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Changing shape of active mass may boost lead-acid tech

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 10:20 -- Paul Crompton
Changing shape of active mass may boost lead-acid tech

A British research team aims to redesign battery electrodes to boost the efficiency of lead-acid batteries for use in electric vehicles after receiving a government backing.

The University of Sheffield has received £100,000 ($123,000) to study ways of improving lead-acid batteries from the UK’s Engineering Physical Sciences and Research Council (EPSRC).

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Umicore acquires more lithium-ion cathode patents from 3M

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Umicore acquires more lithium-ion cathode patents from 3M

Materials firm Umicore has agreed a third patent deal to acquire US technology firm 3M’s lithium-ion cathode IP.

The latest deal sees the Belgian firm acquire the ownership of three Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) patent families for cathode materials collectively covering South Korea, China, Japan, Europe and the US.

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Lead-acid battery giants back silicon joule firm Gridential

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Lead-acid battery giants back silicon joule firm Gridential

Advanced battery firm Gridtential has gained $6 million of investment from a group of the industry’s biggest lead-acid suppliers and distributors.

Investors include lead-acid battery maker East Penn Manufacturing; deep-cycle battery firm Crown Battery Manufacturing; lead-acid exporter Leoch International, and global distributor Power-Sonic.

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Work starts on Asian test area to rival Silicon Valley

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:40 -- Paul Crompton
Work starts on Asian test area to rival Silicon Valley

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.

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SONNEN grabs another Tesla employee as it expands into US

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 14:46 -- Paul Crompton
SONNEN grabs another Tesla employee as it expands into US

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.

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Grid-scale storage only just making financial sense

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 13:08 -- Paul Crompton
Grid-scale battery storage only just making financial sense say Uk Power Network

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.

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New York University and firm to develop next generation lithium-ion battery

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 14:39 -- Xuan Zhong

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.

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Economics of second-life lithium ESS years from adding up

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 10:03 -- Xuan Zhong

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.

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Off-grid lithium-ion system points way to hybrid ESS future

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 11:44 -- Xuan Zhong

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.

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EV and ESS lithium-ion demand boosting battery-grade graphite market

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 10:58 -- Xuan Zhong

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.

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