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APB to make bi-polar lithium-ion batteries in Japan after securing IP from Nissan

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 11:42 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker APB Corporation is preparing to mass-produce lithium-ion batteries in Japan after licensing technology know-how from vehicle OEM Nissan.

Backed by investment from major companies, Tokyo-based APB plans to build a factory manufacturing batteries using Nissan’s bipolar structure all-polymer technology.

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Firms sign MOU to develop lithium-ion battery recycling process in the US

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 11:47 -- Paul Crompton

American Manganese signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 14 April with e-mobility battery developer Voltabox of Texas— a subsidiary of Volabox AG— outlining a partnership to recycle lithium-ion batteries.

The firms aim to provide end-of-life lithium-ion batteries for the commercial-scale recycling of cathode materials using the Canadian firm American Manganese’s (AMY) patented RecycLiCoTM process.

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UK real-world test environment facility to streamline EV battery development

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 10:02 -- Paul Crompton

A UK facility dedicated to streamlining the test and validation stages of emerging electric vehicle battery module technologies has been opened by powertrain specialists Mahle Powertrain.

The facility in Northampton will specialise in electrified powertrain battery pack and module testing and development in real-world environments.

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Battery smelter stops lead production as COVID-19 and mild winter strikes markets

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 09:55 -- Paul Crompton

German firm Weser-Metall stopped production at its primary lead smelter until further notice as demand from battery makers slumped amid temporarily halts in operations at global car plants.  

The decision by the Recylex-owned firm on 26 March was made to allow the firm to “adapt to the sharp drop in demand, particularly in the automotive industry, and in a context of sharp drop in metal prices”.

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Silicon lithium-ion firm secures new funding as it moves toward EV goal

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 16:37 -- Paul Crompton

Battery developer Enovix Corporation has secured $45 million in new funds to further commercialise its 3D silicon lithium-ion technology.

The US firm will use the funds to complete its high-volume battery production facility in Fremont, California, which will produce the company’s 3D silicon lithium-ion battery, which it says reaches 900 Wh/l with full depth of discharge cycle life over 500.

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German lead battery maker Moll blames sales drop caused by coronavirus for insolvency after 75 years

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 16:05 -- Paul Crompton

German lead-acid battery maker Moll Batterien has opened insolvency proceedings after 75 years of operation due to the “sudden, massive, and permanent” decline in sales caused by the corona crisis.

The 75-year-old company applied to the Coburg District Court for the opening of insolvency proceedings on Monday, 30 March. The company made EFB, AGM and VRLA starter batteries for automotive applications, and had recently launched a 12.8V lithium iron phosphate battery.

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Carbon recovery trials puts EcoGraf a step closer to entering the lithium-ion battery supply chain

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 12:59 -- Paul Crompton

Australian battery materials firm Ecograf has announced it can recover 99% of the carbon from used battery feedstock following trials of its lithium-ion anode recycling process.

The firm’s proprietary graphite purification technology was trialled on recycled lithium-ion battery material, which included anode material consisting of natural and synthetic graphite and silicon. =

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CATL inks joint venture to develop EV charging infrastructure across China

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:46 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) formed a joint venture with wind farm developer Baicheng New Energy on 6 March with the goal of bringing electric vehicle charging posts to market across China.

The China firms have launched Shanghai Kuaibu New Energy Technology with registered capital of 50 million yuan ($7 million). CATL will hold a 49% share, with the remaining held by Baicheng.

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American Manganese appoints its CTO and lithium-ion battery recycling expert onto its board

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:42 -- Paul Crompton

Battery materials and recycling firm American Manganese has appointed its chief technical officer Zarko Meseldzija to the company’s board of directors. 

Meseldzija has technical experience in lithium-ion battery recycling processes and technical knowledge of hydrometallurgical process development projects

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Italian lead-acid battery firms suspend production amid Covid-19 pandemic

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 11:32 -- Paul Crompton

Italian battery firms are suspending production as the country’s government issued an order for all non-essential business to close in a bid to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

The country’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte said on Saturday, 21 March that all Italian businesses must close until April 3, with the exception of those essential to maintaining the country's supply chain.

Among the battery and equipment manufacturers are: Sovema, La Pneumetica and OMI.

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