Alternative energy
  • The coronavirus pandemic is weakening demand for batteries
    China-based lithium-ion battery makers are expected to delay shipments to clients in Europe and the US originally scheduled for second-quarter 2020, mostly in April and May, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to industry sources.
  • Battery demand from the TWS device segment remains significant
    Lithium-ion battery and lithium-ion polymer battery maker Synergy ScienTech has disclosed it will begin production of button batteries mainly for use in TWS devices at its factory in Kunshan, eastern China, in third-quarter 2020.
  • EV sales in China fell sharply in February
    China-based makers produced 9,951 new energy vehicles and sold 12,908 units in February 2020, decreasing 82.9% and 75.2% respectively on year, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).
  • Tesla has resumed production at its Shanghai plant
    Tesla has suspended electric vehicle (EV) production at its two US facilities in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, but may expand the capacity at its Gaigafactory 3 in Shanghai, eastern China, according to media reports from China.
  • EV-use power charging piles
    China's move to build more electric vehicle (EV)-use power charging piles and stations is likely to bring business opportunities for Taiwan-based makers of components used in such power charging facilities, according to industry sources.
  • Magnesium fabric-based flexible chargeable batteries
    A research team in Taiwan has disclosed it has developed flexible (bendable) chargeable batteries based on magnesium fabric.
  • China is building more charging piles
    The largest China-based lithium battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and China-based Fujian Baicheng New Energy Science and Technology will establish a joint venture specifically for deploying electric vehicle (EV)-use power charging piles in China, with respective stakes of 49% and...
  • SiC power devices are efficient in EV power charging
    SiC power devices used in AC/DC converters for OBCs (on board chargers) - a bridge between PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) or BEVs (battery electric vehicles) and general power outlets or power-charging piles, are better than Si-based ones in terms of performance and efficiency in power charging,...
  • The Netherlands will sponsor a talent-training program for Taiwan's wind power development
    The Netherlands government will fund a cooperative talent-training program to help Taiwan develop offshore wind power farms, focusing on marine engineering, operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms, according to the Netherlands Trade and Investment Office (NTIO) in Taiwan.
  • Aleees chairman and president Chang Sheng-shih
    Advanced Lithium Electrochemistry (Aleees), a Taiwan-based maker of cathode materials of LFP (lithium iron phosphate) batteries, is likely to benefit from cooperation on LFP batteries between Tesla and China-based battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), as only Aleees and Japan-based...
  • EV platforms to help makers reduce R&D cost and time
    EV (electric vehicle) platforms, through sharing of basic design, are expected to reduce cost and time spent by individual makers on R&D of new EV models, shorten time to market and thereby enhance their competitiveness, according to industry sources.
  • China is moving to facilitate new energy car production
    China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has published draft amendments to current regulations concerning automakers and automobiles in a bid to facilitate production of new energy cars, according to China-based media reports.
  • Foxconn and FCA are holding discussions to form a joint venture for EV development
    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has confirmed it is in discussions with Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) regarding the potential creation of an equal joint venture to develop and manufacture in China new generation battery electric vehicles (EV) and engage in the IoV (Internet of Vehicles) busin...
  • Eaton
    Eaton will help manufacturers in Taiwan to cope with the compulsory use of renewable energy as dictated by law, according to the company's Taiwan country manager Howard Kung.
  • China saw new energy car sales drop in 2019
    China-based makers produced 1.242 million new energy vehicles and sold 1.206 million units in 2019, decreasing 2.3% and 4.0% respectively on year, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).
  • There are still challenges for the development of high-nickel batteries in China
    Many China-based electric vehicle (EV) battery makers believe their development of high-nickel 811 NCM, nickel (N)-cobalt (C)-manganese (M) in the content ratio of 8 for N, 1 for C and 1 for M, ternary batteries will mature in 2020, but it remains technologically difficult for them to shift from production...
  • Taiwan finalizes 2020 feed-in tariff for renewable energy
    Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has announced final feed-in tariff rates for renewable energy for 2020, with reductions from 2019 for offshore wind power generation by 7.61-7.71% and PV power generation by 1.47-4.18%.
  • Taiwan sees increasing renewable energy generation
    Taiwan recorded total renewable energy generation of 13.006GWh during January-October 2019, increasing 22.4% on year and taking up 5.6% of total electricity output, according to Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
  • URE CEO Pan Wen-whe
    Solar cell and PV module maker United Renewable Energy (URE) has introduced electric scooters powered by hydrogen fuel cells, according to company CEO Pan Wen-whe.
  • Taiwan and Japan makers in R&D of LNP batteries
    Several Taiwan- and Japan-based battery or battery cathode material makers are engaged in R&D of lithium nickel phosphate (LNP) batteries through replacing iron of LFP (lithium iron phosphate) batteries with nickel to hike energy density, according to industry sources.
  • China new energy car production and sales went down on year in November
    China-based makers produced a total of 110,000 new energy vehicles and sold 95,000 units in November 2019, decreasing 36.9% and 43.7% respectively on year, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).
  • Demand for EV batteries is growing
    Taiwan-based makers of battery materials including cathode and anode materials, electrolytes and separation membranes, are likely to benefit from increasing demand for electric vehicle (EV)-use battery packs, according to industry sources.
  • Ibase Gaming chairman Ben Liao (center)
    Taiwan-based IPC maker Ibase Gaming has announced it will partner with US-based Powin Energy and Japan-based Murata Manufacturing to develop energy storage solutions.
  • Taiwan's manufacturing sector has seen three consecutive quarters of on-year declines in production
    Production of Taiwan's manufacturing industry totaled NT$3.37 trillion in the third quarter of 2019, down 7.01% on year, making the third consecutive quarter of on-year declines due mainly to the US-China trade tensions, according to figures from Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
  • China-based makers produced 95,000 new energy vehicles and sold 75,000 units in October 2019
    China-based makers produced 95,000 new energy vehicles and sold 75,000 units in October 2019, decreasing 35.4% and 45.6% respectively on year, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

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