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Jungheinrich hails largest lithium-ion contract

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 09:27 -- News Editor
Jungheinrich hails largest lithium-ion contract

Forklift truck and battery manufacturer Jungheinrich has received an order for more than 1,000 lithium-ion vehicles.

The German firm hails it as “the largest order ever awarded for vehicles fitted with lithium-ion batteries anywhere in the world”.

 

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Another ‘gigafactory’ for Europe?

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:55 -- News Editor
Another ‘gigafactory’ for Europe?

New German company TerraE Holding GmbH has formed a consortium of 17 major companies and research institutions – and plans to construct two large-scale lithium-ion battery cell production plants in the country.

CEO Holger Gritzka (pictured) says the factories will be operated as “foundries”, meaning that TerraE Holding GmbH will build and operate them, and produce lithium-ion cells according to customers’ specifications.

 

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EFB takes the European start stop market as Moll announces new partnership

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 09:18 -- News Editor
EFB takes the European start stop market as Moll announces new partnership

Moll, the family-owned lead battery maker based in Germany, with notable up market customers including Porsche, has announced a strategic partnership with Metair - the Johannesburg-listed automotive supplier which already owns European battery maker Rombat in Romania and Mutlu in Turkey.

Moll also has a partnership with Chaowei in China which commenced in 2014 and the German firm has already supplied 4 million batteries to that nation.

 

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Utility plans pioneering underground redox project

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 12:46 -- News Editor
Utility plans pioneering underground redox project

A subsidiary of German utility EWE has unveiled proposals to build “the world’s largest redox flow battery” in the country’s underground former salt mines.

EWE Gasspeicher has teamed up with researchers at Germany’s Friedrich Schiller University in Jena to work on the Brine for Power (B4P) project that involves deploying an electrolyte solution pioneered by the university team.

 

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Monbat moves into lithium-ion with German acquisitions

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:55 -- News Editor
Monbat moves into lithium-ion with German acquisitions

Bulgarian lead-acid battery manufacturer Monbat has moved into the lithium-ion business with the acquisition of German peers Gaia Akkumulatorenwerke and EAS Germany.

The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but Monbat said it had acquired 100% of all tangible and intangible assets of both companies and is merging them into the EAS Batteries business in Nordhausen, northeast Germany.

 

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German car giant builds gigafactory

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:35 -- Xuan Zhong
German car giant builds gigafactory

The casing of a vehicle battery has been laid as the foundation stone for a massive new battery factory being built in Germany. Showing the importance of the €500 ($550) million factory to Germany’s electric car and renewable energy industries, German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the ceremony at Daimler’s subsidiary, ACCUMOTIVE, in Kamenz.

ACCUMOTIVE’s second factory for lithium-ion batteries in the small town, about 25 miles (40km) northeast of Dresden, is scheduled to go into operation mid-2018.

 

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Passive electrolyte circulation doubles SLI Battery life – and wins a prize!

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 09:42 -- Xuan Zhong
Passive electrolyte circulation doubles SLI Battery life – and wins a prize!

IQ Power Licensing, a German “minnow” in the global SLI battery industry, walked away with a coveted “Greentech” award from the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) earlier this month.

The award was for the company’s 360° electrolyte mixing system, which is claimed to avoid acid stratification and increase battery life by a factor of two.

 

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SRG teams up with Germans to test graphite for Li-ion batteries

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:55 -- Xuan Zhong
SRG teams up with Germans to test graphite for Li-ion batteries

Canadian Sama Graphite (SRG) has announced its signature of a consulting agreement with Dorfner ANZAPLAN, a German specialty minerals producer, for advanced graphite test work on the SRG’s Lola Graphite for lithium-ion battery application.

Laboratory work and analysis on the Lola Graphite concentrate is aimed at identifying the optimal procedure for shaping and purification in order to obtain high-purity spherical graphite, suitable for use in lithium-ion battery and technology grade graphite applications.

 

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Germans penetrate lithium separator market

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 11:01 -- Xuan Zhong
Germans penetrate lithium separator market

Treofan, the upcoming German Battery separator company has won its first major supply contract for its TreoPore microporous separator film.

The customer is an unnamed Chinese manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries make for electric buses.

The contract marks the first large-scale entry of a European separator manufacturer into this market, which has been dominated by Japanese producers.

 

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Jungheinrich reveals lithium powered forklift

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 09:20 -- Xuan Zhong
Jungheinrich reveals lithium powered forklift

Jungheinrich, the German industrial vehicle maker has shown 48V lithium-ion technology for 48V forklift truck at a German trade fair.

It features shorter charging times, zero maintenance and a long battery life, with the option of short interim charging times, increasing the availability of electric stackers.

 

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