Daily Archives: September 3, 2018

New R&D campus at Technology Base in Twente

Millions invested in new energy: Lithium Werks focuses on storage, transport and smart software

HENGELO, The Netherlands, Sept. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Energy management company Lithium Werks B.V. (www.lithiumwerks.com) has announced that it will build a major clean energy research and development (R&D) campus at Twente Airport. “In order to achieve a real transition, from fossil fuels to renewables, energy has to be available in the right place and at the right time,” said the initiator Kees Koolen, chairman of the board, Lithium Werks. “Over the next five years, we will recruit some 2,000 people to develop clean energy technologies at the campus.”

Lithium Werks, which supplies 200 million battery cells to more than 1,000 customers in 50 countries, currently produces lithium iron phosphate batteries, or LFP. For the development of the next generations of batteries, Lithium Werks collaborates with the University of Twente, a pioneer in research in the field of new materials, artificial intelligence and control electronics. The East Netherlands Development Agency Oost NL is investing in Lithium Werks to support the company’s vision of an R&D campus, together with the municipality of Enschede and the province of Overijssel.

Renewable energy sources, such as wind and sun, often produce the most energy at times when the demand is low. This mismatch between supply and demand means it is still necessary to have conventional coal or gas power stations. With smart energy storage and transport solutions, the energy will be available at the right time and place. This will require both sufficient battery capacity – we need to produce many more batteries – and artificial intelligence software,” said Koolen.

R&D campus at Technology Base

Lithium Werks will create a 42 acre R&D campus for the development of a mobile battery ecosystem at Technology Base. More than EUR 100 million has been invested in the development of the R&D campus by various parties. Oost NL was the first to invest in the project, in line with its brief from local authorities to sustainably strengthen the economy of the Eastern region of the Netherlands. The campus will be built in phases. The first building at Technology Base is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019, initially providing work for approximately 300 people to research new technologies in the field of clean energy. Lithium Werks is planning to recruit some 2,000 people within five years to carry out R&D at the campus.

Mobile batteries

Growing demand for electric vehicles is a key driver of the rising demand for batteries. Lithium Werks is employing artificial intelligence technology as it prepares for a future, where autonomous electric vehicles will offer Mobility as a Service (MaaS) that will remove the need for private car ownership. In addition, the autonomous electric vehicles will in effect be mobile batteries that deliver vehicle-to-grid or vehicle-to-home power.

Technical knowledge

Lithium Werks, which has supplied 200 million battery cells to more than 1,000 customers in 50 countries, has merged with Super B Lithium Power B.V. in Hengelo, and has previously acquired Valence Technology Inc. and the industrial branch of A123 Systems LLC. The company produces lithium iron phosphate batteries, also known as LFP batteries. In order to be able to develop the next generations of storage techniques, Lithium Werks is cooperating with the University of Twente in the Netherlands. The university operates advanced materials research facilities, such as the MESA+ NanoLab, and is familiar with control electronics and artificial intelligence. “In bringing together this knowledge we will together play a significant role in the energy transition and make a major contribution to the sustainable development goals,” said University of Twente Chairman Victor van der Chijs.

Kees Koolen
Kees Koolen, chairman of the board at Lithium Werks, was born on 19 August 1965 in Bergeijk, North Brabant, The Netherlands. Koolen was the CEO of online travel reservation service Booking.com from 2008 to 2011 and subsequently chairman of the Supervisory Board until 2014. He then joined ride-sharing company Uber, which at the time had just 10 employees, to build its international presence outside the United States, and establish Uber International’s head office in Amsterdam.

About Lithium Werks
Lithium Werks is a fast-growing global lithium ion battery company with production facilities in the Netherlands and China, and offices in the USA, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Great Britain and Norway. Lithium Werks provides cells, modules and energy management systems to markets such as industrial, transportation, marine and renewable energy.

Media contacts: 
Lithium Werks Press/Media Relations https://lithiumwerks.com/media-relations/
Marloes Eshuis +31 (0)611331598, lwmarketing@lithiumwerks.com 
Jorn Madslien +44 (0) 20 3151 7540

University of Twente
Hinke Mulder +31 (0)6 48590047, hinke.mulder@utwente.nl

Oost NL 
Daniëlle Gijsbertse +31 (0) 6 28 84 77 33, danielle.gijsbertse@oostnl.nl

Technology Base
Ellen Kuipers +31 (06) 12327745, ellen.kuipers@technologybase.nl

Municipality of Enschede
Jochem Vreeman +31 (0)6 41512493, j.vreeman@enschede.nl

Lithium Werks and Super B agree to merge to enable global energy transition

HENGELO, The Netherlands, Sept. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Energy management company Lithium Werks (www.lithiumwerks.com), known for its Nanophosphate™ Cells and its smart lithium-ion modules, is merging with fellow lithium battery developer and producer Super B (www.super-b.com).

The new global company serves over 1,000 customers in nearly 50 countries and offers jobs to over 550 employees. With more than 400 patents for lithium technology, the company is a leading player when it comes to technical knowhow.

Earlier this year, Lithium Werks acquired the assets of the former Valence Technology, Inc, and the Industrial business of A123 Systems, LLC. The new Dutch company Lithium Werks B.V. as such is a joint force between a leading cell supplier, offering high quality Nanophosphate™ Cells, and two A-brand battery system suppliers: Valence and Super B.

