Feb 14, 2023 - 12:00 pm
Umicore to bring HLM batteries to market in 2026
Umicore is starting the industrialisation of its manganese-containing HLM technology for active cathode materials. The company is aiming for commercial production and use of this technology in electric vehicles in 2026.
Feb 14, 2023 - 11:01 am
CATL sources special cathode additives from Toyo
Chinese battery maker CATL will use Toyocolor’s Lioaccum conductive carbon nanotube (CNT) dispersions in batteries for electric vehicles from 2024. The dispersions should, among other things, increase energy density. Toyocolor, a subsidiary of the Japanese speciality chemicals company Toyo Ink, also plans to expand production capacity for these CNT dispersions.
Feb 14, 2023 - 10:35 am
BYD to build new factory in China
BYD plans to open another factory for its Blade Batteries with lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cells in China. According to an environmental audit report, BYD subsidiary FinDreams Technology will invest billion yuan (about 1.2 billion dollars) into the new 40-GWh production facility.
Feb 14, 2023 - 09:33 am
Magna produces battery cases for new General Motors EV
Magna will supply battery enclosures to the new Chevrolet Silverado EV, said to hit the read in 2024. Production of the battery cases will begin later this year at the Magna Electric Vehicle Structure facility in St. Clair, Michigan, US.
Feb 14, 2023 - 08:41 am
Ford announces new battery factory in the US
Ford is investing 3.5 billion dollars in a new plant for lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries in the US state of Michigan. It is working with Chinese battery maker CATL, who will licence the technology to Ford and provide technical assistance.
Feb 13, 2023 - 11:44 am
5.9 million tonnes of lithium found in Northern India
India has discovered a significant lithium deposit. In the Reasi district in the north-western state of Jammu and Kashmir, experts from the Indian Geological Survey have discovered deposits of around 5.9 million tonnes. This was announced by India’s Ministry of Mines.
Feb 13, 2023 - 11:23 am
Vulcan Energy to source more lithium in Germany
Vulcan Energy Resources has announced the results of its definitive feasibility study for the first phase of its CO2-free lithium project in the Upper Rhine Graben. In Phase 1, Vulcan Energy aims to produce 24,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide monohydrate (LHM) per year.
Feb 10, 2023 - 01:58 pm
Lilium increases stake in Ionblox
Californian battery developer Ionblox has closed a US$32 million Series B funding round, with Bavarian electric taxi startup Lilium also participating.
Feb 10, 2023 - 11:59 am
Redwood starts manufacturing anode copper foil
The recycling company Redwood Materials, founded by former Tesla CTO JB Straubel, has started producing anode copper foils. In addition, Redwood has received a conditional commitment from the US Department of Energy for a $2 billion loan for battery materials.
Feb 9, 2023 - 01:32 pm
LG Innotek presents wireless battery management system
LG Innotek, a company belonging to the South Korean conglomerate LG, has developed a wireless 800-volt battery management system for electric vehicles. The solution is designed to make battery packs smaller and lighter. Production is scheduled to start next year.
Feb 8, 2023 - 12:09 pm
Cenntro kicks off battery assembly in the USA and Germany
The Cenntro Electric Group, a company specialising in electric commercial vehicles, has started producing its own battery packs. These will be assembled at Cenntro’s plant in Freehold in the US state of New Jersey and at the German plant in Herne.
Feb 7, 2023 - 12:09 pm
Tata starts looking for European battery site
Tata Motors is apparently searching for a location for its European battery cell factory in Spain or Great Britain. In Spain, the Indian manufacturer is considering an industrial site in Zuera near the city of Zaragoza.
Feb 7, 2023 - 10:35 am
Australia’s Recharge gets ready to buy Britishvolt
Recharge Industries is close to acquiring the assets of the insolvent battery start-up Britishvolt. The auditing firm EY, which is in charge of the insolvency administration, expects to complete the deal is expected to be completed within the next seven days.
