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Flow battery-powered EV gets German road approval

nanoFLOWCELL QUANT-e Sportlimousine

German testing centre TÜV Süd has certified Liechtenstein nanoFLOWCELL’s (NFC) EV for use on public roads in Europe.

CLNR installs li-ion batteries for smart grid project across North England

CLNR energy storage

Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) has deployed six energy storage devices across live electricity networks in North East England and Yorkshire.

Albemarle to buy lithium producer Rockwood for $6.2 billion

Rockwwod lithium asset in Nevada

Chemical maker Albemarle is to pay $6.2 billion in stock and shares for lithium producer Rockwood to tap into the increasing demand for lithium.

KIT, SMA launch utility-scale PV storage test centres

KIT PV plant

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and SMA Solar Technology (SMA) have opened two separate utility-scale solar plants with lithium-ion battery storage in Germany.

China records strong lead-acid, lithium-ion battery growth

China battery industry

China's lead-acid and lithium-ion battery industries recorded double-digit growth in 2013 while nickel-metal hydride and nickel-cadmium exports fell, according to a report by SinoMarketInsight.

BYD to build lithium-ion battery plant in Brazil

BYD Electric bus

China’s BYD is to build a plant for the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries and electric buses in Brazil.

Samsung SDI to supply more li-ion batteries to BMW

BMW car production

South Korea’s Samsung SDI and German car manufacturer BMW have expanded its partnership with a “multi billion euro” deal that includes the supply of Samsung’s lithium-ion batteries to BMW’s future electric vehicles.

SK Innovation provides 1MW li-ion battery storage for German microgrid project

Contract signing, Frauenhofer and SK Innovation

South Korean battery maker SK Innovation has secured a deal to supply a 1MW lithium-ion battery storage system for a microgrid pilot project, led by Frauenhofer-Institut, in Magdeburg, Germany.

Next-gen Toyota Prius to offer optional li-ion battery

Toyota Prius

Toyota’s fourth-generation Prius will give the option between a lithium-ion battery and a nickel-metal hydride unit, Toyota revealed in an interview with Automotive News.

Exide gains permission to reopen Californian lead smelter under condition

Exide facility in Vernon

California's South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Hearing Board has given Exide permission to reopen its Vernon lead smelter after the company installed environmental protections.

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