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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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Bleak report indicates India’s apathy toward rogue Pb-A recycling

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 14:07 -- Paul Crompton
Bleak report indicates India’s apathy toward rogue Pb-A recycling

Informal recyclers in India processed more than a million tonnes of scrap lead-acid batteries as they continue to flout environmental rules governing the disposal of used batteries, an India-based think tank has reported. 

Environmental research organisation Toxics Link reported that 90% of the 12lakh (1.2 million) tonnes of batteries that entered the country’s recycling industry during 2017-18 were processed in informal recycling units.

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Swiss researchers examine solid-state battery secrets

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 13:20 -- John Shepherd
Swiss researchers examine solid-state battery secrets

Swiss researchers have lifted the lid on electromechanical processes that take place in solid-state batteries in a move they say could make the technology safer and more efficient for use in electric vehicles.

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) used X-ray tomography to observe the batteries “more precisely than ever before” and discovered how fissures in the battery material propagate.

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Auto firms asked for ideas to tackle India’s EV battery waste

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 13:13 -- John Shepherd
Auto firms asked for ideas to tackle India’s EV battery waste

India has called on auto industry bosses to help tackle battery waste and come up with proposals to recycle more of the raw materials needed for electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

Heavy industries minister Arvind Ganpat Sawant told a business leaders conference on electric mobility that while the government is subsidising the introduction of EVs, more R&D was needed into reducing the cost of metals and chemicals used to manufacture batteries.

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Lithium Australia to test cathodes using LFP recycled from lithium-ion batteries

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:59 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium Australia to test cathodes using LFP recycled from lithium-ion batteries

Battery materials firm Lithium Australia is to test the performance capabilities of coin cell cathodes using recycled lithium phosphate (LP) after recovering the material from old lithium-ion batteries for the first time.

The material, recovered from mixed metal dust, will be made into lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathode powder at the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary VSPC’s cathode powder pilot plant, in Brisbane, Australia.

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