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Fast charging lithium-ion to relieve EV range anxiety

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton
Fast charging lithium-ion to relieve EV range anxiety

South Korean battery maker Samsung SDI claims to have developed lithium-ion technology that pushes the boundaries of what electric vehicles can do.

The prismatic cell will help EVs reach a 600km (372miles) driving range, or 500km (310miles) on a single 20 minute charge (taking the battery up to 80% capacity), according to the company.

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US firm secures lithium-ion manufacturing space

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:39 -- Paul Crompton
US firm secures lithium-ion manufacturing space

US start-up Volta Power Systems has secured its own space in Holland, Michigan, to manufacture its lithium-ion energy storage systems.

The 7,800-square-foot manufacturing space will allow the firm to manufacture its turn-key automotive-grade systems for recreational vehicles, marine applications, and specialty commercial vehicles.

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US breakthrough solves solid-state battery issues

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 14:31 -- Paul Crompton
US breakthrough solves solid-state battery issues

A team of researchers in the US have developed a solid-state battery they claim will improve safety, performance, and cost of lithium-ion technologies.

Scientists at the University of Maryland Energy Research Center and A. James Clark School of Engineering added a layer of aluminum oxide between lithium electrodes and a garnet (a solid non-flammable ceramic electrolyte).

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Gigafactory rolls into production despite being 30% complete

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 09:39 -- Paul Crompton
Gigafactory rolls into production despite being 30% complete

Despite being only 30% finished, Tesla’s lithium-ion Gigafactory has rumbled into life proving the US can go head-to-head with Asia’s battery making industry.

Mass production of 2170 cells for Tesla’s Powerwall range of energy storage systems began last week, with Model 3 cell production set to follow in Q2 of this year.

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Carbon firm hires electrode expert to target energy storage market

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 14:47 -- Paul Crompton
Carbon firm hires electrode expert to target energy storage market

A Canadian carbon science firm has hired a lithium-ion and zinc-air anode specialist to help it move into the energy storage sector.

Saint Jean Carbon (SJC) has named Dr. Zhongwei Chen as the company’s new chief technology officer.

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Chinese and Korean firms eye up $2B lithium battery plant for Chile

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 12:18 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese and Korean firms eye up $2B lithium battery plant for Chile

A consortium of Chinese and Korean battery makers and investment entrepreneurs are in talks to build a lithium-ion manufacturing plant in Chile, according to Chilean newspaper Pulso.

Early talks put the total investment at around $2billion with phases 1, 2 and 3 of production earmarked for January 2018 with an initial investment in 2017 of $510million.

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Materials firm gets cash boost to lithium-ion plant

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:54 -- Paul Crompton
Materials firm gets cash boost to lithium-ion plant

Canadian firm Nano One Materials has been awarded up to $1.9 million to develop lithium-ion battery materials production technology.

The investment from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) will support work at Nano One’s pilot plant.

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Battery OEMs choosing natural graphite for lithium-ion anodes

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 13:46 -- Paul Crompton
Battery OEMs choosing natural graphite for lithium-ion anodes

Natural flake graphite has become the dominant material for lithium-ion anodes as synthetic graphite’s market share dwindles.

Manufacturers have historically used the more expensive synthetic option because of its consistency, but natural flake’s popularity is growing in the industry due to its intercalation effect.

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Chinese battery firm to make EV with either lead-acid or lithium-ion battery

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:10 -- Xuan Zhong

Chinese battery manufacturer Chaowei Group has founded a new company to make electric vehicles with a choice of lead-acid or lithium-ion battery.

Chaowei has invested ¥3.5 billion ($508 million) into its new company called Zhejiang Plante Electric Vehicle.

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New York University and firm to develop next generation lithium-ion battery

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 14:39 -- Xuan Zhong

Two New York organisations have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to develop next generation lithium-ion batteries for aerial drone and mobile robots applications.

The joint research programme will see Graphene 3D Lab supply materials to Stony Brook University, who in turn will make its facilities available as the pair develop light-weight battery packs.

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