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CATL announces plans to invest $5 billion to boost lithium-ion battery production

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 11:26 -- paul Crompton

Chinese lithium-ion battery producer Contemporary Amparex Technology (CATL) is set to invest 39billion yuan ($5.4 billion) to raise its overall capacity to a reported 70GWh. 

The firm will spend the money on making a new plant in China and expanding capacity at two existing facilities in the country.

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UK solid-state battery developer signs agreement to scale-up pouch cell development

Wed, 12/09/2020 - 12:08 -- paul Crompton

UK battery developer Ilika has signed a framework agreement with the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) to support the scale-up of the former’s Goliath solid-state pouch cells.

The framework agreement sets up a plan for the companies to work together on solid-state cells and includes the ability for Ilika to set up a production line at the BIC in the facilities planned during Phase 2 of the UKBIC’s expansion. 

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Korean firm ups UHMW-PE production to meet demand of lead-acid and lithium-ion battery industry

Tue, 12/08/2020 - 12:39 -- paul Crompton

Petrochemical firm Hanwha Total has increased its annual plastic production capacity to meet demand for separators from lithium-ion and lead-acid battery makers.

The South Korean headquartered company— a joint venture between French fossil fuel giant Total and Korean company Hanwha General Chemicals— will increase production to 140,000 metric tons as demand has spiked for plastic.

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Lithium-ion battery recycler to produce black mass at second North America plant

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 09:53 -- paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery recycler facility Li-Cycle has opened a second plant to produce black mass for the battery industry in New York, US.

The Canadian firm’s Spoke 2 facility in Eastman Business Park in Rochester will produce an intermediate mixed battery material product (black mass) from all types of used lithium-ion batteries.

The facility has the capacity to process up to 5,000 tons of lithium-ion batteries per year.

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ABB and Talga sign MoU to build Europe’s biggest lithium-ion battery anode plant

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 11:34 -- paul Crompton

Australian battery anode company Talga Group and Switzerland technology firm ABB are set to develop and construct a lithium-ion battery anode production facility in Sweden.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the firms will see Talga’s Vittangi Anode Project built in northern Sweden. 

Talga managing director Mark Thompson said the firms plan to build Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery anode production facility for more sustainable batteries.

The anode refinery is expected to begin production in 2023. 

Under the MoU, ABB will supply a suite of production control and process solutions for Talga’s integrated lithium-ion battery anode operations. 

In addition, the companies will work with its partners to provide engineering support for the Vittangi Anode Project Definitive Feasibility Study, due for completion March 2021, with the intent to execute binding agreements for construction and operations in future. 

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Nano One posts positive results on its cobalt-free lithium-ion battery

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 09:26 -- paul Crompton

Test results for Canadian cathode powder maker Nano One have shown its high-voltage cobalt-free lithium-ion battery is stable at the elevated operating temperatures required for automotive, power tool and energy storage applications.

The results support ambient temperature results announced on 13 October, and further demonstrates the firm’s lithium nickel manganese (LNM) battery system.

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German JV starts production of lithium-ion batteries for industrial truck market

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 09:03 -- paul Crompton

KION Battery Systems (KBS), the joint venture between industrial truck maker KION Group and battery manufacturer BMZ Holding, has started production of lithium-ion batteries in Germany. 

KBS will initially make 48-volt and 80-volt batteries for counterbalanced trucks with 24-volt batteries for smaller warehouse equipment to be added later.

 

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UAE firm opens its first US lead-acid battery plant to serve motive power market.

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:57 -- paul Crompton

United Arab Emirates lead-acid battery maker Eternity Technologies has opened its first plant in the US to make batteries for the forklift market.

The plant in Sherman, Texas was opened in October to manufacture its full range of BCI 2 volt low maintenance and enhanced capacity batteries for the US, Mexican and Canadian markets.

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Lead battery maker Exide Industries increases stake in Leclanché JV

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:54 -- paul Crompton

India’s biggest lead-acid battery maker Exide Industries has increased its stake in Nexcharge— the lithium-ion joint venture (JV) it formed with Leclanché in 2018.

Exide increased its shareholding in the JV by 2.28% to bring its total ownership share to 80.15%, the Indian firm said in a stock exchange filing on 23 November.

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Solid-state lithium-ion battery developer appoints head of marketing

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 11:46 -- paul Crompton

Solid-state lithium-ion battery developer QuantumScape has named Asim Hussain as its chief marketing officer.

The former VP of commercial strategy at hydrogen and fuel cell energy storage firm Bloom Energy will now head up marketing at QuantumScape, which merged with special purchase acquisition company (SPAC) Kensington Capital Acquisition in September at an enterprise value of $3.3 billion.

QuantumScape, which is backed by Bill Gates and Volkswagen, claims its lithium-metal battery has an energy density exceeding 400Wh/kg.

Hussain said on his LinkedIn page: “I joined Bloom to work to bring solid oxide fuel cells to the market and the world. For my next adventure, I am continuing the solid-state breakthrough energy technology theme. 

“I begin my new role at QuantumScape, a company with a revolutionary solid-state lithium-metal battery technology that will transform the energy storage landscape, starting with making EVs accessible, affordable, and safe for the mass market.”

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