Sep 17, 2014

Panasonic riding Tesla wave to boost battery business in Europe

Panasonic Corp., the main supplier of lithium-ion battery cells to Tesla Motors Inc., has said that cooperation with the electric-car maker on the construction of a massive U.S. battery plant is likely to boost demand from European automakers. “The development with Tesla is catching ...

Big battery eyed as green energy cure

Sep 25, 2013

Big battery eyed as green energy cure

Japan will build the world’s largest storage battery system in Hokkaido as early as this autumn in a bid to rectify fluctuations in the electricity produced by renewable energy sources. The project is aimed at promoting renewable energy by addressing a key defect — ...

Can a battery jolt economy?

Aug 7, 2013

Can a battery jolt economy?

by Chisaki Watanabe

In a windy town in Hokkaido, an experiment is about to begin with a battery designed to transform the way electricity is supplied and at the same time boost Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic rescue plan. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is ...

Apr 19, 2013

World's biggest cell to store renewable energy in Hokkaido

The government plans to install the world’s largest battery at an electrical substation in Hokkaido, where the use of solar power is rapidly spreading. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry expects the battery, which has a storage capacity of about 60,000 kwh, to ...

Lithium-ion makers need recharge

Feb 28, 2013

Lithium-ion makers need recharge

by Hiroko Nakata

Japanese makers’ share of the market for lithium-ion batteries in consumer electronics continued to fall in 2012, widening the gap with their South Korean rivals, who topped the ranking for the first time the previous year. Three Japanese makers — Panasonic Corp., Sony Corp. ...

Jan 29, 2013

U.S. investigators clear battery charger on troubled 787

U.S. investigators examining the battery charger from a Boeing Co. 787 that caught fire this month in Boston have found no evidence of flaws that could have caused the incident. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has completed testing of the charger at the ...