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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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Western Australian firm plans an A$20M solar power station

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 09:17 -- Xuan Zhong
Western Australian firm plans an A$20M solar power station

The renewable energy company Carnegie Clean Energy has announced its A$20M ($15M) plan to develop a 10MW battery-ready solar power station in Northam, Western Australia.

The project will be delivered by the Energy Made Clean (EMC, Carnegie Clean Energy’s subsidiary) and Australian infrastructure firm Lendlease joint venture to deliver lithium batteries, solar and storage microgrids across Australia.

 

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Enersys wins military order

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:40 -- Xuan Zhong
Enersys wins military order

Lead acid battery maker EnerSys said it was recently awarded a long-term, US$71 million contract for production and supply of batteries used by all branches of the U.S. military in combat and tactical vehicles, as well as generators.

EnerSys will be supplying Thin Plate Pure Lead Hawker ARMASAFE Plus batteries for three years with an option for two additional years with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

 

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Vanadium battery for SDG&E

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Vanadium battery for SDG&E

Californian utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is planning a four-year vanadium redox flow (VRF) battery storage pilot project with Japan’s electronics manufacturer Sumitomo Electric (SEI).

The 2MW VRF battery storage system will be used to store solar energy sufficient to power up 1,000 households for up to four hours, according to SDG&E.

 

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Hitachi is to supply hybrid BESS to the Polish small grid demonstration project

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:32 -- Xuan Zhong
Hitachi is to supply hybrid BESS to the Polish small grid demonstration project

Japanese technology giant Hitachi has announced it will work with other six organizations and firms to deliver a smart grid demonstration project using hybrid (lithium-ion and lead-acid) battery energy storage system (BESS) in Poland.

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization and the Ministry of Energy of Poland have clinched a memorandum of understanding to support the Polish power system security.

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HALT HASS could save you from bankruptcy says De-Leon

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:23 -- Xuan Zhong
HALT HASS could save you from bankruptcy says De-Leon

Battery manufacturers should employ “Halt Hass” testing to determine the weaknesses in their battery designs, according to self-styled battery guru, Shmuel De-Leon. As Samsung launches its S8 mobile phone this week, alongside its eight point battery check, De-Leon issued a prophetic warning.

Speaking last week at the International battery seminar in Florida, De-Leon said that the risks from consumer product battery failure were now too high - not just from fire and loss of life but ultimately corporate bankruptcy.

 
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Tesla could move into Nickel mining, pack inventor says

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:21 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla could move into Nickel mining, pack inventor says

Kurt Kelty winner of the Cambridge Enertech battery innovator of the year award and Senior Director, Cell Supply Chain and Business Development at Tesla Motors told BBB that the company did not rule out becoming a mining company as it consolidates its position into becoming the biggest user and manufacturer of lithium ion cells in the world.

Kelty, speaking at Cambridge Enertech’s Florida Battery seminar last week told the meeting that with a target of 35GW production output from the much hyped Nevada Gigafactory by 2020, more vertical integration was the key to hitting costs targets.

 

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