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Panasonic inaugurates electric vehicle battery factory in China

Panasonic unveiled today its latest battery manufacturing facility and first in China. The ~$400 million plant, which was first announced in 2015, will manufacture battery cells for the growing electric vehicle market in China. The Japanese electronics giant claims that the projected annual capacity will support the production of “around 200,000 electric vehicles”. They plan to supply “hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric vehicles”, therefore, it’s not clear what the overall production will be in term of energy capacity since they can make 10 hybrid car batteries with 1 all-electric car battery pack. When taking into account the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada, it’s the second new production

Autolite enters e-rickshaw space; to grow lithium ion battery business

Powered by lead acid batteries, Autolite's e-rickshaws are being marketed in three states of Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh through the company’s distribution network of 7 dealers. Tapping the push given to electric vehicles by the Indian Government, Jaipur-based lighting solutions company Autolite India has diversified into the manufacture of e-rickshaws from early this month. Powered by lead acid batteries, the e-rickshaws are being marketed in three states of Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh through the company’s distribution network of 7 dealers. Adarsh Mahipal Gupta director marketing and finance of Autolite India told ETAuto that the company has established a small producti

Aqua Metals Announces “Visitor Days” Beginning in May

ALAMEDA, Calif., April 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aqua Metals, Inc. (AQMS), (“Aqua Metals” or the “Company”), which is commercializing a non-polluting electrochemical lead recycling technology called AquaRefining™, today announced it would be holding a series of “visitor days” to allow investors and analysts to see the operations at AquaRefinery 1, which the Company has built at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center in Storey County, Nevada. The Company will host its first visitor day for analysts in May, with additional visitor days to follow later in the summer. “In recent days, we have seen an anonymous report filled with misinformation and innuendo on a stock discussion website. We believe

Here’s How Lithium Batteries Will Gradually Catch Lead-Acid: Lithium-ion is on the cusp of achieving

Start-stop powertrains will dominate the auto industry within a decade, gradually changing the way batteries are used in future generations of vehicles, an expert told attendees at the recent Advanced Design & Manufacturing conference in Cleveland. Scott Morehouse, manager of process development for lithium-ion batteries at Johnson Controls, Inc. , said that the industry’s move to start-stop will lay the groundwork for lithium-ion to surpass lead-acid batteries in volume, but only over a long period of time.”Lithium-ion is still in its early stages,” Morehouse told Design News. “But there’s tremendous opportunity for it to develop.” Morehouse told an audience of engineers that start-stop, in

Tesla Semi: analyst warns truck makers not to laugh, Tesla’s electric truck is going to be disruptiv

The idea of an all-electric class 8 truck is being met with a lot of skepticism in the trucking industry. With the current status of electric passenger cars barely breaking the 300-mile range, they have difficulties envisioning a truck capable of towing tens of thousands of pounds of cargo and still achieving a decent range. It’s in this context that Elon Musk announced in a tweet last week that Tesla plans to unveil ‘Tesla Semi’, its all-electric truck, as soon as September 2017. An analyst now warns the industry that they shouldn’t laugh at Tesla’s plan. Piper Jaffray analyst Alex Potter, who helped Tesla’s stock reach new highs last week by giving it a new $368 price target, downgraded ot

Suzuki, Toshiba, Denso to invest Rs 1,200 crore in India to make batteries for electric vehicles

Suzuki Motor Corporation, Toshiba Corporation and Denso Corporation will establish a joint venture company this year to make lithium-ion battery packs for vehicles in India. The three companies “signed the agreement” and an initial investment of 20 billion Japanese yen (nearly Rs 1,200 Crore, $184 million) will be made in this joint venture, Suzuki Motor Corporation said in a statement on Friday. The announcement is expected to supercharge the electric vehicle sector in the country, which has not really picked up with just a handful of other electric automakers in the market. “The joint venture company will be established within 2017 and shall move to manufacturing phase at earliest possible

World’s Biggest Battery Energy Storage Facilities

Since the invention of electricity there is always a challenge to store it for future use. With the technological advancement, battery storage has offered a way to store energy chemically-especially renewable energy, so that it can be used at the point of demand or to balance grid. Amid surge in solar and wind power generation and their intermittent nature, the battery storage demand has increased manifold, and now batteries are big enough to give power backup to mega cities. As the renewable energy share rises in the energy mix, there is an increased focus on energy storage projects in recent years. They are expected to play a key in the global transition to renewable energy. In a report by

Letter to Congressional Leaders: ‘Make Energy Storage a Policy Priority’

“Energy storage systems are critical to ensuring a resilient, reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable grid,” a letter sent on April 3 by the Energy Storage Association and 52 industry organizations admonished the leaders of the U.S. Congress – asking the lawmakers to see energy storage as a policy priority when they discuss infrastructure projects in the coming months. Addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky). Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin-1st District), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California-12th District) , the correspondence emphasized that energy storage systems are “fuel neutral” – and ther

Tesla Passes Ford in Market Value as Investors Bet on the Future

DETROIT — The record pace of auto sales in the United States is slowing down, leaving investors increasingly bearish on auto stocks. But there is one exception. Tesla, the electric-vehicle upstart, continues to surge. On Monday, Tesla surpassed Ford Motor in market value for the first time and moved within striking distance of General Motors, starkly illustrating the growing gap in investors’ optimism over its future versus the prospects for the traditional carmakers from Detroit. While G.M. and Ford may have strong profits and healthy balance sheets, Tesla offers something Wall Street loves much more: the potential for dramatic growth. “Investors want something that is going to go up in ord

The World's Biggest Solar Energy Storage Farm Is Set to Launch in Australia

Construction will soon be underway on a gigantic solar farm in South Australia that's set to be the biggest of its kind in the world – thanks to 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million individual batteries. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year, at which point the huge plant should outdo all other solar farms in terms of overall battery capacity – although other solar facilities are larger in terms of land area. Overall capacity will be 330 megawatts (MW) of power, enough to keep the lights on in tens of thousands of homes, with at least 100 MW of storage capacity for holding energy, according to the site's developer, the Lyon Group. "Projects of this sort, renewabl

Graphene-Based Electrode Boosts Supercapacitor Storage Capacity by 3,000%

Inspired by an American fern, researchers have developed a prototype electrode that could be the answer to the storage challenge still holding solar back as a total energy solution. The new type of electrode created by researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, could boost the capacity of existing integrable storage technologies by 3,000 percent. But the graphene-based prototype also opens a new path to the development of flexible thin film all-in-one solar capture and storage, bringing us one step closer to self-powering smart phones, laptops, cars and buildings. The new electrode is designed to work with supercapacitors, which can charge and discharge power much faster than

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