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BYD to build lithium-ion battery plant in Brazil

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:29 -- Editor
BYD Electric bus

China’s BYD is to build a plant for the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries and electric buses in Brazil.

The site of BYD’s first South American production facility will be Campinsas in São Paulo state. The factory is slated to open in 2015, will create 450 new jobs, the company said in a statement.

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ACME to install lithium-ion battery storage in Africa

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:35 -- Laura Varriale
ACME PV

Indian-based solar and telecom equipment supplier ACME has struck a deal for a telecom firm to deliver lithium-ion batteries for energy storage solutions to Africa.

Details of the contract were not disclosed. ACME and its Korean partner Samsung SDI aim to sell up to 110MWh of lithium-ion batteries by 2016 in India and Africa in telecom, solar power, defense sectors and other related industries.

Harish Goyal, chief marketing officer at ACME highlighted that lithium-ion battery storage is the future of energy storage and added: “This green solution has revolutionized the way we store energy by efficiently managing the energy needs in the financially competitive market segment while being challenged environmentally."

This will help users to replace their diesel generators and cut down on the carbon foortprint with higher efficiency," Goyal claimed. It is ACME’s business entry into Africa, a continent with a high usage of polluting fuel-based energy generation.

While battery storage systems have a miniscule share in the overall energy storage segment, it is estimated to capture 50% share globally in this segment by year 2020

The delivery to Africa is expected to be ready by September this year. ACME is currently replacing its lead-acid batteries with storage systems using Samsung SDI’s lithium-ion batteries.

LG Chem to build EV lithium battery plant in Nanjing

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:40 -- Editor
LG Chem

LG Chem is to build a factory for the production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China.

Officials from the South Korean battery maker and Nanjing signed an agreement in Seoul, ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Korea.

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A123 buys key technology and staff from Leyden Energy

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 09:35 -- Laura Varriale
Lithium-ion cathode

A123 Systems has acquired lithium-ion cathode and electrolyte technology from Leyden Energy for an undisclosed sum.

The deal includes more than 20 patents covering Leyden's lithium titanate (LTO) and non-flammable electrolyte (Li-imide). In addition, some of Leyden's staff will be relocated from Massachussetts to A123’s R&D department in California.

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Ford and Samsung reveal next-gen battery efforts

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 12:08 -- Laura Varriale
lead-acid and li-ion batteries

Ford and Samsung SDI have unveiled a "near term production" dual 12V lithium-ion/lead-acid battery system and research on a 12V lithium-ion battery to dispense of the lead-acid SLI.

The dual-battery system combines a lithium-ion battery with a 12V lead-acid battery for non-hybrid vehicles with start-stop engines. The new system should enable regenerative braking and fuel savings.

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10MW battery storage to be built in Germany

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:10 -- Laura Varriale
Feldheim

German companies Energiequelle (EQ) and Enercon have announced their plans for a 10MW-lithium-ion battery storage park in Feldheim, Germany.

The construction of the biggest battery storage park in Germany will start in June this year at EQ’s facility in Feldheim, 30 miles south of Berlin. The facility will have a storage capacity of 5MWh. Only 1% of the produced electricity in the village is actually used. The plan is to feed the system with the energy surplus of the local 72MW wind farm and participate more efficiently in the weekly tenedering for primary control reserve.

 

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Saft to supply superphosphate lithium batteries for US military

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 16:59 -- Laura Varriale
US military Howitzer

French battery manufacturer Saft has been awarded a contract from BAE Systems to provide lithium 'Super-Phosphate' batteries for US military’s M777A2 Howitzer.

Saft will replace previous lead-acid batteries with its Li-ion technology and proprietary 'Super-Phosphate' cells to power the weapon’s fire control unit. The batteries will be integrated with the company’s 28V control and power electronics. The 28V batteries provide a capacity of 80Ah.

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US recommends aircraft-specific lithium-ion thermal runaway tests

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:12 -- David Appleyard
Thermal runaway testing for aircraft batteries recommended

US authorities have recommended the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) adopt aircraft-specific lithium-ion battery tests and other measures to evaluate the risk of internal short circuits, following the infamous Boeing Dreamliner incident.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is conducting an ongoing investigation of a fire event that occurred in January 2013 of a lithium-ion battery on a Boeing 787 parked at Boston Logan Airport.

In a letter to the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has said that the processes used in 2006 to support the certification of the GS Yuasa lithium-ion battery designed for the Boeing 787 were inadequate, in part, because there is no standardised thermal runaway test conducted in the environment and conditions that would most accurately reflect how the battery would perform when installed and operated.

Investigators found the battery involved showed evidence not just of an internal thermal runaway but that “unintended electrical interactions occurred among the cells, the battery case, and the electrical interfaces between the battery and the airplane.”

The NTSB said that including subject matter experts outside of the aviation industry “could further strengthen the aircraft certification process” by ensuring that both the FAA and the aircraft manufacturer have access to the most current research and information related to the developing technology.

In the letter to the FAA, the NTSB recommended five measures including developing an aircraft-level thermal runaway test to demonstrate safety performance in the presence of an internal short circuit failure; Requiring the above test as part of certification of future aircraft designs; Re-evaluating internal short circuit risk for lithium-ion batteries now in-service; Developing guidance for thermal runaway test methods; Include a panel of independent expert consultants early in the certification process for new technologies installed on aircraft.

The final report on the January 2013 Boston 787 battery fire investigation is estimated to be completed in the autumn.

Polypore signs long-term deal with Panasonic for Celgard expander

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:25 -- David Appleyard
Polypore and Panasonic deal

Polypore has secured a five-year contract to supply Panasonic with its Celgard brand separators for use in large format lithium-ion cells. This long-term agreement includes guaranteed purchase and supply volume requirements over its term.

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Sony, Hydro-Québec to form energy storage JV

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 09:07 -- Tildy Bayar
Sony, Hydro-Québec to form energy storage JV

Sony and Hydro-Québec are to form a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids, the companies have announced.


The intention is to combine Sony’s control techniques for olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate rechargeable batteries and scalable module systems with Hydro-Québec’s operation and control technologies for electric power supplies as well as its lithium-ion battery technology.  

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