Here’s the latest action we’re following on the GreenBeat today:

GM to license battery technology from the U.S. — GM has signed a licensing deal to use advanced battery technology from the government’s Argonne National Laboratory in electric cars and hybrids. The technology would allow for longer-lasting charges at higher voltages and a longer battery life. The lab also announced it had licensed cathode technology to LG Chem, the maker of the battery cells in GM’s partially electric hybrid Volt, for use in the Volt.

First Solar Acquires RayTracker — Top global solar panel producer First Solar announced it has acquired RayTracker, which makes tracking technology for solar panels. Terms were not disclosed. Staff from RayTracker will be folded into First Solar’s engineering group.

Landis + Gyr wins state contract in China — Top meter company Landis + Gyr has an agreement with the State Grid Corporation of China to supply more than 10,000 smart meters in six provinces, Greentech Media reports. The utility covers 80 percent of China, so a successful rollout could lead to bigger opportunities in the country, which is one of the fastest-growing energy and cleantech markets in the world.

Nissan teams with Sumitomo for membership-based charging stations — The automaker behind the all-electric Nissan Leaf (pictured) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sumitomo and NEC Corporation to study developing charging facilities for electric cars that customers can opt into via a membership program in Japan. The stations will be installed at locations like apartment complexes and parking garages, Autoblog Green reports.