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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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Does latest VP appointment signal new direction for lead-acid firm?

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 16:04 -- Paul Crompton
Does latest VP appointment signal new direction for lead-acid firm?

With the search for new and better lead-acid batteries to rival other technologies, two appointments at US deep-cycle firm Trojan Battery has hinted at a new development.

The appointment of Michael Everett as the firm’s senior vice-president of engineering, is possibly the most eye-catching of the two. 

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JCI drives an ‘evolution’ in stop-start technology combining lead-acid and lithium-ion

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton
JCI drives an ‘evolution’ in stop-start technology combining lead-acid and lithium-ion

Global giant Johnson Controls says it is driving an evolution in stop-start technology— while the rest of us wait for a revolution to happen.

Advanced Market & Technology Strategist Craig Rigby told BBB that the growth of the stop-start market had superseded all expectations, far outweighing the uptake in the electric vehicle (EV) market.

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Australia’s home battery storage sector gets multi-million dollar boost

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 16:07 -- Paul Crompton
Australia’s home battery storage sector gets multi-million dollar boost

The burgeoning residential battery storage market in Australia has been boosted further by a multi-million dollar investment by the country’s largest publicly traded energy retailer AGL Energy Ltd.

AGL agreed to invest $20 million into US firm Sunverge’s lithium-ion Solar Integration System (SIS), a second generation.

The SIS combines advanced lithium batteries with a control platform that allows power to flow to and from the grid as part of a virtual power plant.

The AGL investment comes on top of £7 million already put in to Sunverge by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Siemens Venture Capital (SBCVC) and Total Energy Ventures International.

“This will help Sunverge establish operations in Australia and overcome barriers to the widespread deployment of storage systems,” said ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht.

“Residential battery storage is currently in its infancy in Australia. While only a small number of systems are currently installed, there is a lot of interest in the technology.

“The partnership between AGL and Sunverge will accelerate the roll-out of a state-of-the art grid-integrated battery storage solution to Australia’s large household storage market.”

Home storage system makers are lining up to get their products into the Australian market.

Queensland-based Energex installed the country’s first Tesla Powerwall in January along with one of Sunergy’s storage systems.

And in February, Brisbane firm Redflow announced it would be launching its residential energy storage system – backed by its zinc bromine battery – in March, with the first installations expected for June.

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ICAO implements no-fly lithium-ion ban on passenger planes

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 15:12 -- Paul Crompton
ICAO implements no-fly lithium-ion ban on passenger planes

Shipment of lithium-ion batteries on passenger planes has been banned by the 36-State International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Governing Council.

The ban starts on April 1, 2016 after recommendations by the ICAO’s air navigation commission (ANC) were adopted by the council last week.

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New anode binder for lithium-ion set to be revealed

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 15:11 -- Paul Crompton
New anode binder for lithium-ion set to be revealed

US chemical company Ashland has developed a water-based binder for high-capacity silicon-based anodes in lithium-ion batteries.

The Soteras™ MSi anode binder can be used with silicon to increase the capacity of lithium-ion batteries by as much as 30%, claims the Kentucky-based firm.

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State of charge rules could ban Lithium-ion batteries from air cargo

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:54 -- Paul Crompton
State of charge rules could ban Lithium-ion batteries from air cargo

Manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries may have to guarantee their cells and packs are charged to no more 30% SOC (state of charge) when shipped by air, following a technical recommendation from IATA, the international Air Transport association, which regulates, on among other things, the movement of dangerous goods by air.

The potentially explosive change in regulations was revealed at the Baltimore lithium battery conference last week.

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India plans lithium subsidies to compete with lead-acid batteries

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:45 -- Paul Crompton
India plans lithium subsidies to compete with lead-acid batteries

The Indian government is planning a subsidy of Rs 32,000 (US$514) on all lithium battery kits to promote electric bike use and cut down vehicular pollution, reports The Indian Express.

The move will allow lithium-ion electric bike OEMs to compete with traditional lead-acid battery powered bikes, which are around US$400 cheaper. 

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US ESS guidelines could pave way for global standard

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton
US ESS guidelines could pave way for global standard

A revised set of guidelines outlining how to gauge the way large batteries and grid-scale Energy Storage Systems (ESS) are evaluated has been released.

The latest protocol is set to ‘level the playing field’ in the way companies determine how different ESSs handle similar situations.

The protocol was developed by a working group of more than 100 stakeholders working under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Energy and two of its laboratories: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Sandia Laboratories.

 

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