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New corporate slogan marks lead battery firm GS Yuasa’s move into lithium-ion

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:53 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid battery maker GS Yuasa is redefining its brand by establishing a new corporate slogan, “Creating the Future of Energy”, to signal a change in its business model that incorporates lithium-ion. 

The slogan will be used in branding throughout the global GS Yuasa Group and comes ahead of the opening of a €3.5 million ($4.2million) lithium battery manufacturing plant in Hungary for the automotive sector.

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Pivotal buys bi-polar technology with goal of making cheaper lead-acid batteries

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 15:30 -- Paul Crompton

US battery firm Pivotal Battery has bought proprietary bipolar plate technology from Integral Technologies as it looks to develop cheaper and lighter lead-acid batteries.

The firm has completed the acquisition of two bipolar plate pending patents and all of Integral’s prototypes, trade secrets, and know-how related to the bipolar plate technology.

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Lithium-ion battery pioneers win Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 13:57 -- Paul Crompton
Image icon John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino are the Nobel laureates in chemistry for 2019 Photograph- Niklas Elmehed:Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

The three people responsible for bringing lithium-ion battery technology to the world have been awarded Nobel prizes in chemistry.

The Nobel laureates are professors John B. Goodenough (the oldest recipient of the prize), M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino.

The prize was announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden, on 9 October.

Watch the announcement on Youtube here: "https://www.youtube.com/embed/rgdDPHh_5es"

Image: John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino are the Nobel laureates in chemistry for 2019 Image: Niklas Elmehed/Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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French power firm EDF buys battery storage project from lead-acid firm Narada

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 12:17 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid battery maker Narada announced on 16 September it had signed a battery storage projects cooperation agreement with EDF Renewables China, the Chinese subsidiary of the French multinational.

The cooperation will start with the acquisition agreement by EDF of a 1.5MW/12MWh battery storage owned and operated since September 2018 by Narada in Jiangsu province, China.

Pic: EDF Renewables China and Narada joined hands on 18th Sep. Mr Tian Yue, CEO of EDF Renewables China (left) and Wang Yuenneng, vice chairman of Narada (right)

 

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Liquid metal firm signs JDA with lithium-ion battery maker NEC Energy Solutions

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 10:12 -- Paul Crompton
Liquid metal firm sign JDA with lithium-ion battery maker NEC Energy Solutions

Lithium-ion battery maker NEC Energy Solutions (NEC) will design and develop an energy storage system based on liquid metal technology after signing a joint development agreement with US firm Ambri.

NEC will combine its AEROS® operating platform to optimise system performance of Ambri’s batteries in ESS applications including utility, independent power producers (IPPs) and project developers.

 

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VW Group launches pilot lithium-ion battery production plant in Germany

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 12:28 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Volkswagen Group has taken the first steps toward a large-scale lithium-ion battery production line with the opening of a pilot plant in Germany.

The pilot line for battery cell assembly has begun producing lithium-ion cells at VW's Center of Excellence in Salzgitter, Lower-Saxony.

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Australia’s biggest lithium-ion ESS to be paired with solar power generation

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 15:09 -- Paul Crompton
Australia’s biggest lithium-ion ESS to be paired with solar power generation

One of the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery systems paired with renewables is set to be deployed by The Solar River Project and GE Renewable Energy in South Australia.

GE has been selected to supply and integrate the 100MW/300MWh grid-scale battery technology hybrid system for the Solar River Project. 

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Production starts at 10MWh US solid-state battery factory

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 15:05 -- Paul Crompton
Production starts at 10MWh solid-state battery factory Solid Power

Battery maker Solid Power has begun manufacturing its first fully automated all-solid-state battery on its fully operational pilot production line in the US. 

The 10MWh facility will support first product sales in beachhead markets like aerospace, defense, industrial, and medical applications, and early market entry into non-automotive, smaller volume markets.  

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CATL invests in China cathodes joint venture

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 14:54 -- Paul Crompton
CATL invests in China cathodes joint venture

Chinese lithium battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and a subsidiary company plan to launch a new business venture focused on cathode materials.

CATL and its Guangdong BrunpRecycling Technology subsidiary will set up the new company – dubbed Lingbo Brunp CATL New Energy – with registered capital of around CNY3.6 billion (US$503 million), CATL said.

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Aqua Metals granted lead battery recycling patents in India and Indonesia

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 14:45 -- Paul Crompton
Aqua Metals granted lead battery recycling patents in India and Indonesia

Lead-acid battery recycling firm Aqua Metals has been granted patents in both India and Indonesia in a move that could pave the way for the rollout of its technology into those countries.

The patents are ‘critical’ to allowing the US firm to license its technologies, which include the AquaRefinery system.

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