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Toyota invests in lithium producer Orocobre

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:47 -- Xuan Zhong
Toyota invests in lithium producer Orocobre

Japanese car giant Toyota has confirmed plans to acquire a 15% stake in Australian-based lithium mining company Orocobre with an estimated investment of AUD292 million ($229m).

The move will help secure stable supplies of a key mineral for future electric vehicle batteries to meet anticipated market demand, Toyota said.

 

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Boeing invests in US “high-energy” battery start-up

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:22 -- John Shepherd
Boeing invests in US “high-energy” battery start-up

US next-generation battery start-up Cuberg has won a funding boost from a second seed investment round led by the investment arm of aerospace firm Boeing.

Boeing HorizonX said its undisclosed investment would help expand the team and R&D facilities for Cuberg’s battery— which “combines a lithium metal anode, proprietary electrolyte and high-voltage cathode to achieve high energy density and thermal durability”.

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UltraCharge raising AUD2.5m ‘to accelerate Li-ion tech’

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:53 -- Xuan Zhong
UltraCharge raising AUD2.5m ‘to accelerate Li-ion tech’

Israel-based lithium and flow battery developer UltraCharge has told BBB it is finalising a raise of AUD2.5 million ($1.9m) to boost battery tech investments.

The CEO of Australia-listed UltraCharge Kobi Ben-Shabat (pictured) said the cash would be used in part to expand development of titanium dioxide (TiO2) as an alternative to graphite in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries, in a bid to improve fast charging capabilities, lifespan and safety.

 

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Australian miner eyes China with lithium mine plan

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 10:45 -- News Editor
Australian miner eyes China with lithium mine plan

Australian mining firm Core Exploration Limited has applied for a licence to develop one of the country’s highest-grade lithium deposits, as part of plans to make inroads into the Chinese battery materials market.

Core said on 19 October it plans to develop its 100%-owned Grants deposit near Darwin, in the Northern Territory, which contains an estimated 1.8 million tonnes of high-grade spodumene— a key mineral in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries.

 

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Australia issues draft home storage fire-risk rules

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:41 -- News Editor
Australia issues draft home storage fire-risk rules

Proposed regulations in Australia that would prioritise fire safety for the use of lithium-based batteries inside homes have been opened to consultation.

The draft regulations by Standards Australia follow reports that emerged earlier this year that new guidelines could ban the introduction of on-site lithium-ion battery storage in homes.

 

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Brazil R&D centre to focus on emerging lithium applications

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:46 -- Paul Crompton
Brazil R&D centre to focus on emerging lithium applications

A scientific and technological centre in Brazil has teamed up with an English EV research firm to develop new types of lithium batteries.

UK’s Mira has signed a letter of commitment with Fundação Parque Tecnológico Itaipu (FPTI) to develop a centre of excellence for energy storage in Brazil.

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