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Carbon recovery trials puts EcoGraf a step closer to entering the lithium-ion battery supply chain

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 12:59 -- Paul Crompton

Australian battery materials firm Ecograf has announced it can recover 99% of the carbon from used battery feedstock following trials of its lithium-ion anode recycling process.

The firm’s proprietary graphite purification technology was trialled on recycled lithium-ion battery material, which included anode material consisting of natural and synthetic graphite and silicon. =

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Australian university hits 1Ah milestone on path to commercialising lithium-metal cells

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 11:32 -- Paul Crompton

Scientists from Australia’s Deakin University have developed an electrolyte that boosts the performance capabilities of a prototype lithium-metal cell.

The team from the university’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) has created a 1Ah lithium metal pouch cell prototype using ionic liquid electrolytes.

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Australian government backs domestic graphite refinery

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 13:09 -- Paul Crompton

A new Australian graphite refinery plant to supply the global lithium battery industry is a step closer to being built this week after EcoGraf Limited secured a promise of AUS104 million ($72 million) from the country’s government. 

Export Finance Australia is considering the provision of debt finance, subject to a detailed assessment, to fund the spherical graphite producer’s proposed battery graphite purification plant in Kwinana, Western Australia.

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Australia’s newest research hub will develop battery storage to aid the country’s renewable energy transition

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 12:12 -- Paul Crompton

A research hub opened in Australia aims to develop advanced energy storage technologies including batteries that will enable the transition towards a sustainable, reliable, and secure power supply.

The ARC Research Hub for Integrated Energy Storage Solutions at UNSW university in Sydney will look at developing batteries for extreme environments as well as researching structural supercapacitors and fuel cells. 

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Solid-state battery breakthrough first stage in doubling energy density of lithium-ion cells

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 09:33 -- Paul Crompton

Researchers at Australia's Deakin University have reported a way of using common industrial polymers to create solid electrolytes for solid-state lithium-ion batteries.

The scientists’ new solid polymer electrolyte system, based on a new lithium transport mechanism, was weakly bonded to the lithium-ion to replace the liquid solvents typically used as electrolytes in battery cells.

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Deal paves way for 400MWh of battery energy storage systems in Australia

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 15:16 -- Paul Crompton

Australia’s utility-scale energy storage market is set to grow after a deal between Maoneng and power retailer AGL to deliver 200MW/400MWh of capacity in New South Wales.

The deal will see Maoneng develop four 50MW/100MWh batteries with AGL securing the rights to use that capacity, as required, at a fixed price for 15 years.

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Talga and Leclanché sign MoU to trial graphene silicon lithium-ion battery anodes

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 14:06 -- Paul Crompton

Switzerland energy storage firm Leclanché will evaluate Australian firm Talga Resources’ range of graphene silicon anode products with the intention of developing commercial products for the lithium-ion battery industry. 

The move follows the signing a memorandum of understanding that includes trials to run over a 2-6 month period, and indicative pricing for various volumes of Talnode supply, during the trials and over a three year period. 

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Australia frees up AUD50M for studies into microgrid deployment

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 13:10 -- Paul Crompton

An AUD50 million ($34 million) cash pot has been released by the Australian government to fund feasibility studies into how microgrids can replace, upgrade or supplement existing power supplies.

The ‘Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund’ (the program) will provide up to AUD50 million by the end of 2024. 

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Australia adopts its first standards to ensure safe delivery of energy storage projects

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 13:03 -- Paul Crompton

Australia’s first rules governing the safe installation of energy storage systems were introduced on 11 October, five years after consultation on the guidelines first began.

Non-profit standards organisation Standards Australia has published AS/NZS 5139:2019, Electrical installations – Safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment.

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First Graphene teams up with UK university to develop supercapacitor material

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 14:57 -- Paul Crompton
Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre

Graphite powder firm First Graphene has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with the UK’s University of Manchester to develop graphene-hybrid materials for use in supercapacitors.

The organisations will use a proprietary electrochemical process to develop graphene-hybrid materials in a bid to create supercapacitors that can be used in electric vehicles and stationary applications.

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