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All the news and views from the world of energy storage and associated industries.

New ion-exchange membrane to improve VRFB performance

new ion-exchange membrane

Researchers in China have developed a hybrid membrane based on two-dimensional nanohybrid materials to improve the performance of vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs).


Chinese researchers develop ‘elixir of life’ for lithium batteries

The underlying chemical mechanism of the antiaging binder comprising PS and PVDF. (Image by ZHANG Huanrui)

Researchers from two China institutes have solved the problem of lithium battery electrolyte degradationbeen after being inspired by the way organisms tackle the ageing effects of highly reactive oxygen and free radicals.

New method resolves materials joining in solid-state lithium batteries

ORNL lithium interface improvement

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a scalable, low-cost method to improve the joining of materials in lithium-ion solid-state batteries.

Firms partner to ensure traceability of battery materials from mine to EV

US-based processor of battery grade graphite, and block chain firm Circulor have formed a strategic partnership to ensure “transparency and accountability” in sourcing and processing graphite for us in advanced batteries.​


Ample’s expansion momentum ramps up with Unicorn Status

modular battery station

Modular battery-swap company Ample has announced a further $50million capital investment, bringing its value to more than $1 billion.

US scientists use trees for novel approach to lithium batteries solid electrolyte

Battery nanofibrils

Scientists at Brown University and the University of Maryland have discovered that cellulose derived from trees could replace the volatile liquid electrolytes in today’s lithium-ion batteries.

Lithium Americas outbids CATL to buy Millennial Lithium for $400million

‘Pastos Grandes’ lithium brine project in Argentina

Canadian-based Lithium Americas Corp. (LAC) has entered a definitive agreement to buy fellow Canadian firm Millennial Lithium Corp (MLC) for $400 million after outbidding China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Company (CATL).

Sungrow supplies Southeast Asia’s biggest BESS

sungrow hokkaido

Chinese inverter manufacturer Sungrow is partnering with renewable energy and independent power producer Super Energy to supply South-East Asia’s largest battery energy storage system (BESS) to a Solar PV-plus-storage project in Thailand.

Northvolt creates its first battery cell with 100% recycled NMC cathode

Northvolt battery from recycled materials

Swedish firm Northvolt has announced the production of its first lithium-ion battery cell featuring a nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode made entirely with metals recovered from battery waste.

EOS report $137.4 million zinc battery orders to Q3

EOS battery

Long-duration energy storage firm EOS Energy Enterprises has announced in its Q3 financial report customer orders worth $137.4 million this year, which it hopes to increase to $300 million by the end of 2021.