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Li-Cycle reveals plans for $175 million lithium-ion battery recycling hub in New York

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 10:16 -- Paul Crompton

Canadian firm Li-Cycle is set to invest more than $175 million in its first commercial lithium-ion battery-recycling facility in New York.

Earmarked for Eastman Business Park (EBP) in Rochester, the Hub will be a hydrometallurgical facility that will refine battery-grade materials from 'black mass' generated from pre-processing spent lithium-ion batteries.

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Ceylon Graphite eyes battery materials market with first sales from Sri Lanka mine

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 13:24 -- Paul Crompton

Canadian headquartered mining firm Ceylon Graphite is preparing to ship graphite to Singapore and Korea after securing its first sales since launching commercial production at its K1 site in Sri Lanka last December.

The firm’s subsidiary Sarcon Development is sending one ton of vein graphite, with carbon content of 95-97%, to 2D Materials so the Singaporean additives firm can evaluate it for its graphene production needs. 

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Zinc-air firm Zinc8 takes three positive steps toward securing its energy storage future

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 14:22 -- Paul Crompton

It was an interesting week for Canadian energy storage firm Zinc8 Energy Solutions with news it had settled a debt claim, reached a settlement with its former CEO and signed a deal to deploy zinc-air storage in New York.

Of all three announcements made on 11 March, arguably the most interesting was the deployment agreement with New York-based private sector developer Digital Energy Corp.

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Business as usual as investment firm buys energy storage developer NRStor

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 10:07 -- Paul Crompton

Investment firm Blackstone has bought Canadian energy storage developer NRStor for an undisclosed fee.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed but the sale was to funds managed by Blackstone Energy Partners, Blackstone's energy-focused private equity business.

NRStor has over 200MWh of operational, in-construction and contracted projects in the battery storage market. 

A Blackstone spokesman told BEST it would be “business as usual for NRStor”.

Moe Hajabed, Founder and CEO of NRStor said the deal would “help us significantly expand our platform” across North America.”

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Hydro-Québec secures rights to John Goodenough's patent on solid-state lithium-ion batteries

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 14:45 -- Paul Crompton

Canadian power utility Hydro-Québec has signed an agreement to use solid-state lithium-ion battery patents developed by the joint winner of the 2019 Nobel Laureate in chemistry, John Goodenough.

The patents relate to an electrolyte to be used in solid-state lithium batteries and were co-invented by The University of Texas at Austin’s professor Goodenough and Dr. Maria Helena Braga, an associate professor at the University of Porto, Portugal.

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Electrovaya buys ceramic separator patents for lithium-ion batteries

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 15:36 -- Paul Crompton

Electrovaya has bought 30 key lithium-ion ceramic separator and battery issued patents previously owned by Litarion, the Canadian company announced on 4 February.

The patents concern the design, manufacture and application of ceramic composite separators for lithium-ion and novel battery design.

Electrovaya acquired the patents to strengthen its proprietary position in lithium-ion ceramic battery products, and provide additional intellectual property in the US, China, Japan, South Korea and Germany.

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EEStor and FWG merge to usurp lead-acid industry with doped-carbon battery alternative

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 14:59 -- Paul Crompton
Robert Murray-Smith

Canadian energy storage firm EEStor Corporation has entered into a letter of intent (LoI) to merge with research firm FWG in a bid to commercialise an alternative to lead-acid batteries.

The LoI paves the way for the integration of EEStor’s composition modified barium titanate (CMBT) powder and the UK firm’s graphene and carbon-based materials.  

 

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Energy storage firm Eguana and LG Chem expand partnership

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:34 -- Paul Crompton
Energy storage firm Eguana and LG Chem expand partnership

Canadian firm Eguana Technologies has augmented its energy storage partnership with Korean lithium-ion battery giant LG Chem.

Eguana has begun integrating LG Chem’s JH3 cell technology into its AC Battery energy storage system (ESS) portfolio.

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Carbon firm hires electrode expert to target energy storage market

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 14:47 -- Paul Crompton
Carbon firm hires electrode expert to target energy storage market

A Canadian carbon science firm has hired a lithium-ion and zinc-air anode specialist to help it move into the energy storage sector.

Saint Jean Carbon (SJC) has named Dr. Zhongwei Chen as the company’s new chief technology officer.

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Materials firm gets cash boost to lithium-ion plant

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:54 -- Paul Crompton
Materials firm gets cash boost to lithium-ion plant

Canadian firm Nano One Materials has been awarded up to $1.9 million to develop lithium-ion battery materials production technology.

The investment from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) will support work at Nano One’s pilot plant.

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