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UAE firm opens its first US lead-acid battery plant to serve motive power market.

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:57 -- Paul Crompton

United Arab Emirates lead-acid battery maker Eternity Technologies has opened its first plant in the US to make batteries for the forklift market.

The plant in Sherman, Texas was opened in October to manufacture its full range of BCI 2 volt low maintenance and enhanced capacity batteries for the US, Mexican and Canadian markets.

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World’s first test bench using CT surveillance on lithium-ion batteries is opened in Europe

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 17:15 -- Paul Crompton

Climatic chamber maker Weiss Technik has developed a test bench for lithium-ion batteries that aims to improve the safety, durability and performance of batteries as well as inform the development of EU-standards.

Developed at its German headquarters, the testing facility at the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Petten, the Netherlands, will enable researchers to use computer tomography (CT) images during battery operation. 

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Lithium-ion battery fires spark global recall of 68,000 EVs amid over charging concerns

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 09:38 -- Paul Crompton

The root cause of fires that pushed General Motors to recall 68,667 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles is unknown but “could be” related to overcharging the high voltage lithium-ion batteries produced in South Korea by LG Chem. 

Concerns the batteries could catch fire when fully charged has led the US federal vehicle safety agency National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recommend charging up to 90% capacity until a software update is completed.

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Greenpeace highlights need to repurpose lithium-ion as EV markets surge

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 10:06 -- Paul Crompton

Repurposing lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles (EVs) into energy storage systems can help meet the world’s power needs as early as 2030, research by Greenpeace East Asia shows.

The organisation is calling for manufacturers to track the sale and re-collection of all their batteries, and introduce life cycle as a core performance metric for product design, emphasising standardisation and recyclability. 

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Scientists use algorithm to identify potential solid electrolyte materials for lithium-ion batteries

Mon, 11/02/2020 - 12:49 -- Paul Crompton

Theoretical scientists at Stanford University have identified a new class of materials that could lead to the development of more efficient solid-state lithium-ion batteries.

The materials—lithium, boron and sulfur— were identified after the team used a computer algorithm to screen more than 12,000 lithium-containing compounds in a materials database. 

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UK’s first e-ferry propelled into service with repurposed lithium-ion batteries

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 11:00 -- Paul Crompton

A ferry using repurposed lithium-ion batteries from Nissan Leaf electric vehicles has been launched in Plymouth, UK.

Rigorous trials of e-Voyagers’ motors, energy storage, control and charging systems are run in a real-world environment in a bid to gain regulatory approval

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UK battery maker signs MoU to build lithium-ion plant in Australia

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 10:31 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based battery maker AMTE (formerly AGM Batteries) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with infrastructure firm InfraNomics with the goal of making lithium batteries in Western Australia.

The MoU, signed on 15 September, will evaluate the technical and commercial viability of lithium-ion cell manufacturing in the country focused on eservices the energy storage sector.

AMTE made headlines early this year when it signed a MoU with Britishvolt, to build the UK’s first lithium-ion battery cell gigafactories servicing the automotive and energy storage markets.

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MOU paves way for sodium-sulfur battery use in green hydrogen projects in Korea

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 11:38 -- Paul Crompton

A subsidiary of German chemical company BASF will supply sodium-sulfur batteries to Korean power-to-gas (P2G) company G-Philos after the pair signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 10 September.

Wholly owned subsidiary BASF New Business (BNB) will supply a total of 19.2MWh of sodium-sulfur(NaS) batteries to G-Philos for P2G projects in Korea. 

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Hyundai and SK Innovation partner to develop EV lithium-ion battery industry ecosystem

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 10:31 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Hyundai Motor Group and lithium-ion battery maker SK Innovation will partner to create a battery value chain and strengthen eco-friendliness of electric vehicle batteries.

The South Korean firms have agreed to cooperate in the development of a sustainable ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) batteries and create acycle of battery usage known as the Battery as a Service (BaaS), which includes lease or rental service. 

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Merger paves way for solid-state lithium-metal battery production

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 10:08 -- Paul Crompton

Battery developer QuantumScape Corporation is set to start production of its solid-state lithium-metal batteries via its joint venture with the Volkswagen Group following a billion dollar merger with Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp.

The California, US, based firm is expected to receive more than $1 billion in cash and funding commitments, led by Volkswagen and Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, as part of the transaction.

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