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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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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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