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Korea’s Kokam supplies battery storage for Australia mining

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Korea’s Kokam supplies battery storage for Australia mining

South Korea battery manufacturer Kokam has supplied a 30MW lithium-ion battery storage system to support mining operations in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

Australian electricity retailer Alinta Energy said the system— said to be the country’s largest battery for industrial applications— has been installed at its 178MW gas-fired Newman Power Station. The station supplies power to remote mining operations in the Pilbara region.

 

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Australia’s Archer in Uni R&D partnership for batteries

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 09:44 -- Xuan Zhong
Australia’s Archer in Uni R&D partnership for batteries

Australian mining firm Archer Exploration has signed an R&D agreement with the University of New South Wales to focus on carbon-based energy storage technology.

The cooperation will develop graphite and graphene-based materials for lithium-ion batteries— “potentially generating technologies and patents that have commercial applications in reliable energy”, Archer said.

 

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US-Korea LIB recycling joint venture launch

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:30 -- John Shepherd
US-Korea LIB recycling joint venture launch

A new US-Korean joint venture has announced plans to launch a major lithium-ion batteries recycling operation in the US.

Metallica Commodities Corp (MCC) and SungEel HiTech said the new company, SungEel MCC Americas (SMA), will “redefine” the lithium-ion battery, e-waste recycling, energy and metals markets in North America— “where consumption of cobalt and lithium has outpaced supply in recent years”.

 

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Report says China ‘well ahead’ of Europe on battery recycling— urges EU to learn from lead-acid industry

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:16 -- John Shepherd
Report says China ‘well ahead’ of Europe on battery recycling— urges EU to learn from lead-acid industry

An independent report by Germany’s independent and non-profit Oeko-Institut has urged the European Union that, when it comes to lithium batteries, to follow the example set by the lead-acid industry in recycling batteries to create a “sustainable” system for conserving raw materials and reusing EV batteries for energy storage.

But the report— ‘Ensuring a Sustainable Supply of Raw Materials for Electric Vehicles’— shows EU leaders that China is already “well ahead” in having a “transparent” structure that efficiently regulates the use of materials in the electro-mobility sector, the Institute said.

 

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UK’s Hyperdrive Innovation inks battery tech deal with Taiwan’s Foxlink

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:51 -- John Shepherd
UK’s Hyperdrive Innovation inks battery tech deal with Taiwan’s Foxlink

UK lithium-ion battery tech firm Hyperdrive Innovation has signed a distribution deal to break into the Asian market through Taiwan’s Foxlink Group.

Sunderland-based Hyperdrive, which develops and manufactures technology for electric vehicles and energy storage systems, told BBB the deal is worth around GBP40 million over the course of the “long-term agreement”.

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Battery firm foresees “tenfold” capacity increase at new French facility

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:31 -- John Shepherd
Battery firm foresees “tenfold” capacity increase at new French facility

French lithium-ion battery systems firm Forsee Power is preparing for a “tenfold” increase in production with plans for a new manufacturing facility in the country.

Foresee said the 15,000m² “mass manufacturing” facility to be built in Grand Poitier, western France, will initially run three automated production lines.

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Magnis invests in US Li-battery tech firm

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:59 -- John Shepherd
Magnis invests in US Li-battery tech firm

Australian graphite producer Magnis Resources said it is acquiring a 10% stake in US based lithium-ion battery technology group Charge CCCV (C4V).

In addition, Magnis has secured an “exclusive agreement over selective patents” which it said will boost the company’s growth in the lithium batteries sector.

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Li-Ion maker Alelion acquires BESS tech firm

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:42 -- John Shepherd
Li-Ion maker Alelion acquires BESS tech firm

Sweden-based lithium-ion battery firm Alelion Energy Systems has acquired the whole portfolio of Caterva— a German liquidation company specialising in advanced technology for energy storage systems.

Alelion said the deal price amounts to SEK14 million ($1.7m), which corresponds to about 10% of previously invested capital and includes “a patent portfolio related to the optimisation of energy storage”.

 

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Cheaper lithium batteries ‘will hamper recycling’

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:20 -- John Shepherd
Cheaper lithium batteries ‘will hamper recycling’

The launch of modern— and increasingly lower-priced EV lithium-ion batteries— is likely to hamper moves to encourage recycling, a battery expert has warned.

Mike Fetcenko (pictured), MD of BASF Battery Materials North America, said at last week’s International Battery Seminar and Exhibit in Florida: “The economics of recycling for lithium are not mature and they have to become more so.”

 

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Daramic hails top honour for Li-battery pioneer

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 12:02 -- John Shepherd
Daramic hails top honour for Li-battery pioneer

The prestigious Japan Prize for science and technology has been awarded to Dr Akira Yoshino for his “significant contributions” to development of the lithium-ion battery, US-based separator firm Daramic has announced.

Dr Yoshino is a fellow of Japan’s Asahi Kasei, of which Daramic is a subsidiary.

 

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