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Second product recall for Ecoult’s lead-based battery technology

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 09:52 -- Paul Crompton

The Australian safety commission has announced a recall of Ecoult’s Ultraflex lead-acid/ultra-capacitor hybrid battery technology due to “risk of fire and electrocution, which may lead to serious injury or death”.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) identified the UltraFlex 48-4, 48-3 and 48-2, which was sold through Smart Storage t/as Ecoult and electrical integrators between June 2014 and November 2019. 

The commission statement read: “UltraFlex was not designed to independently protect itself or the user against excessive voltage, overheating, or excessive gassing when combined with particular other equipment in a system.” 

ACCC is asking consumers to immediately contact Ecoult to arrange for the decommissioning and removal of the UltraFlex units by a licensed electrician.

Ecoult will provide a refund and remove the UltraFlex units.

The UltraFlex is designed for commercial, large-residential, microgrid and small-industrial users needing energy storage rated up to 20 kW. It is powered by the firm’s UltraBattery, which combines a Deka 12V lead-acid cell and a lead-carbon ultra-capacitor.

Ecoult’s website states the UltraFlex has been installed both on the grid and on remote off-grid sites.

The recall follows a similar one in New Zealand, which ended on 26 August after Ecoult arranged for the UltraFlex units to be removed by a licensed electrician in the country.

Ecoult had not responded to BEST about the recall at time of going to press.

Race hots up to build Australia’s first lithium-ion gigafactory as Imperium3 receives governmental backing

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 11:11 -- Paul Crompton

A consortium is moving to the next stage of plans to build an AUS$3 billion ($2 billion) lithium-ion gigafactory in Queensland, Australia, after receiving the go-ahead from the state’s government.

The Queensland Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation has approved the feasibility study by the Imperium3 Townsville consortium, which includes Magnis, Charge CCCV (C4V), and Boston Energy and Innovation and National Bank Australia.

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AMGC backs Australian firm to build country’s first lithium-ion gigafactory

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:19 -- Paul Crompton

Australia’s place on the global battery map was given another boost this week after a co-funding grant was awarded to the country’s first utility-scale lithium-ion manufacturer Energy Renaissance.

The AUS$246,625 ($175,000) co-funded grant includes matched financial contributions from the industry-led, not-for-project organisation Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) and Energy Renaissance.

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Redflow and carbonTRACK collaborate to bring flow battery VPPs to South Africa

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 16:08 -- Paul Crompton

Australian firms Redflow and carbonTRACK have announced an agreement to create virtual power plants (VPP) using zinc-bromine flow batteries.

The partnership will enable end-users to use intelligent control algorithms to optimise the benefits of flow batteries by tailoring the total power system to individual needs

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Australia to double installed energy storage capacity as ESS costs set to fall

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:55 -- Paul Crompton

Energy storage analyst Wood Mackenzie forecasts that despite COVID-19 Australia is set to more than double its year-on-year installed energy storage capacity in 2020. 

The industry forecasters predict the country will add 1.2GWh of energy storage capacity this year, taking its cumulative storage capacity at 2.7GWh. Last year, Australia installed 499MWh of energy storage capacity. 

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Tests prove need for high purity alumina in making lithium-ion batteries last longer

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 12:31 -- Paul Crompton

Australian battery materials firm Altech Chemicals has released test results that show high purity (99.99%) 4N alumina prevents sodium leaching when used on a lithium-ion battery separator.

Test work by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) showed high purity alumina (HPA) could prevent battery failure modes including thermal runaway, lithium plating on the anode and life cycle reduction.

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Faradion first as it prepares to ship order of sodium-ion batteries to Australia

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 13:57 -- Paul Crompton

UK sodium-ion manufacturer Faradion is set to ship its batteries to Australia after securing an order from ICM Australia. 

The company expects to ship the order for a “large number” of 40Ah cells in the next quarter to Australia for the first time.

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Malaysian and Australian governments partner to stop illegal shipment of used lead-acid batteries

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 11:51 -- Paul Crompton

The Malaysian government foiled an attempt to illegally ship five containers of used lead-acid batteries through the country’s largest port on March 30.

The country’s Ministry of the Environment (CASA) through the Department of the Environment (DOE) said it had stopped the cargo in Port Klang following information shared by the Australian government.

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Firm transfers hybrid-graphene materials from UK university as it begins tests on supercapacitor cells

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 16:33 -- Paul Crompton

Australia-headquartered First Graphene (FGR) has completed the technology transfer of an electrochemical process for hybrid-graphene materials from the University of Manchester.

The advanced materials firm transferred the technology to its UK industrial laboratories and has completed two successful pilot trials at its manufacturing facility in Henderson, Western Australia. 

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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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