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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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‘Lead-acid recycling plant bid gets green light’

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:31 -- John Shepherd
‘Lead-acid recycling plant bid gets green light’

Proposals to build a multi-million-dollar lead-acid battery recycling plant in eastern Australia have reportedly been given the go-ahead.

An application by Pymore Recyclers International (PRI) to invest AUD39.8 million ($31.9m) in the project, in an industrial zone at Kurri Kurri, in the state of New South Wales, has been granted by the state’s planning and environment department, the Maitland Mercury said.

 

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Northern Territory call for battery storage

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:24 -- John Shepherd
Illustration of Energy Renaissance gigafactory

Australia’s Northern Territory state government is calling for expressions of interest to build a large-scale energy storage system of 25-45MW.

Tender documents published by the government say the facility would support the grid in the state capital of Darwin and the town of Katherine.

 

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UltraCharge raising AUD2.5m ‘to accelerate Li-ion tech’

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:53 -- Xuan Zhong
UltraCharge raising AUD2.5m ‘to accelerate Li-ion tech’

Israel-based lithium and flow battery developer UltraCharge has told BBB it is finalising a raise of AUD2.5 million ($1.9m) to boost battery tech investments.

The CEO of Australia-listed UltraCharge Kobi Ben-Shabat (pictured) said the cash would be used in part to expand development of titanium dioxide (TiO2) as an alternative to graphite in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries, in a bid to improve fast charging capabilities, lifespan and safety.

 

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