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UK ‘battery metals hub’ closer to realisation as Europe begins move to lithium dependence

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 09:10 -- Paul Crompton

The UK government is supporting a project by Cornish Lithium and Geothermal Engineering to construct a geothermal lithium recovery pilot plant— as Europe begins to move its battery material focus away from China.

The project aims to demonstrate that lithium can be produced from UK geothermal waters with a net zero carbon footprint.

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Kstar and CATL to build five new lithium-ion production lines in China for ESS markets

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 13:58 -- Paul Crompton

Global lithium-ion battery maker CATL is extending its joint venture partnership with lead-acid UPS manufacturer Shenzhen Kstar Science & Technology by building new production lines at their battery manufacturing facilities in China.

The joint venture will focus on energy storage system power conditioning systems (PCS), battery packs— including UPS-integrated lithium-ion battery packs, residential energy storage battery packs and packs for small-to-medium lithium-ion batteries of nonstandard size— and charging stations. 

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CATL inks joint venture to develop EV charging infrastructure across China

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:46 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) formed a joint venture with wind farm developer Baicheng New Energy on 6 March with the goal of bringing electric vehicle charging posts to market across China.

The China firms have launched Shanghai Kuaibu New Energy Technology with registered capital of 50 million yuan ($7 million). CATL will hold a 49% share, with the remaining held by Baicheng.

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Misreported shipment of lithium-ion batteries causes fire on cargo ship

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 15:00 -- Paul Crompton

Containers of lithium-ion batteries, falsely reported as ‘spare parts’,  started a fire on a cargo ship owned by China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) Shipping based in China.

Boxes holding the batteries were destroyed and surrounding containers damaged in the fire on-board COSCO Pacific on 6 January.

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Kore Power plans to increase global output to 16GWh with US plant

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 15:24 -- Paul Crompton
Lindsay Gorrill, CEO of Kore Power

Energy storage firm Kore Power announced on 22 October it plans to build a 10GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in the US based on the model it is using at its 6GWh plant in China.

The location of the new plant has not been disclosed, with the Idaho company reviewing potential sites in a handful of states within the US.

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A123 Systems wins $1B contract to supply Li-ion batteries for 48V systems to SAIC-GM

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:01 -- Paul Crompton

Automotive News China reports that Li-ion battery maker A123 Systems won a 6.9-billion CNY (US$1 billion) contract to supply 2.6 million Li-ion batteries for 48V systems to the SAIC-GM joint venture in China.

The news comes via a statement by Wanxiang Group, the owner of A123 Systems.

A123 initially entered into a partnership with SAIC Motor in 2009 with the formation of Advanced Traction Battery Systems (ATBS), a battery pack joint venture company. In 2012, the two expanded their partnership.v

 

Korean battery firms face loss of the Chinese EV market

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 13:05 -- Paul Crompton
Korean battery firms face loss of the Chinese EV market

Two Korean battery makers face further losses after cars using their lithium technology had their certification cancelled in China.

It comes after Samsung SDI and LG Chem both failed to meet the government’s standards for electric car batteries last year.

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SK Innovation to expand production of lithium-ion battery separators

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:10 -- Paul Crompton
SK Innovation to expand production of lithium-ion battery separators

SK Innovation Co is expanding its lithium-ion battery separator manufacturing facility in China.

The energy solutions arm of South Korean conglomerate SK Group is ramping up output of the battery product in Jeungpyeong, North Chungcheong. Ground-breaking is set for May.

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Microvast launches non-flammable lithium-ion battery technology

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 15:01 -- Paul Crompton
Microvast launches non-flammable lithium-ion battery technology

US-headquartered Microvast has launched battery technology that it claims can prevent thermal runaway in lithium-ion batteries during a press conference in Beijing, China.

The firm’s research looked at how heat released by electrolytes could be controlled to ensure safety during thermal runaway

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Testing of 8MWh vanadium flow battery under way

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 00:00 -- Paul Crompton
Testing of 8MWh vanadium flow battery under way

Canadian firm Sparton Resources has begun testing its 8mWh vanadium flow battery in Hebei Province, China.

Work on the Zhangbei Project begun after Sparton received confirmation to initiate testing from the battery owner, the State Grid North China Company Limited ("State Grid"). 

On-line testing started on November 21st and will take place over several weeks to ensure the battery meets design protocols.

Funding for the commissioning project was carried out by VanSpar Mining, a 90.4% owned Sparton subsidiary.

The renewable energy utilisation platform integrates wind power, solar power, energy storage, and smart grid transmission technologies.

Clean power generated by this project will be integrated into north China's energy grid, operated by the State Grid.

This is a key component of China's Golden Sun Photo Voltaic Solar Pilot Project, which currently includes 110 megawatts of energy storage capacity, and covers a total land area of 200 square kilometres.

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