German lithium-ion battery developer and producer BMZ has signed a long-term battery cells supply deal with South Korea’s LG Chem.
BMZ said the contract covered supplies of “over a few hundred million cells” by the end of 2022 for products in the electro mobility and energy storage markets.
Johnson Controls International (JCI) is to expand manufacturing of its advanced glass mat batteries in Germany.
The US-based battery giant said the move was needed to meet a new contract for its Power Solutions division to supply AGM truck batteries to European original equipment production plants and aftermarket service centres for MAN Truck and Bus.
German automotive manufacturer Continental has confirmed plans to launch a battery production joint venture with China’s Sichuan Chengfei Integration Technology (CITC).
Continental said the partnership is expected to start producing 48-volt mild hybrid lithium-ion battery systems in China, by the middle of this year, targeting the European, North American and Asian electric vehicle markets.
Germany must tackle infrastructure “failures” that are impeding the take-up of electric vehicles— and risk hitting the development of the EV batteries sector, according to an industry body chief.
The president of the German Federal Association for e-Mobility, Kurt Sigl (pictured), told last week’s Battery Experts Forum in Aschaffenburg progress in developing “e-mobility” in the country was plain “bad”.
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.
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.
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.
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.