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Inobat launches lithium-ion pouch cell designed within 12 months using AI and HTP

Tue, 10/27/2020 - 13:03 -- Paul Crompton

European EV battery producer InoBat Auto launched the world’s first electric vehicle lithium-ion battery designed using artificial intelligence and high-throughput technology on 9 October.

The Slovakian firm developed the ‘intelligent’ batteries within a year of using processes that identify the optimum cell chemistry to meet the exact needs of an individual vehicle or automaker. 

InoBat will begin manufacturing the 265Wh/kg lithium-ion pouch cells from next year.

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Start-up Verkor plans to develop France’s second gigafactory

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 15:23 -- Paul Crompton

Battery start-up Verkor is set to increase European battery cell production with  a16GWh lithium-ion gigafactory in an as yet undisclosed location in France. 

With support of EIT Energy, Schneider Electric and the IDEC Group, the new venture will produce low-carbon batteries in France to help meet the increasing demand for electric vehicles (EVs) and battery energy stationary storage (BESS).

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VW and Northvolt JV plans for EU lithium-ion gigafactory gain momentum

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 15:42 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Volkswagen is investing €450 ($487million) to construct the buildings and infrastructure of a European lithium-ion gigafactory it is developing with its joint venture partner Northvolt.

Construction of the Northvolt Zwei factory in Salzgitter, Germany— close to VW’s existing Center of Excellence for Battery Cells— is due to begin by the close of the year with cell production scheduled for early 2024.

 

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48 volt lithium drive trains have arrived

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:07 -- Paul Crompton
48 volt lithium drive trains have arrived

Two major battery and electric drive train suppliers introduced 48 volt systems for the European and Chinese vehicle markets at AABC last week— to the surprise of many analysts.

The 48 volt concept has been dismissed as ‘without value’ by Menachem Anderman, perhaps the most prominent industry watcher.

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EU scrap lead price rigging cartel facing fines

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:05 -- Paul Crompton
EU scrap lead price rigging cartel facing fines

A cartel of European lead recyclers caught up in a price rigging scandal are set to find out how their much they will be fined by European Union antitrust authorities this month, report Reuters.

Last year Ecobat Technologies, Campine and Recylex owned up to price rigging with smaller rivals on the price of lead purchased from scrap dealers.

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Maritime energy storage firm appoints global sales director

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:45 -- Xuan Zhong

Maritime energy storage firm Corvus Energy has made a new appointment to strengthen its global and European operations.

Corvus has employed marine industry veteran Willie Wagen as head of global sales and marketing and European managing director.

 
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Samsung targets European EV battery market with latest move

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:41 -- Paul Crompton
Samsung targets European EV battery market with latest move

Battery maker Samsung SDI has begun construction of its lithium-ion plant in Hungary to supply the European electric vehicle market.

The South Korean firm new facility in Hungary will enable it to establish a triangular production structure along with existing plants in Ulsan, Korea and Xian, China.

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Investment to help firm bring supercapacitor ESS to market

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:00 -- Paul Crompton
Investment to help firm bring supercapacitor ESS to market

European firm Skeleton Technologies is set to bring an energy storage systems based on its patented SkelCap ultracapacitor technology to market. 

Details of the launch are scant, but the German based company’s chief executive officer Taavi Madiberk said the product will be market ready ‘shortly’.

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