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EEStor and FWG merge to usurp lead-acid industry with doped-carbon battery alternative

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 14:59 -- Paul Crompton
Robert Murray-Smith

Canadian energy storage firm EEStor Corporation has entered into a letter of intent (LoI) to merge with research firm FWG in a bid to commercialise an alternative to lead-acid batteries.

The LoI paves the way for the integration of EEStor’s composition modified barium titanate (CMBT) powder and the UK firm’s graphene and carbon-based materials.  

 

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BASF and NGK strengthen sodium-sulfur battery partnership with stationary storage JDA

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 13:48 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese ceramics manufacturer NGK Insulators and German BASF New Business (BNB) are expanding their business relationship to develop the next generation of sodium-sulfur batteries.

NGK and BNB, a wholly owned subsidiary of the German chemical company BASF, have entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) to develop sodium-sulfur (NaS) batteries for stationary applications.

Image: Right Dr. Frank Prechtl (BASF New Business) Tatsumi Ichioka (NGK Insulators LTD)

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Scientists tackle power and stability concerns to develop cathode for sodium, magnesium and aluminium batteries

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 12:19 -- Paul Crompton

Scientists at the University of Maryland have re-designed battery cathodes to make more efficient, stable and affordable rechargeable sodium, magnesium and aluminium batteries.

The researchers, backed by an international group of collaborators, have used polymeric hexaazatrinaphthalene (PHATN), based on the organic compound pyrazine, as a high-capacity, fast-charging cathode material.

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E.ON to replace lead-acid for nickel batteries in European substation

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 09:50 -- Paul Crompton
Saft’s Uptimax

Power utility E.ON is replacing lead-acid backup power batteries from a distribution substation in the north west of Hungary with Saft’s nickel cadmium technology. 

The pilot project aims to show how Saft’s Uptimax maintenance-free nickel pocket plate batteries can be installed as a direct Plug and Play replacement for time-served lead-acid batteries. 

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American Manganese to begin final tests on recovered NCA cathode material

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 14:51 -- Paul Crompton
American Manganese to begin final tests on recovered NCA cathode material

American Manganese has begun the final testing stages on NCA (nickel cobalt aluminium) cathode materials at its RecycLiCo™ pilot plant – the company’s  proprietary innovation that recycles materials from lithium-ion batteries.

Tests results in July by the company’s independent research contractor Kemetco Research reported 99.93% purity results using recovered NMC pregnant leach solution following stages 3 and 4.

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UL certification first for joint venture’s second-life ESS batteries

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 13:52 -- John Shepherd
UL certification first for joint venture’s second-life ESS batteries

A Japanese company that reuses electric vehicle batteries in second-life energy storage systems has become the first to be certified to UL 1974— an evaluation standard for repurposing batteries.

4R Energy Corporation, a joint venture of Nissan Motors and Sumitomo Corporation, is the first company worldwide to receive the certification from US-based international testing and certification organisation Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

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Leclanché shows global ambition in lithium-ion market

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 14:43 -- Xuan Zhong

After securing its first ESS deal in the US, Swiss firm Leclanché has almost immediately forged an Asian alliance for the low-cost manufacture and development of its Lithium Titanate Oxide (LTO) and Lithium Graphite/NMC (GNMC) batteries.

The European ESS company has formed a strategic partnership with Chinese lead-acid and lithium-ion battery manufacturer Narada Power Source.

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Semi-conductor material key to maximising lithium batteries

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 12:35 -- Paul Crompton
Semi-conductor material key to maximising lithium batteries

Extremely thin layers of silicon may hold the key to unlocking up to six times more capacity in lithium-ion batteries.

Silicon can help the battery’s anode reach its maximum load of lithium, claim scientists from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) Institute of Soft Matter and Functional Materials.

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Johnson Matthey to accelerate worldwide NMC use in EVs

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 14:32 -- Paul Crompton
Johnson Matthey to accelerate worldwide NMC use in EVs

Chemicals company Johnson Matthey is to license five patents as it looks to accelerate the adoption of nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode materials in lithium-ion batteries.

The deal with US firm 3M will allow the UK firm to focus on providing a bigger portfolio of cathode materials for the automotive and high performance markets.

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GS Yuasa adds AGM battery to its motorcycle portfolio

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 14:51 -- Paul Crompton
GS Yuasa adds AGM battery to its motorcycle portfolio

Japanese battery maker GS Yuasa has added a new AGM (absorbed glass mat) battery to its portfolio of motorbike batteries.

The YTZ8V battery, which contains no liquid acid and can therefore be shipped from the factory ready to fit, will replace those used in the Yamaha sports bike YZF-R3 and the Honda PCX150 scooter.

Electrolyte is absorbed in the battery’s plates and separators, so there are no leaks on vehicle parts or accessories.

The YTZ8V provides a significant increase in power despite its small, lightweight size, delivering 120 Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) despite measuring just 113mm x 70mm x 130mm and weighing 2.7 kilograms.

The AGM technology used in the YTZ8V is an advanced battery design that eliminates water loss, says the firm, and because of its lead-calcium design, will hold its specific gravity more than three times longer than conventional lead antimony types.

This means much longer periods between charges when the battery is used less frequently, such as winter storage.

GS Yuasa made a series of investments in its motorcycle battery output last year, boosting its lead-acid battery production capacity by 2.3 million units in Indonesia to meet demand from the Asian—particularly Chinese— market.

The increase in production was more than three times its increase in automotive battery production. More here: 

 

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