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ICAO implements no-fly lithium-ion ban on passenger planes

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 15:12 -- paul Crompton
ICAO implements no-fly lithium-ion ban on passenger planes

Shipment of lithium-ion batteries on passenger planes has been banned by the 36-State International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Governing Council.

The ban starts on April 1, 2016 after recommendations by the ICAO’s air navigation commission (ANC) were adopted by the council last week.

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New anode binder for lithium-ion set to be revealed

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 15:11 -- paul Crompton
New anode binder for lithium-ion set to be revealed

US chemical company Ashland has developed a water-based binder for high-capacity silicon-based anodes in lithium-ion batteries.

The Soteras™ MSi anode binder can be used with silicon to increase the capacity of lithium-ion batteries by as much as 30%, claims the Kentucky-based firm.

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SK Innovation finalises lithium-ion EV battery deal with Benz

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 14:49 -- paul Crompton
SK Innovation finalises lithium-ion EV battery deal with Benz

South Korean refiner SK Innovation Co has finalised a deal to supply its lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) batteries for use in Mercedes Benz's EV cars.

Most of the details were kept secret, but what we do know is the deal is due to begin in 2017, according to reports by South Korean Yonhap English News.

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Graphite processing could lead to cheaper lithium-ion batteries

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 16:42 -- paul Crompton
Graphite processing could lead to cheaper lithium-ion batteries

Independent test work on graphite producer Talga Resources’ Swedish ore has shown it requires less processing— which could pave the way to cheaper lithium-ion batteries.

Tests on the Australian firm’s ore has shown its graphite doesn’t require milling, purification, shaping or coating to meet commercial-level performance in capacity over 100 cycles in cell tests.

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US progam launched to test lithium-ion ability to utilise renewable energy

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 11:17 -- paul Crompton
US progam launched to test lithium-ion ability to utilise renewable energy

Ideal Power has partnered with Austin Energy in a US federally-funded research program to investigate the coupling of lithium-ion batteries to renewable energy sources.

The Austin Energy led "Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV" (SHINES) program is partially funded by $4.3 million of U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot program money.

Austin Energy will pair Ideal Power's Grid Resilient 125kW and 30kW Power Conversion systems with lithium-ion batteries into commercial, behind-the-meter projects in 2016.

Austin Energy will also work with Ideal Power and its consortium partners to create a template for other regions to maximize PV penetration and provide grid stability by utilizing energy storage in areas where high levels of PV are integrated with the grid.

"We look forward to working with Ideal Power on this innovative project that will ultimately allow Austin Energy to support our aggressive renewable energy goals," said Karl Popham, Austin Energy Manager of Emerging Technologies and Electric Vehicles.

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Fourth airline bans Li-ion shipments

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 10:14 -- paul Crompton
Fourth airline bans Li-ion shipments

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has joined a growing number of airlines to no longer accepting lithium-ion batteries as cargo.

The airline is the fourth international company this year to impose the ban on battery shipments due to potential fire hazards.

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Asahi Kasei shareholders agree deal

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 11:08 -- paul Crompton
Asahi Kasei shareholders agree deal

Shareholders at Lithium-ion and lead-acid battery separator firm Polypore International have approved the sale of the firm for around $3.2billion.

Approval for the deal - first announced in February - was obtained during a meeting on May 12 and paves the way for the deal to go through.

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Li-ion and ultracapacitors to solve Ireland’s energy concerns

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:57 -- paul Crompton
Li-ion and ultracapacitors to solve Ireland’s energy concerns

A 150kWh energy storage system using ultracapacitors and lithium-ion batteries to support grid stability in both residential and industrial settings has been deployed in Ireland.

The Tallaght Smart Grid Testbed uses a combination of Li-ion batteries, a Microgrid stabaliser and Maxwell Technologies’ ultracapacitors for active power support in the grid's distributed network.

The demonstration uses existing Maxwell modules containing 2.7V, 3000F cells to supply 50kW for 20 seconds.

The ultracapacitors will perform fast functions such as frequency response, while the batteries are used for peak shifting and operating reserve.

The system works in combination with German renewable energy systems developer and distributer Freqcon's Microgrid Stabilizer.

The batteries of the Stabilizer have a storage capacity of 150kWh and will addresses the electricity intermittency challenges that accompany high renewable energy penetration.

The Testbed, run by the South Dublin County Council and the Micro Electricity Generation Association (MEGA), will test how energy storage can minimise electricity distribution issues and grid instability.

It is one of many similar projects in Ireland as the country works toward its goal of 40 percent renewable energy generation by 2020.

With multiple sources of renewable energy generation, Ireland’s grid network has to cope with voltage and frequency issues before distributing the electricity to end users.

Dudley Stewart, secretary general of MEGA, said: "Smart grid projects are a priority in Ireland, and, depending on the local set-up, the grid challenges can vary greatly.

"Freqcon's Microgrid Stabilizer can be customized for individual projects, and the combination of batteries and Maxwell ultracapacitors is a promising solution.”

Dr. Franz Fink, president and CEO of Maxwell, said, "As the European Union, China, the United States and other countries around the world work toward their renewable energy consumption and generation targets, ensuring optimal renewable energy production will be critical.

“With a reduced number of fossil-fuel-based synchronous generators in operation, grid stability is becoming a challenge, and we expect ultracapacitors will play an important role in addressing this issue."

Unlike batteries, which produce and store energy by chemical reaction, ultracapacitors store energy in an electric field.

This electrostatic energy storage mechanism enables ultracapacitors to charge and discharge in fractions of a second, perform normally over a broad temperature range (-40 degrees Celsius to +65 degrees Celsius), operate reliably through a million or more charge/discharge cycles and resist shock and vibration. 

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New battery plant in South Korea

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 18:02 -- Ruth Williams

A plant to make components for lithium-ion batteries is to be built in South Korea by Belgian company Umicore. 

The high-tech recycler and specialist materials maker will double its capacity of the product as it expands into the market.  The plant should be operational in 2014 to make parts for rechargeable batteries.

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