The companies were already close partners. “Our strategic partnership has evolved. We now know that the best way for us to meet our customers’ growing demand for portable power solutions is to join forces,” said T. Joseph Fisher III, CEO and co-founder of Lithium Werks.

Super B’s chief executive Henk Kleef said: “The strong brand positions of both Valence and Super B for battery systems enables the development and expansion of the new Lithium Werks organization. We will continue to offer long lasting, safe, reliable and customized battery systems to our customers in sectors such as industrial, transportation, marine and renewable energy.”

“Together, we will facilitate a global transition to clean power, using nanotechnology and smart software to improve efficiency of transporting goods, people and energy.” Mr Fisher said.

About Lithium Werks
Lithium Werks is a fast-growing global lithium ion battery company with production facilities in China and offices in the USA, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Great Britain and Norway. Lithium Werks provides cells, modules, and battery management systems into markets such as material handling, stationary energy storage, medical, and commercial marine.

About Super B
Super B has a strong reputation for developing and producing unique high-end lithium batteries for a variety of industries and applications. Various leading manufacturers and customers in markets such as automotive, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, UPS and marine have experienced the innovative and reliable Super B lithium battery solutions. The Super B solutions are developed and produced in Hengelo, The Netherlands and supported with worldwide regional sales/service centers.

Media contacts:
Lithium Werks Press/Media Relations
https://lithiumwerks.com/media-relations/

North-central localities recover from floods

The National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control says torrential rains and floods have left 13 people dead, 3 missing, and hundreds of houses damaged.

Local administrations in Son La, Lao Cai, Cao Bang, Yen Bai, Thanh Hoa, and Nghe An are working against time to overcome the consequence of floods and landslides. Highway sections in these provinces have been cleared. Working teams have been sent to affected areas to help locals stabilize their lives.

On Sunday night and early Monday, rainfalls were reported in Lai Chau, causing landslides along national highways and floods in urban areas. Efforts are underway to repair roads and drain off the water.

Source: VOV5

Vietnam’s National Day marked in Macau, Malaysia

The overseas Vietnamese community in Macao on Sunday hosted a ceremony to celebrate Vietnam’s National Day on September 2.

In his address, Vietnamese Consul General in Hong Kong and Macau, Tran Thanh Huan, said the Vietnam-China relations have been growing well over the years, contributing to both countries’ many achievements. He hailed the contributions made by the overseas Vietnamese community in Macao to national construction and development. He asked the local overseas Vietnamese to abide by the host country’s law and embrace on Vietnam’s fine traditions, supporting each other in daily life, and contributing to Vietnam’s development.

In related news, a badminton competition for overseas Vietnamese opened on Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as part of activities to mark Vietnam’s National Day .

Source: VOV5

Phan Thiet, Vung Tau draw tourists on National Day

Phan Thiet city of Binh Thuan province has been a popular tourist attraction during this year’s National Day holiday from September 1 to 3.

Visitors enjoy local scenic spots, life of fishermen, and historical relic sites. Pham Thi Bach Hue, a tourist from Ho Chi Minh City, said: I have visited this place for 3 days and tried local food of Phan Thiet. I toured some sites that I have never been before.

Binh Thuan Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism says during the National Day holiday, the province has welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors.

Ba Ria Vung Tau province is hosting the Sea Festival 2018 to mark the 73rd National Day, welcoming 150,000 tourist arrivals over the past week.

Source: VOV5

Leaders of other countries congratulate Vietnam on National Day

On the 73rd National Day of Vietnam, September 2, leaders of Myanmar, India, the US, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and Australia have sent congratulations to their Vietnamese counterparts.

Myanmar President Win Myint and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi sent congratulatory messages to President Tran Dai Quang and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, They expressed their belief in the flourishing comprehensive partnership between the two countries for their common interests.

In their congratulations, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narenda Modi said Vietnam is an important pillar in India’s Act East policy. They said they believe that the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership will continue to develop.

US President Donald Trump sent greetings to President Tran Dai Quang and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. He said this year is a promising year for the US-Vietnam relations and he looks forward to working with the Vietnamese leaders to promote common priorities for the Indo-Pacific.

Australian Governor General Peter Cosgrove said in this congratulatory letter sent to President Tran Dai Quang that Austria treasures the relationship with Vietnam, which was stated in the declaration on the establishment of strategic partnership early this year.

Congratulating Vietnam on National Day, Republic of Korean President Moon Jae-in said he hopes both countries will hold diverse activities to develop bilateral ties and contribute to prosperity and happiness of the two peoples.

Japanese Emperor Akihito sent a congratulatory message to President Tran Dai Quang, wishing the President and Vietnamese people happiness and prosperity.

Source: VOV5

Israel, US discuss Syria, Iran issues

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Sunday with the visiting US special representative for Syria engagement James Jeffrey for talks on Syria and Iran, according to a statement from the Israeli premier’s office.

Ahead of the visit, the US State Department said Jeffrey, accompanied by US special envoy for Syria Joel Rayburn, would discuss maintaining Israel’s security while countering Iran’s destabilizing activity throughout the region. Jeffrey and Rayburn would travel on to Jordan and Turkey, where they would reiterate the US position against a military offensive in Idlib. They will also address Russia’s allegations of international plans to stage a chemical weapons attack in Syria.

Source: VOV5