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Call for lithium-ion battery transport loophole to be closed after battery blaze

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for a safety loophole to be closed after a fire destroyed a truck transporting large format lithium-ion batteries.


Hyundai signs MoU to use second-life EV lithium-ion batteries in ESSs

South Korea's vehicle OEM Hyundai Motor Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PV manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells to recycle old EV batteries into second-life energy storage applications.


Tests prove need for high purity alumina in making lithium-ion batteries last longer

Australian battery materials firm Altech Chemicals has released test results that show high purity (99.99%) 4N alumina prevents sodium leaching when used on a lithium-ion battery separator.


Monbat CEO resigns amid allegation of illegal trafficking of hazardous lead battery waste

Bulgarian lead-acid battery company Monbat has begun its search for a new CEO after the resignation of Atanas Bobokov to “preserve the stability of the company”.


Hydro and Northvolt launch joint venture to enable EV battery recycling in Norway

Norwegian firm Hydro and Swedish company Northvolt have established a 50/50 joint venture to enable recycling of battery materials and aluminum from used electric vehicle battery packs. 


Firms form JV to manufacture lithium-ion battery cathode material in Canada

Prairie Lithium and LiEP Energy will initiate a two-stage pilot project to produce the key lithium-ion battery cathode material lithium hydroxide from oilfield brines in Canada.


Hybrid battery system to be piloted at UK international port

A UK ferry port is launching a project to decarbonise its energy operation by using a hybrid lithium-ion and lead-acid energy storage system suppliued by GS Yuasa. 


Samsung and EcoPro prepare to build $100 million lithium-ion cathode materials plant in South Korea

South Korean lithium-ion battery maker Samsung SDI has started investing capital into its joint venture EcoPro EM.


Promising research paves way for sodium-ion battery breakthrough

Researchers at Washington State University (WSU) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have created a sodium-ion technology they say works as well as a lithium-ion battery.


Indian firm latest to license silicon lead battery technology

Indian battery maker Amara Raja Batteries has announced a partnership with Gridtential Energy to collaborate on bipolar lead-acid batteries.