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Latin America demonstrates region’s first V2G system with Nissan EV

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 10:39 -- Paul Crompton
Latin America demonstrates region’s first V2G system with Nissan EV

A vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project to test the ability of OEM Nissan’s LEAF electric vehicle to both charge and supply power to a building has begun in Santiago, Chile.

The bi-directional vehicle charging system has been delivered through a partnership between US demand response firm Enel X, the Energy Sustainability Agency and the Japanese carmaker.

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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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South African Pb start-up awarded bipolar development grant

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 15:37 -- Paul Crompton
South African Pb start-up awarded bipolar development grant

Elektron Energy, the South African lead-acid battery start-up, has been awarded around €250,000 (US$282,000) from the EU and national funding authority (DST)-backed Eureka Eurostars initiative to develop its next generation bipolar batteries.

The manufacturer plans to begin initial pilot production of its bipolar batteries— using intellectual property from UK-based Mega Amps and nano-structured leady oxide from Aurelius Environmental— in its facility in Strand, Western Cape. The project is due to begin commercialisation by mid-2022.

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First lithium EV packs produced at expanded UK plant

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 14:06 -- Paul Crompton
First lithium EV packs produced at expanded UK plant

The first lithium-ion electric vehicle battery packs began rolling off the production lines of UK battery system maker Hyperdrive Innovation’s expanded facility on 11 July.

Dubbed HYVE, the Sunderland-based facility will make 30,000 packs— the equivalent of 173MWh— a year incorporating modules from Envision AESC, the firm’s patented battery management system and licenced IP from Taiwan and India manufacturers.

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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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Spanish lithium project ‘cornerstone’ for EU battery plans

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 12:28 -- John Shepherd
Spanish lithium project ‘cornerstone’ for EU battery plans

Australia-listed lithium developer Infinity Lithium has said its San José project in Spain has been tipped to become a “cornerstone” of the European Battery Alliance (EBA).

Infinity has revealed it has held talks with “senior institutional representatives” from key players in the Spanish and wider European lithium-ion battery chain in Madrid.

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Highview Power unveils modular ‘giga-scale’ liquid air storage

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 10:45 -- John Shepherd
Highview Power unveils modular ‘giga-scale’ liquid air storage

UK-based storage provider Highview Power has unveiled what it says is the world’s first modular giga-scale cryogenic battery.

Highview said its Cryobattery energy storage system is scalable “up to multiple gigawatts of energy storage and can be located anywhere”.

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Hungary woos another Asian battery maker

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 09:56 -- John Shepherd
Hungary woos another Asian battery maker

Inzi Controls, a South Korean automotive company, is to build an electric vehicles battery plant in Hungary.

The company will build the plant in the city of Komárom, backed by a HUF1.6 billion (US$5.6 million) grant from Hungary’s government, foreign affairs and trade minister Peter Szijjarto (pictured) confirmed.

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Hammond appoints Goodearl as global sales chief

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 22:37 -- John Shepherd
Hammond appoints Goodearl as global sales chief

The Hammond Group has appointed Ray Goodearl to director of global sales — leading the firm’s sales efforts in performance additives to support international battery manufacturing.

 
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Blackstone Resources forms solid-state team

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 22:23 -- John Shepherd
Blackstone Resources forms solid-state team

Swiss battery metals investor Blackstone Resources said it is forming an international research team that will develop and test “new solid-state battery technologies”.

Blackstone said the team, including “strategic partners” from Germany, Belgium, Poland, Austria, the UK and Switzerland, will form part of its €200 million batteries investment project— which includes plans to build a research centre in the German city of Erfurt.

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