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Mining firm develops method for cheaper lithium-ion anode material

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:17 -- paul Crompton
Mining firm develops method for cheaper lithium-ion anode material

Industry experts are currently testing a proprietary technology that could make the production of graphite for lithium-ion anodes cheaper and easier.

Canadian minerals firm Elcora Advanced Materials claims to have developed a method of graphite manufacturing that reduces or eliminates the need for spheronisation, purification and coatings.

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Lithium boss airs concern on future of battery industry

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:16 -- paul Crompton
Lithium boss airs concern on future of battery industry

The boss of China’s second biggest lithium carbonate supplier has questioned if growth in lithium-ion battery production can be sustained by electric vehicles.

For the first time Wang Xiaoshen, executive vice president Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium (JGL), has expressed concern the growing electric vehicle market, which drives lithium-ion battery demand, is unable to continue sustainable growth, particularly in China.

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Big lithium and lead-acid brands go head-to-head in Australian tests

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 14:45 -- paul Crompton
Big lithium and lead-acid brands go head-to-head in Australian tests

Performance trials to test lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries in real world situations have begun in Australia.

Consulting firm ITP Renewables will test six lithium-ion battery brands, an advanced lead‑acid battery, and a conventional lead‑acid battery.

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Regen shocks open route to 48volt future

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:39 -- paul Crompton
Regen shocks open route to 48volt future

German vehicle-maker Audi is in the middle of testing a 48V lithium-ion system for full electric and mild-hybrid vehicles.

The prototype system allows the battery to offer 0.5 kWhs and a peak output of 13 kW through the use of electromechanical rotary dampers to harness regenerative breaking energy.

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Industry demands criminalisation of rogue lithium-ion shippers

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:38 -- paul Crompton
Industry demands criminalisation of rogue lithium-ion shippers

The airline trade association and battery supply leaders are calling for stiffer penalties to be meted out to ‘rogue’ lithium-ion shippers

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has partnered with the lithium battery industry to demand stricter enforcement of international regulations in the transportation of lithium batteries.

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Kokam partnership secures MWs of benefit for Korea

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:21 -- paul Crompton
Kokam partnership secures MWs of benefit for Korea

Battery firm Kokam has secured a deal to supply a 13MW/h lithium-ion energy storage system (ESS) to aid frequency regulation to one of South Korea’s biggest utility companies.

The 36MW project will use the South Korean firm’s Ultra High Power nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) and NANO battery technology.

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Lithium-ion pioneer Sony to sell its battery business

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 15:24 -- paul Crompton
Lithium-ion pioneer Sony to sell its battery business

Pioneering lithium-ion company Sony Corporation is set to sell its battery business to fellow Japanese firm Murata Manufacturing.

Sony signalled it’s intent to negotiate the sale of the group’s battery business by entering into a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Murata.

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Negotiations target North American cathode market

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 15:20 -- paul Crompton
Negotiations target North American cathode market

Two heavy weight chemical firms are in negotiations to collaborate on cathode active materials (CAM) for lithium-ion batteries in the North America market.

Japan’s TODA KOGYO CORP and Germany’s BASF have entered into exclusive negotiations with the goal of manufacturing a range of CAM for the automotive, consumer electronics and stationary storage markets.

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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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