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

Pilot plant begins production of lithium-ion battery materials from Canada’s emerging lithium district

A pilot project to directly produce lithium hydroxide from a Canadian resource has been started by Frontier Lithium with XPS Expert Process Solutions a subsidiary of Glencore.


Explosion at CATL’s China lithium-in recycling plant kills one injures 19 more

An explosion at a China recycling plant owned by lithium-ion battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) killed one person and injured 19 more on 7 January.


BEST contributors awarded OBEs in UK honours list

Anthony Price TD OBE

Two contributers to BEST have been awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the UK Queen's honours list for  services to the energy storage industry.


EV solid-state battery maker Quantumscape’s success story hits road bump

Quantumscape, the US solid-state electric vehicle lithium-ion battery maker backed by Bill Gates and Volkswagen, has hit a road bump following a report that poured cold water on their performance claims.

Record breaking lithium-ion ESS commissioned in US

The world’s largest lithium-ion energy storage system has come online in the US, Vistra Energy announced on 6 January.


New cathode could accelerate the commercialisation of lithium-sulfur batteries

An international team of researchers has proposed a new type of cathode design concept for lithium–sulfur batteries (Li-S) that could bridge the gap between research and commercialisation of the technologyy.

California sues former owners and operators over contamination at Exide’s Vernon smelter site

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) filed litigation on 14 December against prior owners and operators of the former Exide Technologies smelter in Vernon. 


BYD builds on its closed loop dream with second-life lithium-ion battery partnership

Chinese battery OEM and electric vehicle maker BYD will transform old batteries into energy storage systems through a partnership with Chinese lithium-ion recycling start-up Pandpower and Japanese trading house Itochu.


Eos Energy secures biggest order to date for 90MW of its zinc-based ESS

Zinc-based energy storage systems Eos Energy Enterprises has announced an order to deliver at least 90MWh, and as much as 180MWh, of energy storage over the next 24 months.


Lead-acid battery formation firm Inbatec’s new global VP to boost presence in the Americas

German lead-acid battery formation company Inbatec has appointed Nick Hennen as global vice-president of sales and business development to advance and increase business in North and South America.