New mega-battery factory lands in Switzerland

The facility is expected to be one of the largest operations of its kind in Europe

Siemens to invest €30m in UK 3D printing facility

Siemens believes 3D printing, also called Additive Manufacturing, opens up “new attractive prospects” in the manufacture of gas turbines

Former Tesla executives plan $4bn battery factory

Two former Tesla executives plan to build a $4 billion (£3.3bn) battery facility in Sweden. Peter Carlsson, CEO of Northvolt, who previously managed Tesla’s supply chain and COO Paolo Cerruti, also an ex-Tesla executive, plan to begin construction during the second half of 2018. They are looking to rival the scale of Tesla’s Gigafactory in […]

P&G pledges to eliminate all factory waste by 2020

P&G has pledged to eliminate all manufacturing waste from its production sites by 2020. More than half of the company’s factories have already achieved the zero waste milestone and the firm now intends to commit additional investment for the remaning sites before the end of the decade. This means eliminating or finding a use for around […]

Work begins on Siemens’ €200m German turbine factory

Construction of the €200 million (£158.5m) Siemens wind turbine factory in Cuxhaven, Germany has started. The site is forecast to be completed by mid-2017 and production of the 7MW offshore wind turbines will start shortly after. This will coincide with the start of manufacturing of the 75-metre rotor blades at the new plant in Hull, UK. The […]

Eggs-cellent! Sunrise Eggs supplier gets solar panels

A free range egg supplier in the UK is hoping for cracking savings of £32,000 on its yearly energy bill by using solar panels. Sunrise Eggs’ main packing and distribution depot near Loughborough in Leicestershire is getting a 200kilowatt (kW) solar energy system, supplied by international solar firm SunConnex. The system’s 800 south-east facing solar […]

Sharp’s Welsh solar factory running ‘nearly at full throttle’

Tech manufacturer Sharp says its Welsh solar panel factory is nearly running at full throttle. The plant in Wrexham, North Wales which makes photovoltaic (PV) panels is at “near full production” of 400MW. Announcing the news yesterday, the European firm touted this as evidence of its strong commitment to solar in Europe. Last September there […]

Businesses should avoid “blasé” attitude to energy – Gazprom Energy

Businesses should avoid “blasé” attitudes to energy and think outside the box, according to Gazprom Energy’s Head of Power. With energy bills increasing “year on year” leaving customers more concerned about reducing their costs, he suggests firms can be more proactive. Steve Armitage told ELN in an interview: “Customers can do things. We’re all a […]

Toxic gas leads to mass evacuation in Germany

Around 1,400 people were evacuated from their homes in Germany today after a chemical leak in a factory caused a cloud of poisonous gas. The accident occurred in a factory run by US food giant Kraft in Bad Fallingbostel, a small town in Northern Germany. Reports claim the incident happened when employees accidentally poured acid […]