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BioSolar plans next steps for silicon in emerging battery tech

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

US lithium technology firm BioSolar has set out the next steps towards incorporating its silicon additive technology into commercial-grade lithium-ion battery prototypes.

CEO Dr David Lee said: “We anticipate that the next generation lithium-ion batteries are going to require next generation silicon anode materials that provide higher energy and power density.”

Lee told BEST Battery Briefing larger quantities of silicon anode materials incorporating BioSolar's additives are being prepared by the company's partners in South Korea and the US— using BioSolar's proprietary additives and processes and raw silicon materials from Silicio Ferrosolar, a subsidiary of UK-based Ferroglobe.

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Siemens opens BlueVault battery plant in Norway

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Erna Solberg

Siemens has opened a battery module factory in Norway to assemble its BlueVault lithium-ion maritime battery systems.

The facility in Trondheim will assemble its liquid-cooled battery modules comprising cells manufactured in Asia, a Siemens spokesperson told BEST Battery Briefing.

Each battery has nine modules, with each module comprising 28 battery cells “for a combined total installed power of 60 kilowatt-hours”, the spokesperson said.

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Corvus Energy turns tide for ferries with Li storage

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has selected Corvus Energy to supply lithium-ion energy storage systems (ESS) for five new all-electric ferries.

The ferries— being built in Leirvik, Sogn, by Havyard for Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1— will all be of Havyard 932 design, 67 metres in length, and will carry 50 cars.

Each ferry will be equipped with an “air-cooled Corvus Orca ESS that will supply electrical power to the ferry’s NES all-electric power and propulsion system”.

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Report says ‘lucky country’ lithium key for batteries in 2019

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

“Key sources” of new lithium-ion for the battery materials market in 2019 will again come from Australia, say market analysts.

An additional 60 kilotonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) output will come from mines in the so-called ‘lucky country’, according to metal and materials research consultancy Wood Mackenzie.

Australia has shown its ability to “fast-track spodumene operations in recent years through a combination of a benign investment environment, technical expertise and existing infrastructure”, Wood Mackenzie said.

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US launches lithium recycling prize and research centre

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has launched a Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Prize and an associated Battery Recycling R&D Centre, in a bid to reduce “America’s dependence on foreign sources of critical (battery) materials”.

The recycling prize will make awards totalling US$5.5 million to encourage innovation from American entrepreneurs in the fields of collecting, storing, and transporting discarded lithium-ion batteries for eventual recycling.

In addition, the US will invest $15m to establish the recycling centre “focused on cost-effective recycling processes to recover lithium battery materials”. The centre is to be led by Argonne National Laboratory, with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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24M funding boost for semi-solid tech

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Photo: 24M

Semi-solid lithium-ion cells company 24M is to pump more than $20 million into speeding up deployment of the technology for the electric vehicle market.

US-based 24M said it had raised a total of $21.8m in series D financing to boost development of its “simple, capital-efficient, low-cost manufacturing process and the development of differentiated, high energy density lithium-ion cells”.

The financing was led by Japan-based ceramics manufacturer Kyocera and Japanese trading house Itochu. Previous investors also taking part in the round included North Bridge Venture Partners.

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Volvo launches second-life ‘energy warehouse’

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Volvo 7900 e-bus

Volvo has inaugurated an energy storage project made up of connected lithium-ion batteries previously used in the Swedish automotive manufacturer’s electric buses. 

The “energy warehouse” consists of 14 lithium-ion e-bus batteries, which are installed in a battery chamber and connected to create a 200kWh storage pack, which has been fitted to a Riksbyggen apartment complex in Gothenburg that “aims to be Sweden’s most innovative and sustainable housing project”.

The storage pack will be implemented to cut the apartment complex’s power consumption peaks by storing energy bought from the grid at periods of low demand, and to store or sell surplus solar energy generated at the property.

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Siemens installs battery storage at offshore oil rig

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
West Mira drilling rig

German manufacturing company Siemens will install its BlueVault battery solution on Northern Drilling’s West Mira offshore drilling rig, creating what Siemens refer to as the “world’s first drilling rig to operate a low-emission hybrid power plant”.

Siemens’ BlueVault system is an “advanced lithium-ion battery-based solution” that has been field-proven by installation on more than 60 marine vessels, including Norwegian electric car ferry (another “world’s first”) the MF Ampere.

Siemens’ Head of Offshore Relations described the move as “an important step towards improving the environmental sustainability of the offshore oil and gas industry.”

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US transport chief to form lithium safety groups

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Elaine Chao

The US government is forming groups of experts to study lithium-ion battery safety issues in manufacturing and transportation.

Transportation secretary Elaine Chao (pictured) is spearheading the formation of two expert committees on the batteries as part of a package of measures included in the 2018 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act that was recently signed into law by President Donald Trump.

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Investment boost for Massachusetts battery start-ups

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
24M Technologies manufacturing process

Two battery technology start-ups in Massachusetts have filed paperwork indicating that they have each raised more than US$20 million in new investment.

24M Technologies, a Cambridge-based firm that produces semi-solid lithium-ion cells, filed a Form D with the US Securities and Exchange Commission indicating that they raised more than $21.8m through an equity release.

Woburn-based SolidEnergy Systems similarly filed a Form D indicating that they raised more than $28.8m, also through an equity release.

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