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Tadiran Rapid Response batteries to be promoted in Canada

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 16:09 -- Paul Crompton
Tadiran Rapid Response batteries to be promoted in Canada

US-based lithium battery maker Tadiran Batteries has enlisted the help of Canadian firm Acadia Lithium Inc to help it promote its ‘breakthrough in lithium chemistry’ to OEMs in Canada.

Acadia Lithium, based in Baie D’Urfe, is an applications specialist whose function will be to promote and design-in the Tadiran product line working directly with local reps and through distribution.

Tadiran’s engineers have been working for decades to develop the firm’s TRR (Tadiran rapid response) series, which they claim is the first commercially available lithium thionyl chloride (LiSOC12) battery capable of eliminating passivation effects that can hinder battery performance.

The firm says the batteries can last up to 25 years, and eliminate any drop in voltage when the battery is subjected to load, which means they are more efficient at using capacity, especially in extremely hot or cold temperatures.

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Lithium reserve discoveries in Canada soothe fears of a shortage

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 13:57 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium reserve discoveries in Canada soothe fears of a shortage

Exploration for lithium-ion reserves has picked up in Canada, with major reserves of the element being excavated by different companies.

Canadian firm Benton Capital Corp, in Thunder Bay, has announced it is exploring a potential lithium mine near Fort Frances in northwestern Ontario, a province considered to be abundant in the element.

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Canadian firm hires lithium battery expert to drive market acceptance and licensing

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:13 -- Paul Crompton
Canadian firm hires lithium battery expert to drive market acceptance and licensing

It seems any battery company worth its salt these days must have a lithium expert on its books, and Canadian materials firm Nano One Materials Corp is no different.

The Vancouver based start-up hired Joe Lowry as the company’s strategic advisor, CEO Dan Blondal announced last month.

Lowry was chosen for his knowledge of the entire lithium supply chain, including cathode manufacturers, products and regulatory agencies, said a Nano One spokesman.

Lowry said he believed the company’s innovative process had the potential to be a game changer in the lithium battery market.

“The technology has been shown to improve cost and performance across the spectrum of lithium ion battery cathode technologies and may enable the use of lower cost lithium raw materials,” he said.

Lowry had been in talks with the firm since January and made his decision to join the firm after a visit to its laboratory facility in Burnaby.

Nano One’s President John Lando said: “This visit solidified strong interest from both sides to form an advisory arrangement.

“I am confident that Joe will be instrumental in working with our executive in attracting strategic partners as we move forward with commercialising and licensing our patented technology.”

Lowry formed Global Lithium LLC as an advisory firm in 2012 after 20 years in the industry, including more than 15 years in the Japan and China markets.

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Leclanché wins 13MW lithium-ion ESS contract

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 15:32 -- Paul Crompton
Swiss battery firm Leclanche has signed a deal to provide six energy storage systems to provide grid stabilisation for Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in the Canadian province of Ontario.

Swiss battery firm Leclanche has signed a deal to provide six energy storage systems to provide grid stabilisation for Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in the Canadian province of Ontario.

The company will provide the systems with a combined capacity of 13MW/ 53MWh after signing a deal with the grid operator valued at $50 million to $75 million.

Leclanché will team up with Deltro Energy Inc. who will procure, design and construct the site facilities balance of plant scope and high voltage connections to the grid.

Deltro will operate the facilities and Greensmith Energy will provide the energy management system, when the projects come on line at the end of the year.

David Del Mastro, CEO of Deltro, said: “We have asked Leclanché to deliver these storage systems on a turn-key basis and will work closely with them to ensure this project is successfully constructed and fully integrated into the IESO grid”.

Leclanche plans to begin installing the batteries in April or May 2016.

The contract with IESO functions as a power purchase agreement for three years, with electricity distributor Toronto Hydro Corp. taking over the agreement for an additional 12 years.

