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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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Graphite producer notches up eighth US defense agreement

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:32 -- Paul Crompton
Graphite producer notches up eighth US defense agreement

Canadian mining firm Alabama Graphite has manufactured and shipped three one-kilogram test samples of its Purified Micronized Graphite (PMG) to a US-based lithium-ion battery maker.

The unnamed company produces lithium batteries for military applications under contract from the United States Department of Defense (DoD).

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Lithium boss airs concern on future of battery industry

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:16 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium boss airs concern on future of battery industry

The boss of China’s second biggest lithium carbonate supplier has questioned if growth in lithium-ion battery production can be sustained by electric vehicles.

For the first time Wang Xiaoshen, executive vice president Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium (JGL), has expressed concern the growing electric vehicle market, which drives lithium-ion battery demand, is unable to continue sustainable growth, particularly in China.

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Industry demands criminalisation of rogue lithium-ion shippers

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:38 -- Paul Crompton
Industry demands criminalisation of rogue lithium-ion shippers

The airline trade association and battery supply leaders are calling for stiffer penalties to be meted out to ‘rogue’ lithium-ion shippers

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has partnered with the lithium battery industry to demand stricter enforcement of international regulations in the transportation of lithium batteries.

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Panasonic bonds sale to raise cash for TESLA Gigafactory.

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:22 -- Paul Crompton
Panasonic bonds sale to raise cash for TESLA Gigafactory.

Battery giant Panasonic is going to issue straight bonds worth up to 400 billion yen ($3.86 billion) in a bid to raise money to develop its business.

The Japanese company is releasing the corporate bonds in part to bring forward its investment in Tesla Motors’ ‘gigafactory’, reported newswire Reuters.

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Kokam partnership secures MWs of benefit for Korea

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:21 -- Paul Crompton
Kokam partnership secures MWs of benefit for Korea

Battery firm Kokam has secured a deal to supply a 13MW/h lithium-ion energy storage system (ESS) to aid frequency regulation to one of South Korea’s biggest utility companies.

The 36MW project will use the South Korean firm’s Ultra High Power nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) and NANO battery technology.

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Lithium-ion pioneer Sony to sell its battery business

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 15:24 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium-ion pioneer Sony to sell its battery business

Pioneering lithium-ion company Sony Corporation is set to sell its battery business to fellow Japanese firm Murata Manufacturing.

Sony signalled it’s intent to negotiate the sale of the group’s battery business by entering into a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Murata.

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