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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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India joins Leclanché in Ontario energy investment

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:25 -- Xuan Zhong
India joins Leclanché in Ontario energy investment

Indian firm EPAL and Swiss battery maker Leclanché are jointly investing $12 million in a lithium battery storage facility nearing completion in in Canada’s Ontario province.

The 28MW/14MWh advanced battery storage project, known as Basin 1 (6MWh) and 2 (2MWh), was built and owned by the Leclanché and Canadian developer. It is the first utility scale energy storage facility designed to improve stability on the Ontario grid, with a total investment of approximately $25m.

 

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Electrovaya swaps lead-acid for Li-on in Walmart forklifts

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 09:42 -- News Editor
Electrovaya swaps lead-acid for Li-on in Walmart forklifts

Canadian battery maker Electrovaya has signed a CAD4.3 million ($3.5m) deal to supply its lithium-ion ceramic batteries to power forklifts for Walmart Canada.

Walmart is converting the forklifts in one of its distribution centres to use Electrovaya’s ‘Elivate’ forklift battery line instead of lead-acid, Electrovaya said.

 

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