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Leclanche ESS first but will future plans be trumped by US president-elect

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 11:17 -- Xuan Zhong

Having secured their first US energy storage system deal, Swiss firm Leclanche will be hoping for a bright future— despite America’s president-elect vowing to de-rail the country’s renewable energy market.

The election of fossil-fuel fan Donald Trump may yet prove a thorn in the US renewable market, but for now Leclanche is celebrating a deal to supply a 20MW/10MWh turnkey system.

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World’s largest lithium nickel manganese ESS deployed to provide frequency control

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 13:21 -- Paul Crompton
World’s largest lithium nickel manganese ESS deployed to provide frequency control

US firm Axion Power International is set to install a lead-carbon off-grid energy system following a deal with Schneider Electric and fellow American firm Tennessee Solar Solutions.

The system will store energy from renewable sources to power a mobile sustainability laboratory developed by Tennessee based company Urban Green Lab.

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Canadian firm in bid to scale up Li-ion recycling process

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 11:29 -- Paul Crompton
Canadian firm in bid to scale up Li-ion recycling process

Canadian critical metal firm American Manganese Inc plans to scale up its process for recycling spent lithium-ion batteries to a commercial size.

AMI’s proprietary hydrometallurgical process produces raw materials from used cathode materials for use in new lithium-ion batteries, says the firm.

However, whether the process can be scaled up and made to be financially viable at an industrial scale remains a moot point— the technology for the large scale recycling of cathode materials of multiple chemistries does not exist yet.

Equally unclear is where the testing program will be carried out (possibly Kemetco’s laboratory in Richmond) and where funding will come from— AMI aims to target government research grants and strategic alliances.

The first step in AMI’s plans is to partner with fellow British Columbia firm Kemetco Research Inc. (a extractive metallurgy R&D company) to demonstrate the process on a bench scale.

The materials from cathodes contain lithium imbedded in a base metal oxide matrix and represents the largest single materials cost in the manufacture of lithium-ion cells (up to 30% of the materials cost of a cell).

The company says its process is applicable to multiple lithium-ion battery chemistries including lithium cobalt, lithium nickel manganese cobalt and lithium manganese.

Japanese firms at heart of 6MW American BESS

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 11:01 -- Paul Crompton
Japanese firms at heart of 6MW American BESS

Two Japanese firms have joined forces to create a 6MW lithium titanate Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in the U.S.

Project owner Sumitomo Corporation will use Toshiba’s SCiB™ (Super Charge ion Battery) lithium-ion batteries to provide a frequency regulation service to PJM, one of North America’s largest grid operator.

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