Accelera by Cummins, Daimler Truck and PACCAR select Mississippi for LFP battery cell production in US

Accelera by Cummins, the zero-emissions business segment of Cummins Inc., Daimler Trucks & Buses and PACCAR have selected Marshall County, Mississippi, as the future site of advanced battery cell manufacturing for their planned joint venture. (Earlier post.) The joint venture will localize battery cell production for commercial electric vehicles and... Read more →


Primetals Technologies (a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries company) has been refining the roll geometry of continuous casting machines for decades, resulting in an increasingly stable mold level during the casting process. Its most recent development is a model for establishing the ideal caster roll geometry already at the design stage. This... Read more →


Northvolt raises $5B to enable expansion of circular gigafactory

Batterymaker Northvolt has signed a $5-billion non-recourse project financing to enable the expansion of Northvolt Ett in northern Sweden. The deal represents the largest green loan raised in Europe to date. In addition to the expansion of Northvolt Ett’s cathode production and cell manufacturing, the finance package will enable the... Read more →


OneD Battery Sciences and Koch Modular partner for the large-scale production of silicon-graphite anode materials

OneD Battery Sciences, a developer of silicon anode technologies for EV batteries, and Koch Modular Process Systems will partner to enable large-scale production of silicon-graphite anode materials for the next generation of affordable electric vehicles (EV). Leveraging Koch Modular’s proven silane gas manufacturing expertise, OneD’s SINANODE technology (earlier post) efficiently... Read more →


Li-Metal collaborating with Lyten to develop sustainable lithium metal production capacity and specialty lithium alloy ingots

In partnership with the Ontario government through the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN), Li-Metal is collaborating with Lyten on the development of specialty lithium alloy ingots to address the demand for next-generation lithium metal anodes. Earlier this year, Li-Metal announced the receipt of CAD$930,826 in support from the Ontario government... Read more →


Wieland, a global supplier of high-quality copper and copper alloy solutions, plans to make a $500-million capital investment to re-equip, expand, and modernize its facility located in East Alton, Illinois. The investment is subject to the approval of state and local incentives. Visualization of the East Alton expansion project. The... Read more →


QuantumScape’s solid-state lithium-metal battery technology is designed to enable greater energy density, faster charging and enhanced safety compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries. However, the company says, lithium metal has some unique characteristics that require innovations in cell architecture—such as the uniaxial expansion of lithium metal as it plates and strips... Read more →


Solid Power and SK On deepen partnership with 3 new agreements

Solid Power, a developer of solid-state battery technology, has deepened its partnership with SK On with three new agreements: a research and development license; a line installation arrangement; and an electrolyte supply agreement. Together, the agreements expand Solid Power’s presence in Korea and strengthen the existing relationship between Solid Power... Read more →


Teijin to produce Tenax carbon fiber from ISCC PLUS certified sustainable raw materials

Teijin Limited will begin \ and sales of Tenax Carbon Fiber made with sustainable acrylonitrile (AN) using waste and residue from biomass-derived products or recycled raw materials that have received ISCC PLUS certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification system. The Tenax Carbon Fiber under ISCC Plus certification will... Read more →


UK-based composites technology company Cygnet Texkimp has delivered a four-axis filament winding machine to the UK National Composites Centre in Bristol where it will form part of a new manufacturing and test facility for hydrogen transportation and storage. The multi-functional filament winding technology has been developed by Cygnet Texkimp to... Read more →


Beginning in 2026, BMW Group Plant Munich will produce the Neue Klasse sedan. Just one year later, the factory will manufacture nothing but all-electric models, making the Munich plant the first location in the BMW Group’s existing production network successfully to have completed the transformation to E-mobility from the end... Read more →


Nikkei: Honda Motor considering building $14B EV plant in Canada

The Nikkei reported that Honda is weighing a $14-billion plan to build an electric vehicle plant in Canada, possibly including the in-house production of batteries. At the full $14 billion, it would represent one of Honda’s largest investments in EV production. Honda reportedly is looking at several potential sites, including... Read more →


VinFast to build integrated electric vehicle facility in Tamil Nadu, India; up to $2B investment

