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CATL inks joint venture to develop EV charging infrastructure across China

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:46 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) formed a joint venture with wind farm developer Baicheng New Energy on 6 March with the goal of bringing electric vehicle charging posts to market across China.

The China firms have launched Shanghai Kuaibu New Energy Technology with registered capital of 50 million yuan ($7 million). CATL will hold a 49% share, with the remaining held by Baicheng.

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American Manganese appoints its CTO and lithium-ion battery recycling expert onto its board

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:42 -- Paul Crompton

Battery materials and recycling firm American Manganese has appointed its chief technical officer Zarko Meseldzija to the company’s board of directors. 

Meseldzija has technical experience in lithium-ion battery recycling processes and technical knowledge of hydrometallurgical process development projects

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Italian lead-acid battery firms suspend production amid Covid-19 pandemic

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 11:32 -- Paul Crompton

Italian battery firms are suspending production as the country’s government issued an order for all non-essential business to close in a bid to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

The country’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte said on Saturday, 21 March that all Italian businesses must close until April 3, with the exception of those essential to maintaining the country's supply chain.

Among the battery and equipment manufacturers are: Sovema, La Pneumetica and OMI.

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Bisolar sends its silicon anode based lithium-ion batteries for commercial viability testing

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 12:24 -- Paul Crompton

Prototype 21700 lithium-ion cells incorporating silicon anodes will be made available for third party analysis after battery developer Bisolar completed initial testing of its second batch of commercial-grade cells.

The California, US, company is making the prototypes available to potential development partners for their in-house qualification and analysis, which will be used to develop its battery technology for electric vehicles.

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Neo Lithium minimises environmental impact of producing battery grade lithium carbonate

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 15:48 -- Paul Crompton

Neo Lithium has produced battery grade lithium carbonate at its pilot plant in Fiambalá, Argintina.

Using concentrated brine, lithium carbonate was produced at 99.599% purity using a process the company says may decrease operational and capital costs while minimising reagent, water and power consumption.

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Lithium-ion ESS facility to power lead battery recycling centre

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:38 -- Paul Crompton

A two-year research project is using a 1MW lithium-ion energy storage system to reduce costs at a lead-acid battery recycling plant in Sweden.

The storage system using 24 BMW-batteries of the same type in the vehicle OEM’s BMWi3 will be commissioned in the summer at Boliden's Bergsöe lead smelting plant in Landskrona, South of Sweden.

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Tier-1 lithium-ion anode maker requests bigger sample after positive test results

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 13:48 -- Paul Crompton

Australian minerals firm Blackearth Minerals has received positive feedback from a Tier-1 lithium-ion battery anode maker on its graphite concentrate mined in Southern Madagascar.

China firm BTR New Energy Materials undertook an in-house test-work program to evaluate the concentrate for suitability as an anode material.

 

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Coronavirus impact on lithium-ion industry to be felt for at least another year

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 09:56 -- Paul Crompton

The outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 is putting China lithium-ion manufacturers into the ‘high risk’ supplier and production category. 

Industry analysts Wood Mackenzie predict a drop of 10% (26GWh) in lithium-ion battery production in China, with the Hubei province most impacted by the outbreak.

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Sri Lanka plans to develop lead-acid battery industry using domestic graphene

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 13:30 -- Paul Crompton

Sri Lanka is gearing up to create a $ 1.5 billion graphene-based lead-acid battery industry in the country using its abundant supply of vein graphite.

Associated Battery Manufacturers Ceylon (ABM) has agreed to purchase 50% of Ceylon Graphene Technologies’ (CGT) monthly graphene output, its chief executive Manju Gunawardana told a press conference last month. 

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Australian government backs domestic graphite refinery

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 13:09 -- Paul Crompton

A new Australian graphite refinery plant to supply the global lithium battery industry is a step closer to being built this week after EcoGraf Limited secured a promise of AUS104 million ($72 million) from the country’s government. 

Export Finance Australia is considering the provision of debt finance, subject to a detailed assessment, to fund the spherical graphite producer’s proposed battery graphite purification plant in Kwinana, Western Australia.

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