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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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VW breaks ground on Lab to develop and test US focused lithium-ion EV batteries

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 15:10 -- paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Volkswagen of America, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, has begun building its first lithium-ion battery testing facility outside of Europe or Asia to ensure “better tuned” cells for the US electric vehicle market.

The $22 million Battery Engineering Lab at its Chattanooga Engineering and Planning Center in the US state of Tennessee will test and validate electric vehicle cells and battery packs for the North American market.

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Leoch hires stationary storage sales ace to bolster UK network power team

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 10:40 -- paul Crompton

Battery firm Leoch Battery UK— the UK subsidiary of lead battery maker Leoch International— has appointed Jessica Shaw as its new sales manager–network power. 

Shaw has been hired to strengthen the firm’s UK sales team and will be responsible for selling its lead-acid and lithium-ion network power products, including: telecoms and UPS batteries for communication networks and data centres.

Shaw brings eight years’ experience of sales and business development, with a particular focus on the key sectors of data centres and telecoms. 

Most recently, Shaw was the business development manager-contractors at power management solutions firm Eaton.

Prior to that, she was business development manager for Wetac UK, a battery specialist, responsible for selling Wetac battery products into the data centre industry. 

Phil Hardy, sales director UK and Ireland for Leoch Battery UK said: “Jessica brings significant experience to her new position at Leoch, both in battery sales and with direct sector expertise in the data centre and telecoms markets, ideal for our eetwork power range of products. We’re confident that she will help us to grow UK sales in this important market.”

Additive breakthrough paves way to safer lithium-ion batteries

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 15:42 -- paul Crompton

Researchers from Columbia University's engineering department in the US have reported that alkali metal additives, such as potassium ions, can prevent dendritic growth in lithium-ion batteries.

The team found small amounts of potassium salt added to a conventional lithium battery electrolyte produced unique chemistry at the lithium/electrolyte interface.
 
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Singapore begins its energy revolution with two lithium-ion ESS led projects

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 10:09 -- paul Crompton

Singapore is testing the energy storage system (ESS) waters with the deployment of its first grid-scale lithium-ion venture and the launch of a pilot project aiming to demonstrate the usefulness of a floating system.

Both projects, including the first utility-scale ESS in Singapore, represent an important milestone in the city’s energy transition towards a low-carbon energy future.

Read more about Singapore’s energy storage revolution in the latest edition of BEST by clicking here.

 
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Greenpeace highlights need to repurpose lithium-ion as EV markets surge

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 10:06 -- paul Crompton

Repurposing lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles (EVs) into energy storage systems can help meet the world’s power needs as early as 2030, research by Greenpeace East Asia shows.

The organisation is calling for manufacturers to track the sale and re-collection of all their batteries, and introduce life cycle as a core performance metric for product design, emphasising standardisation and recyclability. 

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UK’s largest battery is commissioned to balance the grid and deliver investor rewards

Wed, 11/04/2020 - 16:09 -- paul Crompton

Gresham House Energy Storage Fund (GHESF) and Flexitricity has announced the UK's largest lithium-ion battery is now live less than six months after planning legislation was relaxed to allow individual energy storage projects to be greater than 50MW.

Scottish firm Flexitricity is optimising the 50MW/75MWh battery in Thurcroft, South Yorkshire, which will help the National Grid ESO balance supply and demand.

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EV and lithium-ion battery OEMs launch artisanal cobalt mining project in DRC

Tue, 11/03/2020 - 10:07 -- paul Crompton

Training of artisanal miners has begun in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as part of a cross-industry initiative to develop an independent, ethical and sustainable cobalt supply for the lithium-ion battery industry.

Training of twelve artisanal mining cooperatives involving more than 1,500 miners in Kolwezi, DRC, begun last month as part of the ‘Cobalt for Development’ initiative launched by vehicle OEM BMW and lithium-ion battery makers Samsung and BASF.

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Scientists use algorithm to identify potential solid electrolyte materials for lithium-ion batteries

Mon, 11/02/2020 - 12:49 -- paul Crompton

Theoretical scientists at Stanford University have identified a new class of materials that could lead to the development of more efficient solid-state lithium-ion batteries.

The materials—lithium, boron and sulfur— were identified after the team used a computer algorithm to screen more than 12,000 lithium-containing compounds in a materials database. 

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