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China’s recycling agenda drives forward despite analysts predicting big financial losses for LFP recyclers

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:44 -- Paul Crompton

A second province in China has announced plans to capitalise on the lead-acid and lithium-ion battery recycling sector in as many weeks as the country positions itself to become a world leader through a series of government led regulations.

The latest province to announce plans is Sichuan where 35 firms have requested licenses to collect and transfer waste lead-acid batteries.

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Aqua Metals forced to halt operations after fire at lead-acid recycling plant

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:37 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid battery recycler Aqua Metals is counting the cost of a fire this week that caused ‘significant’ damage to its Aquarefinery area of its Nevada, US, plant.

The company’s equipment, including all 16 AquaRefining modules, control wiring and other supporting infrastructure, were damaged by the heat and smoke from the fire on 29 November

After initial damage assessments, the company believes it will incur a cost and delay in operating any processes within the plant, although it was not able to say how long, and at what cost.

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ABC secures seventh licensee of its bipolar lead-acid battery technology

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 14:53 -- Paul Crompton

Bipolar battery firm Advanced Battery Concepts has secured its seventh licensee of its lead-acid GreenSeal® technology.

The unnamed company has acquired licensing rights to the US firm’s full suite of technologies to ‘provide a strategic advantage in the industrial markets it serves’. 

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Bank extends loan to LG Chem as it forges ahead with European lithium-ion gigafactory plans

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 15:57 -- Paul Crompton

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has extended a long-term loan of €250 million ($275 million) to support the construction of Korean battery maker LG Chem’s European lithium-ion gigafactory.

The company is set to build a battery production plant in Wrocław in western Poland in three phases.

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Hainan Province to build lithium-ion battery recycling network as China continues to corner market

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 15:21 -- Paul Crompton

The spent lithium-ion battery market may be small at the moment but China is already cornering the market, making news the country’s Hainan Province is aiming to build a recycling network unsurprising.

The province wants to build a recycling network for used batteries from new energy vehicles (NEVs), according to the provincial department of industry and information.

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Oxis signs trading deal with Sanyo Trading to target Japan market with its lithium-sulfur technology

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 10:37 -- Paul Crompton

A trading partnership will see Sanyo Trading Company market UK battery developer Oxis Energy’s lithium-sulfur and battery systems in Japan.

Sanyo will target the motive markets­– such as trains, buses and trucks–and provide pre and post sales support to the Japanese market and where necessary.

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AMG starts work on ‘battery grade’ lithium-ion cathode material plant in Germany

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 15:24 -- Paul Crompton

Metals firm AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group aims to build a ‘battery grade’lithium hydroxide refining facility in Germany through its subsidiary AMG Lithium.

The refining plant and AMG Lithium’s state-of-the-art lithium hydroxide and battery materials laboratory in Frankfurt-Hoechst is set to cost up to $60 million.

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Battery materials firm hires lithium-ion expert to drive EV market penetration

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 14:54 -- Paul Crompton

Graphite One has appointed a lithium-ion battery expert as its new chief technology officer to lead the Canadian battery materials firm’s move into the electric vehicle market.

Dr. Shane Beattie will be responsible for leading the company’s plan to process and manufacture high grade coated spherical graphite products for electric vehicle batteries and energy storage systems.

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UK firms to light up Africa with repurposed lithium-ion batteries

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 13:38 -- Paul Crompton

Cells from solar lamps are to be reused to make batteries to power homes in Kenya following a partnership between lithium battery firm Aceleron and UK firm Total Access to Energy Solutions (TATES).

The first stage of the project will see Aceleron convert TATES waste lithium-ion battery cells into reusable battery packs for off-grid applications across Kenya and the surrounding area including Benin, Rwanda and Libya. 

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FCA to build lithium-ion battery hub in Italy ahead of EV production plans

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 14:00 -- Paul Crompton
FCA to build lithium-ion battery plant in Italy ahead of EV production plans

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is set to build a battery hub to assemble lithium-ion electric vehicle battery packs at its Mirafiori, Italy, plant as part of its overall e-mobility strategy. 

The company’s subsidiary Comau will help guide the assembly process for battery packs to be used in new generations of full electric FCA models.

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