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UK energy storage hesitation threatens fossil fuel future

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 12:08 -- Paul Crompton
UK energy storage hesitation threatens fossil fuel future

Development of energy storage technologies holds the key to the UK moving from fossil fuel electricity generation to renewable sources.

Investment must be made in research, demonstration projects and development of next generation low carbon technologies, stated Dr Jenifer Baxter, head of Energy and Environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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Australian nanotech battery boosting firm wins key US trials

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 12:07 -- Paul Crompton
Australian nanotech battery boosting firm wins key US trials

Australian battery materials start-up company Nano-Nouvelle has won deals with two US battery makers to test its battery boosting 3D nanotechnology.

The ‘Nanode’ concept - a 3D nano-structured, porous electrode that can boost the energy storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries by up to 50% - came in 2011, with a successful $3.7 million round of cleantech investor funding last June.

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Confidence grows in battery industry as VC funding doubles

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:57 -- Paul Crompton
Confidence grows in battery industry as VC funding doubles

Confidence in the battery/storage sector more than doubled in the second quarter of the year with venture capitalists plowing $125million into ten deals.

Twenty investors put cash into companies focused on lithium-ion, sodium, energy storage systems, lead-based technology, energy storage management software and thermal energy storage.

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Education key to lead–acid becoming climate change solution

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:56 -- Paul Crompton
Education key to lead–acid becoming climate change solution

Educating policyholders on how lead-based batteries can become a solution to global climate change concerns is key to ensuring the industry shakes off its polluting reputation.

Lead industry leaders must educate regulators on the chemistry’s environmental progress, including its 99% recycle rate and the emergence of ‘green’ alternatives to smelting.

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Chinese carmaker halts EV production as Korean batteries fail to meet new criteria

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 14:44 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese carmaker halts EV production as Korean batteries fail to meet new criteria

One of China’s largest state-owned carmakers has stopped production of a sports utility model following a ruling by Beijing that EV batteries must meet certain criteria before they attract State subsidies.

JAC Motors has stopped production of its iEV6s electric sports utility vehicle (SUV), which had been powered by Samsung SDI’s batteries, exclusively chosen by the carmaker.

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Chinese lithium waste is ‘horse manure crisis’ of the 1800s

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 14:07 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese lithium waste is ‘horse manure crisis’ of the 1800s

Chinese analysts have compared the growing threat of waste lithium batteries to the ‘Great Horse Manure Crisis’ that swamped the world’s cities in the late 1800s.

The 19th century crisis, caused by dung coming from the colossal number of horses that were needed for transport, led to a prediction in The Times newspaper of London that ‘in 50 years every street in the capital  will be buried under nine feet of manure’.

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Trojan banking on AGM batteries being future of lead-acid

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 14:06 -- Paul Crompton
Trojan banking on AGM batteries being future of lead-acid

US company Trojan Battery’s new chief operating officer believes the future for lead-acid lies within the stationary and commercial markets.

New COO John Beering also told BBB he believes there will be a move from flooded deep-cycle batteries towards AGM (All Glass Matt) technology.

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Higher performing lithium-ion market ready by 2018

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 15:58 -- Paul Crompton
Higher performing lithium-ion market ready by 2018

Materials researchers in Switzerland have boosted the performance of lithium-ion batteries by up to three times by reworking how an anode accepts ions.

Scientists at the Swiss Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Villigen and the ETH Zurich created a shorter paths for ions to travel to the anode by subjecting graphite to a rotating magnetic field.

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Commercialisation of replacement lithium-ion forklift battery begins after UL approval

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 10:26 -- Paul Crompton
Commercialisation of replacement lithium-ion forklift battery begins after UL approval

US-based Flux Power has gone into commercial production of its forklift batteries just months after achieving approval from Underwriters Laboratories.

Flux Power aims to assemble 100 packs a month by the end of the summer, and to double that by the end of 2016.

The firm’s Light EV battery packs for Class III pallet jack forklifts, or “walkies”, were listed to UL 2271 certification in February and were designed to replace lead-acid in forklift trucks.

Flux CEO Ron Dutt said there would be a particular focus on ’30 large customer prospects that have already piloted and/or purchased earlier generation LiFT Pack units’.

"Collectively these customers utilise an estimated 22,000 walkie pallet jacks nationwide and therefore represent aggregate sales potential of over $65 million in walkie LiFT Pack units alone,” he said.

“Based on this... we are confident in our ability to achieve LiFT Pack sales of between $3 and $6 million over the next 12 months.”

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Carmakers’ consortium hands over $4m to tech start-up

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 10:22 -- Paul Crompton
Carmakers’ consortium hands over $4m to tech start-up

A consortium including three of the world’s biggest carmakers has gifted a Chicago start-up $4 million in a bid to improve battery technology for electric vehicles.

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has also chipped in to award SiNode Systems the cash, which has already been allocated to new staff who aim to get the firm’s advanced anode technology commercialized in 30 months.

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