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Firms announce collaboration to develop US battery-grade lithium supply chain

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 08:15 -- paul Crompton
Firms announce collaboration to develop US battery-grade lithium supply chain

Energy technology firm Schlumberger New Energy and Panasonic Energy of North America, a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, have entered into a collaboration agreement to mine lithium in the US.

The agreement covers the validation and optimisation of a lithium extraction and production process used by Schlumberger New Energy at its NeoLith Energy pilot plant in Nevada. 

Panasonic will provide its guidance to validate and optimise the lithium material for battery-grade consumption. 

NeoLith uses a differentiated direct lithium extraction (DLE) process to produce high-purity, battery-grade lithium material while reducing the production time to a few weeks. 

The pilot plant is located 200 miles from Panasonic’s large-scale advanced battery manufacturing operation in Sparks, Nevada.

NeoLith objective will be to pump brine from the subsurface, extract more than 90% of the dissolved lithium, and pump more than 85% of the brine back to the subsurface in an environmentally safe manner. 

In addition to maximising the reinjection of the brine, the ultimate goal is to eliminate the need for any fresh water from an external source and reduce the environmental impact.

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Australia’s ambitious lithium-ion ESS goals continue with plans to replace coal power plant

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 10:24 -- paul Crompton

Integrated energy firm Origin has issued an expression of interest to companies to supply and install a 700MW battery to replace its coal-fired plant in Australia.

If built, the country’s largest battery energy storage system would support Origin’s transition away from coal-fired generation by 2032, while complementing the policy objectives of the NSW energy roadmap.

Origin were unable to tell BEST when the EoI would end, which battery chemistry it was focusing on or when it plans to build the plant.

 

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Circular-economy consortium aims to make Europe a regenerated battery materials hub

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 11:44 -- paul Crompton

Battery materials firm Solvay and energy management firm Veolia are partnering on a circular-economy consortium to manage critical metals used in lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

Belgian firm Solvay and French company Veolia , through its subsidiary SARP Industries, are engaged in discussions about the battery value chain— from access and spent battery feedstock to dismantling, metal extraction and purification— with a car manufacturers and battery cell producers.

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Fortum strengthens hold on materials supply chain with lithium-ion battery recycler buy-out

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:18 -- paul Crompton

State-owned energy company Fortum is set to buy out fellow Finnish company Crisolteq as it looks to tighten its grip on the lithium-ion battery recycling market. 

The buy-out the hydrometallurgical lithium-ion battery recycler was announced on 16 January and positions Fortum as a key player in the recovery of high value lithium-ion battery materials, including nickel and cobalt, in Europe.

Click HERE to read BEST’s dedicated battery recycling section in the latest edition of the magazine.

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'Lebanon eyes solar projects' with BESS

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:48 -- John Shepherd
'Lebanon eyes solar projects' with BESS

Lebanon is reportedly issued a call for developers to build a series of battery energy storage systems in the country as part of a solar power project.

The Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation (LCEC) has called for expressions of interest to develop 300MW of grid-connected photovoltaic projects with battery storage.

 

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‘EU needs Airbus-style consortium’ for batteries

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 09:51 -- News Editor
‘EU needs Airbus-style consortium’ for batteries

The EU’s energy chief has called for the creation of a Europe-wide consortium to support the battery industry— to prevent the EU “falling behind” in the race with China and other nations to power electric vehicles (EVs).

Maroš Šefčovič (pictured), the European Commission vice-president responsible for the ‘EU energy union’, said the bloc should invest in an “Airbus for batteries”— a consortium that he said could do for batteries what the European multinational does for the aircraft industry.

 

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Foxconn ‘plans major Li battery investments’ in China

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:27 -- News Editor
Foxconn ‘plans major Li battery investments’ in China

Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer Foxconn is reportedly planning to invest a total of CNY25 billion ($3.7 billion) in several projects as part of the development of a new energy battery R&D centre and production base in Kunshan, in China’s Jiangsu Province.

China’s state Xinhua News Agency said CNY8 billion ($1.2 billion) will be invested in the first phase, as agreed in a strategic cooperation agreement the company signed with the Kunshan government.

 

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German energy firm buys into energy storage market

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 14:33 -- paul Crompton
German energy firm buys into energy storage market

Energy company Innogy SE has bought fellow German large-scale lead-acid energy storage system firm Belectric Solar and Battery. 

The two companies signed the relevant share purchase agreement — believed to be in a high double-digit million Euro range— at the end of August, but completion was only announced on January 3.

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Grid-scale storage only just making financial sense

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 13:08 -- paul Crompton
Grid-scale battery storage only just making financial sense say Uk Power Network

Batteries ability to transform the UK’s grid-scale energy landscape will become clearer as prices drop, claim electricity utility UK Power Networks.

The comments by Suleman Alli, the company’s director of Safety, Strategy and Support Services, came after a two-year trial testing lithium-ion technology in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

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UK gets first MW grid-scale lithium-ion energy storage system

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 15:52 -- paul Crompton
UK gets first MW grid-scale lithium-ion energy storage system

Great Britain is to test its first battery system to provide grid-frequency after a partnership between energy utility firm National Grid and UK based Renewable Energy Systems (RES).

The 20MW battery storage system will provide a dynamic frequency response service with a second of a deviation, either higher or lower than 50Hz, being detected. 

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