A Canadian carbon science company and its unnamed partner are set to make a full-scale lithium-ion battery from recycled/up-cycled materials.
The two firms will use material from an electric car power pack and the up-cycled anode material from Saint Jean Carbon (SJC) to make the cells.
US flow battery maker Vionx Energy has entered into a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Canadian vanadium producer Largo Resources.
The MOU outlines the principal terms upon which Vionx will base a final deal in which it will use Largo’s vanadium electrolyte in its Vanadium Redox Battery (VRB) systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.