Materials firm Umicore has agreed a third patent deal to acquire US technology firm 3M’s lithium-ion cathode IP.
Advanced battery firm Gridtential has gained $6 million of investment from a group of the industry’s biggest lead-acid suppliers and distributors.
Previously more popular with tourists and pilgrims, the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji could soon become a mecca for energy storage researchers.
Moves to make the area Asia’s answer to Silicon Valley began with the building of a 1MW solar power station in Kofu City, Yamanashi, a prefecture 63 miles west of Tokyo.
Rivalry between firms Sonnen and Tesla seems to extend beyond residential energy storage products to include employees.
German residential energy storage system firm Sonnen has hired former Tesla Energy’s North American sales manager Blake Richetta.
Batteries ability to transform the UK’s grid-scale energy landscape will become clearer as prices drop, claim electricity utility UK Power Networks.
The comments by Suleman Alli, the company’s director of Safety, Strategy and Support Services, came after a two-year trial testing lithium-ion technology in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
Two New York organisations have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to develop next generation lithium-ion batteries for aerial drone and mobile robots applications.
The joint research programme will see Graphene 3D Lab supply materials to Stony Brook University, who in turn will make its facilities available as the pair develop light-weight battery packs.
The economics of reusing batteries from plug-in vehicles for residential energy storage systems (ESS) doesn’t make sense, at least according to technology analysts Lux Research.
Lux came to the conclusion after comparing a residential 11.2kWh ESS system using second-life batteries at around $4,600 against a new 7kWh system, at $6,000.
With batteries becoming the ‘go to’ technology in small and large-scale renewable energy projects, it can only be a matter of time before prices fall and the industry reaches its tipping point.
This week, for example, wind turbine firm Gamesa has announced it has chosen lithium-ion technology for its hybrid off-grid system in La Muela, Spain.
With each lithium-ion battery requiring up to 20 times more graphite than lithium, demand for high quality graphite is increasing in parallel with the electric vehicle and energy storage markets.
Kibaran Resources Limited is the latest firm to announce it has produced ‘superior quality, battery-grade’ graphite for the battery market from its Epanko Project in Tanzania.
Scientists in the US claim to have cured self-discharge and thermal runaway issues in lithium-ion batteries— and potentially paved the way for higher performing electric vehicles.
Researchers at Ohio State University developed a ‘smart’ membrane after studying how cell membranes in the human body expand and contract in response to electrical charge.