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Cabot to tighten grip on battery materials market with buy out of carbon nanotube maker SUSN

Battery materials firm Cabot Corporation entered into an agreement to buy carbon nanotube (CNT) producer Shenzhen Sanshun Nano New Materials (SUSN) on 6 January


Quantum leap for battery research as team use super computer to develop lithium-sulfur batteries

Researchers at IBM and vehicle OEM Daimler have used a quantum computer to help them design next-generation lithium-sulfur batteries.


Nano One patent could lead to cobalt-free lithium-ion battery

Battery materials firm Nano One has secured a patent that stabilises lithium nickel manganese oxide (LMNO) chemistry and which could pave the way for a cobalt-free lithium-ion battery.


Materials firm sets out plans for 20,000tpy battery recycling centre in US

Materials extraction, mining, and battery recycling firm American Battery Metals Corporation (ABMC) has announced plans for a lithium-ion battery recycling plant in its home state of Nevada, US.


Misreported shipment of lithium-ion batteries causes fire on cargo ship

Containers of lithium-ion batteries, falsely reported as ‘spare parts’,  started a fire on a cargo ship owned by China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) Shipping based in China.


Indian researchers develop low cost graphene for supercapacitor applications

Scientists at an Indian institute are working on pilot-scale production of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) after developing a process for generating functionalised graphene at low-cost.


Battery maker Varta buys back its consumer brand amid EC competition concerns

Battery maker Varta has bought back Europe-based Varta Consumer Batteries 18 years after selling it to US company Rayovac Corporation (latterly Spectrum Brands) for $262 million.


Lithium Australia subsidiary VSPC signs MoU to commercialise lithium-ion cathodes

Cathode materials developer VSPC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lithium Australia, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing Saideli Technology Incorporated Company to commercialise its technology.


Li-Cycle first as it ships lithium-ion materials from recycled batteries

North American lithium-ion battery recycler Li-Cycle has completed its first shipment of commercial battery materials.


World’s first semi-solid lithium-ion ESS launched in Japan

Japanese electronics maker Kyocera has launched a lithium-ion energy storage system using semi-solid electrode battery technology from US company 24M.