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Vehicle OEMs form joint ventures to make lithium-ion batteries in Europe

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 11:43 -- Paul Crompton
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Two vehicle OEMs are aiming to navigate the pitfalls of securing a future battery supply for their electric cars by making the cells themselves.

Cellforce Group, a joint venture company between Porsche and lithium-ion battery firm Customcells, will produce battery cells at the Weissach Development Centre, Germany.

Porsche has a 83.75% stake in the new venture, which will be headquartered in Tübingen, Germany. 

The town is also on the shortlist for the location of the battery factory, which has a planned minimum annual capacity of 100MWh, or around 1,000 vehicles.

The Federal Republic of Germany and the state of Baden-Württemberg are funding the project with around €60 million ($71.4 million).

Oliver Blume, chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche, said: “The battery cell is the combustion chamber of the future. 

“This joint venture allows us to position ourselves at the forefront of global competition in developing the most powerful battery cell and make it the link between the driving experience and sustainability.”

Cellforce’s battery cell chemistry relies on silicon as the anode material, to deliver the same energy content with a smaller size. 

Chemical company BASF will exclusively provide NCM cathode materials after being chosen as a cell development partner.

The managing directors of Cellforce are Markus Gräf (chief operating officer), Wolfgang Hüsken (chief financial officer from Porsche), and Torge Thönnessen (chief technology officer from Customcells).

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Volvo Car Group intends to establish a joint venture with Swedish battery company Northvolt, to develop and produce batteries for the vehicle OEM’s next generation of pure electric cars.

The 50/50 joint venture initially aims to set up a research and development center in Sweden that will begin operations next year. 

The center plans to develop next-generation, “state-of-the-art” battery cells and vehicle integration technologies, and establish a new gigafactory in Europe.

The planned gigafactory could have up to 50GWh capacity per year, with production expected to start in 2026. The location of the new plant is yet to be decided.

As part of the plans, Volvo Car Group also aims to source 15GWh of battery cells per year from the existing Northvolt Ett battery plant in Skellefteå, Sweden starting in 2024. 

Volvo’s goal is for pure electric cars to make up half of all sales by the middle of this decade, and 100% by 2030.

The partnership and joint venture are subject to final negotiation and agreements between the parties, including board approval.

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Billion-dollar deal will see Highview Power deploy 2GWh of liquid air energy storage in Europe

Thu, 05/27/2021 - 09:06 -- Paul Crompton
Billion-dollar deal will see Highview Power deploy 2GWh of liquid air energy storage in Europe

Energy storage firm Highview Power is set to develop up to 2GWh of liquid air energy storage projects to help Spain move towards its net zero emissions target.

An estimated investment of around $1 billion will see up to seven CRYOBattery™ projects ranging from 50MW/300MWh in Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla y Leon, and the Canary Islands.

The projects will be realised alongside development partners and a consortium of investors, which include engineering company TSK, and the Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT). 

Highview Power’s technology uses liquid air as the storage medium and delivers critical grid stability services, like synchronous inertia, short circuit and dynamic voltage control. 

Spain adopted the National Energy and Climate Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 23% by the close of the decade.

Read more about liquid air technology in our interview with Highview Power in the Summer edition of BEST mag out in July. Click here to ensure you receive your copy.

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VW breaks ground on Lab to develop and test US focused lithium-ion EV batteries

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 15:10 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Volkswagen of America, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, has begun building its first lithium-ion battery testing facility outside of Europe or Asia to ensure “better tuned” cells for the US electric vehicle market.

The $22 million Battery Engineering Lab at its Chattanooga Engineering and Planning Center in the US state of Tennessee will test and validate electric vehicle cells and battery packs for the North American market.

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Northvolt secures almost $2billion to continue goal of building Europe’s first ‘home-grown’ lithium-ion gigafactory

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 10:44 -- Paul Crompton

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a $350 million loan agreement to support Northvolt’s hopes of Europe’s first home-grown lithium-ion battery gigafactory.

The funding follows the EIB supporting the demonstration line at Northvolt Labs in 2018, which produced its first battery cells in late 2019.

