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Regulator warns of potential total air transport ban on batteries

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:16 -- John Shepherd
Regulator warns of potential total air transport ban on batteries

A top US regulatory official has held out the prospect of airlines totally halting transports of batteries unless changes are made to existing safety requirements.

Janet McLaughlin, director of the Federal Aviation Agency’s HazMat Safety Programme, indicated the move could be on the cards by air freight operators amid increasing fears of fire risks.

 

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Jordan tests indicate “high ratios” of lithium

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:58 -- John Shepherd
Jordan tests indicate “high ratios” of lithium

The Middle Eastern state of Jordan has announced plans to step up exploration for lithium, after initial tests indicated the country could be sitting on high levels of the metal.

The country’s energy and mineral resources minister, Saleh Al-Kharabsheh, said the move could help Jordan cash in as a supplier to battery makers for the growing electric vehicles market.

 

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China’s Camel invests in Li-battery recycling pilot

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:55 -- Xuan Zhong
China’s Camel invests in Li-battery recycling pilot

Chinese lead-acid battery giant Camel is to build a pilot lithium-ion battery recycling and anode material production plant in Central China.

Camel said plans for the CNY5 billion ($791 million) facility is part of a “framework agreement”, signed with Hubei Province’s Gucheng County government, to create an industrial park for recycling and “cascade utilisation” of used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, as well as the regeneration of battery materials.

 

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Lithium and cobalt facing “critical” supply issues, study says

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:48 -- John Shepherd
Lithium and cobalt facing “critical” supply issues, study says

Supplies of lithium and cobalt are set to become “seriously critical” as demand for lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles and other applications rises, according to a new study.

Researchers at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm of Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology say cobalt-free battery technologies, “including post-lithium technologies based on non-critical elements such as sodium”, plus magnesium, zinc, calcium and aluminium, could ease the “dependency”.

 

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Mercedes-Benz invests in Thai EV battery plant

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:32 -- John Shepherd
Mercedes-Benz invests in Thai EV battery plant

German auto giant Mercedes-Benz is to invest in a lithium-ion battery assembly plant in Thailand for its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

Andreas Lettner, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Thailand, told the Bangkok Post the EUR100 million ($122m) Samut Prakan facility is scheduled to start operations in early 2019.

 

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JCI to sell battery business to Chinese suitor?

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:13 -- John Shepherd
JCI to sell battery business to Chinese suitor?

Johnson Controls International (JCI), the biggest western player in the global battery market has fuelled speculation that it could be preparing to sell its Power Solutions division— essentially all of its lead-acid and lithium business.

And sources have told BBB the most likely buyer will be a Chinese player— perhaps Camel or Chilwee (also known as Chaowei) who both have the financial muscle to pull off such a deal.

 

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Wärtsilä adds to Massachusetts battery power target

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:03 -- John Shepherd
Wärtsilä adds to Massachusetts battery power target

A subsidiary of Finland’s Wärtsilä Corporation is to install an “advanced energy storage system” to support grid power delivery in the US state of Massachusetts.

US-based Greensmith Energy Storage Technology has been selected to provide the 1 MW/2MWh battery system, which uses LG Chem batteries and Sungrow inverters, to utility Origis Energy USA.

 

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Johnson Matthey in battery materials plans with Cummins

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:32 -- Xuan Zhong
Johnson Matthey in battery materials plans with Cummins

Johnson Matthey has sold its automotive battery systems business to US-based engines and gensets manufacturer Cummins— as part of plans to jointly develop “high-energy battery materials”.

JM’s UK-based business is one of Europe's largest lithium-ion battery system suppliers with 50 employees.

 
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US startup LithiumWerks acquires LFP veteran Valence

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:05 -- John Shepherd
US startup LithiumWerks acquires LFP veteran Valence

US-based battery startup LithiumWerks has acquired “substantially all of the assets” of Texan lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery maker Valence Technologies for an undisclosed sum.

LithiumWerks, launched in March 2017 with a focus on the energy storage market, said the deal— its first acquisition— included “all of Valence’s proprietary lithium iron magnesium phosphate intellectual property (IP), trademarks, and inventory”.

 

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Daimler silent on Geely ‘battery tech buy-in’ report

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:43 -- John Shepherd
Daimler silent on Geely ‘battery tech buy-in’ report

Daimler is staying mum on a report that Chinese carmaker Geely has bought a stake in the German peer with a view to partnering on battery tech for electric vehicles.

According to Reuters, sources believe Geely, which owns Volvo, “is keen to access Daimler's battery technology and wants to establish an electric car joint venture in Wuhan, the capital of China's Hubei province”.

 

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