Tag: Europe

26th March 2020 | Silverstone

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

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

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

Clean electricity overtaking fossil fuels in Britain

For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, Britain is obtaining more power from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels. The milestone has been passed for the first five months of 2019. National Grid says clean energy has nudged ahead with 48% of generation, against 47% for coal and gas. The rest is biomass burning. The…
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21st June 2019 0

Volkswagen invests €900m in Swedish battery maker

Volkswagen AG has announced a €900 million ($1.467 billion) investment into an electric vehicle battery joint venture with Swedish firm Northvolt AB. According to VW, part of the above sum “is intended for a joint venture” with the battery producer, while a further portion of the investment will go directly to Northvolt in return for…
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17th June 2019 0

Batteries act as first responders when UK-France interconnector trips

A graph illustrating the interconnector’s trip and the subsequent drop in capacity. Image: Limejump. Flexibility providers sprung into action late last week after Britain’s interconnector suffered a trip, causing around 1GW of capacity to fall off the system. Last Friday the interconnector between Britain and France suffered a trip, causing its output to half in…
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6th June 2019 0

Electric Road EV Charging System Concept To Get First Trial In Sweden

The city of Lund, Sweden, is ready to begin installing the first kilometre of Elonroad track along a heavily used bus route to recharge electric buses as they drive. What is Elonroad? The electric road concept “Elonroad” is charging infrastructure for all the electric vehicles. The electric charging system is both an automatic park-charger without…
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15th May 2019 0

EU Commission calls for strategic battery value chain

The European Battery Alliance met in Brussels to discuss issues like sustainable production and processing of raw materials. The European Battery Alliance met in Brussels recently to discuss such issues as sustainable production and the processing of raw materials, ways of financing new investments and the creation of new policies to push forward projects in…
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13th May 2019 0

Graphene aerogel sponge promises battery boost

Researchers in Sweden have used a graphene aerogel to develop lithium sulphur (Li-S) battery that retained 85 per cent capacity after 350 cycles. The highly porous quality of the graphene aerogel allows for high enough soaking of sulphur to make the catholyte concept worthwhile (Credit: Yen Strandqvist) Developed at the Chalmers University of Technology in…
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2nd May 2019 0

Solar-boosted Sono Sion electric car will be made in Sweden at former Saab plant

German automaker hopeful Sono Motors announced last week that it intends to assemble its solar-assisted electric car, the Sion, at the former home of Saab Automobile in Trollhättan, Sweden. The now defunct automaker Saab nearly always could be counted on to take the unconventional—if not downright eccentric—route in design, interface, and engineering. And so some…
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26th April 2019 0