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Flow battery partnership to overcome ‘failure’ of UK storage regs

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

A Canadian-UK partnership intends to bolster the UK energy storage market with proposals for 15 projects, totalling 20MW/80-120MWh.

CEO of UK-based Immersa, Robert Miles (pictured), said that the partnership with Toronto-based vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) producer Cellcube would address a gap in the UK energy storage market, which he attributes to “a lack of regulatory focus”.

“The UK energy storage market had a stuttered start due to continuous policy change, contract ambiguity, and a failure to recognise the benefits of battery storage projects under legislation demands”, Miles said.

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Testing begins at American Manganese recycling plant

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

American Manganese (AM) has reported reaching a “great milestone” in its work towards “a complete lithium-ion battery recycling process” by beginning operation of its five stage pilot plant operation in Canada.

AM’s processing partner Kemetco Research has started processing a select sample of cathode scrap material at AM’s lithium-ion recycling pilot plant in British Columbia.

The cathode scrap material is being processed through stages 1 and 2 of the pilot plant, which will see the sample undergo pre-treatment and then leaching.

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Canada Rolls out expansion funding for lead-acid

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
James Surrette (right) with local MP Bill Casey

Canadian deep cycle lead-acid battery maker Surrette is expanding its production facility in Nova Scotia, to “boost its global competitiveness and spur business growth”.

The 25,000 sq. ft. expansion to the Surrette Battery Company’s Springhill plant will be accompanied by the incorporation of “advanced robotics and automation” at its production facility.

Contrary to many wider fears of the undesirable effects of automation, Surrette’s actions will cause them to hire an additional 18 “highly-skilled workers”, taking their total roll-call to 100.

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BESS order boost for storage in Massachusetts

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Canada’s Storage Power Solutions (SPS) has been selected to boost the expanding portfolio of battery energy storage systems in the US state Massachusetts.

SPS has been contracted by Industria Engineering to provide a 3.5MW/8.2MWh BESS for part of a solar-plus-storage project in the town of Grafton.

The new project— which follows a 1.5MW system SPS deployed for Industria Engineering in 2018— will be used to store excess energy from a 4MW front-of-the-meter solar farm, thereby increasing solar harvesting and shifting solar generation to peak loads on the substation.

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Nano One signs LFP deal with China’s Pulead Technology

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Canadian lithium battery cathode materials producer Nano One has signed a joint development agreement with Chinese cathode company Pulead Technology Industry.

Nano One said the partners planned to scale up production of Pulead’s lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode materials, using Nano One’s technology, for use in lithium-ion batteries.

The companies will also consider “licensing and commercialisation opportunities”.

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Standard Lithium hails battery quality material milestone

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Canadian chemicals company Standard Lithium has produced its first quantity of battery-quality lithium carbonate at a prototype pilot plant.

The chemical company said the lithium carbonate (>99.56% purity) was produced at the company’s lithium carbonate crystallisation pilot plant operated by Saltworks Technologies— at their facility in British Columbia.

Dr Andy Robinson, president and chief operating officer of Standard Lithium, said: “Whilst we had previously made ‘battery quality’ carbonate at bench scale, using our proprietary technology, we consider it an important milestone that we can achieve the same very high levels of purity at the larger scale of our prototype pilot.”

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Study ponders lithium industry future for Quebec

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Sarah Houde

A study has been launched into the development of Canada’s Quebec province as a manufacturing and commercial hub for the lithium-ion battery industry.

The province’s electric and smart transportation organisation, Propulsion Quebec, said the initiative would “analyse opportunities Quebec could seize in connection with the manufacturing steps of components and battery cells and the recycling of batteries”.

Propulsion Quebec’s executive director Sarah Houde (pictured) said the study “will identify the concrete actions to be implemented in order to capitalise on the development of this promising niche and the province's important assets”.

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Canada’s Eguana to produce home BESS units in South Australia

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Evolve residential battery

Canadian energy storage firm Eguana Technologies has been approved to take part in a residential batteries scheme in the state of South Australia.

Eguana is to produce its ‘Evolve’ home battery systems in the state as part of the programme— which is backed by AUD100 million (US$72.5m) in subsidies and low interest loans to encourage residential storage.

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Novonix battery pilot line to ‘accelerate’ R&D

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:22 -- John Shepherd
Novonix battery pilot line to ‘accelerate’ R&D

Australia-based Novonix Limited has said its new fully-commissioned lithium-ion battery cell pilot manufacturing line in Canada will “accelerate” R&D cycle time and reduce costs.

The Nova Scotia facility will support R&D into “a wide range of battery material”. Novonix said the “initial focus” will be on supporting the company's ‘Pure Graphite’ anode material production joint venture with Coulometrics in the US.

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China tightens grip on lithium in Chile deal

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:15 -- John Shepherd
China tightens grip on lithium in Chile deal

China’s Tianqi Lithium is set to become a key shareholder of the world’s second largest producer of lithium— in a move to strengthen Chinese influence on the battery raw materials market.

Tianqi has agreed to buy a 25.9% stake in Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM) from Canada-based Nutrien in a deal worth more than $4 billion.

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