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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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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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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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