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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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CATL snaps up Canadian lithium firm

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:17 -- John Shepherd
CATL snaps up Canadian lithium firm

China’s CATL has reportedly bought a 90% controlling stake in a Canadian lithium firm— to shore up supplies of the key raw material for its expanding global battery business.

Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) acquired 36.6 million shares of North American Lithium from Jilin Jien Nickel Industry, according to the China Daily.

 

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Emergency power built in for Ontario light transport project

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:16 -- John Shepherd
Emergency power built in for Ontario light transport project

Canada’s Ontario province is partnering with electricity distribution company Toronto Hydro to build an “innovative energy storage system” as part of a CAD9.1 billion ($7.2bn) public transportation project in Toronto.

The Ontario transportation ministry said Toronto Hydro had agreed that Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES) would design and build the battery facility for the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line.

 

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BESS ‘first’ for Leclanché in North America

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:08 -- John Shepherd
BESS ‘first’ for Leclanché in North America

Swiss battery maker Leclanché is to build its first behind-the-metre battery storage systems in North America for Toronto-based energy storage project developer NRStor C&I.

Leclanché said NRStor is the principal investor in the project and will own and operate the facilities.

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Canadian firm in vanadium R&D deal with US lab

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:06 -- John Shepherd
Canadian firm in vanadium R&D deal with US lab

Canadian junior mining firm Golden Share Resources Corporation has signed an agreement worth an estimated $906 million with a US government laboratory for R&D into novel vanadium based solid-state battery technologies.

Golden Share said it had signed the deal with Battelle Memorial Institute, which runs the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for the US Department of Energy.

 

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ZincNyx gearing up for flow battery roll-out

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:33 -- John Shepherd
ZincNyx gearing up for flow battery roll-out

Canada-based ZincNyx Energy Solutions is gearing up for “mass production” of a zinc-based flow battery within a year.

ZincNyx, which was acquired by lithium developer MGX Minerals last month, intends to produce 1,000 flow battery units annually by early January 2019, according to MGX president and CEO Jared Lazerson.

 

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Canadian company buys out South Korea’s iQ Power

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:19 -- News Editor
Canadian company buys out South Korea’s iQ Power

South Korea’s battery manufacturer iQ Power Asia Inc. has been acquired by Vancouver-based lead-acid battery maker Discover Energy and will operates as a subsidiary under a new name.

The new business is called Discover MIXTECH Manufacturing Co Ltd and will be led by Steve Nam, the South Korean manufacturing site helps secure Discover’s global supply of automotive and commercial batteries.

 

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