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Performance boosting membrane may lead to new type of battery

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 11:14 -- Xuan Zhong

Scientists in the US claim to have cured self-discharge and thermal runaway issues in lithium-ion batteries— and potentially paved the way for higher performing electric vehicles.

Researchers at Ohio State University developed a ‘smart’ membrane after studying how cell membranes in the human body expand and contract in response to electrical charge.

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High-performance lithium-sulfur meets pressure tests

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 11:26 -- Xuan Zhong

A consortium of UK companies is ready to move to the development phase of a 24-month project to make a ‘deep-dive’ pressure-tolerant lithium-sulfur batteries.

The MAS (Marine Autonomous Systems) Consortium is a group of UK companies and academic partners led by Steatite and funded by Innovate UK and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

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China plant doubles AGM battery capacity to meet start-stop demand

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 09:54 -- Xuan Zhong

Johnson Controls cited rising start-stop vehicle demand for expanding production capacity of its Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries in China.

The US firm is increasing the capacity of its AGM production lines in its Changxing Plant, Zhejiang province facility to more than three million units a year.

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Toyota boosts lithium-ion battery safety on new plug-in hybrid

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 10:01 -- Xuan Zhong

Engineers at Japanese automaker Toyota claim to have tamed volatile lithium-ion batteries while increasing power at no significant extra cost, according to newswire Reuters.

Lithium-ion battery safety concerns not only exist in mobile devices, think of Samsung’s heartbreak, but also electric vehicles.

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Samsung lithium-ion batteries power 30MW US storage system

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 09:26 -- Xuan Zhong

With buzzwords such as ‘environmentally friendly’ and ’green energy’ entering the energy industry lexicon batteries are proving the go to technology for grid scale projects integrating renewable energy.

The latest energy storage system (EES) to come on stream in the US will be powered by Samsung SDI America batteries and management system.

 
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Revolution begins for 12V and 48V bi-polar lead-acid batteries

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 14:45 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid batteries that could revolutionise 12V and 48V vehicle applications are being made after Integral Technologies completed the manufacture of its bi-polar plates.

Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) is using the plates in its lead-acid bi-polar batteries, with ‘several’ due to be produced containing multiple variations of its plate design and construction.

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Closed loop lithium battery recycling still not economical

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 15:29 -- Paul Crompton

A number of factors must be reached before a convincing closed-loop system for recycling lithium-ion batteries is ready to be rolled out.

A sufficient recycling process, a stable price, and a constant flow of recyclable batteries must be established, experts have said.

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Korea sanctions investment to develop 300Wh/kg lithium-ion battery

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 10:57 -- Paul Crompton
Korea sanctions investment to develop 300Wh/kg lithium-ion battery

Korea is set to invest 43 billion won ($38.4 million) in a bid to double the energy density of lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicle market by 2020, according to reports.

Developers plan to produce a 300Wh/kg battery, news outlet Korea Joongang Daily reported the country’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy as saying.

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Amazon guilty of violating lithium-ion shipment rules

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 10:56 -- Paul Crompton

A jury has found online shopping company Amazon guilty of shipping potentially dangerous lithium-ion batteries on planes.

The jury at London's Southwark Crown Court found the company guilty of offences under the Air Navigation (Dangerous Goods) Regulations 2002.

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Lead-acid Energy storage system-company breaks into transport market

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 14:02 -- Paul Crompton
Lead-acid Energy storage system-company breaks into transport market

Swedish-American energy storage system company Northstar will supply its Ultra High Performance pure lead AGM batteries to a major truck maker.

The batteries will be fitted into the next-generation Freightliner Cascadia Truck following a collaborative deal with Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA).

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