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Battery materials manufacturer to idle portions of its US lithium production

Battery materials firm Albemarle is due to idle portions of its lithium mine and production facility in the US due to short-term supply-demand imbalances and an excess stockpile of battery-grade lithium.


Asia continues to dominate lithium-ion EV battery sales

Asia’s lithium-ion cell manufacturers dominated the electric vehicle battery market with Korea, Japan and China claiming a 94% share of the market by shipments.


Second product recall for Ecoult’s lead-based battery technology

The Australian safety commission has announced a recall of Ecoult’s Ultraflex lead-acid/ultra-capacitor hybrid battery technology due to “risk of fire and electrocution, which may lead to serious injury or death”.


Indian firm announces plans for 50,000t/pa graphite anode manufacturing plant

Coal tar derivatives company Epsilon Carbon is planning to invest up to Rs 500 crore ($67 million) over the next five years to manufacture graphite anode materials for lithium-ion batteries in India.


US public-private projects pushing lithium-ion advancements win government grants

Thirteen projects developing solid-state technology, nickel rich cathodes and manufacturing processes for lithium-ion batteries have been awarded cash by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).


Japan discover cobalt supply that could feed its lithium-ion battery making demand for 88-years

Japan has announced the successful excavation of rare metals including battery critical materials cobalt and nickel from the seabed of its exclusive economic zone. 


Printed technology promises new production methods for solid-state lithium-iron batteries

The market for flexible, thin and printed batteries will grow to $500 million within a decade due to the rise of Internet of Things, wearables and environmental sensors, IDTechEx’s report “Flexible, Printed and Thin Film Batteries 2020-2030”.


ZSW study to ensure Germany's lithium-ion battery materials supply is more robust

The German research institute Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has received a grant to continue its investigation into recycling lithium-ion battery electrodes.


East Penn recognised for its lead battery recycling program

Lead battery maker East Penn Canada and recycling firm Terrapure Environmental have received a project of the year award for their closed-loop, circular-economy approach to lead battery recycling.


LFP to overtake NMC as dominant stationary storage chemistry by 2030

Lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) is poised to triple its market share to become the leading lithium-ion battery chemistry within the decade as demands change, especially in the energy storage system (ESS) markets.