Tesla’s Gigafactory starts mass-producing batteries

Tesla’s Gigafactory has started mass production of its lithium-ion batteries. The start of operations at the massive plant in Nevada is an important moment for Tesla and its partner Panasonic as a delay in battery production could have proved a chokepoint for the roll-out of the new ‘Model 3’ electric vehicles (EV), ‘Powerwall 2’ home energy […]

Tesla and Panasonic finalise solar deal

Tesla and Panasonic have finalised a deal to manufacture solar cells and modules. The US car manufacturer and Japanese electronics company will work together in a factory in Buffalo, New York to create the high-tech solar panel components. The parts made will be used to build a wide range of equipment, including Tesla’s solar tile roof when it goes […]

Tesla-Panasonic to collaborate on solar production

Tesla and Panasonic are to work together to manufacture solar cells and panels in New York. They have entered into a non-binding letter of intent which is subject to shareholder approval of Tesla’s buyout of SolarCity. The car manufacturer intends to provide a long term purchase commitment for the cells and modules from Panasonic, which […]

US funds $2.1m for Panasonic solar project

The US is funding $2.1 million (£1.34m) to develop a technology which will make solar systems more efficient. Japanese technological company Panasonic is receiving the cash from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The project aims to lower the cost of solar systems, improve their performance and help reduce the use of fossil […]

Panasonic leads global EV battery market

Panasonic is the current leader in the global battery market for electric vehicles (EVs) with a 39% share. That’s according to a new report which states Korean company LG Chem has the potential to overtake it as it has signed up automakers including General Motors, Volkswagen, Daimler and Ford. Panasonic is reliant on a single […]

Panasonic invests in Canadian solar energy

Panasonic Eco Solutions has teamed up with Coronal Group to buy a solar project in Ontario, Canada. The 6MW Balsam Lake solar farm is currently under construction in the city of Kawartha Lakes. When completed, the project – part of the Ontario Power Authority’s Feed-in Tariff Programme – will generate enough electricity to power around […]

National Trust and Panasonic join forces for green push

Technology giant Panasonic and National Trust have joined forces in a bid to help the conservation charity move towards a “greener, more sustainable mode of operation”. They have inked a three-year partnership, which will allow Panasonic to “showcase” its technologies. Visitors at selected National Trust sites will be able to loan its latest LUMIX cameras […]

Panasonic and Tesla plan electric car battery factory

Japanese electric goods giant Panasonic is to build an electric car battery factory in the United States with Tesla Motors. Yesterday they signed an agreement on the Gigafactory which will manufacture cylindrical lithium-ion cells. By 2020 a planned workforce of 6,500 people could be churning out 35GWh worth of cells and 50GWh of packs each year. […]

BG Group nabs top energy spot in sustainability ranking

Oil and gas company BG Group nabbed the top spot out of energy companies in a ranking of businesses for their sustainability. The 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) Review highlights the most sustainable companies in 24 different industrial sectors. Other industry leaders included Volkswagen for cars, Nestlé for food, drink and tobacco and Panasonic […]