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Imerys expands natural graphite production with Nambia JV

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 13:44 -- Paul Crompton
Imerys expands natural graphite production with Nambia Joint venture

French minerals company Imerys Graphite & Carbon has moved into Nambia after signing a joint venture to produce natural graphite.

Imerys and Gecko Namibia formed a JV to develop the Namibian Otjiwarongo site as graphite becomes increasingly sought after for use in lithium-ion anodes.

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2nd-life EV batteries to form largest storage system of its kind

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:51 -- Paul Crompton
2nd-life EV batteries to form largest storage system of its kind

Japanese car company Nissan is to use second-life EV batteries to power its new French office, the largest ever grid-integrated EV system in a building in the world.

Sixty-four used lithium-ion batteries from Nissan Leafs combined with solar generation will comprise the 1 MWh energy storage system, with 100 vehicle-to-grid chargers from Nissan’s partner Enel installed.

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Saft ramps up lithium capacity in China to meet demand

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:35 -- Paul Crompton
Saft ramps up lithium capacity in China to meet demand

French battery manufacturer Saft is set to double its primary lithium cell production in China to meet growing demand in the Asian markets.

Saft has invested €5million ($5.6million) in the new Zhuhai site in order to double production capacity to 60 million cells per year by Q3 2016.

 
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Prototype Na-ion battery shows it could be worth its salt

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 13:24 -- Paul Crompton
Prototype Na-ion battery shows it could be worth its salt

French researchers have developed the first sodium-ion battery in the industrial standard "18650" format, paving the way for a potential sea-change in electric vehicle applications.

Scientists have developed a prototype that retains the standard cylindrical 1.8cm-diameter, 6.5cm-high shape and size, and can facilitate technology transfer to existing production units.

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Big week in Saft’s fortunes

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 12:11 -- Paul Crompton
Big week in Saft’s fortunes

It’s been a good week for French battery firm Saft as it posted half-year sale profits, announced a €20million deal and three major projects.

The company is set to supply its 48V Evolion lithium-ion battery systems to Indian telecoms provider Reliance Jio’s.

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European firms in Li-ion home storage partnership

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 14:23 -- Paul Crompton
European firms in Li-ion home storage partnership

French battery manufacturer Saft showcased the latest addition to its lithium-ion home storage portfolio in partnership with German inverter manufacturer KACO at the ees exhibition in Munich.

The new Intensium Home 10M 240V cabinet system consists of five lithium-ion modules and boasts a 10 kW rated capability and a 10kWh storage capacity, suitable for both home and commercial installation.

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Saft Li-ion batteries to replace Pb-A in military applications

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 10:30 -- Paul Crompton
Saft Li-ion batteries to replace Pb-A in military applications

French battery manufacturer Saft has launched a lithium-ion battery designed as a drop-in replacement for lead-acid in military vehicles.

The 26V, 60Ah Xcelion 6T™ battery weighs 20.7kg and can be discharged from -40 to +60 degrees centigrade.

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