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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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LIBs inch ahead in battery market, but Pb has power to grow

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 15:33 -- John Shepherd
LIBs inch ahead in battery market, but Pb has power to grow

Lithium-ion batteries have grabbed a larger slice of the worldwide battery market than lead for the first time, but Pb will continue to grow at a “modest rate”, according to a top industry analyst.

Battery expert Dr Geoffrey May (pictured) told the International Lead Association’s PB2019 conference in Madrid that lithium-ion had a worldwide market share of US$40 billion in 2018, compared to $37.5bn for lead. This was the first time lithium-ion batteries had been ahead, he 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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LG Chem in batteries joint venture with China’s Geely

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 09:00 -- John Shepherd
LG Chem in batteries joint venture with China’s Geely

South Korea’s LG Chem is setting up a joint electric vehicle batteries business with Chinese carmaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

Each company has invested around US$94 million in the 50-50 joint venture, which, by the end of 2021, will produce 10GWh of EV batteries annually for the Chinese market.

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Leclanché expanding e-mobility batteries with new facility

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 14:08 -- John Shepherd
Leclanché expanding e-mobility batteries with new facility

Swiss battery storage company Leclanché is to ramp up production capacity for lithium-ion battery modules for transport applications at a new facility in Switzerland.

Leclanché is partnering with Italian industrial automation firm Comau for the project, which will see an automated production line installed in a new facility being built at a technology park adjacent to Leclanché’s headquarters in Yverdon-les Bains.

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Call for EU to rethink competition laws to aid battery makers

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 17:39 -- John Shepherd
Call for EU to rethink competition laws to aid battery makers

The European Union needs to rethink competition laws to better compete in the batteries market with Asian players, a German ministerial aide has told European battery manufacturers.

But Thomas Bareiss (pictured), parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, admitted that while Germany wanted to be “agnostic” in terms of its support for battery technologies, lithium-ion is currently favoured over lead-acid to build a European battery cells industry to cater for electric vehicles.

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Northvolt’s $1bn battery boost as VW partnership unveiled

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 16:19 -- John Shepherd
Northvolt’s $1bn battery boost as VW partnership unveiled

Battery manufacturing start-up Northvolt has raised US$1 billion for its planned Swedish gigafactory project­­­— and has revealed it will build a second such facility in Germany in partnership with Volkswagen.

Northvolt said the equity capital raise for the lithium-ion battery cells plant at Skellefteå had been led by VW and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division, alongside BMW, AMF, Folksam Group and IMAS Foundation.

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Gravita launches Ghana lead production plant

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:06 -- John Shepherd
Gravita launches Ghana lead production plant

Indian lead producer and recycler Gravita has launched commercial production of lead from a subsidiary operation in Ghana, West Africa.

Recycler Ghana Limited said the US$3.1 million Ghana facility has an initial production capacity of 6,000 metric tonnes per annum (MTPA). An additional 6,000 MTPA capacity is set to come on stream at the plant from July 2019.

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