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Amazon in dock over alleged battery safety breaches

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 07:26 -- paul Crompton

The trial of online shopping giant Amazon has begun in London as it faces charges of breaching safety regulations as it prepared to transport lithium-ion batteries by air.

A court in the UK has heard how the retailer allegedly readied loose lithium-ion batteries—for consumer products—for transport across Europe without the correct markings.

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Cell maker invests in the future of lithium-ion

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 15:41 -- paul Crompton

US cell manufacturer Oakridge Global Energy Solutions has bought a bespoke state-of the-art lithium-ion battery making machine to help with its research and development programme.

The  $1.2 million advanced electrode coating and drying machine was designed for lithium-ion battery manufacturing by Screen Finetech Solutions Co, Ltd. of Japan.

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Firm teams up with university to boost lithium-ion capabilities

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 15:39 -- paul Crompton
Firm teams up with university to boost lithium-ion capabilities

Energy storage developer BioSolar has begun a sponsored research agreement with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to boost its lithium-ion battery investigation.

The company aims to increase the capacity, extend cycle-life, and reduce the cost of its lithium-ion batteries by strengthening the engineering efforts of its battery technology research.

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Samsung targets European EV battery market with latest move

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:41 -- paul Crompton
Samsung targets European EV battery market with latest move

Battery maker Samsung SDI has begun construction of its lithium-ion plant in Hungary to supply the European electric vehicle market.

The South Korean firm new facility in Hungary will enable it to establish a triangular production structure along with existing plants in Ulsan, Korea and Xian, China.

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Chinese firm investing billions in lithium-ion gigafactory

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 12:35 -- paul Crompton
Chinese firm investing billions in lithium-ion gigafactory

Hard ferrite magnet production firm Hengdian Group East Magnetics Co has invested 3billion yuan ($450.72million) in a lithium-ion factory in China.

Once completed the company aims to produce 6GWh of cylindrical, square or soft pack high-capacity lithium-ion batteries.

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Semi-conductor material key to maximising lithium batteries

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 12:35 -- paul Crompton
Semi-conductor material key to maximising lithium batteries

Extremely thin layers of silicon may hold the key to unlocking up to six times more capacity in lithium-ion batteries.

Silicon can help the battery’s anode reach its maximum load of lithium, claim scientists from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) Institute of Soft Matter and Functional Materials.

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Renewable energy key driver in grid-scale energy deployment

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 12:34 -- paul Crompton
Renewable energy key driver in grid-scale energy deployment

North American firm AES Corporation will supply a total of 37.5MW of lithium-ion energy technology to a utility firm as the US continues to embrace energy storage for grid stabalisation.

Through its subsidiary, AES Energy Storage, the company signed two contracts with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) to install and commission two arrays.

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Utility picks lithium-ion batteries for grid-scale project

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 12:33 -- paul Crompton
Utility picks lithium-ion batteries for grid-scale project

Canadian energy company AltaGas Ltd has signed a deal to bring 20MWs of lithium-ion battery power to southern California, US.

The firm, through its wholly owned subsidiary AltaGas Pomona Energy Storage, has signed a 10 year Energy Storage Resource Adequacy Purchase Agreement with Southern California Edison (SCE).

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MoU to build cathode material plant in South Korea

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 12:31 -- paul Crompton
MoU to build cathode material plant in South Korea

Two firms are joining forces to build a lithium-ion cathode plant in South Korea to fuel the expected lithium battery demand for the electric vehicle market.

South Korean battery materials firm Ecopro has entered into a joint venture with the Chinese resources recycling company GEM to produce cathode materials in Pohang, South Korea.

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Graphite producer notches up eighth US defense agreement

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:32 -- paul Crompton
Graphite producer notches up eighth US defense agreement

Canadian mining firm Alabama Graphite has manufactured and shipped three one-kilogram test samples of its Purified Micronized Graphite (PMG) to a US-based lithium-ion battery maker.

The unnamed company produces lithium batteries for military applications under contract from the United States Department of Defense (DoD).

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