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East Penn buys into lithium-ion market in bid to expand motive power offering

East Penn buys into lithium-ion market in bid to expand motive power offering

North American lead-acid giant East Penn Manufacturing has reaffirmed its intention of moving into the lithium-ion market with the purchase of a majority interest in Navitas Systems.

 

Fate of Leoch’s Malaysian lead-acid battery plant hangs in the balance

Fate of Leoch’s Malaysian lead-acid battery plant hangs in the balance

The fate of a Malaysian lead-acid battery plant owned by Leoch Accupower will be confirmed this month after a four-month governmental probe to decide if the facility is an environmental hazard.

 

Lead-acid operator Metair selects Romania for first LIB line

South Africa, Metair Investments, Europe, lead–acid, lithium-ion, battery, Romania.

South Africa-based Metair Investments, whose group includes European lead–acid operations, is to commission its first lithium-ion battery production line in Romania.

 

Researchers develop battery crush test for safer EVs

Researchers develop battery crush test for safer EVs

The US Sandia National Laboratories has introduced a crush test to their portfolio of ways to ‘kill a battery’, with a system that drops a 200+ pound weight onto lithium-ion cells.

 

OEM supplier Valmet Automotive to build battery packs in Finland

OEM supplier Valmet Automotive to build battery packs in Finland

Tier 1 supplier Valmet Automotive is launching its first lithium-ion battery pack production facility in Finland within months to supply the electric vehicle market.

 

‘Frustration’ leads team to solid-state Li breakthough

Student solid state batteries © Lunghammer - TU Graz

European scientists have made a breakthrough in developing a solid-state electrolyte they claim has the same conductivity levels as liquid.

 

Lithium Australia to test cathodes using LFP recycled from lithium-ion batteries

Lithium Australia to test cathodes using LFP recycled from lithium-ion batteries

Battery materials firm Lithium Australia is to test the performance capabilities of coin cell cathodes using recycled lithium phosphate (LP) after recovering the material from old lithium-ion batteries for the first time.

Softbank ‘to invest $3bn in LIB pilot plant’ for Indonesia

Softbank ‘to invest $3bn in LIB pilot plant’ for Indonesia

Japan’s Softbank Group is set to invest up to US$3 billion in launching a pilot lithium-ion batteries production facility in Indonesia as part of an “ecosystem” project.

 

Jungheinrich and Triathlon acquire site for ‘Europe’s biggest’ LIB production centre

Jungheinrich and Triathlon acquire site for ‘Europe’s biggest’ LIB production centre

German firms Triathlon Batteries and forklift OEM Jungheinrich have acquired a 240,000m2 site to build one of Europe’s biggest lithium-ion battery pack assembly plants for the motive application market.

 

Scientists double output of flow batteries by revisiting old research

Scientists double output of flow batteries by revisiting old research

Scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder have devised redox flow battery electrolyte that could double the performance capabilities of traditional variants of the technology.

 

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