Aug 7, 2018

Nissan agrees to sell electric vehicle battery business to China's Envision Group

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Electric Vehicles
Automotive
Nissan
Laura Mullan
2 min
The Japanese carmaker said the deal will allow it to focus on growing its electric vehicle business. Photo Credit: Nissan Leaf by Nissan
Nissan Motor Co. has agreed to sell its electric car battery unit to Chinese renewable company, Envision Group, for an undisclosed sum.

Nissan Motor Co. has agreed to sell its electric car battery unit to Chinese renewable company, Envision Group, for an undisclosed sum.

Through the agreement, Envision will acquire a controlling stake in Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC) — the electric battery operations and production facilities of Nissan Motor Co. — for an undisclosed sum.

The Japanese carmaker said the deal will allow it to focus on growing its electric vehicle business.

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Nissan said it will retain a 25% share in AESCO, which owns and operates plants in Japan, UK and the US.

By 2020, the firm aims to sell one million electric and hybrid vehicles as part of the Nissan M.O.V.E strategy.

“We are pleased to have secured a definitive agreement with Envision, a leading global company in the field of sustainable energy," said Yasuhiro Yamauchi, Nissan's chief competitive officer.

"The transaction will enable Nissan to concentrate on developing and producing market-leading electric vehicles - in line with the goals set in our midterm plan Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022.

“We are confident that Envision will be a strong, long-term owner of the new company and that it will further grow as a battery company with increased competitiveness."

As part of the deal, Envision said it plans to upgrade AESC's facilities and open a new site in Wuxi, China, to serve the fast-growing Chinese market for electric vehicle batteries.

Envision has connected over 50mn smart devices used for wind, solar, energy storage, charging networks, electric vehicles, and home energy management.

Lei Zhang, Envision’s Founder and CEO, added that Envision’ could use Internet of Things (IoT) technology to make the unit’s batteries and charging processes “more intelligent.”

He said: “As a company inspired by technological innovation, we are delighted to work with Nissan and the AESC team to drive further evolution of this technology and the battery sector."

Today, AESC’s lithium-ion batteries are currently used in the company's ‘Leaf’ electric vehicles.

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Jul 30, 2021

Major move forward for UK’s nascent marine energy sector

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renewableenergy
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Sustainability
3 min
The UK’s nascent marine energy sector starts exporting electricity to the grid as the most powerful tidal turbine in the world begins to generate power

Although the industry is small and the technologies are limited, marine-based energy systems look to be taking off as “the world’s most powerful tidal turbine” begins grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Centre

At around 74 metres long, the turbine single-handedly holds the potential to supply the annual electricity demand to approximately 2,000 homes within the UK and offset 2,200 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Orbital Marine Power, a privately held Scottish-based company, announced the turbine is set to operate for around 15 years in the waters surrounding Orkney, Scotland, where the 2-megawatt O2 turbine weighing around 680 metric tons will be linked to a local on-land electricity network via a subsea cable. 

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Described as a “major milestone for O2” by CEO of Orbital Marine Power Andrew Scott, the turbine will also supply additional power to generate ‘green hydrogen’ through the use of a land-based electrolyser in the hopes it will demonstrate the “decarbonisation of wider energy requirements.” 

“Our vision is that this project is the trigger to the harnessing of tidal stream resources around the world to play a role in tackling climate change whilst creating a new, low-carbon industrial sector,” says Scott in a statement. 

The Scottish Government has awarded £3.4 million through the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund to support the project’s construction, while public lenders also contributed to the financial requirements of the tidal turbine through the ethical investment platform Abundance Investment.

“The deployment of Orbital Marine Power’s O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, is a proud moment for Scotland and a significant milestone in our journey to net zero,” says Michael Matheson, the Cabinet Secretary for Net-Zero, Energy and Transport for the Scottish Government. 

“With our abundant natural resources, expertise and ambition, Scotland is ideally placed to harness the enormous global market for marine energy whilst helping deliver a net-zero economy.

“That’s why the Scottish Government has consistently supported the marine energy sector for over 10 years.”

However, Orbital Marine CEO Scott believes there’s potential to commercialise the technology being used in the project with the prospect of working towards more efficient and advanced marine energy projects in the future. 

We believe pioneering our vision in the UK can deliver on a broad spectrum of political initiatives across net-zero, levelling up and building back better at the same time as demonstrating global leadership in the area of low carbon innovation that is essential to creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come.” 

The UK’s growing marine energy endeavours

This latest tidal turbine project isn’t a first for marine energy in the UK. The Port of London Authority permitted the River Thames to become a temporary home for trials into tidal energy technology and, more recently, a research project spanning the course of a year is set to focus on the potential tidal, wave, and floating wind technology holds for the future efficiency of renewable energy. The research is due to take place off of the Southwest coast of England on the Isles of Scilly

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