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Sumitomo to boost lithium nickel oxide production to meet automotive battery cathode demand

Sumitomo Metal Mining is to spend 4.8bn yen ($49m) to increase production in Japan of lithium nickel oxide used in cathodes of batteries for electric vehicles.

Saft primary lithium batteries to power emergency signals for ‘eCall’ units

Saft is to supply primary lithium metal oxide batteries to automotive electronics firm Actia for ‘eCall’ safety device.

Installation of Japan’s gargantuan 60 MWh flow battery system could begin this autumn

Japan could start building the world's largest storage battery system, as well as begin experiments to control fluctuations from renewable energy sources, as early as this autumn.

Celadon, Maxwell Technologies partner to deploy ultracaps in remote controls for set top boxes

Maxwell Technologies is working with remote control manufacturer Celadon to provide its 10-farad (F) HC series ultracapacitors.

Enersys acquires battery cabinet enclosures maker Purcell Systems for $115m

Enersys has acquired Purcell Systems, a manufacturer of thermally managed electronic equipment and battery cabinet enclosures, for $115m.

Tesla patents hybrid metal-air, lithium-ion battery pack

US electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors has filed patents which describe a combination lithium-ion and metal-air battery pack.

University of Colorado Boulder spins off solid-state lithium-ion battery with ceramic electrolyte

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) has completed a technology transfer agreement for the development and commercialization of a solid-state lithium-ion rechargeable battery with ceramic electrolyte.

China lead-acid battery exports continue to lag behind 2012 levels

China's exports of lead-acid batteries totalled 80.32 million in July, down 15.4% on the same month in 2012.

Duke Energy's Notrees lead-acid battery project scoops energy storage award

Duke Energy's Notrees Battery Storage Project in Texas scooped the utility-scale energy storage innovation award at the 2013 Energy Storage North America (ESNA) Conference and Expo in San Jose, California.

European Research Council grants Trinity College Dublin €150,000 for supercapacitor materials R&D

Ireland’s Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has won €150,000 ($203,000) funding from the European Research Council (ERC) for a one-year nanotechnology project to develop 2D-based nanomaterials for ultra-thin, flexible supercapacitors for energy storage.