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IESA calls for lithium-ion battery tax cuts to match those of EVs and renewables

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:25 -- Paul Crompton

India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) has called for tax deductions on lithium-ion batteries to help the country’s growing electric vehicle and renewable energy storage markets.

IESA has gone a step further in calling for a sales ban of internal combustion engine (ICE) two and three-wheelers in highly polluted cities.

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BCI’s first in-house lawyer highlights issues affecting lead battery industry

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:07 -- Paul Crompton

Lead battery organisation Battery Council International (BCI) has hired its first in-house lawyer to lead regulatory and legislative efforts, it was announced on 7 January.

Roger Miksad was hired as senior vice president and general counsel after a decade of working for the Chicago, US, based organisation as a member of David Weinberg’s team at Wiley Rein. 

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Misreported shipment of lithium-ion batteries causes fire on cargo ship

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 15:00 -- Paul Crompton

Containers of lithium-ion batteries, falsely reported as ‘spare parts’,  started a fire on a cargo ship owned by China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) Shipping based in China.

Boxes holding the batteries were destroyed and surrounding containers damaged in the fire on-board COSCO Pacific on 6 January.

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European Commission approves €3 billion fund to support battery industry

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 14:34 -- Paul Crompton

The European Commission has approved a €3.2 billion ($3.5 billion) fund to promote the research and development of a battery ‘ecosystem’ in Europe.

Seven European countries will receive funding to develop cooperation, accelerate laboratory-to-market innovation and introduce a ‘fit-for-future’ regulatory framework.

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MoU paves way for Australian firm to supply recycled battery materials to Korea

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 13:26 -- Paul Crompton

Envirostream Australia, a 24% owned subsidiary of Lithium Australia, has signed a lithium-ion battery materials offtake deal that includes recycled mixed metal dust (MMD) containing cobalt, nickel and lithium.

The memorandum of understanding with South Korean battery recycler SungEel Hitech involves the exclusive supply of metals extracted from recycled lithium-ion batteries out of Australia. 

Image: SungEel president Mr Kang Myung Yi and Envirostream managing director Andrew Mackenzie shake hands after signing the offtake MoU

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Tes announces plans for 14 tonne per day lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Singapore

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 14:08 -- Paul Crompton
Tes announces plans for Singapore14 tonne per day lithium-ion battery recycling facility

A new $20 million facility for recycling lithium-ion batteries is set to be opened in Singapore by global e-waste recycler Tes.

The country's senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Koh Poh Koon, announced the recycling facility on 30 October, according to reports by news outlet The Strait Times.

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Power supply report highlights Great Britain’s growing reliance on batteries

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 13:12 -- Paul Crompton
Frank Gordon, head of policy at REA

Power exports from batteries to Great Britain’s distribution network has risen by nearly 10,000% in just four years, according to a report by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and ElectraLink.

Battery storage systems discharged around 49GWh of capacity onto the nation’s grid— distribution level— network last year, up from 50MWh in 2014.

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Argonne boosts silicon anode performance in lithium-ion batteries with new electrolyte mixture

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:44 -- Paul Crompton

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have developed an electrolyte mixture and additive they claim boosts the energy density of next generation lithium-ion batteries by up to 50%. 

To develop its electrolyte additive the scientists added small amount of a second salt containing doubly or triply charged metal cations magnesium (Mg2+), calcium (Ca2+), zinc (Zn2+), or aluminium (Al3+). 

Image by Argonne National Laboratory: shows charging results in doubly or triply charged metal cations, such as Mg2+ (orange spheres), along with singly charged lithium ions (green spheres) being co-inserted from the electrolyte into the silicon (blue spheres) anode material. This process stabilises the anode, enabling long term cycling of lithium-ion batteries. 

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Umicore signs deal to supply 125,000mt of lithium-ion cathode materials to LG Chem

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 12:24 -- Paul Crompton

Umicore will begin delivering cathode materials for nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) lithium-ion batteries to LG Chem next year after signing a multi-year strategic supply agreement.

The agreement is for a total volume of 125,000 metric tonnes to be delivered over ‘several years’ out of Umicore plants in Poland, Korea and China. 

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Hyundai signs MoU to use second-life lithium-ion batteries in ESSs

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 15:01 -- Paul Crompton
Hyundai signs MoU to use second-life lithium-ion batteries in ESSs

South Korea’s vehicle OEM Hyundai Motor Group has committed to a joint project with Korea-based energy solution firm OCI to reuse second-life lithium-ion batteries from EV’s in energy storage systems (ESS). 

The systems will be used in solar power generation applications following the signing of a memorandum of understanding on 9 September.

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