Feb 6, 2023 - 02:33 pm
EKPO announces major FC component order in Europe
EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies, the fuel cell joint venture between ElringKlinger and Plastic Omnium, has received an order from an unnamed European car manufacturer for fuel cell stacks for use in a future production vehicle.
Feb 6, 2023 - 01:19 pm
Plug Power & Johnson Matthey enter FC cooperation
US fuel cell specialist Plug Power and UK chemicals group Johnson Matthey have entered into a strategic partnership that will result in supplier contracts and the construction of a joint US plant for catalyst-coated membranes.
Feb 6, 2023 - 01:07 pm
Hexagon Purus moves to Maryland
Hydrogen storage specialist Hexagon Purus has opened a production facility for Type 4 cylinders in Westminster in the US state of Maryland. The plant is designed to produce up to 10,000 cylinders per year for heavy-duty commercial vehicles and can be further expanded.
Feb 2, 2023 - 04:25 pm
Umicore to source nickel from Terrafame
In Europe, the materials technology and recycling group Umicore and the Finnish state mining company Terrafame have signed a long-term supply agreement for nickel sulphate. According to both companies, deliveries have already started and are to be increased further in the course of this year.
Feb 2, 2023 - 02:43 pm
ONE closes funding round with $300 million
US battery startup Our Next Energy (ONE), backed by BMW, among others, has closed a $300 million funding round. The Series B funding round resulted in a company value of over $1 billion.
Feb 2, 2023 - 01:46 pm
Freudenberg signs battery module supply deal with LG ES
Freudenberg e-Power Systems (FEPS) and LG Energy Solution (LGES) have signed a multi-year contract to supply lithium-ion battery modules. This is Freudenberg’s response to increasing demand from its truck and bus customers in North America and Europe.
Feb 2, 2023 - 12:40 pm
Honda reveals hydrogen strategy
Honda has published its future strategy for hydrogen fuel cells, which primarily involves commercial and heavy-duty vehicles. The Japanese automaker envisages the further development of the FC system developed in collaboration with General Motors – targeting durability and radically reduced cost. The fuel cell system should be available to third parties from the mid-2020s onwards
Feb 1, 2023 - 04:26 pm
Forsee Power signs supply deal with CALB
French battery manufacturer Forsee Power has signed a cooperation agreement with Chinese cell producer CALB. Under the agreement, Forsee Power will integrate CALB’s NMC cells with “very high energy density” into its battery systems for electric commercial vehicles.
Feb 1, 2023 - 04:11 pm
General Motors invests in Lithium Americas
General Motors is investing in the lithium producer Lithium Americas, thus securing access to the Thacker Pass mine in Nevada, the largest known source of lithium in the USA and the third largest in the world. In addition, GM has secured its supply for another component for its electric cars with a German company.
Feb 1, 2023 - 03:26 pm
Samsung SDI orders NCA cathode materials from Posco
The South Korean materials group Posco Chemical has received its largest and longest-term order to date. Battery manufacturer Samsung SDI has contracted Posco Chemical to supply NCA cathode material over a ten-year period.
Jan 31, 2023 - 03:36 pm
CATL invests €3.25 billion in recycling plant in China
The Chinese battery manufacturer CATL has announced investments of up to 23.8 billion yuan (about 3.25 billion euros) in the construction of a large industrial park for the recycling of battery raw materials and their further processing for new batteries.
Jan 31, 2023 - 12:44 pm
RecyLIB to enable direct reuse of battery elements
In Germany, a project coordinated by Fraunhofer ISC called RecyLIB aims to develop a battery manufacturing process designed to allow the use of recycled material. This allows the active functional material to be recovered after the battery’s end-of-life for direct reuse in the remanufacturing of electrodes.
Jan 30, 2023 - 04:43 pm
BAK Battery announces plans for a new cell factory in China
The Chinese battery manufacturer BAK Battery is planning to build a factory for cylindrical cells with an annual capacity of 30 gigawatt-hours. According to the announcement, 13 billion yuan (about 1.8 billion euros) will be invested in the production facility and a research and development centre.