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Lead refinery closed after fire at Umicore’s Belgium plant

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 09:58 -- Paul Crompton

Materials and recycling firm Umicore’s lead refinery plant in Hoboken, Belgium, has been shut down after a fire on 2 March— the third such incident at the plant within 30 months.

An investigation has been initiated to identify the cause of the fire, which began at 18:30 CET when the plant was closed for maintenance.

A Umicore statement read that while it was too soon to assess the scale of the damage to the impacted installation, the rest of the Hoboken plant remained in operation. 

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UK firm deploys grid-scale second-life lithium-ion energy storage system in Belgium

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 16:01 -- Paul Crompton

UK company Connected Energy has commissioned its largest second-life battery energy storage system to date using repurposed electric vehicle packs from Renault. 

The 720kWh/1.2MW E-STOR system is installed at Umicore’s industrial site in Belgium and uses batteries from Kangoo vehicles.

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Umicore secures latest deals to ensure access to battery materials market

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 14:00 -- Paul Crompton

Belgium multinational Umicore’s path to securing a raw and recycled lithium-ion battery materials supply chain saw two deals struck in as many weeks.

In a long line of deals in the past year, Umicore confirmed on 2 December it had completed the acquisition of the cobalt refining and cathode precursor activities in Kokkola, Finland.

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Umicore expands battery materials business with cobalt deal

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:45 -- John Shepherd
Umicore expands battery materials business with cobalt deal

Belgium’s Umicore is to acquire Freeport Cobalt’s cobalt refining and cathode precursor activities in Finland as an “important step” toward expanding the company’s battery materials business.

The deal, which is expected to be finalised by the end of 2019, is for a total consideration of US$150 million on a debt and cash free basis, plus the value of the working capital to be taken over at closing, which at the end of March was approximately $40m.

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CMI Energy launches mixed-tech BESS pilot in Belgium

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
CMI pilot project

Belgium-based engineering group CMI Energy has launched a full-scale pilot project that integrates solar with battery energy storage at the firm’s headquarters in Seraing.

The Micro Réseau Intégré Seraing (MiRIS) energy storage pilot plant comprises a 2MWp (megawatt peak— indicating the maximum output of a plant) 1.75 gigawatt-hours per year (GWh/yr) solar PV system, with 6,500 rooftop and carport panels. The 4.2 megawatt-hour energy storage system consists of a lithium-ion system and “two separate flow battery systems”.

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Solvay buys IP to boost lithium-ion credentials

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 13:27 -- Xuan Zhong
Solvay buys IP to boost lithium-ion credentials

European speciality chemicals firm Solvay has bought a materials portfolio to bolster its progression in the lithium-ion battery market.

Belgian firm Solvay’s Special Chem global business unit has bought a portfolio of high performance salts and additives for electrolytes from Dupont.

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Umicore expands NMC materials production in Asia

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 13:59 -- Paul Crompton
Umicore expands NMC materials production in Asia

Belgium-based materials technology giant Umicore will spend $181 million on expanding its nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) production facilities in China and South Korea.

The expansion, which will mean total capacity will triple within three years, is in answer to the surge in demand for materials used in hybrid and electric vehicles, the company says.

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