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Bipolar developer hits out at DoE choices

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:52 -- Xuan Zhong
Bipolar developer hits out at DoE choices

An angry lead-acid battery developer lashed out last week at one of the premier US lithium battery administrators on why the US Department of Energy (DoE) was failing to support the lead-acid sector.

Ed Shaffer (pictured), founder and CEO of Advanced Battery Concepts, took a verbal swipe at George Crabtree, director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) at Argonne National Laboratory, who was addressing the Battery Council International annual meeting on developments in lithium ion.

 

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Largest solar plant in Australia with Li tech

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 09:49 -- Xuan Zhong
Largest solar plant in Australia with Li tech

Queensland-based firm SolarQ has announced it plans to develop the largest solar farm and energy storage facility in Australia, with 800MW(ac) of solar photovoltaic and 4,000MWh of lithium-ion battery storage.

The AU$2 billion (US$1.5 billion) project that has secured sufficient land in the Lower Wonga area of Queensland, says will eventually supply about 15% of south-east Queensland's power needs.

 

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SDG&E seeks storage plans go-ahead to boost reliability

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:21 -- Xuan Zhong
SDG&E seeks storage plans go-ahead to boost reliability

US utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is asking regulators to give the green light to contracts it has signed for five new local lithium-ion battery storage facilities with a combined total of 83.5MW.

If approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), two of the five four-hour energy storage facilities will be owned and operated by SDG&E.

 
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Panasonic’s new Li-ion battery factory in China

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Panasonic’s new Li-ion battery factory in China

Japan’s battery giant Panasonic held an opening ceremony for its new automotive lithium-ion battery factory in Dalian, China last week.

The factory is Panasonic's first automotive battery cell production facility in China and owned by Panasonic Automotive Energy Dalian Co., Ltd., an automotive battery joint venture established between Panasonic and Dalian Levear Electric Co., Ltd. in February 2016.

 

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Mercedes-Benz drive to sell home-storage batteries

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 11:56 -- Xuan Zhong
Mercedes-Benz drive to sell home-storage batteries

Mercedes-Benz is driving the lithium-ion battery technology used to power thousands of hybrid and fully electric vehicles into homes for a new range of stationary energy storage units.

Up to eight Energy Storage Home wall-mounted or floor-standing battery modules, with an energy content of 2.5kWh each, can be combined to produce an energy storage unit with a capacity of up to 20kWh, the company said.

 

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INL’s new equipment boosts EV battery safety

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
INL’s new equipment boosts EV battery safety

The US Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has reportedly bought two fireproof chemical storage containers that allow lithium-ion batteries to be tested under extreme temperature conditions.

Local medial said INL tests experimental batteries including those from Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Electric vehicles (EVs) batteries used in Chevrolet are likely to be tested in new containers in next year, according to reports.

 

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EV business hots up in India

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 09:52 -- Xuan Zhong
EV business hots up in India

The indications that the electric vehicle (EV) and alterative vehicle markets are hotting up in Asia comes with the announcement that Suzuki Motors has agreed to establish a joint venture with Toshiba and Denso to produce lithium-ion batteries in India.

The new company, which will have an initial capital of JPY 2 billion ($18.3 million), will be 50% owned by Suzuki, 40% by Toshiba and 10% by Denso - Japan's leading automotive components manufacturers.

 

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New nano-tech for Li-ion collectors

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 09:37 -- Xuan Zhong
New nano-tech for Li-ion collectors

Australian battery firm Nano-Nouvelle said it has proven its nanotechnology materials, that can boost lithium-ion batteries’ energy storage capacity by 50%, are ready for plug-and-play production.

In a recent trial, Nano-Nouvelle worked with Portland, Oregon-based Polaris Battery Labs to successfully apply a graphite layer to its copper-coated nanomaterial, Copper Lumafoil.

 

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Cobalt price doubles in 15 months

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 09:40 -- Xuan Zhong
Cobalt price doubles in 15 months

Data from the London Metal Exchange, a global industrial metals trading website, showed cobalt, a main material used in lithium-ion batteries, has doubled in price since January 2016 (see the graph), the fact might put pressure on electric vehicle makers.

The international price of cobalt rose to $55,000 per tonne in early April this year, which is twice as much as the price recorded in the beginning of last year, around $24,000 per tonne.

 

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SRG teams up with Germans to test graphite for Li-ion batteries

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:55 -- Xuan Zhong
SRG teams up with Germans to test graphite for Li-ion batteries

Canadian Sama Graphite (SRG) has announced its signature of a consulting agreement with Dorfner ANZAPLAN, a German specialty minerals producer, for advanced graphite test work on the SRG’s Lola Graphite for lithium-ion battery application.

Laboratory work and analysis on the Lola Graphite concentrate is aimed at identifying the optimal procedure for shaping and purification in order to obtain high-purity spherical graphite, suitable for use in lithium-ion battery and technology grade graphite applications.

 

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