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GS Yuasa to supply ground-breaking dual lead and lithium hybrid ESS in UK

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 13:02 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese battery maker GS Yuasa has announced it will be supplying a dual chemical— lead-acid and lithium-ion— hybrid energy storage system to a port in the UK.

As BEST reported at the beginning of June, the PESO (Port Energy Systems Optimisation) project will provide power for electric vehicle charging and localised grid support at Portsmouth International Port. 

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Ampcera a step closer to commercialising its solid electrolyte technology for solid-state lithium-ion batteries

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:59 -- Paul Crompton

Battery electrolyte developer Ampcera has announced the latest step in the commercialisation of its flexible solid electrolyte (SE) membrane technology for solid-state lithium-ion batteries. 

The US firm claims its solid-state electrolyte (SSE) has the potential to enable solid-state lithium metal batteries to achieve an energy density of 500Wh/kg while reducing cost to below $100/kWh.  

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Loan paves way to lithium-ion production line in Slovakia as gigafactory plans move forward

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:21 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery maker InoBat Auto has secured investment to fund the development of a 100MWh R&D centre and production line in Slovakia.

The €10 million ($11 million) loan from European organisation CEZ Group —a conglomerate of 96 companies— comes as the Slovakian battery maker progresses plans to build a 10GWh gigafactory to supply the electric vehicle market.

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Report outlines Tesla’s ‘secret’ Roadrunner lithium-ion battery plans for California

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 12:01 -- Paul Crompton

Tesla is planning to expand manufacturing capacity at its Freemont, California, facility to develop more ‘effective’ lithium-ion batteries and more efficient manufacturing technology.

Plans given to Freemont government back-up rumours of the US firm’s Roadrunner project that will support manufacturing, R&D operations— including cathode making— and the final step in cell manufacturing.

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Chemical free graphite process could lead to cheaper lithium-ion anode material

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 12:09 -- Paul Crompton

Graphite from Magnis Energy Technologies’ mine in Tanzania could allow the firm to produce some of the lowest cost graphite anode material for the lithium-ion battery market .

Natural graphite produced from the company’s Nachu Graphite Project can be turned into a high performing anode material without any chemical, acid or thermal purification, which cuts overall manufacturing costs say the company.

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CATL begins work on laboratory to develop next-generation batteries and energy conversion systems

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:43 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has broken ground on an innovation laboratory at its headquarters in Ningde, east China's Fujian Province.

The 21C Lab— named to represent its aspiration to lead innovation trends in the 21st century— marks the start of the company's exploration into developing next-generation electrochemical energy storage systems and new energy conversion systems.

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Novonix teams with Canada university to manufacture advanced lithium-ion battery cathode material

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 13:04 -- Paul Crompton

Novonix has manufactured single crystal NMC lithium-ion battery cathode material in partnership with the Obrovac Research Group at Dalhousie University, Canada.

The battery material was created using the Canadian firm’s proprietary Dry Particle Microgranulation (DPMG) technique the company launched in May.

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EES firm NEC Energy Solutions to wind down operations as it sets to close

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 12:58 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion energy storage system provider NEC Energy Solutions— the US subsidiary of Japan’s NEC Corp— is set to wind down operations.

The Massachusetts-based company is set to ‘orderly wind down’ by not seeking new business, but will finish projects under development, according to reports by media company Bloomberg. 

NEC had not replied to BEST's questions at the time of publication.

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Vision Group announce lithium-ion gigafactory plans to meet NEV and telecoms demand

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 10:28 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese battery maker Vision Group, which makes lead-acid batteries through its subsidiary Shenzhen Center Power Tech, has announced plans to build a 30GWh lithium-ion battery plant in China's Hubei province.

The company says the plant will meet demand from the 5G telecom networks and new energy vehicle (NEV) power battery sectors, according to media organisation Argus Media.

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Tesla signs three-year pricing and purchase volume deal with battery cell maker Panasonic

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 11:17 -- Paul Crompton

Tesla has signed a three-year pricing deal with Japan’s Panasonic Corp relating to the manufacture and supply of 2170 lithium-ion battery cells manufactured at its gigafactory in Nevada, US.

The electric vehicle and energy storage system maker made the announcement on 10 June.

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