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Europe’s hopes of a lithium-ion gigafactory boosted with an EIB loan

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 16:16 -- Paul Crompton

LG Chem Group’s ambitions to build a lithium-ion gigafactory in Europe has been boosted with a €480 million ($518 million) loan agreement from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

LG Chem Wroclaw Energy, a subsidiary of the South Korean firm, finalised the loan on 26 March as it bids to extend production at its factory on its industrial site in south-west Poland.

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Cabot secures its place at top of lithium-ion materials supply chain with buy out of Chinese CNT firm

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 16:11 -- Paul Crompton

Battery additives firm Cabot has added carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to its lithium-ion energy storage materials portfolio following the $115 million acquisition of Shenzhen Sanshun Nano New Materials (SUSN) on April 1.

The US firm has finalised all registration procedures related to the acquisition, which was first announced on 6 January when Cabot entered into an agreement to buy the China CNT producer SUSN.

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Tesvolt begins first stage of its European lithium-ion ESS manufacturing plant despite Covid-19

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 09:24 -- Paul Crompton

Energy storage manufacturer Tesvolt began semi-automated production of its commercial lithium-ion systems in Wittenberg, Germany, on 1 April

The production process is semi-automated full-cycling, with every battery module fully charged and discharged and checked for anomalies in terms of temperature, voltage and internal resistance.

 

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German lead battery maker Moll blames sales drop caused by coronavirus for insolvency after 75 years

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 16:05 -- Paul Crompton

German lead-acid battery maker Moll Batterien has opened insolvency proceedings after 75 years of operation due to the “sudden, massive, and permanent” decline in sales caused by the corona crisis.

The 75-year-old company applied to the Coburg District Court for the opening of insolvency proceedings on Monday, 30 March. The company made EFB, AGM and VRLA starter batteries for automotive applications, and had recently launched a 12.8V lithium iron phosphate battery.

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Firms form joint venture for Japan-based lithium-ion electrolyte company

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 13:04 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese chemical companies Mitsubishi Chemical and Ube Industries have agreed to form a joint venture to develop lithium-ion electrolytes.

Both companies announced they would establish a joint venture by joint incorporation-type company split on 27 March.

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Carbon recovery trials puts EcoGraf a step closer to entering the lithium-ion battery supply chain

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 12:59 -- Paul Crompton

Australian battery materials firm Ecograf has announced it can recover 99% of the carbon from used battery feedstock following trials of its lithium-ion anode recycling process.

The firm’s proprietary graphite purification technology was trialled on recycled lithium-ion battery material, which included anode material consisting of natural and synthetic graphite and silicon. =

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CATL inks joint venture to develop EV charging infrastructure across China

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:46 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) formed a joint venture with wind farm developer Baicheng New Energy on 6 March with the goal of bringing electric vehicle charging posts to market across China.

The China firms have launched Shanghai Kuaibu New Energy Technology with registered capital of 50 million yuan ($7 million). CATL will hold a 49% share, with the remaining held by Baicheng.

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Enevate unveils lithium-ion silicon anode that gives fast charging EV batteries 400km driving range

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 15:23 -- Paul Crompton

A US firm is claiming to have developed a lithium-ion silicon anode that will give electric vehicles 30% more range in a single charge.

California-based Enevate has designed a porous silicon anodes that it says can hold more lithium ions and move them around faster and at lower cost than traditional anode materials.

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Japanese firm to build new pouch cell packaging plant to deliver larger product for EV market

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:39 -- Paul Crompton

Japan’s Showa Denko Packaging, a consolidated subsidiary of Showa Denko K.K, is set to open a new plant to manufacture its SPALF line of aluminium laminate films for packaging lithium-ion pouch cells.

The new production facility, scheduled for operation in March 2021, will include equipment for the mass production of the company’s new large-scale lithium-ion packaging for electric vehicle applications.

The company’s SPALF™ product is a composite of aluminium foil and resin film, that it says is flexible in moulding, lightweight and has better heat radiation characteristics than a metal-can.

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German project aims to boost EV lithium-ion battery size and manufacturing abilities

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:12 -- Paul Crompton

Researchers at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Germany to bridge the gap from prototype demonstration to industrial mass production of large-format lithium-ion cells.

Launched earlier this month, the ZellkoBatt project will look at reducing the costs of components and digitising manufacturing processes for cells to be used in automotive applications.

The research will include large-format pouch and PHEV-2 cells up to 80Ah and 21700 cylindrical cells.

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