Vietnam-based electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer VinFast and the Tamil Nadu State Government announced a partnership in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of a VinFast electric vehicle manufacturing plant. VinFast and the State Government will work toward a total investment of up to US$2 billion, with an intended... Read more →


Element 25 approved for $57M of Louisiana tax incentives for high purity manganese sulphate processing facility

Australia-based Element 25 Limited achieved all milestones for the Louisiana State Industrial Tax Exempt Program (ITEP) incentive package to support E25’s planned lithium-ion battery grade high purity manganese sulphate (HPMSM) processing facility in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards approved the incentive agreement between E25, the Louisiana Department... Read more →


Hyundai Motor and Kia partner with Gore to co-develop polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) for hydrogen fuel cell systems

Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation (Kia) and W. L. Gore & Associates will collaborate on the development of advanced polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) for hydrogen fuel cell systems. The joint effort between the parties will encompass key aspects of PEM development, including test protocols. The ultimate goal of this collaboration... Read more →


Nidec India held an opening ceremony of the new, second building of its existing factory in Neemrana, Rajasthan, in the Republic of India. While Nidec India’s existing factory produces automotive, appliance, commercial, and industrial motors, the second building will manufacture drive motors for e-bikes with an output of 30kW or... Read more →


Researchers at the Technische Universität Braunschweig and colleagues have developed a solvent-based direct recycling route for anode and cathode coating materials that allows direct reuse of the recovered coating materials. A high yield of recovery is achieved by mechanical stress in a suitable solvent (96 % for anodes, 85 %... Read more →


BYD will build a manufacturing and production center in Szeged, Hungary. The facility will be the first of its kind built by a Chinese automotive company in Europe. The factory will be built in phases and is expected to create thousands of local jobs, boost the local economy and support... Read more →


Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have used shear assisted processing and extrusion (ShAPE) (earlier post) to synthesize macro-scale copper-graphene composites with a simultaneously lower temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) and improved electrical conductivity over copper-only samples. PNNL has been developing ShAPE to enable more cost- and energy-efficient production... Read more →


Ionic Mineral Technologies partners With ANDRITZ on mass production of nano-silicon battery materials

Ionic Mineral Technologies, a US-based producer of nano-silicon anode powders (earlier post), has partnered with international technology group ANDRITZ to mass produce critical battery materials for next-generation lithium-ion batteries. The partnership aims to scale Ionic MT’s nano-silicon production methodology to meet the surging demand for battery materials that enable faster-charging,... Read more →


Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the SMS group have developed a new dry-reforming process to reduce CO2 emission of worldwide steel production by several hundred million tons per year. It is based on modernizing blast furnace technology with moderate investments and has already been demonstrated successfully... Read more →


The paint shops of the East Bavarian BMW Group plants in Dingolfing and Regensburg will be completely converted to dry separation with limestone flour in the near future. In Dingolfing, all four painting lines have already been converted. At the Regensburg plant, the first of two lines will start at... Read more →


Topsoe has signed a grant agreement with EU’s Innovation Fund for a total of €94 million for the construction of the company’s first electrolyzer manufacturing facility in Herning, Denmark. The factory is expected to be operational by 2024 and will produce Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cells (SOEC). The factory will manufacture... Read more →


Nippon Steel Corporation, Japan’s largest steelmaker and one of the world’s leading steel manufacturers, and United States Steel Corporation, a leading steel producer with competitive advantages in low-cost iron ore, mini mill steelmaking, and finishing capabilities, have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which NSC will acquire U. S.... Read more →


L.K. Technology, Nezha Motors to develop first 20,000-ton Giga Press; potential for integrated molding of entire chassis for B-segment cars

Hong Kong-based L.K. Technology Holdings is collaborating with Nezha Motors on the joint development of a 20,000 tonne gigapress and various businesses. The die casting unit to be developed through this collaboration will have the highest clamping force in the world, with the potential to expand integrated die casting applications... Read more →


ZF has produced more than three million electric motors. ZF covers a broad spectrum of vehicle electrification: from purely electrically powered passenger cars and plug-in hybrids to electric drives for commercial vehicles. ZF electric motor production at the Hangzhou location, China. The global demand for electric drives for passenger cars... Read more →


