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Sony bringing its lithium-ion batteries to the energy sector

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Sony says it will bring its expertise in lithium-ion batteries to a joint venture partnership with Hydro-Quebec on a large-scale energy storage system, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Might be little demand outside Tesla for batteries from 'gigafactory'

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

The customer base for batteries from Elon Musk's planned Tesla 'gigafactory' might be limited, as few other automakers use that particular size, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Daimler acquires lithium-ion battery maker

BERLIN (AP) — Automaker Daimler AG is acquiring the remaining shares in a lithium-ion battery cell maker from specialty chemical company Evonik Industries AG as it intensifies its focus on electric cars.

The German companies said in a statement Tuesday that in addition to acquiring Evonik's 50.1-percent stake in Li-Tec Battery GmbH, Daimler will also buy Evonik's 10-percent share in their Deutsche ACCUmotive GmbH & Co. KG battery partnership. Daimler is now sole owner of both companies.

Tesla pledges to use North American materials at massive battery factory

Source: 
Bloomberg

Tesla Motors Inc. says it will use North American-sourced materials at the battery 'gigafactory' it plans to build in the U.S., Bloomberg reports.

Panasonic chief sees big risk in Musk's giant battery factory

Source: 
Bloomberg

Panasonic, which supplies most of the lithium-ion cells for Tesla's batteries, hasn't committed yet to Elon Musk's plans for a huge 'gigafactory' to make more of them, and President Kazuhiro Tsuga told reporters the project represents a big investment risk, Bloomberg reports.

Auto companies see car batteries at heart of future home energy system

Source: 
The New York Times

Auto and solar companies are working together to create energy systems for self sufficient homes, with new battery technology at the heart of it all, The New York Times reports.

Energy storage growing globally, predicts IHS; incentives spreading

Source: 
E&E

New improved battery technology is making renewable energy more feasible, efficient and cost-effective, and incentives for encouraging energy storage are increasing around the world, E&E reports, noting that IHS has predicted more than 40 gigawatts of grid-connected energy storage will be installed by 2022. 

Simbol seeks to extract lithium for batteries from power plant waste

Source: 
The New York Times

Looking to supply the growing electric car industry, Simbol Marterials is setting up a plant in California to extract lithium from the waste of geothermal power plants, The New York Times reports.

Boom in eco-friendly cars increasing graphite pollution in China

Source: 
Bloomberg

Air and water pollution from graphite mining is an increasing problem in China as it scrambles to supply the mineral that's a key component to the batteries used in clean energy cars, Bloomberg reports.

Liquid metal batteries could solve solar's biggest challenge

Source: 
Bloomberg

A startup founded by MIT graduates may have found a way to store energy from renewables for less than $500 a kilowatt-hour: using liquid metal batteries, Bloomberg reports.

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