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Tesla and Glencore remain tight-lipped over cobalt supply deal for China gigafactory

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:55 -- Paul Crompton

Electric vehicle OEM Tesla has been in talks with Glencore in a bid to secure a cobalt supply chain for lithium-ion battery packs used at its China gigafactory, according to reports.

Swiss firm Glencore has been in negotiations for a long-term contract to ship cobalt to Tesla’s electric-vehicle factory in Shanghai, according to news outlet Bloomberg.

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Gigafactory firm Northvolt to deploy lithium-ion ESS to charge electric vehicles

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 09:41 -- Paul Crompton

Swedish firms Northvolt and Mälarenergi have partnered to deploy a 220kW/320kWh lithium-ion energy storage system to power an electric vehicle charging station in their home country.

Gigafactory developer Northvolt will deliver the lithium-ion battery system based around its Voltrack modular battery system in Västerås, Sweden.    

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Firm reveals plans for Africa’s first lithium-ion gigafactory to supply the energy storage and EV markets

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 12:56 -- Paul Crompton

With a raw battery materials supply to rival anywhere in the world, Africa seems the perfect place to build a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant, yet North America, Europe and Asia have been the locations of choice— until now.

The Megamillion Energy Company aims to be Africa’s first large-scale producer of lithium-ion batteries and plans to build a 32GWh per year facility by 2028 for both the energy storage and electric vehicle markets.

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European gigafactory part of Li-ion firm’s 100GWh global roadmap

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 11:13 -- Paul Crompton
European gigafactory part of Li-ion firm’s 100GWh global roadmap

Chinese firm Svolt Energy Technology has announced plans to build a 20GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Europe. 

Although the location of the plant has not been disclosed, the company has said it is looking at Eastern Europe and Belt & Road Initiative countries (a Chinese government initiative that connects countries and international organisations).

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UK pumps extra cash into national battery centre

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 14:53 -- John Shepherd
UK pumps extra cash into national battery centre

The UK government is investing extra cash in the project to build a battery centre in the city of Coventry as a “stepping stone” towards launching a national gigafactory.

Business and industry minister Andrew Stephenson (pictured) announced £28 million (US$35.8m) for the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre— set to open in 2020— which will provide “world-leading testing facilities for new battery technologies”.

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Tesvolt races to claim European gigafactory first

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 13:33 -- John Shepherd
Tesvolt races to claim European gigafactory first

German lithium battery storage firm Tesvolt says it is in pole position to open Europe’s first battery storage gigafactory, as it prepares to launch expanded manufacturing operations in Germany.

Tesvolt did not announce a date for completing production lines at its new Lutherstadt Wittenberg facility, but said the plant will have an eventual annual production capacity of more than 1GWh and an initial 12,000m2 of floor space will be available next month— when production at an existing adjacent facility will switch to the new plant.

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Thai batteries to go Giga

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 13:12 -- News Editor
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Thai renewable power technology company Energy Absolute is planning to invest US$3 billion in a gigafactory project, betting on the prospect that electric vehicles and smart grids will soon catch on in Southeast Asia.

Deputy CEO Amorn Sapthaweekul told local Thai media that the company is in talks with four or five Thai energy companies, including state-owned oil and gas group PTT, to share the investment.

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Musk confirms Tesla Gigafactory plans for China and Europe

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00 -- John Shepherd
Musk confirms Tesla Gigafactory plans for China and Europe

Tesla has given the green light to launch its first Gigafactory for batteries production outside the US in China, company chief Elon Musk has confirmed.

The new Shanghai plant confirms a pledge by Musk to one day set up business at the heart of Asia’s booming batteries sector.

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Alelion building Sweden’s “first large-scale Li battery plant”

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:43 -- Xuan Zhong
Alelion building Sweden’s “first large-scale Li battery plant”

Swedish battery manufacturer Alelion Energy Systems has announced plans to build “Sweden’s first large-scale” lithium batteries plant near Gothenburg.

The facility, which is expected to be complete this year, will produce batteries for industrial and other applications near the Volvo manufacturing plant in Torslanda. It will have an initial production capacity of 500MWh per year.

 

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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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