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JAC Motors partners with CBAK to design lithium-ion batteries for China’s EV market

Mon, 01/18/2021 - 10:55 -- Paul Crompton

China-based lithium-ion battery manufacturer CBAK Energy Technology has signed a three-year strategic agreement with state-owned vehicle OEM Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group (JAC Motors).

The strategic agreement will combine the former's battery knowledge in the research, development, and manufacturing of battery cells with the latter's technology capabilities in the electric vehicle industry. 

 

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Norwegian gigafactory firm signs lithium-ion battery technology deal

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 15:25 -- Paul Crompton

Norwegian gigafactory firm Freyr has signed a definitive license and services agreement to use 24M’s SemiSolid lithium-ion battery platform technology at its planned facilities in Mo i Rana, Norway.

24M has drastically reduced the number of steps required to manufacture traditional battery cells, while still using conventional lithium-ion raw materials. 

Freyr expects this will reduce the capital expenditures and enable ‘substantial operational cost saving’ while increasing production throughput through a highly flexible production platform that works across all chemistries and can be re-tooled for various sized batteries and cathode and anode chemistries.

Tom Jensen, the CEO of Freyr, said: “24M has fundamentally redesigned the traditional lithium-ion cell technology and production platform, delivering higher energy density per battery while enabling substantial reduction in capex, operating costs, CO2 emissions and physical footprint of the manufacturing facility as compared to conventional solutions.”

In June 2019, Japan firm Kyocera began pilot production of 24M’s SemiSolid battery technology to validate its use in residential energy storage systems in the Japanese market.

Freyr is targeting the development of more than 40GWh of scalable, modular battery cell production capacity via a phased development approach using deep partnership-based strategies, including in-licensing of next generation technologies. 

In December, Freyr signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with mining company Glencore International for the potential supply of ethically sourced and traceable raw materials.  

 

 

Australia’s ambitious lithium-ion ESS goals continue with plans to replace coal power plant

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 10:24 -- Paul Crompton

Integrated energy firm Origin has issued an expression of interest to companies to supply and install a 700MW battery to replace its coal-fired plant in Australia.

If built, the country’s largest battery energy storage system would support Origin’s transition away from coal-fired generation by 2032, while complementing the policy objectives of the NSW energy roadmap.

Origin were unable to tell BEST when the EoI would end, which battery chemistry it was focusing on or when it plans to build the plant.

 

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Innovative battery chemistry revolutionises zinc-air battery

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 12:07 -- Paul Crompton

Scientists at a German university have developed a new battery chemistry for zinc-air batteries based on an innovative, non-alkaline, aqueous electrolyte.

The full zinc-air batteries can reportedly operate stably for 320 cycles and 1,600 hours under ambient air atmosphere.

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BYD builds on its closed loop dream with second-life lithium-ion battery partnership

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 14:34 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese battery OEM and electric vehicle maker BYD will transform old batteries into energy storage systems through a partnership with Chinese lithium-ion recycling start-up Pandpower and Japanese trading house Itochu.

Old battery packs from buses, taxis and other vehicles manufactured by BYD will be collected from dealerships across China and turned into ship-container-sized power units for renewable energy and factories.

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Lead-acid battery formation firm Inbatec’s new global VP to boost presence in the Americas

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 11:57 -- Paul Crompton

German lead-acid battery formation company Inbatec has appointed Nick Hennen as global vice-president of sales and business development to advance and increase business in North and South America.

Hennen, who will be located in Missouri, US, will focus on expanding the German firm’s reach as well as assisting its sister company Kustan in expanding its sales. 

Hennen has been in the battery industry for more than 25 years, initially as a sales engineer with Bitrode— specialising in non-automotive technologies such as lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride— and most recently as VP of Americas & global business development sales at Digatron.

Inbatec's managing director, Christian Papmahl, said: “I have known Nick for many years and understand his knowledge of battery production.

“More importantly though, he is well-respected with a large network and has a global understanding of all battery technologies. We are ready to take the next step and coordinate sales and growth on that level.

“We think Nick’s background across all types of battery production and end user applications brings a new perspective to our companies.

“In the short-term, we want to be more in touch with our customers in North America, but looking to a strategy of growing opportunities in India, Southeast Asia and China very quickly. 

“A lot of exciting things are going to happen with both Inbatec and Kustan over the next few years, and Nick will lead many of these efforts.”

Nick went to the University of Missouri and has a degree in Electrical Engineering. Later he achieved an executive level MBA from the Olin School at Washington University, St. Louis. 

Most of his career has been focused on battery formation including lead-acid, lithium and other technologies. He also has been involved in several stationary energy storage projects in the US and South America, primarily for electrical grid usage.

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CATL announces plans to invest $5 billion to boost lithium-ion battery production

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 11:26 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese lithium-ion battery producer Contemporary Amparex Technology (CATL) is set to invest 39billion yuan ($5.4 billion) to raise its overall capacity to a reported 70GWh. 

The firm will spend the money on making a new plant in China and expanding capacity at two existing facilities in the country.

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UK solid-state battery developer signs agreement to scale-up pouch cell development

Wed, 12/09/2020 - 12:08 -- Paul Crompton

UK battery developer Ilika has signed a framework agreement with the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) to support the scale-up of the former’s Goliath solid-state pouch cells.

The framework agreement sets up a plan for the companies to work together on solid-state cells and includes the ability for Ilika to set up a production line at the BIC in the facilities planned during Phase 2 of the UKBIC’s expansion. 

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Korean firm ups UHMW-PE production to meet demand of lead-acid and lithium-ion battery industry

Tue, 12/08/2020 - 12:39 -- Paul Crompton

Petrochemical firm Hanwha Total has increased its annual plastic production capacity to meet demand for separators from lithium-ion and lead-acid battery makers.

The South Korean headquartered company— a joint venture between French fossil fuel giant Total and Korean company Hanwha General Chemicals— will increase production to 140,000 metric tons as demand has spiked for plastic.

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Lithium-ion battery recycler to produce black mass at second North America plant

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 09:53 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery recycler facility Li-Cycle has opened a second plant to produce black mass for the battery industry in New York, US.

The Canadian firm’s Spoke 2 facility in Eastman Business Park in Rochester will produce an intermediate mixed battery material product (black mass) from all types of used lithium-ion batteries.

The facility has the capacity to process up to 5,000 tons of lithium-ion batteries per year.

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