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Johnson Matthey to accelerate worldwide NMC use in EVs

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 14:32 -- Paul Crompton
Johnson Matthey to accelerate worldwide NMC use in EVs

Chemicals company Johnson Matthey is to license five patents as it looks to accelerate the adoption of nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode materials in lithium-ion batteries.

The deal with US firm 3M will allow the UK firm to focus on providing a bigger portfolio of cathode materials for the automotive and high performance markets.

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Oakridge new Japan logo summons spirit of Samurai

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 14:45 -- Paul Crompton
Oakridge new Japan logo summons spirit of Samurai

Lithium-ion cell maker Oakridge Global Energy Solutions has announced it has created a new corporate logo for its emerging Japanese operations.

The US based manufacturer for military, civilian, and medical applications, unveiled the distinctive new Oakridge Japan logo's design aims to symbolise the highest quality cutting edge of Japanese energy technology, combined with the unique Oakridge blue metallic sheen which represents unsurpassed performance and reliability.

Oakridge is in the process of building on its previously announced Japanese strategic relationships so as to integrate the latest in lithium-ion technology from Japan into its second generation range of products which combine cutting edge technology with the unique Oakridge "design DNA," which together immediately set Oakridge apart from its competition.

Oakridge will continue to deepen its Japan presence and relationships during the balance of this year, and will be announcing further details of these exciting developments in the coming months.

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Hitachi squeezes its way into Indian SLI market through Thailand

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 16:47 -- Vic
Hitachi squeezes its way into Indian SLI market through Thailand

The Japanese SLI battery maker Hitachi Chemical Company Ltd, has pulled off a deal to take 10% of the Indian SLI market in the next  three years— thanks to a free-trade agreement with Thailand.

Hitachi, which launched its commercial vehicle batteries range for the Indian market through a strategic tie-up with Ahmedabad-based Alf technologies, will have a projected turnover of US$231m (Rs 250 crore).

Jackie Chuah, director of the $5.5 billion Hitachi Chemical Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Singapore said that the Indian market is huge for Hitachi to cover alone. "We thus entered into a strategic partnership with Ahmedabad-based Alf Technologies who have considerable experience about automotive batteries marketing and distribution pan-India," he said.

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Deal rockets lithium-ion battery maker into new sales space

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 12:02 -- Paul Crompton
Deal rockets lithium-ion battery maker into new sales space

Korean battery giant LG Chem is to make a giant leap into a new application for its lithium-ion technology following a deal with NASA.

The company’s batteries will be used in spacesuits following successful internal short-circuit (ISC) stability tests by Nasa.

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SOLARWATT announces move into UK solar storage market

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:38 -- Paul Crompton
SOLARWATT announces move into UK solar storage market

German solar energy firm Solarwatt is revving up to unleash its ‘MyReserve’ lithium-ion energy storage system onto the UK residential market.

The move has come on the back of rising energy prices in the UK, says Solarwatt international sales manager Pol Spronck

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Lithium-ion dominates large-scale ESS deployment

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:37 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium-ion dominates large-scale ESS deployment

Competition between Asia’s big battery makers has seen lithium-ion become the dominant technology for large-scale energy storage systems in the past six years.

Underpinning the rise is cost reductions and a build-up of the auto and power sectors’ supply chain as competition between China's BYD, GCL, South Korea's Samsung SDI, LG Chem and Japan's Panasonic intensifies, according to a report by analytics firm IHS Technology.

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Eaton and Nissan join for 2nd life ESS

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:02 -- Paul Crompton
Eaton and Nissan join for 2nd life ESS

Power management company Eaton has joined forces with carmaker Nissan to develop a scalable lithium-ion energy storage system.

The system re-uses battery packs from Nissan’s Leaf electric vehicles for industrial, commercial and residential applications.

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Electrovaya signs lithium-ion MOU with mystery e-mobility OEM

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 11:58 -- Paul Crompton
Electrovaya signs lithium-ion MOU with mystery e-mobility OEM

Lithium-ion battery maker Electrovaya has signed a deal to supply an unnamed electric mobility OEM with its cells.

The Canadian firm’s wholly owned subsidiary Litarion GmbH signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to deliver battery modules to the OEM from the start of 2017.

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Tests start on lithium-ion cathode recycling process

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 15:08 -- Paul Crompton
Tests start on lithium-ion cathode recycling process

Canadian metals company American Manganese has started proof of concept testing of its large-scale lithium-ion cathode material recycling process.

Research and development firm Kemetco Research will undertake tests of the company’s proprietary hydrometallurgical process for the recycling of cathode materials, specifically lithium–cobalt.

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Higher performing lithium-ion market ready by 2018

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 15:58 -- Paul Crompton
Higher performing lithium-ion market ready by 2018

Materials researchers in Switzerland have boosted the performance of lithium-ion batteries by up to three times by reworking how an anode accepts ions.

Scientists at the Swiss Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Villigen and the ETH Zurich created a shorter paths for ions to travel to the anode by subjecting graphite to a rotating magnetic field.

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