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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’

Australia-headquartered 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.

UltraCharge CEO 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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Redflow delivers ‘biggest home storage’ flow battery

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 10:01 -- Xuan Zhong
Redflow delivers ‘biggest home storage’ flow battery

Flow battery maker Redflow Limited said an Australian family is now powering their home without relying on a grid connection thanks to the installation of a 60kWh zinc-bromine flow battery system.

Redflow said the ZCell-based energy storage system— the company’s biggest Australian residential system to date— gives the Bates family “uninterrupted power, grid independence and no power bills”.

 

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Australian miner eyes China with lithium mine plan

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 10:45 -- News Editor
Australian miner eyes China with lithium mine plan

Australian mining firm Core Exploration Limited has applied for a licence to develop one of the country’s highest-grade lithium deposits, as part of plans to make inroads into the Chinese battery materials market.

Core said on 19 October it plans to develop its 100%-owned Grants deposit near Darwin, in the Northern Territory, which contains an estimated 1.8 million tonnes of high-grade spodumene— a key mineral in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries.

 

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Draft Australia home storage fire-risk rules dropped

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:04 -- Xuan Zhong
Draft Australia home storage fire-risk rules dropped

Regulators in Australia have dropped initial proposals that could have banned the introduction of on-site lithium-ion battery storage in homes.

The potential ban came to light earlier this year when Standards Australia launched consultations into draft fire safety regulations for the use of lithium-based batteries.

 

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Redflow wins repeat flow batteries order

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 09:55 -- News Editor
Redflow wins repeat flow batteries order

Australian flow battery maker Redflow has won a second US$600,000 (A$750,000) order for zinc-bromine batteries for a major energy storage project in the Pacific Islands.

The repeat order, from New Zealand-based Hitech Solutions, comes just a few months after Redflow supplied its ZBM2 batteries for Hitech’s construction of “advanced hybrid energy storage solutions” at a number of telecoms sites.

 

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Australian firm signs China graphite supply deal

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:39 -- News Editor
Australian firm signs China graphite supply deal

Australia’s Syrah Resources has signed a deal to provide a Chinese lithium battery materials supplier with 30,000 tonnes of graphite in the first year of production at its Balama mine in Mozambique.

Syrah said the agreement is with Jixi BTR Graphite Industrial, which supplies battery materials for lithium-ion products used in electric vehicles and the energy storage sector.

 

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Magnis wins fresh gigafactory deals

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:47 -- News Editor
Magnis wins fresh gigafactory deals

Australian graphite producer Magnis Resources is to supply raw materials to the German start-up behind plans to build two gigafactories in Europe.

Magnis said it has signed a deal with TerraE Holding GmbH, which recently formed a consortium of 17 (now 18) major companies and research institutions – and plans a total of 34GWh of production capacity across two lithium-ion battery cell production plants in Germany.

 

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Queensland kickstarts 100MW energy storage tenders scheme

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:13 -- News Editor
Queensland kickstarts 100MW energy storage tenders scheme

The Queensland state government in Australia has launched a large-scale energy storage auction programme – calling on firms to start registering their interest in tendering to provide a total of up to 100MW of storage capacity in the state before 2020.

The ‘Renewables 400’ initiative is part of the government’s AUD1.6 billion ($1.2bn) Powering Queensland Plan, launched earlier this year, to help meet the state’s target of generating 50% of its energy needs from renewables by 2030.

 

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Redflow moving into “high demand” sectors with funding round

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:05 -- News Editor
Redflow moving into “high demand” sectors with funding round

Australian battery maker Redflow has launched an AUD14.5 million ($11.5m) funding round “to target sustainable delivery of its zinc-bromine flow batteries to high demand areas” such as telecoms and remote/off-grid power.

The announcement follows the Brisbane-based company’s strategic review last May, which set out plans to “transition” manufacturing to Southeast Asia from South America, cut supply chain costs and implement “cost-down projects” to reduce delivered product manufacturing cost “by at least 30% over the next 18 months”.

 

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“Niche player” to build a gigafactory in Australia

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:43 -- News Editor
“Niche player” to build a gigafactory in Australia

Australian company Energy Renaissance (ER) is to build a “specific and niche” lithium-ion battery gigafactory in Darwin, in the country’s Northern Territory, which will start production by late 2018.

Our niche focus is to build the world's best batteries for hot and humid climates,” said Brian Craighead, managing director of Energy Renaissance, in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). The battery storage systems will be designed for commercial and utility-scale uses in telecommunications, defence and government sectors, and target the Australian and South-East Asian markets.

 

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