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LG Chem to supply Li-ion batteries for 90MW German project

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 15:49 -- Paul Crompton
LG Chem to supply Li-ion batteries for 90MW German project

Six lithium-ion based battery storage systems totaling 90MW are set to be built in Germany.

German electricity supplier STEAG is investing €100million ($107million) in the large-scale lithium-ion battery systems from mid-2016 to early 2017, with each one having a capacity of 15MW.

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Oil producer pumps cash into ESSs for offshore vessels

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 15:09 -- Paul Crompton
Oil producer pumps cash into ESSs for offshore vessels

Canadian-based lithium-ion energy storage system (ESS) developer Corvus Energy has won investment from the largest oil producer on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Gas and oil producer Statoil has agreed to pump cash into Corvus, which specialises in advanced lithium-ion ESSs for maritime hybrid and fully electric propulsion systems.

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'Dangerous goods’ trial date set for Amazon

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 12:41 -- Paul Crompton
'Dangerous goods’ trial date set for Amazon

Concern about shipping lithium-ion batteries reared its head again this week with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) setting a date for trial against retailer Amazon.

Amazon has just under a year to prepare its defence against taking lithium-ion batteries—believed to be loose replacements for laptops and other electronic devices—on an aircraft.

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Automotive industry dominates Pb-A market – but will it drive future of the chemistry?

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 13:16 -- Paul Crompton
Automotive industry dominates Pb-A market – but will it drive future of the chemistry?

The automotive industry may dominate the lead-acid battery market but delegates at this year’s 16th Asian Battery Conference were told the industry must look elsewhere to ensure its future.

The threat of lithium-ion to the lead-acid market has been well documented, but the International Lead Association’s Andy Bush believes the war is far from lost.

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German firm eyes up emobility market with Li-ion deal

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 16:44 -- Paul Crompton
German firm eyes up emobility market with Li-ion deal

German high-tech equipment manufacturer Manz has secured an order for a lithium-ion battery production line worth €12million (US$13.5million).

The order, for lithium-ion battery machinery to produce stacked pouch cells, was taken from an unnamed US customer.

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Battery recycling takes centre stage at Swiss event

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 10:15 -- Paul Crompton
Battery recycling takes centre stage at Swiss event

Battery recycling is a hot topic, whether its how to ship used lithium-ion to ‘greener’ ways of recycling lead-acid.

Whether lithium-ion will ever match lead-acid’s 98% recycling rate remains to be seen, but you can be sure it will be on the agenda as experts gather for the 20th International Congress for Battery Recycling.

The recycling industry’s most hotly anticipated event will see scientists, engineers, producers and recyclers sharing their views and discussing battery recycling technologies.

More than 200 international experts from industry, authorities and academia will discuss and present talks on everything from battery legislation in Europe and worldwide, safety & transportation regulations to the best available recycling technologies.

The conference includes a workshop on lithium battery transport & safety issues and a tour to the battery recycling plant Batrec Industrie AG.

Organised by ICM AG, the event takes place from September 23 - 25 at the Hotel Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Montreux, Switzerland.

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Canadian firm in bid to scale up Li-ion recycling process

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 11:29 -- Paul Crompton
Canadian firm in bid to scale up Li-ion recycling process

Canadian critical metal firm American Manganese Inc plans to scale up its process for recycling spent lithium-ion batteries to a commercial size.

AMI’s proprietary hydrometallurgical process produces raw materials from used cathode materials for use in new lithium-ion batteries, says the firm.

However, whether the process can be scaled up and made to be financially viable at an industrial scale remains a moot point— the technology for the large scale recycling of cathode materials of multiple chemistries does not exist yet.

Equally unclear is where the testing program will be carried out (possibly Kemetco’s laboratory in Richmond) and where funding will come from— AMI aims to target government research grants and strategic alliances.

The first step in AMI’s plans is to partner with fellow British Columbia firm Kemetco Research Inc. (a extractive metallurgy R&D company) to demonstrate the process on a bench scale.

The materials from cathodes contain lithium imbedded in a base metal oxide matrix and represents the largest single materials cost in the manufacture of lithium-ion cells (up to 30% of the materials cost of a cell).

The company says its process is applicable to multiple lithium-ion battery chemistries including lithium cobalt, lithium nickel manganese cobalt and lithium manganese.

Amsterdam no dope when it comes to battery recycling

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:38 -- Paul Crompton
Amsterdam no dope when it comes to battery recycling

The Netherlands collected 87,000 kilograms (87 tonnes) of mainly lithium-ion and Nickel Metal Hydride electric bicycle batteries last year.

The collection, recycling, treatment and disposal of batteries and accumulators are ruled at European level by Directive 2006/66/EC, also known as the battery directive.

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Custom Li-ion firm signs European distribution deal

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:31 -- Paul Crompton
Custom Li-ion firm signs European distribution deal

Custom lithium battery pack design and manufacturing firm Steatite Limited, has signed a European distribution agreement with large format lithium-ion manufacturer Beckett Energy Systems (BES).

UK firm Steatite will now provide BES’s 24Vdc lithium-ion battery pack module, for energy storage and remote power applications in Marine and Defence Markets.

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3M and LG Chem join forces to expand use of NCM

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:30 -- Paul Crompton
3M and LG Chem join forces to expand use of NCM

US firm 3M and LG Chem have joined forces to expand the use of nickel, cobalt, manganese (NCM) in lithium-ion batteries. 

The new patent licence agreement aims to accelerate the adoption of NCM technology in electric vehicles, said 3M Electronics Materials Division business manager Christian Milker.

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