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Researchers unveil ‘intelligent’ battery management research

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Researchers unveil ‘intelligent’ battery management research

Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has unveiled research into the use of artificial intelligence to maximise the use of battery arrays in vehicles and energy storage applications.

ITRI’s Reconfigurable Array of Inexpensive Batteries Architecture (RAIBA), a system featuring AI “self-learning” and optimisation technology, was showcased at the annual CES 2018 technology innovation show in Las Vegas.

 

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BMW invests in solid-state start-up

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:11 -- Xuan Zhong
BMW invests in solid-state start-up

German automotive giant BMW has formed a partnership to develop solid-state batteries for its electric vehicles with US-based start-up Solid Power.

Solid Power, which has been developing solid-state rechargeable batteries in Louisville, Colorado, aims to advance its technology to meet the requirements for high performance EVs.

 

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Nexeon wins EV battery research funding

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:14 -- Xuan Zhong
Nexeon wins EV battery research funding

UK-based battery materials firm Nexeon has been awarded GBP7million ($9.5m) to support research into silicon-based materials to increase the safety and range of batteries for electric vehicles.

Nexeon said the support from the government’s Innovate UK agency will support its work with partners on a project called ‘SUNRISE’ to develop improved materials, based on silicon as a replacement for carbon in the lithium-ion battery anode and optimising cell designs for automotive application.

 

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Korean battery makers line up in Europe

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:15 -- News Editor
Korean battery makers line up in Europe

Further evidence of a Korean “land grab” of future European EV markets came last week with SK Innovation's announcement that it plans to invest around KRW1 trillion ($920 million) to build an electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in Hungary and to expand production facilities for EV batteries in South Korea.

The battery maker said it would set aside KRW840 billion for the Hungary plant, which it will start building in February. By 2020, the plant will be capable of producing 7.5GWh of batteries each year.

 

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China chemicals player seeks CNY1.7bn for EV battery projects

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:41 -- Xuan Zhong
China chemicals player seeks CNY1.7bn for EV battery projects

Chinese firm Do-Fluoride Chemicals Co., Ltd plans to raise around CNY1.7 billion ($258 million) to produce materials for automotive lithium batteries and battery pack manufacturing.

The company will raise the capital through a private placement, according to brokerage firm Everbright Securities Company Limited, a subsidiary of the country’s Everbright Group, which is handling the placement.

 

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IEA to review ‘lithium only’ battery storage analysis

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:18 -- Xuan Zhong
IEA to review ‘lithium only’ battery storage analysis

An international study into the potential of batteries to power energy storage systems and electric vehicles of the future is to be reviewed, after it was admitted that research focused purely on lithium-ion.

According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2017 report, “in recent years, the momentum behind battery storage— and lithium-ion batteries in particular— has increased significantly”.

 

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Storage start-up Romeo Power completes battery pack plant

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:24 -- Xuan Zhong
Storage start-up Romeo Power completes battery pack plant

California energy storage start-up Romeo Power has completed construction of a 113,000 square-foot lithium-ion battery pack manufacturing facility in Los Angeles.

The announcement comes three months after Romeo— which boasts a workforce including “top engineers and designers” from business rivals Tesla— secured $30 million in seed financing.

 

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Toyota-Suzuki map out Li battery plans for India

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:21 -- Xuan Zhong
Toyota-Suzuki map out Li battery plans for India

Japanese auto giants Toyota and Suzuki have agreed the next steps to launching a range of electric vehicles in India by “around 2020” using locally made lithium-ion batteries.

Toyota said on 17 November the firms had concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on moving forward with the project.

 

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SiNode joins EV battery tech partnership

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:19 -- Xuan Zhong
SiNode joins EV battery tech partnership

Chicago-based lithium-ion battery developer SiNode Systems has teamed up with Pittsburgh firm PPG to “accelerate the commercialisation” of high-energy anode materials for advanced battery applications in electric vehicles.

The 30-month project will focus on “improving the stability and scalability” of SiNode’s anode materials to meet or exceed US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) targets for a battery’s active materials, the companies said.

 

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Amara Raja deals “mitigate” impact of new lead price rises

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 14:00 -- News Editor
Amara Raja deals “mitigate” impact of new lead price rises

The CEO of India’s Amara Raja Batteries said the firm is braced for further hikes in the price of lead into 2018— but that it has “mitigated” the impact through existing contracts.

S Vijayanad said while LME prices had seen “close to 25% growth” over the past year, the industrial and automotive battery maker expects to see lead prices “in the range of $2,400 to $2,500 per metric ton” by next spring.

 

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