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Australia-India lithium refinery project under evaluation

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 22:29 -- John Shepherd
Australia-India lithium refinery project under evaluation

Australia-listed Neometals has signed a binding memorandum of understanding with Indian company Manikaran Power to jointly fund the evaluation of developing “India’s first lithium refinery”.

A final investment decision (FID) on creating a 50-50 joint venture for the refinery will be taken after completion of a feasibility study, Neometals said.

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Study considers Pb solution to power EV charging stations

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 13:02 -- John Shepherd
Study considers Pb solution to power EV charging stations

The US state of Missouri is backing proposals that could see lead batteries used to provide power at electric vehicle charging stations.

Missouri’s Division of Energy has awarded a competitive grant to support a Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) feasibility study that will investigate advanced lead battery energy storage deployed alongside EV charging points at state gas (petrol) stations.

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Eos deploys ‘Znyth’ tech for US storage projects

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 14:00 -- John Shepherd
Eos deploys ‘Znyth’ tech for US storage projects

Grid-scale battery system developer Eos Energy Storage is deploying its aqueous, zinc hybrid cathode (‘Znyth’) technology for two projects in the US.

The company’s Aurora 2.0 battery system has been installed by utility Duke Energy as part of a DC-coupled solar-plus-storage system in North Carolina. Separately, Aurora is being used for behind-the-meter storage at the University of California, San Diego, in a project funded by the California Energy Commission.

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Dumped batteries blamed for €600,000 recycling blaze

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 12:40 -- John Shepherd
Dumped batteries blamed for €600,000 recycling blaze

Discarded toys containing lithium-ion batteries are believed to have started a blaze at a recycling company in Germany that led to an estimated €600,000 (US$682,000) worth of damage.

Willi Hörger, the owner of the recycling company Hörger in Bächingen, Bavaria, told regional broadcaster BR24 that batteries wrongly discarded along with the toys appeared to have started the blaze, which destroyed a warehouse and at one point was being tackled by around 80 firefighters.

 
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Nexeon adds ‘Spice’ to silicon tech research

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:12 -- John Shepherd
Nexeon adds ‘Spice’ to silicon tech research

UK-based battery materials firm Nexeon is leading a project to optimise coating technology for its silicon material to boost the performance of battery cells.

Nexeon said the ‘Spice’ (Silicon Product Improvement through Coating Enhancement) project aims to extend the system compatibility of silicon anode materials, “allowing use of lower cost electrolyte formulations and lower overall battery cell costs”.

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China battery tariffs threat ‘would hit US storage plans’

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 11:16 -- John Shepherd
China battery tariffs threat ‘would hit US storage plans’

Proposed tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries and related equipment would have “an immediate and adverse effect on grid energy storage deployments”, US leaders have been warned.

President Donald Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on a further $300 billion worth of Chinese exports to the US if Chinese president Xi Jinping does not meet him at the G20 summit of world leaders in Japan later this month.

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Audi battery fire risk prompts E-Tron recall in US

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:45 -- John Shepherd
Audi battery fire risk prompts E-Tron recall in US

German car manufacturer Audi is recalling its first all-electric vehicle rolled out in the US— the ‘E-Tron’— due to the risk of battery fires.

A spokesperson for the company, which is owned by Volkswagen, told BEST Battery Briefing “moisture could, in very rare cases, enter the high-voltage battery through the low-voltage wiring via the charging-socket grommet, due to production tolerances in the manufacturing of wiring harnesses”.

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BASF inks sodium-sulfur sales deal with NGK Insulators

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 15:41 -- John Shepherd
BASF inks sodium-sulfur sales deal with NGK Insulators

German chemicals group BASF is expanding its presence in the energy sector, after agreeing to sell lithium-ion and sodium sulfur (NaS) batteries developed by Japan’s NGK Insulators.

BASF New Business (BNB)— a subsidiary of the chemicals group— said on 11 June it had signed a non-exclusive rights agreement to sell NaS batteries through BASF’s international network.

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Aqua Metals hails three-month ingot production record

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 14:09 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals hails three-month ingot production record

US lead-acid battery recycler Aqua Metals has announced record ingot production figures for three months of this year at its AquaRefining plant in Nevada.

The company said it had achieved “sequential production records” of AquaRefined lead as well as lead metal bullion in March, April and May. 

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Toyota takes more Asian battery firms along for EV ride

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 12:45 -- John Shepherd
Toyota takes more Asian battery firms along for EV ride

Toyota is teaming up with several Asian battery manufacturers to ensure it has the supplies it needs to ramp up production of electric vehicles, the Japanese car company has confirmed.

Chinese battery and auto makers CATL and BYD are now lined up to work with Toyota—in addition to Japan’s GS Yuasa and Toshiba, Toyota bosses have confirmed.

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