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Chinese patent infringements spurs Varta to increase annual production of lithium-ion cells by 50 million

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 11:11 -- Paul Crompton

German firm Varta AG is taking legal action against Chinese battery manufacturers for alleged patent infringements on its lithium-ion coin cells.

The German company has made the allegations about Chinese competitors EVE Energy and MIC-Power based in South China's Guangdong Province.

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Tesla and Glencore remain tight-lipped over cobalt supply deal for China gigafactory

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:55 -- Paul Crompton

Electric vehicle OEM Tesla has been in talks with Glencore in a bid to secure a cobalt supply chain for lithium-ion battery packs used at its China gigafactory, according to reports.

Swiss firm Glencore has been in negotiations for a long-term contract to ship cobalt to Tesla’s electric-vehicle factory in Shanghai, according to news outlet Bloomberg.

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Rolls-Royce eyes the microgrid market with majority share in ESS firm

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:43 -- Paul Crompton

Luxury car brand Rolls-Royce has upped its interest in German lithium-ion energy storage firm Quinous as turns its focus on the microgrid market.

The firm, which owns German industrial concern Rolls-Royce Power Systems, now holds a 73.1% majority stake in the Berlin-based storage specialist, the companies announced on 15 January.

Image: Andreas Schell (right), CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems Division, and Steffen Heinrich co-founder and co-managing director of Qinous

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Korea’s planned recycling facility to recover 10,000 tpy of lithium-ion material

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:12 -- Paul Crompton

Korean firm GS E&C has announce plans to build a 120,000m2 lithium-ion battery recycling facility with the goal of recovering 10,000 tonnes of materials per year.

The engineering, procurement and construction company will initially invest around KRW100 billion ($86 million) toward the plant in the next two years, the company confirmed on 9 January.

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Battery production equipment firms partner to offer lithium-ion portfolios to global base

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:58 -- Paul Crompton

Battery manufacturing equipment OEMs Manz and Shenzhen Yinghe Technology have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to develop their lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing portfolios.

The deal between the German and Chinese firms, announced on 14 January, will allow them to offer production technology from their respective product portfolios within the framework of a licensing model. 

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Nano One patent could lead to cobalt-free lithium-ion battery

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 11:52 -- Paul Crompton

Battery materials firm Nano One has secured a patent that stabilises lithium nickel manganese oxide (LMNO) chemistry and which could pave the way for a cobalt-free lithium-ion battery.

The Canadian company was issued Taiwanese patent number I672852 relating to LNMO cathode material, also known as high voltage spinel (HVS).

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Materials firm sets out plans for 20,000tpy battery recycling centre in US

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 11:47 -- Paul Crompton

Materials extraction, mining, and battery recycling firm American Battery Metals Corporation (ABMC) has announced plans for a lithium-ion battery recycling plant in its home state of Nevada, US.

The company said on 7 January it would build a scalable, commercial lithium-ion battery recycling facility that would be fully operational in the second half of this year.

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Misreported shipment of lithium-ion batteries causes fire on cargo ship

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 15:00 -- Paul Crompton

Containers of lithium-ion batteries, falsely reported as ‘spare parts’,  started a fire on a cargo ship owned by China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) Shipping based in China.

Boxes holding the batteries were destroyed and surrounding containers damaged in the fire on-board COSCO Pacific on 6 January.

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Li-Cycle first as it ships lithium-ion materials from recycled batteries

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 10:01 -- Paul Crompton

North American lithium-ion battery recycler Li-Cycle has completed its first shipment of commercial battery materials.

The material, processed at the Canadian firm’s facility in Ontario, contained metals such as cobalt, nickel and lithium. 

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World’s first semi-solid lithium-ion ESS launched in Japan

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 09:55 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese electronics maker Kyocera has launched a lithium-ion energy storage system using semi-solid electrode battery technology from US company 24M.

The companies announced the launch of the residential ‘Enerezza’ ESS on 6 January as Kyocera extended its commitment to the Massachusetts’-based firm with plans to start full-scale mass production of the system at the end of the year.

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