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VRFB electrolyte maker to up production with $2 million investment

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 13:57 -- paul Crompton

US Vanadium is set to expand its production capacity for ultra-high-purity electrolyte for grid-level vanadium flow batteries (VRFB) following a $2.1 million investment.

The investment comes after US Vandium secured a purchase agreement for 580,000 liters of electrolyte from Austrian VRFB manufacturer and energy storage provider Enerox, which sells its systems under its brand name CellCube.

US Vanadium plans to produce the electrolyte at its Arizona, US, facility.

Expansion of production capacity at Arizona is to be completed in a development partnership with CellCube.

It will mean the company is able to produce more than 2.25 million litres per year of VRFB electrolyte for CellCube and other customers. 

US Vanadium CEO Mark Smith said: “This expansion allows us to enter the next phase of our growth plan, which focuses on supplying the world’s finest and highest purity VRFB electrolyte to multiple customers around the world.”

US Vanadium produces the V2O5, V2O3, and downstream vanadium chemicals including VRFB electrolyte by recovering contained vanadium from a variety of post-industrial waste streams, which underscores US Vanadium’s commitment to maximizing sustainable practices in its operations. 

The company also produces vanadium pentoxide.

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Battery developer Innolith makes top-level hires as it readies for commercialisation

Fri, 06/04/2021 - 10:39 -- paul Crompton
Battery developer Innolith makes top-level hires as it readies for commercialisation

Battery developer Innolith has made two senior appointments as it prepares for commercialisation of its lithium-ion inorganic electrolyte technology.

Florian Wolf (left) has been appointed the firm’s chief financial officer, and Nicole Roth (right) is the Switzerland-based firm’s director of sales in its inaugural commercial role.   

Roth, who has previously worked with A123 Systems, Continental Systems and Renault Deutschland, will engage with Innolith customers, liaise with OEM automotive manufacturers for the design and production of battery systems and the development of new e-mobility markets.   

Investment banker Wolf joins Innolith joins from within JP Morgan’s Diversified Industries Investment Banking team where he specialised in the origination and execution of corporate finance deals (including IPO, SPAC, Private Capital, Debt and M&A events) for automotive clients.   

The new appointments come as Innolith reports the energy density of its battery has reached 310Wh/kg.

Konstantin Solodovnikov, CEO of Innolith AG, said the company had reached a crossing point where its focus on new battery technology development was now switching to the industrialisation and commercial marketing of the technology.

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US researchers open door for magnesium batteries to disrupt the ESS market

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 09:36 -- paul Crompton

Researchers from the University of Houston and the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) have developed a new cathode and electrolyte that could help magnesium batteries compete with lithium-ion.

The teams have demonstrated a magnesium battery capable of operating at room temperature and delivering a power density comparable to that offered by lithium-ion batteries.

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Saft doubles lithium-ion electrolyte capacity at workshop in France

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 10:10 -- paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery maker Saft — a subsidiary of French fossil fuel firm Total— has inaugurated its new electrolyte workshop at Poitiers, France.

Announced last year, the additional 1,900 square metre facility will double the site’s annual production capacity to 1,000 tonnes when production begins early next year.

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Ampcera a step closer to commercialising its solid electrolyte technology for solid-state lithium-ion batteries

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:59 -- paul Crompton

Battery electrolyte developer Ampcera has announced the latest step in the commercialisation of its flexible solid electrolyte (SE) membrane technology for solid-state lithium-ion batteries. 

The US firm claims its solid-state electrolyte (SSE) has the potential to enable solid-state lithium metal batteries to achieve an energy density of 500Wh/kg while reducing cost to below $100/kWh.  

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New electrolyte developed at Stanford may boost lithium metal batteries

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 18:41 -- paul Crompton

Scientists at Stanford University have revealed a novel electrolyte design they claim will boost the performance of lithium metal batteries.

The team from the US institution added fluorine atoms onto the electrolyte molecule to make the liquid more stable and create a new molecule that allows the lithium metal anode to function well in the electrolyte.

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ORNL‘s polymer and ceramic composite promises better solid-state electrolyte for lithium metal batteries

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 10:56 -- paul Crompton

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a thin film, highly conductive solid-state electrolyte made of a polymer and ceramic-based composite for lithium metal batteries. 

The electrolyte’s novel design is a three-dimensional interconnected structure that can provide mechanical robustness and high lithium ionic conductivity at room temperature.

Image: A thin film solid-state electrolyte with a three-dimensionally interconnected structure was fabricated by ORNL researchers. The structure increased conductivity through the ceramic base. Credit: Xi Chen/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy

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Australian university hits 1Ah milestone on path to commercialising lithium-metal cells

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 11:32 -- paul Crompton

Scientists from Australia’s Deakin University have developed an electrolyte that boosts the performance capabilities of a prototype lithium-metal cell.

The team from the university’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) has created a 1Ah lithium metal pouch cell prototype using ionic liquid electrolytes.

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German start-up partners with BASF to commercialise redox flow battery ESSs

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 10:52 -- paul Crompton

Redox flow battery firm JenaBatteries is cooperating with BASF to develop an electrolyte that can be used in grid-scale energy storage systems.

The German firms announced on 6 February they would produce an electrolyte that is suitable for use in a large-scale system for storing renewable energy.

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US state strengthens Korean links as it welcomes lithium materials maker Enchem

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 15:23 -- paul Crompton

Korean firm Enchem is set to build two plants in Georgia, US, to manufacture lithium battery electrolyte and electrostatic double-layer capacitors (ELDC).

The state’s governor Brian Kemp announced the $61.35 million project in Jackson County, which builds on the success of the south-eastern state in attracting Korean battery giant SK Innovations

 

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