Saint-Gobain venture arm invests in solid-state Li-metal battery company ION Storage Systems

NOVA, the venture arm of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, recently invested in solid-state Li-metal battery company ION Storage Systems to expand the relationship between Saint-Gobain Ceramics and ION as they work together on bringing an innovative approach for battery... Read more →


Scout Motors to establish R&D center in Michigan

Scout Motors, formed by the Volkswagen Group to craft the next generation of all-electric trucks and rugged SUVs, will establish its Scout Innovation Center in Novi, Michigan. This research and development facility will house Scout Motors’ growing Product, Design and Engineering teams and members of cross-functional support teams. Last year,... Read more →


The Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC), in collaboration with CIDETEC Energy Storage and seventeen European partners, has developed Spain’s first large-format cobalt-free lithium-ion battery prototype. The prototype has been developed through the COBRA (CObalt-free Batteries for FutuRe Automotive Applications) project (earlier post) and is currently in the pre-commercial phase.... Read more →


Wildcat Discovery Technologies to build US plant for nickel-free and cobalt-free cathode materials; LFP, LMFP, DRX

Wildcat Discovery Technologies, a technology company that uses proprietary high-throughput methods to develop new battery materials rapidly (earlier post), announced it will build a US-based plant to produce a portfolio of nickel-free and cobalt-free cathode materials. The announcement reflects a strategy shift for Wildcat, which has focused on battery materials... Read more →


Sakuu, a provider of commercial-scale equipment and technologies to the battery manufacturing industry, is now offering early access to Kavian, the first manufacturing solution to print battery electrodes. (Earlier post.) Early adopters are able to leverage the platform’s equipment, printable materials, electro-chemistry formulations, and process technology to develop the next... Read more →


ROHM and Toshiba to collaborate in manufacturing power devices

A plan by ROHM and Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation to collaborate in the manufacture and increased volume production of power devices has been recognized and will be supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) as a measure supporting the Japanese Government’s target of secure and... Read more →


Computational science and artificial intelligence (AI) company Altair, together with JLR and specialist battery engineering company Danecca, has been awarded funding from the UK government through the Faraday Battery Challenge. The three companies have developed a consortium to support a research project to develop a new design process for electric... Read more →


Comau and LiNa Energy develop automated manufacturing for solid-state sodium batteries

Comau has worked with LiNa Energy to design an innovative and scalable manufacturing solution for solid-state sodium-metal-chloride battery cells. Through simultaneous engineering, the team has finalized a concept design, allowing LiNa, a developer of low-cost solid-state sodium battery technologies, to automate their battery production process. The companies intend to validate... Read more →


LG Energy Solution and Impact Clean Power Technology sign multi-year NCM battery module supply agreement for electric buses in Europe

LG Energy Solution and Impact Clean Power Technology (ICPT), a supplier of heavy-duty battery systems for public transportation, signed a supply agreement for NCM lithium-ion battery modules. Over the next three years, LG Energy Solution will deliver around 200,000 units of battery modules manufactured at its Wroclaw plant in Poland... Read more →


Symbio inaugurates first hydrogen fuel cell gigafactory; Stellantis to use Symbio fuel cells in Ram pickups

Symbio, an equally owned joint venture between automotive technology supplier Forvia, Michelin and Stellantis, inaugurated its first hydrogen fuel cell gigafactory, SymphonHy. Located in Saint-Fons, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, SymphonHy is the largest integrated fuel cell production site in Europe. The site houses the Group’s headquarters, a production plant, an... Read more →


EcoPro wins 5-year, $33.4B high-nickel NCA cathode material supply contract with Samsung SDI

South Korean cathode materials company EcoPro BM has secured a 5-year, $33.4B (43,867,615,524,480 KRW) contract to supply high-nickel NCA cathode material to Samsung SDI. The contract runs from 1 January 2024 through 31 December 2028. After the arrival of the contract period, the sales unit price to be applied to... Read more →


Rio Tinto approves new solar farm and battery storage to power its Amrun bauxite operations on Cape York

