system for a lightweight sports vehicle.

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