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TU Graz opens dedicated solid-state lithium-ion battery research facility

A specially designated laboratory for researching solid-state lithium-ion batteries has opened at the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) in Austria.


SK Innovation’s EV battery material subsidiary opens new separator factory in China

Battery maker SK Innovations has begun operations at its separator factory in Changzhou, China, via its wholly owned electric vehicle battery material subsidiary SK IE Technology (SKIET).


JV sets goal of establishing commercial lithium-ion battery recycling in Europe

Battery recycling firm Primobius, the German company owned by Neometals and SMS group, has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Slovakian lithium-ion cell maker InoBat. 


UK firm wins grant to produce lead oxides for advanced lead-acid batteries

UK-based recycling development firm Ever Resource has been awarded £237,425 ($315,500) grant funding to produce lead oxides for enhanced lead-acid technologies from old batteries.


MoU launches initiative to form European lithium-ion battery business

Two Norwegian firms have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japan’s Panasonic to explore the business case for establishing a European lithium-ion battery business.


US scientists unveil proof-of-principle lithium-ion battery recycling technique

Scientists at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in the US have demonstrated a proof-of-principle electrochemical process for recycling lithium-ion batteries. 


TNG launches VRFB business arm to capitalise on vanadium mine

Australian company TNG Limited has established a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) business unit as part of its vertical integration strategy for one of its mines in the Northern Territory, Australia.


BASF breaks ground on second plant as it positions itself as Europe’s key lithium-ion cathode supplier

Chemical firm BASF has broken ground on its cathode active materials production plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, less than a year after announcing the project.


Lithium-ion battery fires spark global recall of 68,000 EVs amid over charging concerns

The root cause of fires that pushed GM to recall 68,667 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles is unknown but “could be” related to overcharging the high voltage lithium-ion batteries produced in South Korea by LG Chem. 


VW breaks ground on Lab to develop and test US focused lithium-ion EV batteries

Vehicle OEM Volkswagen of America, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, has begun building its first lithium-ion battery testing facility outside of Europe or Asia to ensure “better tuned” cells for the US electric vehicle market.