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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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Safety concerns force partial closure of US lead battery recycling plant

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 12:12 -- Paul Crompton
Safety concerns force partial closure of US lead battery recycling plant

Failure to fix previously cited issues has led to US lead-based battery recycling firm Quemetco having to close part of its plant.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) closed a portion of the company’s battery recycling plant in the City of Industry.

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Robots curry favour for Indian lead-acid firm

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 12:11 -- Paul Crompton
Robots curry favour for Indian lead-acid firm

India lead-acid battery maker Exide Industries is set to introduce more robots to its manufacturing plants in a bid to improve quality control.

The first stage of the transformation from human to robot workers will be completed by the fourth quarter of this year using technology from US lead-acid company East Penn Manufacturing

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Australian nanotech battery boosting firm wins key US trials

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 12:07 -- Paul Crompton
Australian nanotech battery boosting firm wins key US trials

Australian battery materials start-up company Nano-Nouvelle has won deals with two US battery makers to test its battery boosting 3D nanotechnology.

The ‘Nanode’ concept - a 3D nano-structured, porous electrode that can boost the energy storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries by up to 50% - came in 2011, with a successful $3.7 million round of cleantech investor funding last June.

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