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Funding windfall allows US firm to move forward with lithium-ion battery recycling pilot project

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 12:24 -- Paul Crompton

A funding windfall will allow mining company American Battery Metals Corporation to continue its plans to build a lithium-ion battery recycling plant in Nevada, US.

The company will use $8 million of a $10 million investment to develop an initial commercial pilot plant capable of recycling 20,000 tons of batteries a year that will return lithium, cobalt, and nickel back into the materials supply chain.

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StoreDot creates VP of engineering role to fast track commercialisation of EV charger

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 12:21 -- Paul Crompton

Fast battery charger firm StoreDot has appointed Tzemah Kislev to the newly created role of vice president of engineering.

Kislev will lead StoreDot’s plan to bring the company’s ultra-fast charging technology for electric vehicles (EVs) to market as the Israel-based firm moves towards product commercialisation. 

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Firm reports purity of its recovered lithium-ion battery materials reaches almost 100%

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 12:16 -- Paul Crompton

Critical metals company American Manganese has announced the battery materials it recovered from disassembled electric vehicle battery packs was almost 100% pure.

The Company’s independent contract laboratory, Kemetco Research, generated recycled products with purities of 98.91% (nickel), 99.72% (cobalt) and 99.27% (manganese). 

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Thai solid-state lithium-ion pilot manufacturing plant to target ASEAN market

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 14:50 -- Paul Crompton

Thailand’s first semi-solid lithium-ion battery pilot plant is to be built within 10 months after a deal was signed by two of the country’s firms.

Energy firm Global Power Synergy Public Company (GPSC) and Thai Takasago Company have signed a contract to build the THB1.1 billion ($35 million) plant in the Rayong province of the country.

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EV start-up locks down lithium-ion battery supply from LG Chem

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 14:39 -- Paul Crompton

Electric vehicle start-up Lucid Motors has signed a long-term partnership deal with lithium-ion battery supplier LG Chem.

Full production of the US firm’s Lucid Air is expected to start in late 2020 with LG Chem’s battery cells being used in the standard versions of the EV through 2023.

 

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Varta in second legal action over lithium-ion patent infringements with US suit against Samsung

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 09:57 -- Paul Crompton

German battery company Varta is suing Samsung Electronics America over alleged lithium-ion coin cell patent infringements in the US.

The South Korean battery giant is accused of patent infringements relating to a rechargeable lithium-ion battery in Galaxy Buds earphones including batteries obtained from China’s Eve Energy bearing the part number ICR 1254. 

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Energy storage start-up Sparkz licenses ORNL’s cobalt-free lithium-ion battery technology

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 10:46 -- Paul Crompton

Energy storage start-up Sparkz aims to design cobalt out of lithium-ion batteries after exclusively licensing five battery technologies from the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The technologies include cathode materials, a novel electrolyte formula and a scaling process that could enable industrial scale production of cobalt-free batteries electric vehicle and energy storage applications. 

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BASF announces second European lithium-ion battery materials plant

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 09:58 -- Paul Crompton

Chemicals firm BASF has confirmed the location of its new battery materials production site in Germany as it steps up investment into the European electric vehicle (EV) value chain. 

The state-of-the art plant in Schwarzheide will initially produce enough cathode active materials (CAM) for around 400,000 full electric vehicles per year, says the German conglomerate.

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Korea increases market share as lithium-ion battery manufacturing use in EVs grows YoY

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:00 -- Paul Crompton

Annual global battery consumption in registered electric vehicles jumped nearly 17% last year with 117GWh of capacity installed into vehicles.

No surprises that Asia dominated the supply chain with the top 10 manufacturers all based in China, Japan and Korea, according to market research firm SNE Research.

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Japanese JV aims to close the circle with lithium-ion battery recycling plant in India

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 09:53 -- Paul Crompton

Automotive Electronics Power— a joint venture of Suzuki, Toshiba, and Denso — is planning to build a lithium-ion battery recycling plant in India to compliment the gigafactory it plans to develop in the country.

The company aims to build a recycling facility capable of recovering metals such as lithium, cobalt, nickel, and manganese from used lithium-ion batteries.

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