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VW picks up battery stake, to get boost over Tesla

Startup QuantumScape Corp. -– believed to be working on solid-state battery technology -- has caught the attention of Volkswagen AG, which has bought a stake in the company, people familiar with the deal have told Bloomberg, which reports that the German automaker is likely trying to get a competitive edge over Tesla.

Fiery risk? Air shipments of batteries questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dramatic U.S. government test results raise new concern that bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries carried as cargo on passenger planes are susceptible to fires or explosions that could destroy the airliners.

Yet U.S. and international officials have been slow to adopt safety restrictions that might affect the powerful industries that depend on the batteries and the airlines that profit from shipping them. The batteries are used in products ranging from cellphones and laptops to hybrid cars.

Lab team in Berkeley seeking next generation battery technology

Source: 
San Jose Mercury-News

The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, a 14-member partnership funded by the Department of Energy that is looking for revolutionary advances in battery technology, is moving into a new laboratory in Berkeley in January, which will unite its science and engineering staff under a single roof for the first time, the San Jose Mercury-News reports.

Berkshire buying Duracell from P&G in $3B deal

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is buying the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble Co. in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion.

P&G, the world's biggest consumer products maker, had announced last month that it wanted to make Duracell a stand-alone company. P&G, which acquired Duracell in 2005, said at the time that it preferred a spinoff of Duracell, but that it was considering a sale or other options.

Tesla sets delivery record, but losses mount

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors set a record for deliveries of its Model S sedan in the third quarter, delighting investors even as its losses doubled from a year ago.

Tesla said Wednesday it delivered 7,785 cars during the July-September period. That was slightly below its guidance of 7,800 but up 41.5 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

Small battery maker touts big prospect for NC jobs

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A small start-up company said Monday it would create hundreds of jobs when it moves into a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant to build batteries that it says will help power companies save energy and work more efficiently.

North Carolina officials on Tuesday are expected to hear Alevo Group representatives discuss plans to manufacture the utility-scale batteries at the factory site in Concord, where more than 2,000 were employed before it closed in 2009, State Commerce Department spokeswoman Kim Genardo said. Alevo believes that as the U.S. and other nations work to reduce emissions of gases that are contributing to climate change, its energy-saving technology will become more valuable.

Aviation leaders seek new safety measures for battery transport

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

The International Civil Aviation Organization is considering a new set of safety recommendations aimed at limiting fire risks from plane shipments of lithium batteries, though officials wouldn't detail specifics to The Wall Street Journal. The decision-making arm of the organization will discuss the plans later this month.

Energy storage the new ‘holy grail’: Analyst

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The New York Times

Energy storage is the key to energy systems in an age of renewables, the new “holy grail,” a Bloomberg analyst told The New York Times, which notes that the International Energy Agency has called on the U.S., the EU, China and India to spend a combined $380 billion to boost it.

Sizeable investment in battery gigafactory from Panasonic

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Panasonic CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga told reporters Tuesday that his company plans an initial investment in Tesla’s battery gigafactory that runs to tens of billions of yen, the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Researchers come up with liquid metal battery for grid storage

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BBC

Researchers led by Donald Sadoway of MIT, writing in the journal Nature, detail a new battery using molten metal – described as cheap and durable – which is aimed at storing power on a grid scale, the BBC reports.

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