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Highpower HEV/PHEV lithium-ion battery gets Chinese bus approval

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:07 -- Laura Varriale
Highpower International

Chinese lithium and nickel-metal hydride battery developer Highpower International has received final product approval for its 20Ah lithium-ion battery.

The high-density battery is designed for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). Highpower International aims to supply the battery to the bus transportation industry.

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Audi to introduce 48V electrical system to future cars

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:53 -- Laura Varriale
Audi RS 5 TDI concept

German carmaker Audi is to introduce a dual 12V/48V electrical architecture to future ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles.

The 48V system features a lithium-ion battery and a DC/DC converter to integrate the 12V electrical system. The alternator achieves an energy recovery output of 10kW, adding up to a saving of up to 10g/km CO2, according to Audi.

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LG Chem to supply li-ion batteries to Audi

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:50 -- Laura Varriale
LG Chem plant in Ochang, South Korea

Korean battery maker LG Chem has struck a deal with German automaker Audi to supply lithium-ion batteries for its next generation hybrid vehicles.

The 48V batteries will be used in Audi’s new plug-in hybrid and micro-hybrid vehicles. The lithium-ion batteries are to replace currently integrated 12V lead-acid batteries.

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Patent applications for stationary energy storage batteries doubled – study

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:18 -- Laura Varriale
Battery storage patent boom

Patent family applications for batteries suitable for stationary energy storage have doubled. From 2006 to 2011, the number of patents increased from 2,800 to 5,900, according to a study by Technical University Munich.

The lithium segment is most dynamic with a steep upward trend since 2008 and 4,900 patent family applications in 2011. Simon Müller, physicist and economist at TUM told BEST: “A lot of companies have high market expectations for lithium batteries that result in extensive research development.

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Graphite One to commence drilling at Graphite Creek

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:03 -- Laura Varriale
Graphite Creek

Graphite One Resources (GOR) is to begin a drilling and sampling programme at the Graphite Creek Deposit in Alaska, US.

The Graphite Creek is the only advanced stage large-scale flake graphite deposit in the US, according to GOR. GOR aims to produce and deliver graphite that is used for anodes in lithium-ion batteries.

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Samsung SDI starts construction of battery factory in China

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:12 -- Editor
Samsung battery manufacturing

Samsung SDI broke ground on August 18 on a lithium-ion battery factory in the Chinese city of Xian.

The factory will be operational by October 2015 and produce some 40,000 units of battery cells annually to equip electric cars, the company said in a statement.

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Lithium battery prices down 30% in Asia - report

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:25 -- Editor
lithium batteries

The price of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage systems (ESS) have fallen by a third in the past year, according to a report by Korea’s Electronic Times.

It reports the price of mid-to-large lithium-ion secondary battery cells dropped from $500-600/kWh last year to $350/kWh. In South Korea, said to be less competitive than the global market, batteries are traded at $400-500/kWh.

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Warwick University to host £1 billion APC hub

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:19 -- Laura Varriale
WMG International Digital Laboratory

British Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has selected the University of Warwick, UK, as hub location for research and development of low carbon propulsion systems.

The £1 billion research centre will be located on campus at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), a division of the University focused on low carbon mobility, including energy storage and battery testing. APC is to invest up to £200m in projects this year.

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Lithium battery prices down 30% in Asia - report

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 11:45 -- Editor
lithium batteries

The price of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage systems (ESS) have fallen by a third in the past year, according to a report by Korea’s Electronic Times.

It reports the price of mid-to-large lithium-ion secondary battery cells dropped from $500-600/kWh last year to $350/kWh. In South Korea, said to be less competitive than the global market, batteries are traded at $400-500/kWh.

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Samsung SDI to supply more li-ion batteries to BMW

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:59 -- Laura Varriale
BMW car production

South Korea’s Samsung SDI and German car manufacturer BMW have expanded its partnership with a “multi billion euro” deal that includes the supply of Samsung’s lithium-ion batteries to BMW’s future electric vehicles.

Battery maker Samsung currently provides 96-cell 60Ah battery packs for BMW’s i8 plug-in hybrid and i3 electric car models. BMW plans to increase the order by "at least" 20% to 30% in 2016 from its 2014 level.

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