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New technique from Wirtz improves paste adhesion

Wirtz paste adhesion

Wirtz Manufacturing Company, one of the leading suppliers of lead-acid battery manufacturing equipment, has had a U.S. patent granted that looks to make a considerable difference in the life of batteries using continuously manufactured positive grids and plates.

Volkswagen: Stand-alone 48V battery in mild hybrids too complex

2nd 48V conference in Düsseldorf

German OEM Volkswagen will not switch to a single 48V power supply system in mild hybrids in the near future, according to Florian Kühnetz, development engineer at Volkswagen.

BASF and EnerG2 join forces for carbon materials

EnerG2 energy storage

German BASF and US energy storage start-up EnerG2 have partnered for the scale-up of carbon materials for supercapacitors and lead-acid batteries.

Curse of Vernon hangs of Exide bankruptcy exit

Exide facility in Vernon

Exide Technologies Inc has produced its Chapter 11 bankruptcy exit plan that spells how it plans to be clear of its burden by March 2015.

Bitrode expands international sales and marketing team

Jia Xu

Battery test equipment supplier Bitrode has appointed Jia Xu to support inside sales throughout Asia at the company’s headquarters in St. Louis, US.

Aquion secures yet more funding

Aquion Energy

US sodium battery manufacturer Aquion Energy (Aquion) has received $36.8m in a series E venture finance round.

Residential storage to rise tenfold by 2018 – IHS

PV storage to tenfold by 2018 – IHS study

The global residential solar PV energy storage market will rise tenfold to 900MW by 2018, according to a study by analysis firm IHS.

BASF and Toda Kogyo form cathode material JV

BASF and Toda Kogyo officials

Chemicals giant BASF and cathode material developer Toda Kogyo have established a cathode active materials (CAM) joint venture (JV) in Japan.

NTSB: Final Dreamliner battery fire report “within weeks”

Robert Swaim, NTSB

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will publish "within two or three weeks" its final report on the 2013 lithium-ion battery fire aboard a Boeing 787 at Boston airport, according to one of its investigators.

Samsung SDI considers expanding in India

Samsung SDI considers expanding in India

Samsung SDI is contemplating opening a battery manufacturing plant in India.

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