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Automotive and battery giants launch search for the industry’s best start-ups

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 10:42 -- Paul Crompton

Automotive OEMs Hyundai, Kia and lithium-ion battery giant LG Chem have sponsored a global competition to identify promising start-ups in the e-mobility industry. 

Start-ups developing technologies and business models for EVs and batteries can apply to the ‘EV & Battery Challenge’ until 28 August via a website set up especially for the competition. 

Up to 10 winning start-ups will have the opportunity to work with Hyundai, Kia, and LG Chem to develop proof-of-concept projects while leveraging the sponsors’ technical expertise, resources and laboratories. 

The seven categories are: 

  1. Next-generation battery materials to increase mileage and safety 
  2. Recycling of battery materials
  3. Control systems to increase battery efficiency
  4. Process technology to increase productivity and quality control
  5. EV drive units
  6. Personalisation services for electric cars
  7. BEV’s charging and energy management

Among the credentials the judges are looking for are: a validated concept and a working prototype; should clearly differentiate from existing solutions and provide plans for global scale; include a business model based on credible commercial and economic assumptions.

Submitted documents will be examined in a first round with the most promising candidates interviewed personally via video conference in October.

The final selection committee is to meet in November at a workshop at the Hyundai Motor Group’s ‘Open Innovation Hub’ in Silicon Valley, California, US. 

After that, Hyundai, Kia and LG Chem will verify the technologies and review them to see if direct financial investment is possible.

New Energy Nexus, the international start-up support organisation, will manage and facilitate the competition.

Interested parties can view more details HERE

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Firms sign MOU to develop lithium-ion battery recycling process in the US

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 11:47 -- Paul Crompton

American Manganese signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 14 April with e-mobility battery developer Voltabox of Texas— a subsidiary of Volabox AG— outlining a partnership to recycle lithium-ion batteries.

The firms aim to provide end-of-life lithium-ion batteries for the commercial-scale recycling of cathode materials using the Canadian firm American Manganese’s (AMY) patented RecycLiCoTM process.

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US firm opens Indian lithium battery factory to target domestic mobility and stationary markets

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 15:32 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Xnrgi has opened a high temperature lithium-ion battery factory in India capable of an annual output of 240MWh of battery storage for the e-mobility and stationary storage markets.  

The plant is producing the US firm’s XM5kWh battery for e-mobile and renewables and UPS applications.

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Fossil fuel giant IndianOil buys into energy storage industry with share boost in metal-air firm Phinergy

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 16:16 -- Paul Crompton

Government owned IndianOil has upped its stake in Israel metal-air battery company Phinergy as the fossil fuel firm looks to “embrace emerging alternatives”.

Both companies are in the process of forming a joint venture in India for collaboration on aluminium-air battery system for e-mobility and stationary applications.

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FCA to build lithium-ion battery hub in Italy ahead of EV production plans

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 14:00 -- Paul Crompton
FCA to build lithium-ion battery plant in Italy ahead of EV production plans

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is set to build a battery hub to assemble lithium-ion electric vehicle battery packs at its Mirafiori, Italy, plant as part of its overall e-mobility strategy. 

The company’s subsidiary Comau will help guide the assembly process for battery packs to be used in new generations of full electric FCA models.

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Batteries in ‘golden period’, but vigilance needed for lead

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 17:06 -- John Shepherd
Batteries in ‘golden period’, but vigilance needed for lead

Battery technology is in a “golden period”, but lead-acid in particular still faces potential regulatory obstacles in Europe, manufacturers have been warned.

Dr Steve Binks (pictured), regulatory affairs director of the International Lead Association, told the Pb2019 conference in Madrid there had “never been a period where battery technology was so recognised as being critical” to e-mobility, energy storage and combating climate change.

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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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India begins lithium-ion battery production while developing flow battery technology

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 14:55 -- Paul Crompton
India begins lithium-ion battery production while developing flow battery technology

India’s first lithium-ion production facility is set to open as the country continues to embrace the technology for everything from grid-scale storage to e-mobility applications.

The Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI) facility is to start production in two months in Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu, reports Indian newswire IANS.

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