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$231M lithium battery copper foil contract has been signed in China

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:53 -- Paul Crompton
$231M lithium battery copper foil contract has been signed in China

Chinese nonferrous metals, chemical and equipment manufacturer Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group (TNMG) has signed a lithium battery copper foil project worth ¥1.59 billion ($231 million).

The project will be established in two phases, the first started this month and is due to come online in June 2018, with a capacity of 10,000 tonnes per year.

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Chinese battery firm to make EV with either lead-acid or lithium-ion battery

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:10 -- Xuan Zhong

Chinese battery manufacturer Chaowei Group has founded a new company to make electric vehicles with a choice of lead-acid or lithium-ion battery.

Chaowei has invested ¥3.5 billion ($508 million) into its new company called Zhejiang Plante Electric Vehicle.

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Firefighting firm can’t wait to share the Chinese EV cake

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 12:37 -- Xuan Zhong

A Chinese firefighting firm is aiming to secure its share of the electric vehicle market after buying a LiFePO4 battery company and buying stock in a lithium concentrates firm.

Shaanxi J&R Optimum Energy, a fire protection system solutions company bought a 19.9% share of Australian mining firm Altura Mining for AUS$41.6 million ($30.69 million), reported the China Daily newspaper.

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Battery vent range represents step forward for industry

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 11:38 -- Xuan Zhong
Battery vent range represents step forward for industry

Filtration and separation firm Porvair Filtration Group is aiming to drive lead-acid battery innovation with its sintered Polyethylene and Polypropylene Vyon® vents.

The firm believes its Vyon vents will become the industry standard and take over from ceramic for releasing gas during a battery’s operating cycle.

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$17 m lead-acid battery recycling project in Inner Mongolia

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 11:30 -- Xuan Zhong

Chinese lead-acid battery firm Senrun Recycling Metal Products has announced a ¥120 million ($17 million) investment in a scrap lead-acid battery recycling project.

The project aims to turn 150,000 mt of scrap batteries into 75,800 mt of refined lead and lead alloy annually at the Metallurgical and Chemical Park of Linxi Industrial Park, Chifeng, City, Inner Mongolia.

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Prototype battery breaks bottleneck in lithium-sulphur progress

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 12:55 -- Xuan Zhong

Scientists in the UK have developed a prototype lithium-sulfur battery after being inspired by the cells in the human intestine.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge claim to have found a way to prevent the dissolution and diffusion of polysulfide in liquid organic electrolytes — a key issue when looking to commercially develop lithium-sulfur batteries.

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Irish OEM unveils lithium-ion buses

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 15:39 -- Paul Crompton
Irish OEM unveils lithium-ion buses

Bus maker Wrightbus is to demo lithium-ion electric buses on the UK’s streets— less than two years after its fleet of Routemaster London busses suffered from battery failure.

Wrightbus is making the new StreetAir EV busses using batteries from French battery systems firm Forsee Power.

The 10.6 meter long single-decker busses will be powered by a 300kWh battery capable of driving up to 200 miles in a single charge. The busses will be demonstrated in London and Liverpool.

The last time Wrightbus was spoken about in the BEST office it was because more than half of the 500 Routemaster buses had major problems with their batteries.

Wrightbus refuses to reveal the name of the firm that supplied batteries for the Routemaster busses, although it was at pains to point out Forsee had nothing to do with the project.

Forsee Power has, however, been a battery supplier to Wrightbus since 2013 when it provided batteries for eight single deck induction power transfer busses.

“Our collaboration with this manufacturer encompasses the whole product range our company has developed for transport applications,” said Sébastien Rembauville-Nicolle, Forsee Power Transport & Storage Division Manager.

“Our products allow us to satisfy all of the requirements in the Wrightbus Specification, and our three product ranges Pulse, Flex, Zen are or will soon be one of the battery offerings on the Wrightbus product range.”

The Pulse range allows fast charging (3-5 mins at the station, 15-25 times per day); a 150kwh Flex battery system, a battery can clock up over 200 miles a day; the Zen range provides 300-500 kWh with less weight.

Back in March Forsee announced a new facility in Zhongshan, in the Chinese region of Canton, which bosted an assembly capacity of more than 100,000 scooter and 1,000 electric bus batteries.

The €1.5 million investment included plans to reach 300 MWh— the equivalent of 1,000 electric buses— by 2017.

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China firm to build Gigafactory in $1.3 billion energy base agreement

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 11:00 -- Xuan Zhong

A Chinese firm intends to invest ¥3 billion ($438million) in lithium-ion battery production in the country’s Xiangyang Yicheng city as it bids to build up its new energy industry base.

Battery manufacture Dynavolt Renewable Energy Technology has signed a contract with the city’s government to construct a plant with an annual lithium-ion battery output of 5GWh as well as research projects.

Picture: from left: Yuewu Chen, Chairman of Dynavolt Tech. Jun Qin, Mayor of Xiangyang.

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Self-healing Li-ion batteries have been developed in China

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 13:55 -- Paul Crompton
Self-healing Li-ion batteries have been developed in China

Chinese scientists have used carbon nanotubes to develop a thin, flexible lithium-ion battery that can heal itself after breaking, according to reports by Angewandte Chemie.

The battery has self-healing abilities, which even after completely breaking apart, can grow back together without significant impact on its electrochemical properties.

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Tests prove lead-carbon 48V system can beat emission and performance targets

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 15:33 -- Xuan Zhong

Final testing has confirmed a 48V lead-carbon battery can help reduce fuel consumption by 10-12%– equivalent to sub-80g/km of CO2 emissions.

That puts the test vehicle well inside the current European Union agreed 95 g/km of COlimit, which will come into 100% affect by 2021.

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