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Li batteries focus of new German research pact

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 09:42 -- Xuan Zhong
Li batteries focus of new German research pact

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is to work with the Technical University of Braunschweig, in northern Germany, on a joint research programme into applications for batteries in the automotive and aviation sectors.

A DLR spokesperson told BBB the “initial strong focus” of research would be on lithium-ion technology— but that both partners are already studying lithium sulfur batteries and this would “contribute” to their joint work.

 

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BMZ China invests to expand battery operations

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 11:04 -- Xuan Zhong
BMZ China invests to expand battery operations

German lithium-ion battery developer and producer BMZ is relocating its China operations in Shenzhen to new premises in the city as it expands operations.

The group’s 100%-owned BMZ China subsidiary is investing around EUR7 million ($8.5m) in the new, 35,000 square metre facility— which is three times the size of the current plant, BBB has confirmed.

 

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Partnership targets Malaysia’s energy storage market

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 09:24 -- Xuan Zhong
Partnership targets Malaysia’s energy storage market

A partnership to expand energy storage projects in Malaysia has been launched by German battery storage developer 21st Century Clean Energy and a subsidiary of Malaysian renewables firm Cypark Resources.

Cypark said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with 21st Century— the agent in Malaysia for German lithium battery storage system firm Tesvolt.

 

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New BESS projects for New Jersey

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 10:27 -- Xuan Zhong
New BESS projects for New Jersey

A US energy technology player has announced plans to start construction of two 20MW/20MWh front-of-the-meter battery energy storage systems (BESS) in New Jersey.

Ormat Technologies said it will finance, build, own and operate the systems in Plumsted Township and Alpha through its wholly-owned subsidiary Viridity Energy Solutions. 

 

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Lithium Australia set to reopen cathode plant

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 10:24 -- Xuan Zhong
Lithium Australia set to reopen cathode plant

Lithium Australia (LIT) has said it plans to resume production at its newly-acquired Brisbane pilot plant for the production of complex metal oxides/phosphates for cathode production in July.

LIT, which acquired the plant with its purchase of the Very Small Particle Company (VSPC) earlier this year, said on 18 April the acquisition had now been completed.

 

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Alelion eyes global truck batteries deal with Toyota

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 10:21 -- Xuan Zhong
Alelion eyes global truck batteries deal with Toyota

Sweden-based Alelion Energy Systems has clinched a deal which it says could be the “first step” to it supplying batteries to Toyota trucks globally.

Alelion has previously been a supplier of lithium-ion batteries to the European arm of Toyota's truck business— Toyota Material Handling (TMH) Europe, which manufacturers forklifts and other material handling vehicles.

 

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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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