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Lithium-ion battery recycler to produce black mass at second North America plant

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 09:53 -- paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery recycler facility Li-Cycle has opened a second plant to produce black mass for the battery industry in New York, US.

The Canadian firm’s Spoke 2 facility in Eastman Business Park in Rochester will produce an intermediate mixed battery material product (black mass) from all types of used lithium-ion batteries.

The facility has the capacity to process up to 5,000 tons of lithium-ion batteries per year.

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ABB and Talga sign MoU to build Europe’s biggest lithium-ion battery anode plant

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 11:34 -- paul Crompton

Australian battery anode company Talga Group and Switzerland technology firm ABB are set to develop and construct a lithium-ion battery anode production facility in Sweden.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the firms will see Talga’s Vittangi Anode Project built in northern Sweden. 

Talga managing director Mark Thompson said the firms plan to build Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery anode production facility for more sustainable batteries.

The anode refinery is expected to begin production in 2023. 

Under the MoU, ABB will supply a suite of production control and process solutions for Talga’s integrated lithium-ion battery anode operations. 

In addition, the companies will work with its partners to provide engineering support for the Vittangi Anode Project Definitive Feasibility Study, due for completion March 2021, with the intent to execute binding agreements for construction and operations in future. 

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Nano One posts positive results on its cobalt-free lithium-ion battery

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 09:26 -- paul Crompton

Test results for Canadian cathode powder maker Nano One have shown its high-voltage cobalt-free lithium-ion battery is stable at the elevated operating temperatures required for automotive, power tool and energy storage applications.

The results support ambient temperature results announced on 13 October, and further demonstrates the firm’s lithium nickel manganese (LNM) battery system.

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German JV starts production of lithium-ion batteries for industrial truck market

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 09:03 -- paul Crompton

KION Battery Systems (KBS), the joint venture between industrial truck maker KION Group and battery manufacturer BMZ Holding, has started production of lithium-ion batteries in Germany. 

KBS will initially make 48-volt and 80-volt batteries for counterbalanced trucks with 24-volt batteries for smaller warehouse equipment to be added later.

 

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Lead battery maker Exide Industries increases stake in Leclanché JV

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:54 -- paul Crompton

India’s biggest lead-acid battery maker Exide Industries has increased its stake in Nexcharge— the lithium-ion joint venture (JV) it formed with Leclanché in 2018.

Exide increased its shareholding in the JV by 2.28% to bring its total ownership share to 80.15%, the Indian firm said in a stock exchange filing on 23 November.

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New code of practice for handling lithium-ion batteries lays foundation for electric vehicles in the UK

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 09:30 -- paul Crompton

The first standard in a far-reaching code of practice has been published by the UK’s British Standards Institute (BSI) to ensure the safe and environmentally-friendly manufacture, use and disposal of lithium-ion batteries.

The standard covers eleven handling themes— including storage, hazards and fumes— and is designed to help pack and module manufacturers, vehicle OEMs and recycling organisations manage risks throughout a battery’s lifetime.

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World’s first test bench using CT surveillance on lithium-ion batteries is opened in Europe

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 17:15 -- paul Crompton

Climatic chamber maker Weiss Technik has developed a test bench for lithium-ion batteries that aims to improve the safety, durability and performance of batteries as well as inform the development of EU-standards.

Developed at its German headquarters, the testing facility at the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Petten, the Netherlands, will enable researchers to use computer tomography (CT) images during battery operation. 

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JV sets goal of establishing commercial lithium-ion battery recycling in Europe

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 09:45 -- paul Crompton

Battery recycling firm Primobius, the German company owned by Neometals and SMS group, has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Slovakian lithium-ion cell maker InoBat. 

The MoU provides an evaluation framework for a Primobius-InoBat commercial lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Central/Eastern Europe. 

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US scientists unveil proof-of-principle lithium-ion battery recycling technique

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 14:05 -- paul Crompton

Scientists at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in the US have demonstrated a proof-of-principle electrochemical process for recycling lithium-ion batteries. 

The room temperature process uses electricity, instead of heat, to power the reactions that leach cobalt, lithium, manganese and other materials from shredded lithium-ion batteries. 

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BASF breaks ground on second plant as it positions itself as Europe’s key lithium-ion cathode supplier

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 11:02 -- paul Crompton

Chemical firm BASF has broken ground on its cathode active materials production plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, less than a year after announcing the project.

The plant is scheduled to start making enough materials for 400,000 full electric vehicles per year in 2022 as part of BASF’s investment plan in the European battery materials market.

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