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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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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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