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New man at TBS

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:50 -- Xuan Zhong
New man at TBS

Steve Sharpe has joined TBS, a UK-based battery machines maker, as technical director. He was previously group technical director at Froude, manufacturer of test equipment for the automotive, gas turbine and shipbuilding industries. 

 

Steve is responsible for all engineering design and development, where he will be using his 35 years of engineering expertise to develop and evolve TBS’ fully automatic high speed assembly equipment. Steve replaces Chris Barge, who TBS said had left after 24 years with the firm.

 

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INL’s new equipment boosts EV battery safety

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
INL’s new equipment boosts EV battery safety

The US Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has reportedly bought two fireproof chemical storage containers that allow lithium-ion batteries to be tested under extreme temperature conditions.

Local medial said INL tests experimental batteries including those from Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Electric vehicles (EVs) batteries used in Chevrolet are likely to be tested in new containers in next year, according to reports.

 

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EV business hots up in India

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 09:52 -- Xuan Zhong
EV business hots up in India

The indications that the electric vehicle (EV) and alterative vehicle markets are hotting up in Asia comes with the announcement that Suzuki Motors has agreed to establish a joint venture with Toshiba and Denso to produce lithium-ion batteries in India.

The new company, which will have an initial capital of JPY 2 billion ($18.3 million), will be 50% owned by Suzuki, 40% by Toshiba and 10% by Denso - Japan's leading automotive components manufacturers.

 

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New nano-tech for Li-ion collectors

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 09:37 -- Xuan Zhong
New nano-tech for Li-ion collectors

Australian battery firm Nano-Nouvelle said it has proven its nanotechnology materials, that can boost lithium-ion batteries’ energy storage capacity by 50%, are ready for plug-and-play production.

In a recent trial, Nano-Nouvelle worked with Portland, Oregon-based Polaris Battery Labs to successfully apply a graphite layer to its copper-coated nanomaterial, Copper Lumafoil.

 

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Cobalt price doubles in 15 months

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 09:40 -- Xuan Zhong
Cobalt price doubles in 15 months

Data from the London Metal Exchange, a global industrial metals trading website, showed cobalt, a main material used in lithium-ion batteries, has doubled in price since January 2016 (see the graph), the fact might put pressure on electric vehicle makers.

The international price of cobalt rose to $55,000 per tonne in early April this year, which is twice as much as the price recorded in the beginning of last year, around $24,000 per tonne.

 

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Clarke buys Ebonex for a song — but why?

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 09:10 -- Xuan Zhong
Clarke buys Ebonex for a song — but why?

Steve Clarke, founder of Aquametals, didn’t buy his father’s old company, Ebonex, out of sentimentality last week.

Aquametals, the recent start up in non-conventional lead-acid battery recycling, acquired UK-based Ebonex IPR Limited for 123,776 shares of Aquametals common stock and $100,000 in cash — or a “song”*, Clarke told BBB.

 

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SRG teams up with Germans to test graphite for Li-ion batteries

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:55 -- Xuan Zhong
SRG teams up with Germans to test graphite for Li-ion batteries

Canadian Sama Graphite (SRG) has announced its signature of a consulting agreement with Dorfner ANZAPLAN, a German specialty minerals producer, for advanced graphite test work on the SRG’s Lola Graphite for lithium-ion battery application.

Laboratory work and analysis on the Lola Graphite concentrate is aimed at identifying the optimal procedure for shaping and purification in order to obtain high-purity spherical graphite, suitable for use in lithium-ion battery and technology grade graphite applications.

 

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Indian electric utility eyes on batteries in EVs

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:20 -- Xuan Zhong
Indian electric utility eyes on batteries in EVs

The stated-owned Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) is evaluating charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs), having been given the responsibility of developing so called green energy transmission corridors for the country, reports the Hindustan Times.

"We are looking at three different battery technologies—advanced lead acid, lithium -ion and flow technologies and how they behave in the Indian environment, along with the economics. We are technology agnostic. It can be another business area," said an unnamed source from PGCIL.

 
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Tesla doomed says former GM (and Exide) boss

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:55 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla doomed says former GM (and Exide) boss

An old sage of the auto and battery industry put the ‘king’s new clothes’ argument to a US TV audience last Wednesday. Bob Lutz, GM's former Vice Chairman and once CEO of Exide predicted the demise of Tesla on the US TV show CNBC this morning. 

A rather blunt Lutz shared his views, saying that Tesla's constant cash burn combined with a barrage of competitive models that are about to hit the market is likely to indicate that the company is "doomed."

 

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Murray material can improve batteries

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:52 -- Xuan Zhong
Murray material can improve batteries

Applying what’s known as Murray’s law to battery material design could significantly improve battery life, researchers at Clare College Cambridge believe.

The researchers have designed a porous material that utilises a vascular structure, such as that found in the veins of a leaf, and could make energy transfers more efficient.

 

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