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Battery ‘first’ for Australian gas plant

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 16:46 -- John Shepherd
Mt Stuart Power Station

A grid-scale battery being installed at an Australian gas-fired power station is said to be a “first” for the country.

Power company Origin told BEST Battery Briefing the four-megawatt lithium-ion battery at its Mt Stuart Power Station, in Townsville, would improve security of electricity supply to homes and businesses across North Queensland.

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Novonix battery pilot line to ‘accelerate’ R&D

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:22 -- John Shepherd
Novonix battery pilot line to ‘accelerate’ R&D

Australia-based Novonix Limited has said its new fully-commissioned lithium-ion battery cell pilot manufacturing line in Canada will “accelerate” R&D cycle time and reduce costs.

The Nova Scotia facility will support R&D into “a wide range of battery material”. Novonix said the “initial focus” will be on supporting the company's ‘Pure Graphite’ anode material production joint venture with Coulometrics in the US.

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Australia considers batteries ‘performance standard’

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:32 -- Xuan Zhong
Australia considers batteries ‘performance standard’

A government-backed project has been launched in Australia to define a “performance standard” for home battery storage systems connected to solar power systems.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) said the aim is to develop a standard that covers battery systems ranging from residential to small commercial systems, with estimated maximum size estimates of 100 kilowatts peak power and 200 kilowatt-hours stored energy.

 

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UltraCharge targets military with pouch cells joint venture

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:32 -- Xuan Zhong
UltraCharge targets military with pouch cells joint venture

Israel-based lithium and flow battery developer UltraCharge is set to jointly manufacture its high voltage lithium-ion battery pouch cells in Indonesia with domestic lead-acid firm PT Garda Persada.

Under the terms of the deal, Australia-listed UltraCharge will also market and distribute the pouch batteries with Persada— which will hold a 70% stake in the joint venture.

 

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China firm increases Australia lithium investment

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:54 -- Xuan Zhong
China firm increases Australia lithium investment

One of China's largest lithium hydroxide and carbonate producers, Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group, is boosting its investment in Australian lithium producer Core Exploration.

Sichuan has used its Yahua International subsidiary to give Core Exploration $1.4 million as share placement – in addition to $2m cash it pumped into the firm last year.

 

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Century Yuasa ‘plans lead line expansion’

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:02 -- Xuan Zhong
Century Yuasa ‘plans lead line expansion’

Australia-based battery manufacturer Century Yuasa reportedly plans a multi-million dollar investment to expand its production of lead-acid battery plates.

Century Yuasa’s general manager of operations, Matthieu Anquetil, told Australia’s Courier Mailthe company will invest AUD6m ($4.6m) in a new line at the company’s Carole Park factory in Brisbane.

 

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Australian graphite firm joins UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:15 -- John Shepherd
Australian graphite firm joins UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge

Australian graphite producer Talga Resources is to collaborate on work including cell production with partners under the UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge R&D programme.

Talga said it has signed formal agreements through its UK subsidiary, Talga Technologies, to work on initiatives including battery pack design and assembly.

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Researchers hail “proton battery breakthrough”

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:15 -- John Shepherd
Researchers hail “proton battery breakthrough”

Researchers in Australia have unveiled a working prototype of a “proton battery” that they say could eventually overtake lithium-ion as a more powerful and sustainable alternative.

The Melbourne RMIT University team said potential applications for the proton battery include home energy storage devices charged from solar panels and electric vehicle charging.

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“Strong progress” on graphene supercapacitor bid

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:38 -- John Shepherd
“Strong progress” on graphene supercapacitor bid

A pilot production line is in operation in Australia that is able to produce a commercial prototype of a “next generation” graphene oxide-based supercapacitor, a company behind the project has announced.

Australian company First Graphene, formerly First Graphite, said “strong progress” had been made on developing the ‘Bolt Electricity Storage Technology’ (BEST) battery at the country’s Swinburne University of Technology.

 

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Bid to restart Australian lead mine

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:13 -- John Shepherd
Bid to restart Australian lead mine

Proposals to relaunch operations at a lead mine in Western Australia have been opened for public comment.

Paroo Station, the world's largest lead carbonate mine, was placed into care and maintenance on 16 January 2015 amid what owner Rosslyn Hill Mining said were “difficult market conditions” because of depressed lead prices.

 

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