Canadian underwater ESS whets appetite for grid scale energy storage

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:48 -- Paul Crompton
Canadian underwater ESS whets appetite for grid scale energy storage

A unique two-year pilot test to gauge the effectiveness of a compressed air energy storage system has begun in Canada.

Toronto’s Hydrostor founders Curtis VanWalleghem and Cameron Lewis unveiled their underwater compressed air energy storage (CEAS) system on November 18.

The system, located three kilometres off Toronto Island, will be used to stablise electricity utilities firm Toronto Hydro’s grid during peak times.

The ESS works by storing compressed air in a balloon-like structure 55 metres under Lake Ontario. When the energy is required the weight of the water is used to push the air to the surface through a pipe where an expander coverts the air back into electricity.

At peak output the storage unit is capable of 660kW, and is able to run for little more than a hour, depending on how much power is drawn, say the firm.

VanWalleghem said the firm is now focused on commercialising the green technology globally.

Anthony Haines, President and CEO, Toronto Hydro, said: “We have been very busy exploring new ways to power our grid, and I think this is the most creative project we’ve been involved in so far.”

In 1978, the world’s first CEAS was built in Huntorf, Germany, capable of storing 290-megawatt of energy.

Oil producer pumps cash into ESSs for offshore vessels

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 15:09 -- Paul Crompton
Oil producer pumps cash into ESSs for offshore vessels

Canadian-based lithium-ion energy storage system (ESS) developer Corvus Energy has won investment from the largest oil producer on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Gas and oil producer Statoil has agreed to pump cash into Corvus, which specialises in advanced lithium-ion ESSs for maritime hybrid and fully electric propulsion systems.

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Canadian firm in bid to scale up Li-ion recycling process

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 11:29 -- Paul Crompton
Canadian firm in bid to scale up Li-ion recycling process

Canadian critical metal firm American Manganese Inc plans to scale up its process for recycling spent lithium-ion batteries to a commercial size.

AMI’s proprietary hydrometallurgical process produces raw materials from used cathode materials for use in new lithium-ion batteries, says the firm.

However, whether the process can be scaled up and made to be financially viable at an industrial scale remains a moot point— the technology for the large scale recycling of cathode materials of multiple chemistries does not exist yet.

Equally unclear is where the testing program will be carried out (possibly Kemetco’s laboratory in Richmond) and where funding will come from— AMI aims to target government research grants and strategic alliances.

The first step in AMI’s plans is to partner with fellow British Columbia firm Kemetco Research Inc. (a extractive metallurgy R&D company) to demonstrate the process on a bench scale.

The materials from cathodes contain lithium imbedded in a base metal oxide matrix and represents the largest single materials cost in the manufacture of lithium-ion cells (up to 30% of the materials cost of a cell).

The company says its process is applicable to multiple lithium-ion battery chemistries including lithium cobalt, lithium nickel manganese cobalt and lithium manganese.

Ballard in $30m buyout of rival fuel cell firm Protonex

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 10:47 -- Paul Crompton
Ballard in $30m buyout of rival fuel cell firm Protonex

Canadian firm Ballard Power Systems has signed a deal to buy fellow proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell maker Protonex Technology Corporation.

US company Protonex Technology is a private company that designs and manufactures solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) as well as PEM fuel cells.

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Mobile 1.2MW energy storage prototype to be tested in Canada

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 09:53 -- Paul Crompton
Mobile 1.2MW energy storage prototype to be tested in Canada

Canadian firm Esstalion Technologies is set to begin testing its 1.2MW prototype lithium iron energy storage system.

The mobile prototype contains 576 battery modules, manufactured by Sony and using Hydro-Québec's lithium iron phosphate technology.

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Electrovaya secures Chinese separator order

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 10:37 -- Paul Crompton
Electrovaya secures Chinese separator order

Canadian firm Electrovaya has secured a deal to supply a Chinese battery manufacturer with its lithium-ion separator technology.

The Chinese lithium-ion battery company qualified after intense testing of Separion in its electric vehicle program. The deal is expected to be worth around CAD$1 million (US$800,000).

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