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UK firm first to secure use of Nissan’s lithium-ion batteries

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 16:13 -- Paul Crompton
UK firm first to secure use of Nissan’s lithium-ion batteries

UK electronic vehicle system firm Hyperdrive Innovation has become the first company to secure the supply of Nissan’s LEAF lithium-ion battery technology for its own commercial products.

The company is incorporating Nissan’s UK-made battery modules in its battery systems for use in electric motive and energy storage applications.

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Lithium SLI to ship from Czech Republic

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 14:52 -- Paul Crompton

A123 will ship a 48 Volt lithium-ion battery destined for advanced Stop-Start vehicles from its new plant in the Czech Republic, this quarter, Christopher Fehrnebacher told the Nice battery meeting last week.

And it will also ship a 12Volt 60 Ah product next year as a direct drop-in equivalent to lead-acid SLI.

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Nickel metal Hydride technologies fight back from Nice

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 14:50 -- Paul Crompton
Nickel metal Hydride technologies fight back from Nice

With lithium-ion products exploding loudly (in press terms at least) two nickel metal hydride manufacturers staged something of a fight back on the battery stage in Nice offering improved across-the-board temperature performance, new electrode alloys and the all important deal closer— reliability.

ARTS Energy, the former SAFT small cell NiMH subsidiary sold off in the last decade, claimed a wide temperature performance (up to 70ºC) and a longer life.

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Scientists discovery leads to lithium dendrite breakthrough

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 11:18 -- Paul Crompton
Scientists discovery leads to lithium dendrite breakthrough

Until now dendritic growth has hampered improvements to a lithium battery’s energy density.

Now battery researchers Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) believe they have discovered how dendrites form, and more importantly how to prevent it.

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Lithium-ion firm moves into new sector as business growth continues

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 15:30 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium-ion firm moves into new sector as business growth continues

Canadian battery maker Electrovaya has signed a Service Agreement with an unnamed NYSE Fortune 1000 electro-mobility maker to develop lithium-ion modules for its range of products.

Electrovaya will begin designing, developing and manufacturing the battery modules immediately, with large volume, commercial production starting in late 2017.

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Separator firm aims for bigger slice of EV market

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 10:15 -- Paul Crompton
Separator firm aims for bigger slice of EV market

Sumitomo Chemical is to quadruple production of its lithium-ion secondary battery separators and become a majority stake-holder in a cathode firm.

Separator production capacity will be raised in a ‘stepwise manner’, with the initial expanded commercial-scale production coming on stream in August 2017.

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Industry experts launch battery communications team at ELBC

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 14:04 -- Paul Crompton

A new company was launched at the European Lead Battery Conference in Malta last week, but it was not another battery company.

Ledger and Woolf International Business Communications is a response to the now colossal importance of batteries on the global technology stage and the industry’s need to get its message across clearly and effectively.

Jill Ledger, who until recently was head of communication for Saft and Gerry Woolf, Editor and Publisher of BEST magazine, have between them more than 40 man-years experience in communication in the battery field.

“Whether it’s the challenges faced by new technology batteries or the regulatory and technical issues surrounding lead technology, we believe we can bring real added value to the industry’s communication,” said Jill Ledger.

Woolf, a seasoned technology writer who has covered the battery, EV and alternative energy field since the mid 1990’s, has worked with Ledger on both sides of the ‘communications fence’.

“Jill helped progress Saft’s visibility and the understanding of its technologies’ value to society at a critical time in its history— but there’s much more than the battery press that needs to know,” said Woolf.

“And we hope to have a customer base that extends well beyond batteries.”

For more information contact: Jill@ledgerandwoolf.com

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Firm attempts to usurp lead with LiFePO4 battery launch

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 10:06 -- Paul Crompton

Battery manufacturer Accutronics is targeting the traditional markets occupied by lead-acid with its replacement lithium iron phosphate (LiFePo4) technology.

The UK company’s Ultralife battery is designed for the security, medical and defence applications that currently use sealed lead-acid batteries.

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Cell maker invests in the future of lithium-ion

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 15:41 -- Paul Crompton

US cell manufacturer Oakridge Global Energy Solutions has bought a bespoke state-of the-art lithium-ion battery making machine to help with its research and development programme.

The  $1.2 million advanced electrode coating and drying machine was designed for lithium-ion battery manufacturing by Screen Finetech Solutions Co, Ltd. of Japan.

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