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Carbon company builds graphene anode for lithium-ion batteries

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:48 -- Paul Crompton
Carbon company builds graphene anode for lithium-ion batteries

Carbon materials company Saint Jean Carbon has started to design and build a graphene based lithium-ion battery.

Following two years of research, the company has created an anode using a one atom thick layer of single graphite to add conductivity while reducing the amount of carbon used.

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Lithium-ion safety standards need upgrade after Samsung debacle

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:08 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium-ion safety standards need upgrade after Samsung debacle

Tougher lithium-ion design and manufacturing safeguards must be introduced to bring safety standards up to date following Samsung’s recall of its Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones, says a US agency.

Chairman of the US government agency Consumer Product Safety Commission Elliot Kaye made the call in a statement released last week.

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Energy storage firm Eguana and LG Chem expand partnership

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:34 -- Paul Crompton
Energy storage firm Eguana and LG Chem expand partnership

Canadian firm Eguana Technologies has augmented its energy storage partnership with Korean lithium-ion battery giant LG Chem.

Eguana has begun integrating LG Chem’s JH3 cell technology into its AC Battery energy storage system (ESS) portfolio.

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Energy firm combine to launch ESS demonstration project in India

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:42 -- Paul Crompton
Energy firm combine to launch ESS demonstration project in India

Three energy firms are to combine resources to develop a 10MW lithium-ion energy storage demonstration project in India.

The project involves Japanese firm Mitsubishi Corporation, US firm AES Corporation and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL)— a joint venture between Indian utility company Tata Power and the Government of NCT of Delhi.

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Lithium and sulfur combined in new anode material

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:29 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium and sulfur combined in new anode material

Researchers in India have combined two chemistries to boost the capacity retention of an anode material in lithium-ion batteries.

The team from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras combined the lithium ion insertion reaction from lithium-ion batteries and the sulfur redox reaction from lithium-sulfur batteries to increase the battery’s overall capacity.

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Lithium-ion battery with automatic flame extinguishment

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:27 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium-ion battery with automatic flame extinguishment

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a lithium-ion battery that releases a flame retardant if the battery temperature hits 160°C, according to the academic journal Science Advances.

The technology would have implications throughout the lithium-ion battery industry, which has been hit in the last year by product fires and airline shipment bans.

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Bi-polar silicon technology to drive 48V adoption

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 10:22 -- Paul Crompton
Bi-polar silicon technology to drive 48V adoption

Some believe the answer to tackling emission regulations is lithium-ion full electric vehicles, but the lead battery industry believes the answer lies with 48V hybrid applications.

One such company is US start-up Gridtential, which is pushing its Silicon Joule technology to one day be the 48V industry standard by making lead batteries cheaper and boosting performance.

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Umicore acquires more lithium-ion cathode patents from 3M

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Umicore acquires more lithium-ion cathode patents from 3M

Materials firm Umicore has agreed a third patent deal to acquire US technology firm 3M’s lithium-ion cathode IP.

The latest deal sees the Belgian firm acquire the ownership of three Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) patent families for cathode materials collectively covering South Korea, China, Japan, Europe and the US.

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Lithium battery prices rise with demand

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:46 -- Xuan Zhong
Lithium battery prices rise with demand

The need to sate global lithium-ion requirements saw China’s battery prices rise alongside increasing demands from the electric vehicle market.

The average price of a lithium-ion battery being exported out of China rose $0.62 year-on-year, according to news website Industrial Minerals.

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India unveils electric mobility lithium-ion battery

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:02 -- Paul Crompton
India unveils electric mobility lithium-ion battery

The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) is set to unveil a lithium-ion battery for the automotive industry this week.

ARAI, along with the Indian Space Research Organisation's Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, developed the prototype for two-wheelers.

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