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Samsung targets European EV battery market with latest move

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:41 -- Paul Crompton
Samsung targets European EV battery market with latest move

Battery maker Samsung SDI has begun construction of its lithium-ion plant in Hungary to supply the European electric vehicle market.

The South Korean firm new facility in Hungary will enable it to establish a triangular production structure along with existing plants in Ulsan, Korea and Xian, China.

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New polymer dielectric could pave way for cheaper batteries

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 15:15 -- Paul Crompton
New polymer dielectric could pave way for cheaper batteries

Material Scientists at Penn State University have developed a three-dimensional polymer nanocomposite that could oust biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) as a battery’s dielectric.

The ‘sandwich’ technology increases a battery’s energy density using boron nitride nanosheets in a polymer matrix for the outer layers, and barium titanate as the central layer.

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VIZn and Jabil to bring flow-battery microgrids to Africa

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 15:14 -- Paul Crompton
VIZn and Jabil to bring flow-battery microgrids to Africa

US firms ViZn Energy Systems and Jabil Inala will partner to offer turnkey zinc iron flow battery microgrids in Africa.

The energy storage systems will replace diesel generators at remote villages, and mining and agricultural facilities where a centralised distribution infrastructure does not exist.

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Stop-start lead-carbon technology under investigation in European tests

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 15:12 -- Paul Crompton

Testing to see how battery maker Axion Power International’s lead-carbon technology handles ‘real world’ driving conditions is due to begin this month.

The US firm has already shipped its PbC® Batteries to the Battery Innovation Centre of MOBI Research Group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels)in Belgium. 

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Future of lead-acid lays beyond carbon additives

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 14:39 -- Paul Crompton
Future of lead-acid lays beyond carbon additives

Chinese battery maker Narada Power Source has boosted the performance of an advanced lead-acid battery by reducing the electrolyte and enhancing the partial state-of-charge window.

The company also tweaked the re-charge algorithms to allow its advanced deep-cycling valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery to achieve more than 26,000 power-assisted cycles.

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Utility picks lithium-ion batteries for grid-scale project

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 12:33 -- Paul Crompton
Utility picks lithium-ion batteries for grid-scale project

Canadian energy company AltaGas Ltd has signed a deal to bring 20MWs of lithium-ion battery power to southern California, US.

The firm, through its wholly owned subsidiary AltaGas Pomona Energy Storage, has signed a 10 year Energy Storage Resource Adequacy Purchase Agreement with Southern California Edison (SCE).

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MoU to build cathode material plant in South Korea

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 12:31 -- Paul Crompton
MoU to build cathode material plant in South Korea

Two firms are joining forces to build a lithium-ion cathode plant in South Korea to fuel the expected lithium battery demand for the electric vehicle market.

South Korean battery materials firm Ecopro has entered into a joint venture with the Chinese resources recycling company GEM to produce cathode materials in Pohang, South Korea.

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Electrovaya new cells packs bigger punch in old geometry

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 11:51 -- Paul Crompton
Electrovaya new cells packs bigger punch in old geometry

Canadian battery maker Electrovaya has launched a higher density lithium nickel manganese cobalt battery onto the electric mobility and energy storage markets.

Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Litarion GmbH, the company’s new LITACELLTM, LC-44 uses NMC/graphite based electrode chemistry to deliver 44Ah in the same geometry as the company’s 40Ah variety.

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Scientists reveals nanoscale secrets of lithium-ion

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 11:48 -- Paul Crompton
Scientists reveals nanoscale secrets of lithium-ion

Scientists may have discovered how to design better battery and management systems after observing how lithium-ions move at the nanoscale.

The team used X-rays and cutting-edge microscopes at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Advanced Light Source to look at the particles as they were charged and discharged.

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New battery standards for lithium-ion packs for electric vehicles

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 11:45 -- Paul Crompton
New battery standards for lithium-ion packs for electric vehicles

A ‘definite’ International Standard setting out the safety requirements for voltage class A & voltage class B removable lithium-ion battery (packs and) systems will be unveiled within a month.

The 2016 standard, named EN 50604-1:2016, focuses on traction batteries of, or for, electric vehicles and relates to the testing of the safety performance of battery packs and systems.

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