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ALABC-Exide launch energy storage project

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:06 -- News Editor
ALABC-Exide launch energy storage project

The Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) and Exide Spain are launching a two-year study into the use of carbon nano materials in the positive active mass.

The objective of the new project “is to investigate potential significant benefits, such as improved energy efficiency and cycle life for lead batteries in energy storage applications, through the use of nano-carbon on the positive plate”, the ALABC said.

 

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Canada lead-acid firm expands in South Korea

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:37 -- News Editor
Canada lead-acid firm expands in South Korea

Vancouver-based lead-acid battery firm Discover is launching an SLI lead-acid manufacturing plant in South Korea, backed by Canadian export financing.

Discover, which was awarded $15 million from Export Development Canada (EDC), told BBB the financing supported the firm’s acquisition of an existing battery plant site in South Korea.

 

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Chinese firm joins Nissan battery buyout deal

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 10:20 -- News Editor
Chinese firm joins Nissan battery buyout deal

A Chinese lithium battery manufacturer is chipping in up to $100 million to join the takeover of Nissan’s battery business by Chinese private equity firm GSR Capital Advisors.

Zhejiang Unifull Industrial Fibre said in a stock exchange filing it had signed a framework agreement with GSR Capital to become a partner in funding the Nissan deal, which Nissan confirmed earlier this month.

 

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BAIC ‘in batteries purchase deal’

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 12:47 -- News Editor
BAIC ‘in batteries purchase deal’

China’s automaker BAIC BJEV is set to purchase 80,000 automotive batteries, worth a total of CNY3.7 billion ($541.6 million), from renewable battery system supplier Pride by the end of this year, according to Chinese media.

Sohu reported that Pride, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Guangdong Dongfang Precision Science & Technology, a China-based printing machine maker, has signed a strategic procurement contract for 2017 with the leading new energy vehicle manufacturer.

 

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New plant to produce India’s best ever lead-acid battery

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 14:14 -- Paul Crompton
New plant to produce India’s best ever lead-acid battery

Indian firm Exide Industries aims to produce the country’s most technically advanced lead-acid battery to date at its new state-of-the-art automotive battery making facility.

The INR 7,000million ($100 million) unit in West Bengal will use punched grid technology, rather than expanded metal technology, to manufacture Exide’s new range of automotive batteries.

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JCI gambles on stop-start industry to pay off

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 15:53 -- Paul Crompton
JCI gambles on stop-start industry to pay off

Battery maker Johnson Controls is gambling on the stop-start automotive market keeping the lead-acid industry buoyant for the next 20 years.

Joe Walicki, president of power solutions at the US firm, is forecasting that 50% of North America and China, and 60% of Europe’s vehicles will be stop-start by 2020.

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Big automotive OEMs drive down lithium-ion energy storage prices

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 10:20 -- Paul Crompton
Big automotive OEMs drive down lithium-ion energy storage prices

The emergence of big automotive OEMS into the energy storage market will drive battery prices down in the next couple of years, delegates at Intersolar Europe heard last week.

Kai-Philips Kaires from RWRH Aachen University said the emergence of Tesla, Daimler and EON into the ESS market would drive down prices within the next two years.

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Bosch joint venture to double Li-ion battery density within 5 years

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:23 -- Paul Crompton
Bosch has entered into a joint venture to doubling the average lithium-ion automotive battery before 2020

German technology firm Bosch has entered into a joint venture to double the average lithium-ion automotive battery before 2020.

The Lithium Energy and Power joint venture sees the company team up with Japanese battery company GS Yuasa and Mitsubishi.

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JCI queers pitch for lead future with lithium SLI launch

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:22 -- Gerry Woolf
Johnson Controls and Toshiba team up

As lead pressure groups, including International Lead Association (ILA) and Eurobat, lobby for an extension of the usage of lead-acid battery technology beyond 2020 in Europe, one of the world’s largest lead-acid battery makers has unveiled a lithium-based starter system for start-stop vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It will be in production by 2018, the company says.

