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Large lithium-ion battery demand will drive shortage as e-vehicles and ESS popularity grows

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 14:01 -- paul Crompton
Large lithium-ion battery demand will drive shortage as e-vehicles and ESS popularity grows

Demand for electric vehicles and energy storage systems will create a shortage of lithium-ion batteries within a few years, according to a report by IDTechEX.

The market for large-scale batteries in emerging applications such as electric vessels, grid-scale and residential ESSs and China’s rapidly growing e-bus market will hasten the shortage, said the report.

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Energy storage firm Alevo appoints new CEO

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 16:04 -- paul Crompton
Energy storage firm Alevo appoints new CEO

Grid-scale lithium-ion energy storage firm Alevo has appointed Per Dybwad as chief executive offier to serve alongside founder and executive chairman Jostein Eikeland.

The move splits the role of chairman and CEO previously held by Eikeland, with Dybwad now leading the executive team, initially focusing on the company's manufacturing and commercial development.

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Tesla looks to Korea for its lithium-ion EV battery supply

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 16:00 -- paul Crompton
Tesla looks to Korea for its lithium-ion EV battery supply

With 400,000 pre-orders of its model 3, Tesla is looking beyond the Japanese lithium-ion battery maker Panasonic for its supply to ensure it can meet demand, reports the Korea Times.

Some Korean companies are also getting in on the act to supply materials for those batteries.

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Researchers find key to longer lasting lithium-ion battery

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 13:46 -- paul Crompton
Researchers find key to longer lasting lithium-ion battery

Researchers at the US Missouri University of Science and Technology have used a thin-film coating technique to make lithium-ion batteries more reliable and longer lasting.

The scientists used atomic layer deposition (ALD) to dope and coat lithium magnesium nickel oxygen (LMNO) with iron oxide at the same time.

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Sub-Saharan Africa’s lead-acid battery problems destroying industry’s green credentials

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 15:27 -- paul Crompton
Sub-Saharan Africa’s lead-acid battery problems destroying industry’s green credentials

A damning report about battery recycling in Africa lays waste to the lead-acid industry’s claims that regulations are making it environmentally better and safer than lithium-ion.

The findings, from The Lead Recycling Africa Project, have found lead poisoning is severely under-reported in sub-Saharan Africa, where 800,000 tonnes (8% of annual world production) is made available each year for recycling.

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Lithium reserve discoveries in Canada soothe fears of a shortage

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 13:57 -- paul Crompton
Lithium reserve discoveries in Canada soothe fears of a shortage

Exploration for lithium-ion reserves has picked up in Canada, with major reserves of the element being excavated by different companies.

Canadian firm Benton Capital Corp, in Thunder Bay, has announced it is exploring a potential lithium mine near Fort Frances in northwestern Ontario, a province considered to be abundant in the element.

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UK firm to open laboratory in Japan to develop silicon materials for next generation lithium-ion anodes

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:11 -- paul Crompton
UK firm to open laboratory in Japan to develop silicon materials for next generation lithium-ion anodes

UK technology business Nexeon has completed a £30 million ($43.5million) funding round as it looks to commercialise its silicon materials for lithium-ion markets.

The completion allows Nexeon to move forward with plans for developing its silicon materials for next generation lithium-ion batteries.

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SK Innovation to expand production of lithium-ion battery separators

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:10 -- paul Crompton
SK Innovation to expand production of lithium-ion battery separators

SK Innovation Co is expanding its lithium-ion battery separator manufacturing facility in China.

The energy solutions arm of South Korean conglomerate SK Group is ramping up output of the battery product in Jeungpyeong, North Chungcheong. Ground-breaking is set for May.

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Global automotive lithium-ion production fell massively short in 2014

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 15:33 -- paul Crompton
Global automotive lithium-ion production fell massively short in 2014

The hangover of the lithium plant-building boom post 2010 was felt across the lithium-ion battery manufacturing industry in 2014, according to a report by the US Department of Energy.

Not one of the major automotive lithium-ion battery producing nations were able to reach full capacity during 2014 as the global output reached 5.4GWh of its 27.5GWh battery making potential, said the report.

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Lead-acid firms look beyond SLI to launch new batteries

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:52 -- paul Crompton
Lead-acid firms look beyond SLI to launch new batteries

As lead-acid looks to fend off the onslaught of lithium-ion, battery manufacturers are looking beyond SLI application to launch products into the datacenter and motive markets.

American firm EnerSys’ range of DataSafe XE batteries will outperform lithium-ion’s charging temperature range by using ‘Thin Plate Pure’ lead technology, enabling it to work from -40°C to 50°C.

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