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

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/

Central Sulawesi posts increase in corn production

Palu, C. Sulawesi (ANTARA News) – The corn production of Central Sulawesi has continued to be on the increase in the past four years, head of the regional Food Crop and Horticulture Service Trie Iriyani Lamakampali said on Monday.

“This year, the production is almost certain to increase again. Our production target this year is 380,000 tons,” Trie said here.

In 2014 , the corn grain production of the Central Sulawesi farmers totaled around 170,000 tons, up to 200,000 tons in 2017, he said.

He attributed the increase in production to rice, corn and soybean special second crop program launched by the agriculture ministry.

The special second crop program has encouraged the farmers in the province to focus more on growing food crops, he said, adding the farmers are especially encourage to grow corn.

He said all districts in Central Sulawesi grow corn but three districts ares in Central Sulawesi including Tojo Una-una, Poso and Buol had become corn production centers.

Other districts growing corn include Sigi, Donggala, Parigi Moutong, Banggai, Tolitoli, Morowali and Morowali Utara.

The province also had recorded an increase in the production of rice and soybean , which have the priority crops encouraged by the government.

“Central Sulawesi is already self sufficient in rice supply. In the near future , we hope to be self sufficient also in corn and soybean,” Trie said.

The agriculture ministry relies much on Central Sulawesi to contribute to the countrys program of food self sufficiency, he said.

He said Central Sulawesi has the potential to contribute significantly to the governments self sufficiency program in food supply, adding the province still has wide open land for expansion of farm lands.

This year, the province hope to grow rice in 267,353 hectares of rice fields, corn in 121,065 hectares of corn field and soybean in 34,253 hectares plantations.

The prices of corn in the province is around Rp5,000/kg, soybean around Rp8,000/kg and rice (medium) Rp9,000/kg and premium Rp12,500/kg.

Source: ANTARA News