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Cadenza strikes deal for Australia LIB project

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Cadenza 'Renaissance One' facility

‘Supercell’ technology designed by US battery platform provider Cadenza Innovation is to be deployed in Australia under a deal with the country’s Energy Renaissance (ER).

The companies have entered into a technology agreement that will see Cadenza’s technology utilised in systems produced at ER’s planned 1.3GWh ‘Renaissance One’ lithium-ion facility in Darwin.

ER said Renaissance One will be “the only facility dedicated to providing commercial-scale energy storage systems specifically designed for hot and humid climates”, which have technical requirements that “far exceed the capabilities of typical lithium-ion batteries.”

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OEMs ‘should pay for recycling’ to ease EV transition

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

The cost of recycling used electric vehicle batteries should be covered “at least in part” by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), according to proposals by Europe’s energy storage industry.

Such a move should form part of measures to “address the barriers that hamper the uptake of storage”, the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) has said in a new position paper.

The paper recommends EV batteries be used in the stationary energy storage market once they are no longer suitable for their initial purpose, describing it as “a significant opportunity for car and battery manufacturers, but also EV owners who would be able to replace a part of their initial investment in the EV battery”.

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Eurobat bid to curb ‘lost’ EV batteries

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Europe is being urged to overhaul regulations to ensure more lithium-ion batteries are kept in the bloc for recycling— instead of being ‘lost’ when end-of-life electric vehicles are exported to be scrapped.

The Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers, Eurobat, has warned the “relative scarcity of these batteries entering the recycling stream is currently preventing the development of a business case for recyclers”.

This makes lithium-based EV batteries a net ‘taker’ of raw materials, Eurobat said.

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US marks ‘Battery Day’ with Li recycling centre launch

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Argonne National Laboratory

The Department of Energy (DoE) marked ‘National Battery Day’ in the US with the launch of the country’s first lithium-ion battery recycling centre.

The ‘ReCell Center’ has been set up at the Argonne National Laboratory to “help the United States grow a globally competitive recycling industry and reduce [its] reliance on foreign sources of battery materials”, the DoE said.

Lithium-ion batteries in the US are currently collected and recycled at a rate of less than 5%. The DoE aims to eventually “profitably capture 90% of all lithium based battery technologies”, and subsequently “recover 90% of the key materials” from lithium batteries.

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BCI safety ‘toolkit’ to keep lithium out of lead recycling

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Battery industry leaders have launched a campaign to combat the “serious threat” to lead-acid recycling operations from the disposal of lithium-ion batteries.

Lead battery trade industry body Battery Council International (BCI) said potential explosions caused by lithium batteries entering the recycling stream puts workers and equipment in recycling centres at risk.

But according to a BCI survey of 123 battery sorting and handling companies, 21% of respondents did not provide or receive training for new employees, 19% of respondents “were not sure” what to do with lithium batteries received and 5% indicated they “did not know the difference” between lead-acid and lithium batteries.

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Shell tightens grip on storage with Sonnen takeover

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Fossil fuel giant Shell has acquired 100% of German battery storage firm Sonnen for an undisclosed sum.

The move comes less than a year after Sonnen raised €60 million (US$70.5m) in a financing round led by Shell.

Shell said the deal, which is subject to various regulatory approvals, aimed to “accelerate the building of a customer-focused energy system in support of Shell’s strategy to offer more and cleaner energy solutions to customers”.

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Germany’s Jungheinrich and Triathlon launch batteries joint venture

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

German firms Triathlon Batteries and Jungheinrich have formed a joint venture company “focused on the production and recycling of lithium-ion battery systems”.

Jungheinrich, known as a forklift truck manufacturer, will have a 70% majority stake in the new company— JT Energy Systems— which is set to start operations in Glauchau in August 2019.

The partners, who both produce a range of lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries, are staying tight-lipped about details of the new business and did not respond to BEST Battery Briefing’s requests for interviews.

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Enersys extends reach into lithium with new motive power battery

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

US-based lead-acid battery maker Enersys has continued its push into the lithium sector by expanding its range of ‘NexSys’ motive power batteries.

Enersys said it is set to introduce advanced lithium-ion technology to the Nexsys line of high-performance motive power batteries with the launch of Nexsys ion this year.

The company said its expanded range will encompass superior thin plate pure lead (TPPL) and lithium-ion batteries “to offer a full spectrum of intelligent and flexible power options’ FOR electric material handling vehicles.

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Corvus strengthens portfolio with Grenland acquisition

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Geir Bjørkeli (left) and Roman Stoiber, CEO at Grenland Energy

Corvus Energy Holdings has signed an agreement to acquire all shares in Norwegian maritime battery manufacturer Grenland Energy, to “offer extended and more specialised solutions and services”.

The acquisition will add “lightweight and subsea batteries” to Corvus’ existing portfolio of over 200MWh of “large-scale maritime energy storage systems”. Grenland’s current operations will continue without interruption.

“We knew that Grenland Energy had technology that would accelerate our long-term strategy by complementing and strengthening our product portfolio”, said Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy. “The Grenland team will play a vital role in future R&D programmes within the Corvus family and help shape a hub for leading battery technology.”

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Corvus strengthens portfolio with Grenland acquisition

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Geir Bjørkeli (left) and Roman Stoiber, CEO at Grenland Energy

Corvus Energy Holdings has signed an agreement to acquire all shares in Norwegian maritime battery manufacturer Grenland Energy, to “offer extended and more specialised solutions and services”.

The acquisition will add “lightweight and subsea batteries” to Corvus’ existing portfolio of over 200MWh of “large-scale maritime energy storage systems”. Grenland’s current operations will continue without interruption.

“We knew that Grenland Energy had technology that would accelerate our long-term strategy by complementing and strengthening our product portfolio”, said Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy. “The Grenland team will play a vital role in future R&D programmes within the Corvus family and help shape a hub for leading battery technology.”

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