Rio Tinto has approved a new 12.4MW solar farm and 8.8MVa/2.1MWh of battery storage to provide renewable energy for the Amrun bauxite operations near Weipa in Queensland, Australia. The 12.4MW solar farm and battery storage are part of Rio Tinto’s global decarbonization strategy and ongoing efforts to reduce emissions at... Read more →


China is rich in rare earth elements and has dominated global rare earth mining and production since the 1990s. Its neighbor, Myanmar, is also a country rich in rare earth elements. In 2012, China’s Central Government implemented a strategy to shift away from mining and to focus instead on the... Read more →


Fraunhofer researchers, TS ELINO GmbH and Salzgitter AG are working on converting an existing steel mill to climate-neutral production methods. The aim is to produce steel by the direct reduction of iron ore with hydrogen, which would completely replace coke as a reducing agent. The hydrogen required for this method... Read more →


NETZSCH showcasing complex fluid pumping solutions for lithium battery manufacturing at AABC

NETZSCH Pumps USA will showcase its complex fluid pumping solutions for lithium battery manufacturing at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC), to be held later this month in San Diego. Both the NEMO Progressing Cavity pumps and PERIPRO Peristaltic pumps have the ability to transfer complex slurry fluids and provide... Read more →


The Riverside, California City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday (11/28) to finalize an agreement with the all-electric autonomous shuttle company Ohmio to move its international headquarters from New Zealand to Riverside and manufacture the vehicles there. The company is touring multiple potential sites in Riverside for its facility. Ohmio also... Read more →


IBM, FuelCell Energy to use generative AI in effort to boost performance of fuel cell systems

IBM and FuelCell Energy, Inc. will work together to boost the performance of FuelCell Energy’s technology using Foundation Models, a form of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI). The aim of this collaboration is to support both companies’ efforts to lead a global transition to renewable energy sources that emit little to... Read more →


MIT researchers and colleagues have demonstrated a way to control precisely the size, composition, and other properties of nanoparticles key to the reactions involved in a variety of clean energy and environmental technologies. They did so by leveraging ion irradiation, a technique in which beams of charged particles bombard a... Read more →


European Investment Bank to loan Iveco Group up to €500M to suppor decarbonization of transport sector

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will loan Iveco Group N.V. up to €500 million to contribute to the electrification, efficiency and safety of the transport sector through investments in research, development and innovation. A loan of €450 million represents the first tranche of the €500 million total approved by the... Read more →


Scout Motors awards €450M contract to Magna to develop electric SUV and pickup

Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung reported that Scout Motors has awarded Magna a contract worth €450 million to develop an electric SUV and pickup truck. The report said development work at Magna in Graz and the US was underway to prepare for series production by late 2026. In March 2023, Scout... Read more →


Volkswagen (Anhui) Components Co., Ltd. (VWAC), Volkswagen Group’s first 100%-owned battery system plant in China, began production of its first high-voltage battery system. VWAC is the first battery system plant wholly invested by Volkswagen Automatic Transmission (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. With an initial annual capacity of 150,000 to 180,000 high-voltage battery... Read more →


Series production of the Renault Trucks has begun series production of the heavy-duty electric E-Tech T and C trucks at the Bourg-en-Bresse plant. The site has been assembling the brand’s trucks for 60 years. Dedicated to regional distribution and urban construction, these vehicles are the latest addition to the manufacturer’s... Read more →


Nissan has confirmed that all three models made at its UK plant will go 100% electric. The announcement means the EV36Zero hub in Sunderland, Nissan's blueprint for future manufacturing, will consist of three electric vehicles (EVs), three gigafactories and up to £3 billion investment. The transformational project includes future all-electric... Read more →


Hydro opens aluminum recycling plant in Michigan; Hydro CIRCAL

Hydro, the Norwegian aluminum and renewable energy company, and a world leader in the production of recycled and low-carbon aluminum, recently celebrated the official opening of its recycling plant in Cassopolis, Michigan, just 18 months after breaking ground at the site.. Hydro expects to produce 265 million pounds (120,000 metric... Read more →