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Daimler-BAIC to build Beijing battery and car plant as Geely takes Daimler stake

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Daimler-BAIC to build Beijing battery and car plant as Geely takes Daimler stake

German auto giant Daimler is investing in a second battery and car production plant in Beijing with its Chinese state-owned automobile partner BAIC.

Daimler told BBB the companies would jointly invest more than CNY11.9 billion ($1.9bn) in the new facility at their Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC) joint venture making lithium-ion batteries and “high-quality premium vehicles” for Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz brand.

 

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Enel partnership to build battery storage in Germany

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:14 -- Xuan Zhong
Enel partnership to build battery storage in Germany

Plans to build a 22MW lithium-ion battery storage plant online in Germany in April have been announced by the renewables subsidiary of Italian energy giant Enel.

Enel Green Power (EGP) has signed a contract with German wind developer Enertrag and Swiss battery maker Leclanché to build and operate the lithium-ion battery in Cremzow.

 

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Battery storage project boost for Bavaria

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:06 -- John Shepherd
Battery storage project boost for Bavaria

Germany’s mountainous Allgäu region in Bavaria has switched on its “first large-scale battery storage system”.

The StoraXe lithium-ion grid-balancing battery system supplied by ADS-TEC has been installed in the remote community of Bruck, adjacent to a hydroelectric power plant that serves the region run by utility Allgäuer Kraftwerke.

 

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German battery chiefs warn EU over Giga cash dash for lithium

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:21 -- John Shepherd
German battery chiefs warn EU over Giga cash dash for lithium

Battery industry leaders in Germany say there is currently “no business case” for “politically-inspired” plans by the European Union to build at least 10 Gigafactories across the bloc for lithium-based batteries.

EU energy chief Maroš Šefčovič said last week the Gigafactories would be needed to produce “green European batteries” for new electric vehicles produced in Europe— and to combat Asia’s increasing dominance in the EV batteries sector.

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Australia’s Magnis takes 45% stake in German battery venture

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:09 -- Xuan Zhong
Australia’s Magnis takes 45% stake in German battery venture

Australian graphite producer Magnis Resources is to hold a 45% stake in a new company building a 30GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Germany.

Plans to build the gigafactory in the state of North Rhine Westphalia were unveiled last year, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding by Magnis in a public-private partnership with WIN Emscher-Lipper— a consortium of firms including energy and chemicals companies, government agencies and financial institutions.

 

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German grid-balancing battery goes online

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:24 -- John Shepherd
German grid-balancing battery goes online

A new 2.5MW lithium-ion grid-balancing battery system has gone online in the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.

Public utility Wind to Gas Energy (WGE) said the StoraXe storage system, with a power output of 2.5MWh, was connected to the grid in Brunsbüttel and will also assist research into smart grid functionality.

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BYD invites Germany to ‘test drive’ LiFePO4 batteries

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:15 -- John Shepherd
BYD invites Germany to ‘test drive’ LiFePO4 batteries

Chinese battery giant BYD is inviting towns and cities in Germany to ‘test drive’ a fleet of new electric buses powered by the company’s LiFePO4 batteries.

The initiative is in partnership with Bavarian-based e-storage specialist Fenecon, which said the batteries give the buses “a range of about 300 kilometres travelling up to 70km per hour on a full load time of about five hours”.

 

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Akasol launches Li battery systems plant for buses

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:16 -- Xuan Zhong
Akasol launches Li battery systems plant for buses

German battery manufacturer Akasol has launched production of its high-performance lithium-ion systems for commercial vehicles at its new EUR10 million ($11.7m) plant in Langen, near Frankfurt.

Akasol started production on 16 November at the 600MWh capacity facility. The company said it has already secured contracts to supply its battery systems for 10,000 buses being built by two European bus manufacturers in the next few years.

 

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Daimler, Mitsui in 2nd life Li-ion cash boost

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 10:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Daimler, Mitsui in 2nd life Li-ion cash boost

German carmaker Daimler AG and Japanese chemicals firm Mitsui & Co., Ltd., are investing in moves to ramp up the development of second use lithium-ion battery storage.

Daimler said it is acquiring a minority stake in German energy services company, The Mobility House AG (TMH), while Mitsui confirmed it too has “made an investment”.

 

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Next-gen redox-flow study launched

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:52 -- News Editor
Next-gen redox-flow study launched

A European Union-backed research project to develop materials for next-generation redox-flow battery systems has been launched in Germany.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (FICT) is coordinating the ‘FlowCamp’ project, launched towards the end of last month, to develop materials for three next-generation redox-flow battery systems— hydrogen-bromine, aqueous organic and zinc-air flow battery systems.

 

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