Category: charging infrastructure

Apple beats rivals to be named top company in the US for solar

The business with the most installed solar capacity in the U.S. is Apple, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Released Thursday, the Solar Means Business Report for 2018 looked at both off and on-site solar installations at businesses in the U.S.Apple, with 393 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity, takes…
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30th July 2019 0

LG Chem aims to quintuple EV battery biz by 2024

LG Chem will try to quintuple its electric vehicle battery business by 2024, the company’s CEO said on July 9. CEO Shin Hak-cheol said the company is targeting 59 trillion won ($49.9 billion) in sales by 2024, with 31 trillion won coming from its battery business. Last year, the company’s battery sector accounted for only…
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26th July 2019 0

Can Metals Supply Keep Up With Electric Vehicle Demand?

Battery raw materials could face a supply crunch by the mid-2020s. In every electric vehicle (EV) battery, there’s a complex chemistry of metals – cobalt, lithium, nickel and more. The electrification of transport is transforming the demand and supply of those battery raw materials. In fact, we expect to see double-digit growth for battery raw…
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25th July 2019 0

Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage Systems – The risks and how to manage them

The rapid rise of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS’s) that use Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology brings with it massive potential – but also a significant range of risks.  AIG Energy Industry Group says this is one of the most important emerging risks today – and organisations that use this technology must balance the opportunities with…
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24th July 2019 0

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

New Solar + Battery Price Crushes Fossil Fuels, Buries Nuclear

Los Angeles Power and Water officials have struck a deal on the largest and cheapest solar + battery storage project in the world, at prices that leave fossil fuels in the dust and may relegate nuclear power to the dustbin. Later this month the LA Board of Water and Power Commissioners is expected to approve…
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9th 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

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