Jun 12, 2018 - 04:18 pm
Audi & Ballard extend fuel cell cooperation
Audi and Ballard Power Systems have announced their decision to extend their fuel cell cooperation, that is the existing Hymotion programme, for another 3.5 years until August 2022. The extension is valued between 62 and 100 million dollars.
Jun 11, 2018 - 05:12 pm
Northvolt wins permit for building Europe’s first Gigafactory
Swedish Northvolt has secured the environmental permit for the establishment of Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery cell factory. The ground has been broken in Swedish Skellefteå whilst works on their lab in Västerås outside of Stockholm are well underway.
Jun 10, 2018 - 02:09 pm
Google and VW to develop quantum batteries
The research cooperation between the two companies in the area of quantum computers is showing its first results. VW announced that they had first succeeded in simulating the structure of industry-relevant molecules on a quantum computer.
Jun 10, 2018 - 12:45 pm
GM and Honda to develop next gen batteries
General Motors and Honda have announced a battery cooperation for future electric vehicles. Both manufacturers want to work on the development of next generation battery components and technology.
Jun 7, 2018 - 04:38 pm
General Motors opens battery factory in China
General Motors has opened a factory in Shanghai to assemble batteries for their growing EV production in China. The factory, which is operated by the joint venture partners SAIC-GM is the second of its kind set up by GM.
Jun 6, 2018 - 05:07 pm
Hi-tech recycling of Li-ion batteries at Redux
Saubermacher and Redux Recycling have installed a battery recycling plant in the German town of Bremerhaven after jointly researching the process over years. The plant is capable of processing all types of lithium-ion batteries and has a capacity of 10,000t a year.
Jun 6, 2018 - 04:17 pm
EDF investing €16M in hydrogen specialist McPhy
Energy giant Electricité de France (EDF) becomes the largest shareholder of McPhy as the French invest 16 million euros into the hydrogen specialist. McPhy wants to use the money to expand globally with its hydrogen solutions.
Jun 6, 2018 - 02:33 pm
CATL & BYD rise to join world’s Top 3 battery makers
Korea’s largest battery makers LG Chem and Samsung SDI are losing market shares to competitors from China, SNE Research finds. They pin the loss to increased domestic demand in China from electric buses and trucks. CATL appears to have benefitted the most.
Jun 5, 2018 - 05:44 pm
Battery maker Akasol aiming for growth through IPO
German battery maker Akasol is preparing for a stock market listing in Frankfurt likely in June. Their move is to raise money to invest in new capacity so Akasol may benefit from an expected surge in demand from EV makers.
Jun 5, 2018 - 03:07 pm
BYD looking to set up battery factory in Europe
With the European industry divided over setting up battery cell production on the continent, rivals from Asia are keen to make a move. Now BYD joins the growing circle of established cell makers who consider taking their share of the future.
Jun 4, 2018 - 12:57 pm
France to utilise hydrogen across all sectors
Minister of Environment, Nicolas Hulot, has a new strategy as he aims for France to draw heavily on hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The plan includes all levels of the country’s economy and details a turn in transport through FCVs and infrastructure.
Jun 2, 2018 - 04:24 pm
Umicore sets up cathode factory in Poland
The Belgian recycling and material company Umicore will be opening their announced first European cathode material factory in the Polish city of Nysa. The cathode materials will be used for EV batteries.
May 31, 2018 - 04:46 pm
Posco to construct 2nd cathode factory in Korea
Korea’s largest steelmaker Posco will build a second cathode production facility in the country next year. It will produce 6,000 tons of cathode a year before they are to expand production capacity to 50,000 tons by 2022.
May 31, 2018 - 04:01 pm
EU fuel cell project INN-BALANCE making progress
EU funded INN-BALANCE project sees nine partners strive to optimise auxiliary components in fuel cell vehicles since last summer. Now they report significant progress, specifically when it comes to design and cooling.
May 31, 2018 - 03:40 pm
Panasonic to cut all cobalt from EV batteries
Tesla’s Gigafactory partner Panasonic says it is developing cobalt-free batteries to become independent of the rare and expensive material in the near future. Meanwhile, Tesla released their ‘Conflict Minerals Report’ and also aims for further reductions in cobalt use.
May 30, 2018 - 05:46 pm
Hyundai to produce its own electric car batteries?
Hyundai is looking to not only develop but also make its own battery cells for electric vehicles, Korean media reports. The carmaker had started hiring researchers on battery development and production already earlier this year and plans to set up first lines in its lab. Equipment has been ordered as well.
May 29, 2018 - 06:00 pm
CATL stock exchange looks increasingly timid
The plans for the stock exchange entry by Chinese battery cell manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) are becoming more pronounced: The company starts accepting subscriptions from potential investors on Wednesday.
May 28, 2018 - 04:59 pm
Fraunhofer ISC to perfect battery recycling
In the EU funded project AutoBatRec2020 (Automotive Battery Recycling 2020) research has begun to look into ecologically and economically beneficial methods of battery recycling for electric vehicles.
May 28, 2018 - 04:28 pm
BMW Brilliance expanding battery factory in China
Only half a year after opening their Chinese battery factory, the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture has laid the foundation for a major expansion. The new complex will be called the High Voltage Battery Centre Phase II.
May 23, 2018 - 04:49 pm
Oxis Energy begins cell production in Brazil
The British battery specialist OXIS Energy is in the process of opening a manufacturing facility in the Minas Gerais state in southeastern Brazil. OCIS is aiming to produce batteries for electric buses and planes with their lithium-sulfur technology.
May 23, 2018 - 04:39 pm
Freudenberg: Heat shields improve battery safety
To prevent that a single, damaged battery cell overheating the entire battery module, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has developed a heat shield that can be used in prismatic and pouch cells with almost no space impact.