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Century Yuasa ‘plans lead line expansion’

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:02 -- Xuan Zhong
Century Yuasa ‘plans lead line expansion’

Australia-based battery manufacturer Century Yuasa reportedly plans a multi-million dollar investment to expand its production of lead-acid battery plates.

Century Yuasa’s general manager of operations, Matthieu Anquetil, told Australia’s Courier Mailthe company will invest AUD6m ($4.6m) in a new line at the company’s Carole Park factory in Brisbane.

 

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Leoch-DBS Energy venture targets UK battery business

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:18 -- John Shepherd
Leoch-DBS Energy venture targets UK battery business

Hong Kong-listed battery giant Leoch International Technology has invested in UK-based battery distributor DBS Energy to target sales to the country’s industrial market.

Leoch said the companies had formed a joint venture— DBS Leoch— to “significantly grow its business and become one of the leading suppliers of batteries” to UK industry.

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New fund ‘to target EV battery investments’

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:06 -- John Shepherd
New fund ‘to target EV battery investments’

A new equities fund targeting investments in batteries and raw materials to support the development of electric vehicles is reportedly set for launch next month.

The ‘Westbeck Electric Metals Fund’, backed by oil-focused hedge fund company Westbeck Capital Management, aims to raise $100 million in 2018, according to Reuters.

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Investment boost for UK second-life EV BESS firm

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:01 -- Xuan Zhong
Investment boost for UK second-life EV BESS firm

UK firm Connected Energy (CE) has secured a GBP3 million ($4.1m) investment boost for the development of its E-STOR energy storage system that uses 'second-life' lithium-ion electric vehicle batteries.

CE said the cash injection from Australian investment banking company Macquarie Group and French electric utility ENGIE will provide “working capital” to help its “ambitious growth plans in the UK and Europe.”

 

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China firm plans investment in US Li-S battery developer

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:21 -- Xuan Zhong
China firm plans investment in US Li-S battery developer

Hong Kong-listed investment holding company China Innovation has announced plans to buy a stake in Illinois-based battery developer Power Energy Solutions (PES).

Both companies have signed an investment framework agreement, under which China Innovation said it will purchase an undisclosed amount of shares in PES.

 

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Car alliance sees solid-state batteries’ potential

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:40 -- Xuan Zhong
Car alliance sees solid-state batteries’ potential

International automotive alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has announced is to invest in a US battery materials firm as part of its a venture capital funding programme.

The alliance aims to invest up to $1 billion to support “open innovation” over the next five years. However, the companies declined to give details of its investment in Massachusetts-based Ionic Materials— which is developing a solid polymer electrolyte it says enables improved performance and cost effectiveness of high-energy density batteries for automotive and other applications.

 

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Santander cash boost for UK energy storage firm

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 09:38 -- Xuan Zhong
Santander cash boost for UK energy storage firm

UK firm Battery Energy Storage Solutions (BESS) has secured a further GBP28.5 million in funding towards becoming a key player in the domestic market.

The cash injection from Santander Corporate & Commercial comes just two months after BESS won a GBP50m investment from US private equity group Tiger Infrastructure Partners.

 

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Johnson Matthey plans “substantial” investment for 2018

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:11 -- Xuan Zhong
Johnson Matthey plans “substantial” investment for 2018

UK-based speciality chemicals company Johnson Matthey (JM) plans a “substantial” cash injection to boost battery tech manufacturing in 2018, CEO Robert MacLeod (pictured) has said.

MacLeod did not give details, but said: “Overall we’re on track with our plans and we’re planning a substantial capital investment next year in manufacturing capability.”

 

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India ‘poised for $3bn energy storage investment’

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:56 -- Xuan Zhong
India ‘poised for $3bn energy storage investment’

India’s expanding energy storage market is poised to attract more than $3 billion in new investments over the next three years, according to a new study by the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA).

The IESA said the bulk of the investment is expected to go into setting up two to four Gigafactories for the manufacture of advanced lithium-ion batteries.

 

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US investors boost UK energy storage firm

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:25 -- Xuan Zhong
US investors boost UK energy storage firm

US private equity group Tiger Infrastructure Partners has led a GBP50 million ($66.5m) investment in UK firm Battery Energy Storage Solutions (BESS).

BESS director James Basden (pictured) told BBB the company would use the equity raise to boost grid-scale battery storage and develop “behind-the-meter opportunities”.

 

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