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Varta receives funding to transfer lithium-ion battery tech to large-scale formats

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 13:06 -- Paul Crompton

Consumer cell maker Varta has received up to €300 million ($341 million) funding to help transfer its technology to larger format batteries for use in energy storage and mobility applications.

Funding from IPCEI (Important Project of Common European Interest) will help the German battery firm develop its latest generation of lithium-ion cells. 

Image: Peter Altmaier (left) hands over the IPCEI funding to Herbert Schein, CEO of Varta. Photo: Varta

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Japan utility aims to slash ESS cost by repurposing used EV battery lithium-ion packs

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:27 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings (Tepco) is set to launch a storage business using used electric vehicle (EV) batteries from China, just weeks after establishing its wholly owned subsidiary Tepco Ventures to enter new business ventures.

The plan is to assemble up to 30 used EV battery packs into energy storage systems for use at renewable-energy plants, according to reports by news outlet Nikkei Asian review.

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Report outlines Tesla’s ‘secret’ Roadrunner lithium-ion battery plans for California

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

Tesla is planning to expand manufacturing capacity at its Freemont, California, facility to develop more ‘effective’ lithium-ion batteries and more efficient manufacturing technology.

Plans given to Freemont government back-up rumours of the US firm’s Roadrunner project that will support manufacturing, R&D operations— including cathode making— and the final step in cell manufacturing.

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Gridtential and LOLC partner to develop bipolar lead battery technology

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 12:53 -- Paul Crompton

US firm Gridtential Energy has entered into a technology evaluation agreement with LOLC Advanced Technologies to develop bipolar lead batteries using technology from both firms.

Under the agreement, the companies will collaborate on prototyping lead batteries using Gridential’s Silicon Joule™ bipolar silicon plates and LOLC’s graphene additive AltaLABGX, which is applied to active material.

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Vision Group announce lithium-ion gigafactory plans to meet NEV and telecoms demand

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 10:28 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese battery maker Vision Group, which makes lead-acid batteries through its subsidiary Shenzhen Center Power Tech, has announced plans to build a 30GWh lithium-ion battery plant in China's Hubei province.

The company says the plant will meet demand from the 5G telecom networks and new energy vehicle (NEV) power battery sectors, according to media organisation Argus Media.

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Electrolyte breakthrough suggests superior solid-state lithium-ion batteries are around the corner

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 10:21 -- Paul Crompton

A team of Brown University researchers has found a way to double the toughness of a ceramic material used to make solid-state lithiu-ion batteries

The researchers in the US infused a ceramic with graphene to increase the material’s fracture toughness in a bid to make a more robust lithium-ion battery electrolyte. 

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Award winning US Harvard University scientist charged over links with China

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 10:14 -- Paul Crompton

An award winning US Harvard University scientist who reportedly worked on nano-wire-based lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles has been indicted on charges of making false statements to federal authorities regarding his participation in China’s Thousand Talents Program. 

Dr. Charles Lieber has been indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of making false statements and will be arraigned in federal court in Boston, US, at a later date. He was arrested on 28 January.

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Indian state of Kerela set to build lithium-ion batteries

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 09:43 -- Paul Crompton

Titanium dioxide anatase miner Travancore Titanium Products (TTP) is set to manufacture lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles (EV) in India, according to reports.

TTP— a public-sector undertaking under the State government of Kerala— has developed lithium trinitrate, the raw material for lithium-ion batteries, reported India news outlet The Hindu

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

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 12:35 -- Paul Crompton

South Korea's vehicle OEM Hyundai Motor Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PV manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells to recycle old EV batteries into second-life energy storage applications.

The partnership will develop energy storage systems (ESS) using old EV batteries for the European and North American markets.

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Space battery market to see strong growth as firms like SpaceX exploit the final frontier

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:32 -- Paul Crompton

As Elon Musk’s SpaceX company was preparing to send its first manned flight to the International Space Station (ISS), Japan was sending its final shipment of lithium-ion batteries to the low orbit station.

The batteries, produced by GS Yuasa Technology, were aboard the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kounotori 9 unmanned cargo vessel launched on May 21.

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