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Lithium makes personal subs go deep

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 09:49 -- Xuan Zhong
Lithium makes personal subs go deep

Lithium ion has claimed a new niche for itself… in the world of personal submarines.

Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx has introduces five new research submarines that open up the deep to private explorers and oceanographic research organizations.

The deepest diving submersible of the new C-Researcher series is the 2-person "C-Researcher 2", which has an operating depth of 2,000 metres.

 

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A123 cuts US jobs builds new HQ

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 09:43 -- Xuan Zhong
A123 cuts US jobs builds new HQ

US-based A123 Systems announced last Monday that it is building a new headquarters but cutting jobs in the US.

The lithium battery firm said it will invest $40 million in a new, consolidated corporate headquarters, manufacturing centre, and engineering base on 32 acres in Novi, Michigan, despite somewhat volatile US market for electric vehicles.

 

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UK firms push storage for off peak power

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:50 -- Xuan Zhong
UK firms push storage for off peak power

Two UK firms are collaborating to make so called Off peak electricity more attractive to consumers through the use of storage.

Tonik Energy and Powervault last week announce a collaboration to assess the potential for a new smart tariff model that could bring batteries into the mainstream in UK homes and significantly reduce bills.

 

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Is lead a four-letter word?

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 09:28 -- Xuan Zhong
Is lead a four-letter word?

The threat of lithium-ion technology taking market share from lead in the battery sector may not be as bad as feared if remarks at Metals Metal Bulletin's 9th World Lead conference in Krakow at the end of last month are taken to heart. But some continue to trash the reputation of the metal calling it a four-letter word.

While some are ignoring the threat, a majority now accepts that lithium-ion is an established alternative and will continue to take market share from lead in batteries.

 

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Domestic energy storage doesn’t add up

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 09:25 -- Xuan Zhong
Domestic energy storage doesn’t add up

Residential energy storage is still too expensive for most US homes according to a report by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The National Laboratory’s latest report using cost modeling to found that even adding small batteries nearly doubles the cost of the typical PV system.

 
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US lithium-ion battery startup’s silence on workers’ pay crisis

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:04 -- Xuan Zhong
US lithium-ion battery startup’s silence on workers’ pay crisis

Another lithium ion player seems to have gone into “financial runaway”, leaving its workers without pay and an ominous silence from its communications team.

Oakridge Global Energy Solutions, a US-based lithium-ion battery manufacturer, has been reported to have stopped paying its employees, since November 2016, after it announced its ambitions to the industry.

 

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AI harnessed for new battery materials

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:56 -- Xuan Zhong
AI harnessed for new battery materials

A UK materials developer has been chosen alongside a handful elite US universities to work with Toyota as it turns to Artificial intelligence AI in order to develop new battery materials, the company announced last week.

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will collaborate with research entities, universities and companies on materials science research, investing approximately $35 million over the next four years.

 

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Germans penetrate lithium separator market

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 11:01 -- Xuan Zhong
Germans penetrate lithium separator market

Treofan, the upcoming German Battery separator company has won its first major supply contract for its TreoPore microporous separator film.

The customer is an unnamed Chinese manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries make for electric buses.

The contract marks the first large-scale entry of a European separator manufacturer into this market, which has been dominated by Japanese producers.

 

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Midac is to supply maintenance-free Li-ion batteries to lift trucks in EMEA

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 10:58 -- Xuan Zhong
Midac is to supply maintenance-free Li-ion batteries to lift trucks in EMEA

Italian motive power battery firm Midac SPA has announced it will supply maintenance-free lithium-ion power solutions to Yale Europe Materials Handling’s lift trucks in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Midac noted its lithium-ion systems enable 100% recharge in one hour, thriving on opportunity charging, and giving back 40% charge in 20 minutes.

 

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Jungheinrich reveals lithium powered forklift

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 09:20 -- Xuan Zhong
Jungheinrich reveals lithium powered forklift

Jungheinrich, the German industrial vehicle maker has shown 48V lithium-ion technology for 48V forklift truck at a German trade fair.

It features shorter charging times, zero maintenance and a long battery life, with the option of short interim charging times, increasing the availability of electric stackers.

 

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