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US decision to halve tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries is applauded by ESA

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:04 -- Paul Crompton

A decision to halve import tariffs of China made lithium-ion batteries into the US only goes some of the way to ensuring growth in the country’s energy storage markets, the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) has said.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR)decision to lower tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries from 15% to 7.5%, will come into effect on 14 February.

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Indian firm partners with China lithium-ion cell maker to manufacture EV battery packs

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:51 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle components maker Pinnacle Industries has completed a lithium-ion battery assembly plant in India following a partnership with China’s Phylion Battery Company.

The assembly unit in the Indian state of Maharashtra will manufacture integrated lithium-ion battery packs for electric vehicles (EV) targeted at the domestic market.

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Tesla and Glencore remain tight-lipped over cobalt supply deal for China gigafactory

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:55 -- Paul Crompton

Electric vehicle OEM Tesla has been in talks with Glencore in a bid to secure a cobalt supply chain for lithium-ion battery packs used at its China gigafactory, according to reports.

Swiss firm Glencore has been in negotiations for a long-term contract to ship cobalt to Tesla’s electric-vehicle factory in Shanghai, according to news outlet Bloomberg.

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Chinese firm commissions lithium-ion anode materials factory

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:29 -- Paul Crompton

China’s Chenyu-Fuji commissioned the first phase of its lithium-ion battery anode materials plant on 1 January with the goal of producing 20,000 mt/year when the facility is completed. 

Based in the Hunan province, the factory began production after nine months of building at a cost of 500 million yuan ($72 million). 

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Bank agrees loan to help troubled South African utility deploy energy storage

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:26 -- Paul Crompton

China headquartered New Development Bank (NDB) has agreed to a ZAR6billion ($420 million) loan to South African power utility Eskom to build up to 360MW of energy storage in the country.

Troubled Eskom, which has carried out load shedding in the form of rolling blackouts across the country, is believed to be looking at 90 sites in the Western Cape, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal.

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Firms reach LFP milestone by securing raw lithium-ion cathode materials supply

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 14:08 -- Paul Crompton

Battery materials firm Nano One has secured a raw material supply in its bid to develop a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode production chain with China’s Pulead Technology Industry.

Working with an expert in China, the Canadian-headquartered company announced on 9 December it had identified materials that meet its performance targets and Pulead’s specifications for impurities and cost.

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China’s recycling agenda drives forward despite analysts predicting big financial losses for LFP recyclers

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:44 -- Paul Crompton

A second province in China has announced plans to capitalise on the lead-acid and lithium-ion battery recycling sector in as many weeks as the country positions itself to become a world leader through a series of government led regulations.

The latest province to announce plans is Sichuan where 35 firms have requested licenses to collect and transfer waste lead-acid batteries.

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Asian firms sign partnership agreement to make lithium-ion separators

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 15:52 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese firm Teijin Limited has signed a technical license agreement with China’s Shanghai Energy New Materials Technology (SEMCORP) to make solvent-based coating separators for lithium-ion secondary batteries.

Teijin aims to integrate its technologies with SEMCORP's strengths in substrate production capacity and cost competitiveness.

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Hainan Province to build lithium-ion battery recycling network as China continues to corner market

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 15:21 -- Paul Crompton

The spent lithium-ion battery market may be small at the moment but China is already cornering the market, making news the country’s Hainan Province is aiming to build a recycling network unsurprising.

The province wants to build a recycling network for used batteries from new energy vehicles (NEVs), according to the provincial department of industry and information.

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US/China joint venture to target Asia Pacific energy storage market

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 09:46 -- Paul Crompton

China firm GCL System Integration and US company Powin Energy have formed a joint venture to target Asia-Pacific’s front-of-the-meter energy storage systems market.

The new firm, branded as G-Powin Energy Solution, will use lithium-ion phosphate batteries in its G-Powin Solution system, which also contain DC battery racks, BMS, containerisation, DC collection/protection, power control system integration and energy management systems (EMS). 

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