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Lithium might dominate ‘transportation batteries’ by 2022

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:30 -- Xuan Zhong
Lithium might dominate ‘transportation batteries’ by 2022.

Lead industry chiefs have been given their strongest warning yet that lithium is eating into the worldwide market for transportation batteries— and with a voracious appetite.

In an unprecedented move in Battery Council International’s five-year Starter lighting and Ignition (SLI ) batteries forecast, industry veteran Ray Kubis (pictured) last week included an impact assessment of lithium-ion  on the former 100% lead-acid market.

 

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South Korea graphite ‘could bring battery independence’ from China

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 09:50 -- Xuan Zhong
South Korea graphite ‘could bring battery independence’ from China

Graphite being produced from two deposits in South Korea could be used to ease the country’s dependence on battery materials from neighbouring China, according to a report by Australia-listed Peninsula Mines.

Peninsula has started a  “test work programme” for material produced at its Eunha Graphite Project and Gapyeong Graphite Project in South Korea.

 

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Orsted to build 20MW BESS in UK

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Orsted to build 20MW BESS in UK

Danish wind power firm Orsted is to build a 20MW battery storage project in the UK as it takes its “first steps” into commercial battery storage.

Orsted UK said the Carnegie Road lithium-ion project near Liverpool— expected to be operational by the end of this year— is its first venture into large-scale storage.

 

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German, Korean firms top home battery storage ‘league table’

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 09:50 -- Xuan Zhong
German, Korean firms top home battery storage ‘league table’

German battery storage firm Sonnen has topped a ‘league table’ of home energy storage system providers on the European continent.

A survey by conducted by Bonn-based market and opinion research institute EuPD indicated Sonnen had a market share of 21% in 2017, followed by LG Chem (20%) and Varta Storage (10%).

 

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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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