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Alumina firm moves to next stage of commercialising its lithium-ion battery boosting material

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 10:48 -- Paul Crompton

Battery materials firm Altech Chemicals is in the final development stage of its high purity alumina (HPA) grade material designed to increase performance of lithium-ion battery anodes. 

The Western Australian-based company is proceeding to an independent verification phase of its method for the alumina coating of graphite particles. 

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Li-Cycle reveals plans for $175 million lithium-ion battery recycling hub in New York

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 10:16 -- Paul Crompton

Canadian firm Li-Cycle is set to invest more than $175 million in its first commercial lithium-ion battery-recycling facility in New York.

Earmarked for Eastman Business Park (EBP) in Rochester, the Hub will be a hydrometallurgical facility that will refine battery-grade materials from 'black mass' generated from pre-processing spent lithium-ion batteries.

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Key lithium-ion, lead-acid and VRFB materials placed on EU Critical Raw Materials list

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:34 -- Paul Crompton

Key lithium-ion, lead-acid and vanadium redox flow battery materials have been placed on the 2020 Battery Critical Raw Materials list by the European Commission.

Lithium, antimony, cobalt, natural graphite, and vanadium have all been placed on the list, which is composed every three years following a review of raw materials for their economic importance and concerns over supply risk.

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Total and Groupe PSA create JV to develop 48GWh lithium-ion production capacity by 2030

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 11:54 -- Paul Crompton

Car maker Groupe PSA and fossil fuel giant Total are forming a joint venture called Automotive Cells Company (ACC) to build lithium-ion batteries.

The French firms will pool their knowledge to develop lithium-ion batteries with the goal of beginning mass production from 2023 in gigafactories in Douvrin (France) and Kaiserslautern (Germany).

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Circular-economy consortium aims to make Europe a regenerated battery materials hub

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 11:44 -- Paul Crompton

Battery materials firm Solvay and energy management firm Veolia are partnering on a circular-economy consortium to manage critical metals used in lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

Belgian firm Solvay and French company Veolia , through its subsidiary SARP Industries, are engaged in discussions about the battery value chain— from access and spent battery feedstock to dismantling, metal extraction and purification— with a car manufacturers and battery cell producers.

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Hyundai and SK Innovation partner to develop EV lithium-ion battery industry ecosystem

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 10:31 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Hyundai Motor Group and lithium-ion battery maker SK Innovation will partner to create a battery value chain and strengthen eco-friendliness of electric vehicle batteries.

The South Korean firms have agreed to cooperate in the development of a sustainable ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) batteries and create acycle of battery usage known as the Battery as a Service (BaaS), which includes lease or rental service. 

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EnerVenue launches with boast its metal-hydrogen batteries can beat lithium-ion in the ESS market

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 15:12 -- Paul Crompton

Metal-hydrogen battery maker EnerVenue began its journey to disrupt lithium-ion’s dominance of the large-scale energy storage system market on 27 August with $12 million in seed funding.

The firm will use cash from two investors to accelerate development of technology tested in aerospace conditions— including powering the International Space Station and Hubble Space Telescope.

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Hydroelectric-solar-lithium-ion microgrid marks successful first year at Patagonia National Park

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 10:34 -- Paul Crompton

A “run-of-the-river” hydroelectric power station, photovoltaic installation, and lithium-ion battery storage system have been successfully used to deliver power to facilities in the Patagonia National Park.

The project uses two lithium-ion battery storage units with a combined capacity of 144kWh— from German firm Tesvolt— coupled to two hydraulic turbines and a solar system, both with AC coupling, to achieve a total output of 115kWp.

The power requirements of the park’s facilities were previously provided by diesel generators.

Patagonian installation company SyR Energía planned and executed the project.

Gonzalo Rodriguez (pictured), engineer at SyR Energía, said: “Combining run-of-the-river hydroelectric power and a photovoltaic installation is technically very demanding.

“In winter and spring, the Patagonian rivers are swollen by heavy rainfall and snowmelt from the Andes. The two micro-turbines convert the energy from the water into electricity. 

“In summer, the water level in the rivers drops significantly and the required electricity is then supplied by the photovoltaic installation. Excess electricity is temporarily stored in the battery storage systems.

“This has paid off. The installation has now been running without no problems at all for exactly one year.”

The park is being ‘rewilded’— after decades of heavy overgrazing and desertification— by Tompkins Conservation, a foundation created by the founder of North Face, Douglas Tompkins, and his wife Kristine, previously CEO of clothing company Patagonia. 

Together they have helped create and extend 15 national parks in Chile and Argentina and eventually worked with both governments to protect more than 14 million hectares of land.

Tompkins Conservation purchased the area in 2004 and has since donated the park to the Chilean state, where it is maintained by the Chilean National Forestry Corporation (CONAF).

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Hybrid ESS to use flywheels to extend lithium-ion battery life in grid application

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 09:26 -- Paul Crompton

A hybrid energy storage system has been completed in the Netherlands utilising lithium-ion batteries from Leclanché and flywheel technology from S4 Energy. 

Swiss company Leclanché partnered with Netherlands firm S4 Energy on the project in Almelo for energy management provider S4 Ancillary Services.

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US lithium-ion battery manufacturer adds technical expert to its team

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 14:34 -- Paul Crompton

US lithium-ion battery maker Ultralife Corporation has appointed Eric Lind as vice president of commercial operations and business development at its battery and energy group. 

Lind will be charged with developing and launching new lithium-based battery products to commercial medical, security and defence, industrial and energy storage markets around the world.

Lind has previously worked for battery manufacturer Duracell, fossil fuel firm ConocoPhillips and lithium iron phosphate battery organisation Lithium Werks.

Lind said: “We see many cell and pack manufacturers chasing the electrification of the consumer automotive sector due to the sheer potential size. Markets such as industrial, medical, defence and robotics are often overlooked by these battery companies as secondary opportunities.

“However, we choose not to serve the automotive industry but rather to focus on these other wide and varied customer segments.” 

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