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BYD to build 48 LiFePO modules a day at new battery factory in Brazil

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

Chinese battery maker BYD has commissioned its latest battery plant in Brazil to produce lithium iron phosphate battery modules to supply the country’s electric bus market.

The manufacturing plant, at the Manaus Industrial Zone (PIM) in the northern state of Amazonas, is primarily focused on installing the modules into electric bus chassis. 

The R$15 million ($2.7 million) factory covers 5,000 square meters and has a production capacity of up to 18 thousand battery modules per year— it expects to deliver 1,000 battery modules this month alone.

The highly automated and robotic plant is producing 48 battery modules each day.

Tyler Li, country manager of BYD Brazil, said: “Our proposal is to popularise and facilitate the electrification of mobility and equipment in the country.”

The city of São José dos Campos, located in São Paulo state in the country's south, will be the first to benefit from the plant. Overall, BYD will supply twelve, 22-meter articulated buses.

BYD opened its first plant in Brazil during 2015 to produce electric buses, as well as selling electric vehicles and forklifts in Campinas, also located in São Paulo state. 

Zinc hybrid ESS firm secures 1.5GWh of orders as US states tackle security of supply concerns

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 10:48 -- Paul Crompton

Energy storage system maker Eos Energy Storage has received 1.5GWh of orders for its zinc hybrid cathode battery systems in two US states.

The systems will be manufactured in Pittsburgh, US, by Hi-Power— the firm’s joint venture manufacturing facility co-owned with Holtec International.

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US lithium-ion battery manufacturer adds technical expert to its team

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 14:34 -- Paul Crompton

US lithium-ion battery maker Ultralife Corporation has appointed Eric Lind as vice president of commercial operations and business development at its battery and energy group. 

Lind will be charged with developing and launching new lithium-based battery products to commercial medical, security and defence, industrial and energy storage markets around the world.

Lind has previously worked for battery manufacturer Duracell, fossil fuel firm ConocoPhillips and lithium iron phosphate battery organisation Lithium Werks.

Lind said: “We see many cell and pack manufacturers chasing the electrification of the consumer automotive sector due to the sheer potential size. Markets such as industrial, medical, defence and robotics are often overlooked by these battery companies as secondary opportunities.

“However, we choose not to serve the automotive industry but rather to focus on these other wide and varied customer segments.” 

Japan discover cobalt supply that could feed its lithium-ion battery making demand for 88-years

Tue, 08/25/2020 - 14:31 -- Paul Crompton

Japan has announced the successful excavation of rare metals including battery critical materials cobalt and nickel from the seabed of its exclusive economic zone. 

The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), commissioned by the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, excavated about 650kg of cobalt-rich crust in July, according to the country’s news outlet The Japan News.

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ZSW study to ensure Germany's lithium-ion battery materials supply is more robust

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 10:18 -- Paul Crompton

The German research institute Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has received a grant to continue its investigation into recycling lithium-ion battery electrodes.

ZSW was presented with the notice of award for a €870,000 ($1 million) grant as it looks to prevent Germany’s lithium-ion battery material supply becoming vulnerable to bottlenecks and price risks.

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East Penn recognised for its lead battery recycling program

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 09:34 -- Paul Crompton

Lead battery maker East Penn Canada and recycling firm Terrapure Environmental have received a project of the year award for their closed-loop, circular-economy approach to lead battery recycling.

The Environment + Energy Leader Award recognised the firms service that improves environmental management while increasing the bottom line.

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LS Power nears completion of world’s largest lithium-ion ESS

Fri, 08/21/2020 - 11:54 -- Paul Crompton

Investment and development firm LS Power is set to complete the largest battery energy storage project in the world— the 250MW Gateway Energy Storage project in California, US.

The Gateway project, located in the East Otay Mesa community in San Diego County, is due to reach 250MW by the end of the month— it sits at 230MW today.

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Project milestone as lithium-ion and lead battery hybrid ESS is delivered to UK port

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 14:37 -- Paul Crompton

A hybrid lithium-ion and lead-acid battery has been delivered to Portsmouth International Port as part of the Port Energy Systems Optimisation (PESO) project.

The 100kW battery will be used to charge electric cars and peak shifting services as the port demonstrates how it can operate as a smart energy network.

The ESS is the only one being used for the pilot project, but if successful the port may order more ‘large scale ones’.

The system, which uses use a hybrid energy storage system supplied by GS Yuasa, is due to come into operation in early 2021.

The batteries are manufactured at GS Yuasa’s Ebbw Vale factory in Wales where final assembly and integration of the entire system takes place. The system’s lithium batteries come from Japan. 

The PESO project is being led by Marine South East supported by Portsmouth International Port alongside Swanbarton and Energy Systems Catapult.

The funding to develop and build the prototype system is coming from Innovate UK's 'Prospering from the Energy Revolution' fund. 

LFP tests indicate lithium-ion cells can be made from waste material and recycled batteries

Tue, 08/18/2020 - 09:48 -- Paul Crompton

Battery materials firm Lithium Australia has completed initial tests on its lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) battery cells made from waste material, including low-grade spodumene and spent lithium-ion batteries.

The Australian firm has said testing revealed the 2032 cells, with a lithium metal negative electrode, achieved capacities of up to 161mAh/g at a 0.1C discharge rate1. 

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EU launches investigation into finances surrounding LG Chem’s Poland lithium-ion gigafactory.

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 10:48 -- Paul Crompton

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the finances surrounding Korean lithium-ion battery maker LG Chem’s gigafactory in Poland.

An investigation has been launched to assess if €95 million ($112 million) of public support granted by Poland to the Korean company is in line with EU rules on regional State aid. 

The cash was earmarked for investing in the expansion of battery cell production facility for electric vehicles in Biskupice Podgórne in the Dolnoślaskie region, Poland.

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