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Gigafactory firm Britishvolt appoints lithium-ion battery expert as CTO

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 11:24 -- Paul Crompton

Britishvolt has appointed Dr Allan Paterson as its chief technical officer as the company continues its bid to build a lithium-ion gigafactory in the UK.

Paterson is a specialist in automotive batteries and next-generation technologies and holds a PhD in Chemistry on advanced cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries. 

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Race hots up to build Australia’s first lithium-ion gigafactory as Imperium3 receives governmental backing

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 11:11 -- Paul Crompton

A consortium is moving to the next stage of plans to build an AUS$3 billion ($2 billion) lithium-ion gigafactory in Queensland, Australia, after receiving the go-ahead from the state’s government.

The Queensland Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation has approved the feasibility study by the Imperium3 Townsville consortium, which includes Magnis, Charge CCCV (C4V), and Boston Energy and Innovation and National Bank Australia.

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EU launches investigation into finances surrounding LG Chem’s Poland lithium-ion gigafactory.

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 10:48 -- Paul Crompton

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the finances surrounding Korean lithium-ion battery maker LG Chem’s gigafactory in Poland.

An investigation has been launched to assess if €95 million ($112 million) of public support granted by Poland to the Korean company is in line with EU rules on regional State aid. 

The cash was earmarked for investing in the expansion of battery cell production facility for electric vehicles in Biskupice Podgórne in the Dolnoślaskie region, Poland.

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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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UK lithium-ion gigafactory developer Britishvolt inks MoU with Welsh government

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 11:09 -- Paul Crompton

The UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory has moved a step closer to reality with a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between manufacturer Britishvolt and the Welsh government.

It is the first time a location has been officially announced for the firm’s planned 30GWh gigafactory, which will produce lithium-ion cylindrical and pouch cells primarily to the electric vehicle market.

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Freyr secures $13 million financing to build Norway’s first lithium-ion gigafactory

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 10:23 -- Paul Crompton

Norwegian firm Freyr has secured NOK 130 million ($13 million) of pre-construction financing to build the country’s first lithium-ion battery cell facility.

The cash will be used to complete the design and technology selection process and enable the development of a 2GWh Fast Track battery cell manufacturing plant in the town of Mo i Rana, Rana municipality. 

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Loan paves way to lithium-ion production line in Slovakia as gigafactory plans move forward

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:21 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery maker InoBat Auto has secured investment to fund the development of a 100MWh R&D centre and production line in Slovakia.

The €10 million ($11 million) loan from European organisation CEZ Group —a conglomerate of 96 companies— comes as the Slovakian battery maker progresses plans to build a 10GWh gigafactory to supply the electric vehicle market.

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Tesla signs three-year pricing and purchase volume deal with battery cell maker Panasonic

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 11:17 -- Paul Crompton

Tesla has signed a three-year pricing deal with Japan’s Panasonic Corp relating to the manufacture and supply of 2170 lithium-ion battery cells manufactured at its gigafactory in Nevada, US.

The electric vehicle and energy storage system maker made the announcement on 10 June.

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UK lithium-ion gigafactory a step closer with MOU and new strategy officer

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 10:24 -- Paul Crompton

The site of the UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory is rumoured to be in Wales as AMTE Power and Britishvolt commit to exploring the development of the facility.

The UK-based companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate building the ‘GigaPlant’, which would deliver cells for automotive and energy storage applications.

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Plans to build lithium-ion and lithium-sulfur gigafactory in Norway are underway

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 13:10 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Morrow Batteries— a joint venture between Graphene Batteries and Agder Energy Ventures— has announced plans to establish a gigafactory in Norway. 

Work on the 32GWh factory, which will consist of four equal modules of 8GWh, is expected to begin next year with the first section planned to be ready in 2024.

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