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Deal rockets lithium-ion battery maker into new sales space

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 12:02 -- Paul Crompton
Deal rockets lithium-ion battery maker into new sales space

Korean battery giant LG Chem is to make a giant leap into a new application for its lithium-ion technology following a deal with NASA.

The company’s batteries will be used in spacesuits following successful internal short-circuit (ISC) stability tests by Nasa.

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Lithium-ion dominates large-scale ESS deployment

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:37 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium-ion dominates large-scale ESS deployment

Competition between Asia’s big battery makers has seen lithium-ion become the dominant technology for large-scale energy storage systems in the past six years.

Underpinning the rise is cost reductions and a build-up of the auto and power sectors’ supply chain as competition between China's BYD, GCL, South Korea's Samsung SDI, LG Chem and Japan's Panasonic intensifies, according to a report by analytics firm IHS Technology.

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Germany set to stamp out fossil fuel powered car manufacturing by 2030

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 14:03 -- Paul Crompton
Germany set to stamp out fossil fuel powered car manufacturing by 2030

An announcement by a senior German official that all new cars must be emissions-free by 2030 will give a massive boost to the lithium battery industry.

German Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake said combustion-engine cars will be banned as part of the country’s aim to reduce C02 emissions by 80% before 2050.

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Electrovaya signs lithium-ion MOU with mystery e-mobility OEM

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 11:58 -- Paul Crompton
Electrovaya signs lithium-ion MOU with mystery e-mobility OEM

Lithium-ion battery maker Electrovaya has signed a deal to supply an unnamed electric mobility OEM with its cells.

The Canadian firm’s wholly owned subsidiary Litarion GmbH signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to deliver battery modules to the OEM from the start of 2017.

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US battery maker enters fledgling C&I market with ESS

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 11:57 -- Paul Crompton
US battery maker enters fledgling C&I market with ESS

US battery maker SimpliPhi has announced plans to enter the commercial and industrial market with its modular high-voltage, cobalt-free battery.

Because the batteries are modular, the company claims facilities with on-site generation will be able to spread back-up batteries across a number of buildings in the same location, eliminating the need for huge battery banks.

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JCI gambles on stop-start industry to pay off

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 15:53 -- Paul Crompton
JCI gambles on stop-start industry to pay off

Battery maker Johnson Controls is gambling on the stop-start automotive market keeping the lead-acid industry buoyant for the next 20 years.

Joe Walicki, president of power solutions at the US firm, is forecasting that 50% of North America and China, and 60% of Europe’s vehicles will be stop-start by 2020.

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Veteran joins UET to push flow battery sales beyond GW scale

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:45 -- Paul Crompton
Veteran joins UET to push flow battery sales beyond GW scale

US vanadium flow battery firm UniEnergy Technologies (UET) has appointed a new senior vice president of global sales as it continues to push the energy storage technology as an alternative to lithium-ion.

Blake Frye will drive global sales of UET’s containerised energy storage solution technology, which already accounts for around 80MWh of deployment.

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Tadiran Rapid Response batteries to be promoted in Canada

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 16:09 -- Paul Crompton
Tadiran Rapid Response batteries to be promoted in Canada

US-based lithium battery maker Tadiran Batteries has enlisted the help of Canadian firm Acadia Lithium Inc to help it promote its ‘breakthrough in lithium chemistry’ to OEMs in Canada.

Acadia Lithium, based in Baie D’Urfe, is an applications specialist whose function will be to promote and design-in the Tadiran product line working directly with local reps and through distribution.

Tadiran’s engineers have been working for decades to develop the firm’s TRR (Tadiran rapid response) series, which they claim is the first commercially available lithium thionyl chloride (LiSOC12) battery capable of eliminating passivation effects that can hinder battery performance.

The firm says the batteries can last up to 25 years, and eliminate any drop in voltage when the battery is subjected to load, which means they are more efficient at using capacity, especially in extremely hot or cold temperatures.

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Another Chinese lead-acid firm takes on lithium-ion

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 16:05 -- Paul Crompton
Another Chinese lead-acid firm takes on lithium-ion

China’s battery maker Guangdong Dynavolt has become the latest Chinese lead-acid firm to add a lithium-ion arm to its business on the back of plans to build an R&D centre for the chemistry.

The battery manufacturer has paid $2 million for a 33.33% share of Nevada-based 12V deep cycle lithium battery maker Dragonfly Energy.

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Chaowei holds its head up for lead with new tech

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 14:48 -- Paul Crompton
Chaowei holds its head up for lead with new tech

Chinese firm Chaowei has put itself up as the flagbearer for the lead-acid battery industry in China with the promise of four new production improvement technologies

The first involves using graphene in battery grids, which chief scientist Dai Guiping says no other firm has done until now.

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