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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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