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.
Jan 26, 2023 - 12:25 pm
GM to switch from pouch to round battery cells
General Motors reportedly wants to switch from pouch to round cells in future electric models. According to a media report, the change in cell format is also the reason why GM and LG Energy Solution apparently do not pursue their plan for a fourth joint US battery cell plant.
Jan 25, 2023 - 05:11 pm
Elinor Batteries to make LFP batteries in Norway
The Norwegian investment company Valinor founded Elinor Batteries with plans to build a gigawatt-scale factory for LFP batteries in central Norway. The cells are to be purposed for stationary storage for EV charging and marine applications, among other things.
Jan 25, 2023 - 04:31 pm
EV Metals to build processing complex in Saudi Arabia
The Australian battery materials company EV Metals Group has secured 127 hectares of land in Saudi Arabia to build a battery chemicals processing complex. Production of lithium hydroxide at the plant located in Yanbu Industrial City is scheduled to start in 2026.
Jan 25, 2023 - 04:00 pm
Statevolt settles on Imperial Valley for battery factory
Statevolt has completed its site search for the announced US battery cell factory and has already purchased a plot of land in California. The approximately 55-hectare land is located in the Imperial Valley near the lithium-rich Salton Sea.
Jan 24, 2023 - 03:28 pm
Sakuu hires Porsche to design battery gigafactories
Sakuu, a Californian developer of 3D-printed solid-state batteries, has commissioned Porsche’s consulting subsidiary Porsche Consulting to plan its targeted gigafactories worldwide. Sakuu currently operates two facilities in Silicon Valley.
Jan 24, 2023 - 02:35 pm
Nanotech to set up battery production the UK
The US battery manufacturer Nanotech Energy has announced its intention to build a gigafactory in the UK that could be worth up to one billion pounds. According to the company, seven sites are currently being examined for this purpose.
Jan 23, 2023 - 02:27 pm
GM & LG drop plans for fourth US battery factory
General Motors and LG Energy Solution are apparently not pursuing their plan for a fourth joint battery cell plant in the USA. GM could instead build the planned plant in Indiana with a new partner at its side.
Jan 19, 2023 - 04:07 pm
SK On closes deal with Urbix for anode development
The battery cell manufacturer SK On has joined forces with the US graphite processor Urbix to develop anode materials for its batteries. The South Korean company is interested in innovative materials and securing its US supply chain.
Jan 19, 2023 - 03:30 pm
Recharge Industries to build battery cell plant in Australia
The US-Australian company Recharge Industries wants to build a large battery cell factory in Australia and has appointed Accenture as an engineering services provider to drive the project forward. At full capacity, the lithium-ion battery cell factory is expected to offer an annual capacity of up to 30 GWh.
Jan 19, 2023 - 12:18 pm
CATL & Nio sign five-year agreement
CATL and Nio are expanding their partnership. The Chinese electric car manufacturer is already supplied with battery cells by CATL and has now signed a five-year agreement with the battery specialist on a comprehensive strategic cooperation.
Jan 18, 2023 - 03:49 pm
BMW is planning battery assembly plant in Bavaria
BMW is planning to build a large assembly plant for high-voltage batteries in Bavaria. The carmaker confirmed the plan in essence, but has not yet signed all the contracts. If all goes as planned, the excavators should start rolling in 2024.
Jan 18, 2023 - 01:50 pm
Stellantis secures nickel in Finland
Car company Stellantis and Finnish state-owned mining company Terrafame have signed a supply agreement for nickel sulfate to be used in batteries for electric cars. Starting in 2025, Terrafame will supply nickel sulfate to Stellantis during the five-year term of the agreement.
Jan 18, 2023 - 12:19 pm
Britishvolt files for insolvency
The battery start-up Britishvolt has to file for insolvency and has laid off most of its employees with immediate effect. According to British media, negotiations with several potential investors to save the company have failed.
Jan 17, 2023 - 04:04 pm
15 OEMs are testing StoreDots fast-charging battery cells
StoreDot’s fast-charging silicon-dominated battery cells are already being tested under real-life conditions by 15 car brands from Europe, Asia and the USA. According to the Israeli battery developer, initial test results confirm the fast-charging capability of the cells.
Jan 17, 2023 - 01:22 pm
Nikola to move Romeo battery production to Arizona
After acquiring battery maker Romeo Power last year, Nikola Motor is now relocating its battery production from Cypress, California, to Nikola’s own plant in Coolidge in the state of Arizona. The move is expected to be completed by mid-2023.
Jan 17, 2023 - 12:31 pm
Proterra opens battery assembly plant in South Carolina
In the USA, Proterra has started assembly lines at its announced battery production facility in Greer, South Carolina. Battery systems for use in electric vehicles will be manufactured there immediately, with deliveries to customers scheduled to begin this quarter.
Jan 16, 2023 - 04:06 pm
Italvolt to manufacture StoreDot’s XFC battery cells
Budding cell manufacturer Italvolt has entered into a strategic collaboration with Israeli battery developer StoreDot. Under the terms of the agreement, Italvolt will be able to use StoreDot’s ultra-fast charging (XFC) technology and manufacturing intellectual property rights by licence.
Jan 14, 2023 - 12:36 pm
Verkor to source manganese in Czech Republic
French battery manufacturer Verkor, which is a partner of Renault, has signed a letter of intent with Canadian battery materials company Euro Manganese to source manganese for the production of vehicle batteries. A binding purchase agreement has yet to be negotiated.