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In-depth report exposes lithium-ion fake news

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 11:09 -- News Editor
In-depth report exposes lithium-ion fake news

A damning critique of some of the half-truths the lithium-ion battery industry has disseminated in technical media and online is presented in the summer’s issue of Batteries and Energy Storage Technology Magazine.

Written by Dr Mike McDonagh, the publication’s technical editor, the article, entitled True Li-es, pours cold water on some of the general claims made by the industry that have made it the chemistry of choice for large-scale energy storage projects— vital for the widespread introduction of renewables.

 

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NEC acquires A123 Energy Solutions

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:06 -- Ruth Williams

Just when you thought all the acquisitions and buyouts of A123 were old news, Japan's NEC Corporation has acquired A123 Energy Solutions from Wanxiang Group for around $100m.

The acquisition relates to the portion of former A123 Systems that supplies grid-level lithium-ion energy storage systems based on A123’s lithium iron nanophospate technology.

A123 Energy Solutions will be integrated into the NEC Group of companies and, under the working name NEC Energy Solutions, will begin operation in June 2014 under the direction of NEC. The company will continue to work in the grid-connected energy storage space with plans to also look into behind-the-meter energy storage.

 
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Toshiba installs two island battery systems

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:58 -- Ruth Williams

Toshiba Corporation has supplied two lithium-ion energy storage systems to Kyushu Electric Power Co in Japan as part of an island-based renewable energies demonstration project. 

The systems will be installed at substations on the islands of Tanegashima and Amamioshima at the southwestern tip of the Japanese island of Kyushu. The maximum output and capacity of the systems are 3MW and 1.161MWh for Tanegashima Island and 2MW and 0.78MWh for Amamioshima Island.

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Flowgroup supplies compressed air batteries to Canadian telecom

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:51 -- Ruth Williams

Flowgroup, a UK energy technology developer, has received an order for two compressed air batteries totaling 150kW capacity from Trane Canada for a telecoms company.

Flowgroup’s air battery business, ambiguously named Flow Battery, will supply one 100kW and one 50kW compressed air battery units for a telephone exchange in Toronto which is part of a national network.

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Arotech seals the deal on $2m military contracts

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:48 -- Ruth Williams

Arotech Corporation, a US-based supplier of batteries and equipment for military and security industries, has received more than $2m worth of orders for batteries and chargers from two defense companies and manufacturers of military equipment.

The orders include working with one of the companies to develop lithium-ion batteries to replace existing lead-acid batteries currently in use in military vehicles. The company is developing a drop-in replacement that would match the dimensions of lead-acid but with a greater energy density and minimal maintenance requirements.

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Münstermann's oven enables plate curing in four hours

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:43 -- Ruth Williams

German machinery maker Münstermann has developed a plate-curing oven that cures battery plates in less than four hours using the Concure process rather than the conventional 30 hours.

The Concure process is a patented rapid curing process, which Münstermann claim that including the loading and unloading time the total process time is approximately five hours. The short turnaround time allows manufacturers to switch between batches of product types quickly with no need to intermediary storage of plates. 

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Laurie Gardiner bows out at TBS

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:38 -- Ruth Williams

Laurie Gardiner, the self-styled salesman of ever faster lead-acid battery assembly systems, is stepping down as managing director of TBS Engineering.

Gardiner, who turned 65 on 17 March, had worked with the company for 41 years and worked his way up from hand-finishing moulds to closing multi-million pound deals on assembly machine sales to the world’s biggest lead-acid battery makers.

 

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JCI in European battery technology collaboration

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:34 -- Ruth Williams
To seal the deal

Johnson Controls and Fraunhofer Institute have entered into an agreement for developing lithium-ion batteries for vehicles.

R&D staff from JCI will work with the Fraunhofer's Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) and its Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM). Under the agreement the group will investigate technologies and thermal management strategies for lithium-ion battery packs.

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GS Yuasa raise battery prices in response to lead hike

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:28 -- Ruth Williams
The move is a result of high lead prices and rising costs of other materials and components in the manufacturing process including oil.

GS Yuasa has announced plans to increase its price for lead-acid automotive batteries from 1 May 2014.

The move is a result of high lead prices and rising costs of other materials and components in the manufacturing process including oil. The depreciating Yuan has worsened the situation to cause market conditions which the company believes will persist.

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Entek invests $17m in next generation lead-acid separators

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:14 -- Ruth Williams

Battery separator manufacturer Entek is investing £10m ($17m) to develop its next generation lead-acid separator materials for automotive batteries at its UK manufacturing plant.

The company is keeping the new separator, which will be formally unveiled at the 14th European Lead Battery Conference in Edinburgh this September, under wraps. The first phase of the investment includes £2.5m of new machinery installed at its site near the city of Newcastle, with more to follow in the coming 18 months.

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