Australian graphite producer Talga Resources is to collaborate on work including cell production with partners under the UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge R&D programme.
Talga said it has signed formal agreements through its UK subsidiary, Talga Technologies, to work on initiatives including battery pack design and assembly.
The race to bring fast charging to the mobile phone market through new battery developments reached a new peak last week with Samsung and relative newcomer Enervate using consumer electronic marketing and hype to bring their products to the global stage.
Enervate, the Irvine California developer of a silicon anode based battery system, was chosen by the gargantuan Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show which takes place in early January as an ‘honouree’ in three categories — Vehicle Intelligence & Self-Driving Technology, Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies, and Tech for a Better World — for its “groundbreaking” silicon-dominant lithium-ion battery technology.
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.
Carbon materials company Saint Jean Carbon has started to design and build a graphene based lithium-ion battery.
Following two years of research, the company has created an anode using a one atom thick layer of single graphite to add conductivity while reducing the amount of carbon used.
New-energy vehicle firm China Dynamics is aiming to research and develop graphene lead-acid batteries, according to reports.
The Chinese company has signed an agreement with electric vehicle and advanced battery company Shanghai Xinchi Energy Technology.
European firm Skeleton Technologies’ is closer to reaching it 20Wh/kg goal with the launch of an ultracapacitor range utilising graphene to boost energy density.
The patented graphene material boosts the capacitance of the SkelCap 4500 series to 4500 farads.
The series has been designed for mass-market applications and meets the industry standard of a 60 mm diameter cylindrical cell.
US-based startup BlueVine Graphene Industries (BlueVine) is to scale up the production of graphene for commercial applications such as the company’s supercapacitors.
The company has developed scalable graphene electrodes, which can be customised to unique customer applications. The scale-up is also aimed to provide pricing advantages.
Canada’s graphene products developer Grafoid has bought lithium-ion automotive battery maker Braille Battery.
Grafoid acquired 75% ownership interest in US-based Braille Battery, which produces lightweight lithium-ion batteries and AGM lead-acid batteries for IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula 1 racing cars, motorcycles and batteries for the marine industry. Braille Battery’s founder Blake Fuller will remain president and chief operating officer.
Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation has invested in the Michigan, US, -based graphene engineering company.
The lithium-ion giant is providing XG Sciences with investment as part of a funding round to further the company’s R&D efforts. The terms of the investment have not been disclosed.