The lithium titanate battery, made in conjunction with Toshiba, will power advanced start-stop vehicles.

"Johnson Controls is pursuing opportunities to develop evolutionary low-voltage energy storage systems that will help our customers meet increasing fuel regulations at a lower cost than a hybrid or electric vehicle," said Lisa Bahash, group vice president and general manager Original Equipment, Johnson Controls Power Solutions. "In partnership with Toshiba, we are expanding our lithium-ion product offerings to support the needs of our global customers."

The lithium titanate chemistry is effective at quickly recharging, works well in a wide range of temperatures and can be easily integrated into a vehicle's 12-volt electrical system. Toshiba, with its SCiB technology, is the established market leader for lithium Titanate.

"Toshiba is pleased to work with Johnson Controls to supply SCiB cells for this application," said Shun Egusa, general manager of Toshiba's automotive business. "The opportunity to support global automakers with their goal of improving vehicle efficiency is an important part of our strategy and vision."

An Advanced Start-Stop system has two batteries. A 12V Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) or Enhanced Flooded Battery (EFB), which will start the engine and supply power to accessories such as lights, navigation systems and radios. The 12V lithium titanate battery will primarily accept and store regenerative braking energy during vehicle deceleration, enabling greater power and load management capabilities.

However, the hybrid battery system as currently configured, paves the way for eventual elimination of lead-acid technology, perhaps substitution the lead acid component with a supercapacitor, experts told BEST magazine

"With an Advanced Start-Stop system, drivers could save up to 8 percent every time they fill up their gas tank as the batteries enable the engine to shut off more frequently and for longer periods of time," said Bahash. "This is also a great solution for our customers because the technology allows for greater fuel savings without major changes to the existing powertrain and electrical systems."

ILA Managing Director, Dr Andy Bush, said: “The announcement of this new type of 12V battery by JCI further demonstrates that alternative battery technologies require a lead-based battery to work alongside them in start-stop and mild hybrid electric vehicles. The essential nature of lead-based batteries was one of the points that was made to the EU Commission by the European, Japanese and Korean automotive associations, along with EUROBAT and ILA, in their submissions to the review of the End-of-Life-Vehicle (ELV) Directive calling for a further exemption for lead-based batteries within the wider ban on lead in light-duty vehicles.”

The 12V battery systems will be produced starting in 2018.

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Lower cost fuel cells from ACAL reduce platinum use

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:04 -- Ruth Williams
Reducing the platinum used in a fuel cell hugely reduces the cost

UK-based fuel cell developer ACAL Energy is close to completing a £15m ($25m) funding round to commercialise its low-platinum fuel cell for automotive and stationary use.

When closed, the funding round will enable ACAL to bring the redox liquid-based catalyst system to production-level ready for licencing to automotive OEMs. ACAL has a number of OEMs interested in the product because of the lower costs and longer lifetime than competitors.

Brendan Bilton, ACAL’s chief commercial officer, said: “Automotive companies want fuel cells to cost $40kW but none of the normal fuel cells can achieve this. We could get to 20% lower than that.”

Major automotive companies that have announced fuel cell electric vehicle designs require a lifecycle of more than 5,000 hours with less than 10% degradation to match an ICE vehicle. The catalyst of ACAL’s fuel cell is based on polyoxometalates rather than platinum which allows it to run for 10,000 hours with no degradation. The platinum is the point of degradation in regular fuel cells so removing 80% of it makes ACAL's cells more durable.

Bilton said the technology will be licenced to OEMs who could potentially have them in cars four years after licencing: “Many companies are looking at having first generation fuel cell vehicles on the road by 2020. We are aiming for second generation,” he explained.

The fuel cells have the potential to be used as a source of power generation as well as for automotive use, which could turn a person’s car into their generator also. This idea is attracting interest in regions that suffer frequent power outages such as Japan.

The commercialisation funding round is being finalised to allow the licensing of the technology in the next two months.

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