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Europe to grasp quarter of lithium-ion production market as global capacity quadruples to 1.3 TWh

Wed, 08/12/2020 - 15:18 -- Paul Crompton

Global lithium-ion cell manufacturing capacity could rise fourfold compared to last year's figures to reach 1.3TWh in 2030 thanks in part to the rise of gigafactories being built in Europe, according to industry analysts Wood Mackenzie.

The company’s report shows that 119 battery manufacturing facilities that are operational, under construction or announced by more than 50 vendors will increase global battery making capacity. 

Asia will continue to dominate the industry, with the area’s manufacturers— CATL, LG Chem, BYD, and SK Innovation— leading in the capacity arms race. 

Wood Mackenzie senior analyst Mitalee Gupta said: “Manufacturing capacity in Asia Pacific accounts for 80% of global capacity pipeline. The region will remain the leader of lithium-ion battery production for the next decade.  

“Within Asia Pacific, China dominates the pipeline capacity and is expected to double its capacity from 345GWh this year to more than 800GWh by 2030. 

“In addition to local vendors’ rapid expansion in China, foreign manufacturers such as LG Chem, Samsung SDI and SK Innovation have also been adding new lines after they became eligible for subsidies from the Chinese government in 2019.” 

However, emerging European vendors such as Northvolt in Norway, ACC— the joint venture between Saft and PSA Group (8GWh production plant rising to 24GWh) and Britishvolt could push Europe’s market share from 7% of global capacity, to around a quarter in 2030 amid growing demand for batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage. 

Growth will also be driven by Asian manufacturers investing heavily in new plants in Europe, including: CATL’s Erfurt Plant (Germany), LG Chem’s Wroclaw Plant (Poland), and Samsung SDI’s Goed Plant (Hungary). 

The Americas will maintain its share for the next decade, suggest WoodMac, with pipeline capacity concentrated in the US, and led by Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada. 

In terms of battery chemistry, NMC is the mainstream chemistry in operating facilities, followed by LFP. However, announced capacity is often unspecified due to constantly advancing battery technologies and changing market preference. 

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Tesvolt to supply 2MWh of energy storage capacity to Europe’s largest EV charging park

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 14:03 -- Paul Crompton

German manufacturer Tesvolt is supplying 2MWh of its lithium-ion energy storage systems to Europe’s largest electric car charging park in the German state of Hilden.

The ESSs at Kreuz Hilden junction park will deliver power to 114 charging stations, including 40 V3 Tesla Superchargers and 22 fast charging stations from Dutch supplier Fastned with a combined charging power of up to 350kW.

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European ESS markets witness a 30% slow down as it pays price for bumper 2018

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 11:50 -- Paul Crompton

Despite deploying 1GWh of energy storage system last year the European market showed a marked slow down compared to 2018.

The European market fell by around 470MWh year-on-year according to the fourth edition of the European Market Monitor on Energy Storage (EMMES) published by the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) and new energy consulting company Delta-EE.

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Europe’s hopes of a lithium-ion gigafactory boosted with an EIB loan

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 16:16 -- Paul Crompton

LG Chem Group’s ambitions to build a lithium-ion gigafactory in Europe has been boosted with a €480 million ($518 million) loan agreement from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

LG Chem Wroclaw Energy, a subsidiary of the South Korean firm, finalised the loan on 26 March as it bids to extend production at its factory on its industrial site in south-west Poland.

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Battery testing firm Arbin opens European office as it looks to reach new markets

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 16:05 -- Paul Crompton

Battery test equipment specialist Arbin Instruments has opened a dedicated European sales office in Germany to develop closer relationships with existing customers and reach new markets. 

The Munich office is the US firm’s second in the country and comes as Arbin looks to expand in the region and capitalise on the potential of the European market.

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Leclanché secures $65 million investment to triple battery making capacity in Europe

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 14:05 -- Vic
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Investments totaling CHF64 million ($65 million) will allow Swiss lithium-ion battery maker Leclancé to triple its manufacturing capacity at its German plant.

The funds— one for CHF 39 million ($40 million) and one for CHF 25 million ($25 million)— will allow the company to triple the volume of cells that it manufactures in Germany to three million cells and to fund the delivery of the company’s order book.

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