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SAIC-GM-Wuling builds ESS using retired EV batteries

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 10:36 -- Paul Crompton

SAIC-GM-Wulin— the joint venture between US firm GM Motors and China’s SAIC Motor Corporation— has created a 1MWh storage facility using second-life lithium-ion electric vehicle battery packs.

The 250kW power station is using batteries from the development of SAIC-GM-Wuling’s Baojun E100 and E200 electric vehicles. 

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GS Yuasa to supply ground-breaking dual lead and lithium hybrid ESS in UK

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 13:02 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese battery maker GS Yuasa has announced it will be supplying a dual chemical— lead-acid and lithium-ion— hybrid energy storage system to a port in the UK.

As BEST reported at the beginning of June, the PESO (Port Energy Systems Optimisation) project will provide power for electric vehicle charging and localised grid support at Portsmouth International Port. 

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Ampcera a step closer to commercialising its solid electrolyte technology for solid-state lithium-ion batteries

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:59 -- Paul Crompton

Battery electrolyte developer Ampcera has announced the latest step in the commercialisation of its flexible solid electrolyte (SE) membrane technology for solid-state lithium-ion batteries. 

The US firm claims its solid-state electrolyte (SSE) has the potential to enable solid-state lithium metal batteries to achieve an energy density of 500Wh/kg while reducing cost to below $100/kWh.  

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Loan paves way to lithium-ion production line in Slovakia as gigafactory plans move forward

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:21 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery maker InoBat Auto has secured investment to fund the development of a 100MWh R&D centre and production line in Slovakia.

The €10 million ($11 million) loan from European organisation CEZ Group —a conglomerate of 96 companies— comes as the Slovakian battery maker progresses plans to build a 10GWh gigafactory to supply the electric vehicle market.

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Chemical free graphite process could lead to cheaper lithium-ion anode material

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 12:09 -- Paul Crompton

Graphite from Magnis Energy Technologies’ mine in Tanzania could allow the firm to produce some of the lowest cost graphite anode material for the lithium-ion battery market .

Natural graphite produced from the company’s Nachu Graphite Project can be turned into a high performing anode material without any chemical, acid or thermal purification, which cuts overall manufacturing costs say the company.

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CATL begins work on laboratory to develop next-generation batteries and energy conversion systems

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:43 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has broken ground on an innovation laboratory at its headquarters in Ningde, east China's Fujian Province.

The 21C Lab— named to represent its aspiration to lead innovation trends in the 21st century— marks the start of the company's exploration into developing next-generation electrochemical energy storage systems and new energy conversion systems.

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Novonix teams with Canada university to manufacture advanced lithium-ion battery cathode material

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 13:04 -- Paul Crompton

Novonix has manufactured single crystal NMC lithium-ion battery cathode material in partnership with the Obrovac Research Group at Dalhousie University, Canada.

The battery material was created using the Canadian firm’s proprietary Dry Particle Microgranulation (DPMG) technique the company launched in May.

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Vision Group announce lithium-ion gigafactory plans to meet NEV and telecoms demand

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 10:28 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese battery maker Vision Group, which makes lead-acid batteries through its subsidiary Shenzhen Center Power Tech, has announced plans to build a 30GWh lithium-ion battery plant in China's Hubei province.

The company says the plant will meet demand from the 5G telecom networks and new energy vehicle (NEV) power battery sectors, according to media organisation Argus Media.

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China lithium-ion battery maker partners with wireless charging firm Energous

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 10:59 -- Paul Crompton

Wireless battery charging firm Energous Corporation has entered into a partnership with China lithium-ion battery manufacturer Grepow Battery. 

The firms will work together to develop batteries that are wirelessly charged via the US-based Energous’ radio frequency (RF) based charging technology.

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Automotive and battery giants launch search for the industry’s best start-ups

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 10:42 -- Paul Crompton

Automotive OEMs Hyundai, Kia and lithium-ion battery giant LG Chem have sponsored a global competition to identify promising start-ups in the e-mobility industry. 

Start-ups developing technologies and business models for EVs and batteries can apply to the ‘EV & Battery Challenge’ until 28 August via a website set up especially for the competition. 

Up to 10 winning start-ups will have the opportunity to work with Hyundai, Kia, and LG Chem to develop proof-of-concept projects while leveraging the sponsors’ technical expertise, resources and laboratories. 

The seven categories are: 

  1. Next-generation battery materials to increase mileage and safety 
  2. Recycling of battery materials
  3. Control systems to increase battery efficiency
  4. Process technology to increase productivity and quality control
  5. EV drive units
  6. Personalisation services for electric cars
  7. BEV’s charging and energy management

Among the credentials the judges are looking for are: a validated concept and a working prototype; should clearly differentiate from existing solutions and provide plans for global scale; include a business model based on credible commercial and economic assumptions.

Submitted documents will be examined in a first round with the most promising candidates interviewed personally via video conference in October.

The final selection committee is to meet in November at a workshop at the Hyundai Motor Group’s ‘Open Innovation Hub’ in Silicon Valley, California, US. 

After that, Hyundai, Kia and LG Chem will verify the technologies and review them to see if direct financial investment is possible.

New Energy Nexus, the international start-up support organisation, will manage and facilitate the competition.

Interested parties can view more details HERE

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