Category: NEWS

26th March 2020 | Silverstone

Giant batteries and cheap solar power are shoving fossil fuels off the grid

This month, officials in Los Angeles, California, are expected to approve a deal that would make solar power cheaper than ever while also addressing its chief flaw: It works only when the sun shines. The deal calls for a huge solar farm backed up by one of the world’s largest batteries. It would provide 7%…
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22nd July 2019 0

Toyota, China’s CATL in partnership for new energy vehicle batteries

Toyota Motor Corp has agreed to partner with China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL) to supply and develop batteries for new energy vehicles. The Japanese automaker said on Wednesday that the firms had also started talks covering a range of areas including new technology development and the reuse and recycling of batteries. “To further…
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18th July 2019 0

Japan’s Toray to manufacture battery components in Europe

Japanese materials company Toray has announced plans to open a facility for manufacturing battery separator films for use in lithium-ion batteries. The factory is expected to begin operations in July 2021 and will increase Toray’s production material for the component by around 20%. Toray Industries, Inc. has announced plans to open a new factory in…
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17th July 2019 0

Jaguar Land Rover get £500M Government Loan Guarantee for ELECTRIC car production

Jaguar Land Rover has secured a £500 million UK Government loan guarantee to support the design and manufacture of electric cars at Castle Bromwich. It’s no secret that Jaguar Land Rover has been struggling somewhat of late, with big drops in sales in China, buyers eschewing diesel-engined cars – the vast majority of JLR’s sales…
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16th July 2019 0

Lithium-ion recycling rates far higher than some statistics suggest

There is a good deal of misleading statistics surrounding lithium-battery recycling and China and South Korea have already emerged as the global hubs where most batteries end up at the end of their lifetime, a new report commissioned by the Swedish Energy Agency has found. The study states one of the reasons lithium-ion recycling rates…
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15th July 2019 0

Lithium batteries: Far more widely recycled than second-hand statistics imply

Taking apart and recycling the larger battery modules used in grid-scale storage and EVs is a task requiring far more skill than doing the same in portable electronics, the report says. Image: AltaGas. Lithium-ion batteries are far more widely recycled than many people think, while China and South Korea are already leaders of the emerging…
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8th July 2019 0

Siemens Gamesa Unveils World First Electrothermal Energy Storage System

Spanish renewable energy giant and offshore wind energy leader Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy last week inaugurated operations of its electrothermal energy storage system which can store up to 130 megawatt-hours of electricity for a week in volcanic rock. Siemens Gamesa, a company known more famously for its offshore wind turbines, is nevertheless a large-scale renewable…
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5th July 2019 0

Jaguar Land Rover will build electric cars at UK factory

Jaguar Land Rover is expected to announce plans on Friday to build full-electric cars at its Castle Bromwich factory in England, the Sunday Times reported. An all-electric version of the XJ sedan replacement will be the first of three new battery-powered vehicles followed by an SUV, the newspaper said. The investment will help to secure…
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4th July 2019 0

Europe Thinks Like China in Building Its Own Battery Industry

The European Union is starting to act like China when it comes to building the batteries that will drive the next generation of cars and trucks. In the past few months, government officials led by European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic have joined with manufacturers, development banks and commercial lenders on measures that will channel…
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3rd July 2019 0

First battery-powered cruise ship sails for the Arctic

The world’s first cruise ship propelled partially by battery power is set to head out from northern Norway on its maiden voyage, cruise operator Hurtigruten said on Monday. The hybrid expedition cruise ship, the Roald Amundsen, can take 500 passengers and is designed to sail in harsh climate waters. Named after the Norwegian explorer who…
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2nd July 2019 0