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Consortium buys SPG mill to produce anode-ready materials for Li-ion batteries

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 13:04 -- Paul Crompton
Consortium buys SPG mill to produce anode-ready materials for Li-ion batteries

A new consortium has announced it will buy a mill that will produce anode-ready spherical graphite (SPG) for lithium batteries in the US.

The group has announced it will buy a micronising and spheronising mill to produce the material, which is critical for lithium-ion battery anode materials.

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Microvast launches non-flammable lithium-ion battery technology

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 15:01 -- Paul Crompton
Microvast launches non-flammable lithium-ion battery technology

US-headquartered Microvast has launched battery technology that it claims can prevent thermal runaway in lithium-ion batteries during a press conference in Beijing, China.

The firm’s research looked at how heat released by electrolytes could be controlled to ensure safety during thermal runaway

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UK grant signals sea-change in attitude toward next-generation lithium battery technology

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:47 -- Paul Crompton
UK grant signals sea-change in attitude toward next-generation lithium battery technology

It may be a few years behind the rest of the world but the UK is at least trying to make up for lost time with a series of funding rounds aimed at developing the nation’s battery credentials.

The latest series of funding enables a team of chemistry, engineering and materials groups to develop next-generation lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

 
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UK sees decline in proportion of lead-acid batteries recycled

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 13:20 -- Paul Crompton
UK sees decline in proportion of lead-acid batteries recycled

Predictions that the number of lead-acid batteries recycled would decline in the run-up to classification changes appear to have come true.

The changes, brought in by the UK’s Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), came into effect in January 2016.

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US regulators agree grid-scale lithium battery storage tests

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton
US regulators agree grid-scale lithium battery storage tests

US State regulators have given utility-holding company Xcel Energy permission to test the use of large lithium batteries to store solar power.

The testing will take place at two sites in the Stapleton neighbourhood in Denver, Colorado.

On one site, Xcel will install a utility-scale power system at a car park at Denver International Airport.

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Europe’s biggest battery innovation centre opens to develop emerging chemistries

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:25 -- Paul Crompton
Europe’s biggest battery innovation centre opens to develop emerging chemistries

Amid a plethora of grants and developments boosting the UK’s battery industry this year, England has now been chosen as the home of Europe’s largest battery innovation centre.

The £50m Energy Innovation Centre at the University of Warwick (Warwick Manufacturing Group) opened this month to provide development space for new battery chemistries from concept to market ready technology.

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Partnership develops ‘game changing’ air freight containers as shipping ban looms

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 09:11 -- Paul Crompton
Partnership develops ‘game changing’ air freight containers as shipping ban looms

Two firms are set to capitalise on a ‘fire-resistant’ freight container just two weeks before a ban on shipping lithium-ion batteries on passenger planes comes into affect.

Dutch firm Teijin Aramid and US company MACRO Industries are working together to develop, manufacture and commercialise

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Catalyst creator comes to rescue of lead-acid in cars

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 15:54 -- Paul Crompton
Catalyst creator comes to rescue of lead-acid in cars

Will Jones, the battery entrepreneur who made a small fortune developing recombination catalysts for failing VRLA batteries in the ‘90s has come up with what he believes is a solution to premature lead-acid battery failure in mico hybrids— likely to be the dominant automotive technology in the next 20 years.

Jones, writing to BEST magazine, claims the problem isn’t with the fundamental chemistry but its charging regime.

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Firm unveils thin nonwoven battery separator for lithium-ion and supercapacitors

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 11:40 -- Paul Crompton
Firm unveils thin nonwoven battery separator for lithium-ion and supercapacitors

Ultra thin nonwoven separators have been developed for lithium-ion and supercapacitors batteries by US firm Dreamweaver International.

The patented technology relies on lighter weights and high compression to produce nonwoven separators that could be produced as low as 10–12 microns thick. 

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Lead-acid firm East Penn set to move into lithium and ESS markets

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 14:19 -- Paul Crompton
Lead-acid firm East Penn set to move into lithium and ESS markets

Lead-acid firm East Penn Manufacturing is moving with the times as it looks to reclassify itself as an energy storage company— including embracing lithium-ion technology.

The company’s CEO Daniel Langdon spoke of the new ‘mindset’ during an interview with the Reading Eagle Business Weekly newspaper from where the company is headquartered.

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