Alpiq and H2 to use hydroelectric power for hydrogen
Alpiq and H2 Energy (H2E) are planning Switzerland’s first plant for the production of hydrogen in commercial operation. From the end of 2019, hydrogen for the first 50 of a total of 1,600 fuel cell trucks will be produced at the Gösgen hydroelectric power station using hydroelectric power.
Indonesia: International consortium seeks nickel & cobalt
An international consortium of renowned e-mobility players plans to build a resource mining plant for lithium-ion batteries on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. In concrete terms, the project reportedly involves nickel and cobalt. Apparently, Tesla, CATL, LG Chem, Daimler and Volkswagen aim to participate in the consortium.
Toyota and CATL enter a series of collaborations
Toyota has just announced the cornerstones of a comprehensive battery collaboration with Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL). This includes not only a “stable” supply of CATL batteries for Toyota but also the development of new battery technologies and more.
Siemens to set up hydrogen centre in Görlitz
Two years ago, the Siemens plant in Görlitz, Germany, was on the verge of collapse. Now Siemens, the State of Saxony and the Fraunhofer Institute have signed a declaration of intent to strengthen the site in the long term and support structural change in the region.
Further rumours of Tesla’s own battery production
After the Annual General Meeting in mid-June, there were rumours that Tesla is going to manufacture its own battery cells using the technology acquired through the takeover of Maxwell. Now insiders are describing the existence of some kind of secret battery laboratory.
Akasol opens battery production plant in Detroit
Commercial vehicle battery system supplier Akasol has just announced the opening of a production facility in the greater Detroit area in the US state of Michigan. Production is scheduled to start in 2020, and by 2021, the production of 400 MWh will apparently be possible by means of a three-shift operation.
CATL massively increases investment in Erfurt
Chinese battery cell manufacturer CATL has decided to increase the investment in its planned factory in Erfurt by a factor of 7.5: Instead of the originally planned 240 million euros, 1.8 billion euros are now earmarked for the German location.
Germany: 3 battery consortia will be funded
To stimulate domestic battery cell production, the German Federal Ministry of Economics will most likely fund three consortia a total of 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion USD). Of these, only the project of Peugeot, Opel and the battery manufacturer Saft has been confirmed by name.