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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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Is lead a four-letter word?

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 09:28 -- Xuan Zhong
Is lead a four-letter word?

The threat of lithium-ion technology taking market share from lead in the battery sector may not be as bad as feared if remarks at Metals Metal Bulletin's 9th World Lead conference in Krakow at the end of last month are taken to heart. But some continue to trash the reputation of the metal calling it a four-letter word.

While some are ignoring the threat, a majority now accepts that lithium-ion is an established alternative and will continue to take market share from lead in batteries.

 

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New fuse makes lithium safer

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 09:33 -- Xuan Zhong
New fuse makes lithium safer

American Lithium Energy (ALE), a company which supplies batteries to the US military, has developed a new technology to improve safety in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

The equipment is derived from a US Department of Energy project to provide high-energy electric vehicle batteries that do not burn in a crash and has been named “Safe Code”.

 

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A $178 million for Chinese lithium recycling

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 09:31 -- Xuan Zhong
A $178 million for Chinese lithium recycling

As concern increases over the growing problem of scrap lithium-ion batteries, Chinese recycler Guangdong Brunp Recycling Technology is investing ¥1.2 billion ($178 million) to build a 100,000 tons waste battery plant in Changsha, Hunan Province.

The factory that is under construction is the fifth phase of the company’s recycling project and is expected to be finished in 18 months.

 

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The world’s largest Virtual Power Plant gone live in Australia

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:07 -- Xuan Zhong
The world’s largest Virtual Power Plant gone live in Australia

Australian energy retailer AGL Energy has announced the world’s largest residential Virtual Power Plant (VPP) has gone live after a six-month initial construction phase.

AGL will complete the installation of 1,000 Sunverge Energy’s (a US energy storage systems provider) lithium-ion batteries across Adelaide, Australia by the end of 2018, which would reach 5MW of storage.

 
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US lithium-ion battery startup’s silence on workers’ pay crisis

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:04 -- Xuan Zhong
US lithium-ion battery startup’s silence on workers’ pay crisis

Another lithium ion player seems to have gone into “financial runaway”, leaving its workers without pay and an ominous silence from its communications team.

Oakridge Global Energy Solutions, a US-based lithium-ion battery manufacturer, has been reported to have stopped paying its employees, since November 2016, after it announced its ambitions to the industry.

 

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Midac is to supply maintenance-free Li-ion batteries to lift trucks in EMEA

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 10:58 -- Xuan Zhong
Midac is to supply maintenance-free Li-ion batteries to lift trucks in EMEA

Italian motive power battery firm Midac SPA has announced it will supply maintenance-free lithium-ion power solutions to Yale Europe Materials Handling’s lift trucks in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Midac noted its lithium-ion systems enable 100% recharge in one hour, thriving on opportunity charging, and giving back 40% charge in 20 minutes.

 

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