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Researchers hail improved recycling process for LIB cathodes

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 17:22 -- John Shepherd
Researchers hail improved recycling process for LIB cathodes

Researchers at the University of California San Diego say they have improved the safety of a recycling process that regenerates degraded cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries. 

The research is part of a larger effort under the US ReCell Center initiative to promote ithium-ion battery recycling.

Project leader Zheng Chen (pictured), a professor of nanoengineering affiliated with the Sustainable Power and Energy Center at UC San Diego, said: “Due to the rapid growth of electric vehicle markets, the worldwide manufacturing capacity of lithium-ion batteries is expected to reach hundreds of gigawatt hours per year in the next five years.”

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Scottish hotel plugs in to battery storage trial

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Gyle Edinburgh Park Premier Inn

A lithium-ion battery storage system has been ‘booked in’ to a hotel in Scotland as part of an energy efficiency trial project.

The Gyle Premier Inn at Edinburgh Park, owned by brewing giant Whitbread, said the 100kW battery has the capacity to run the hotel— “including powering meals cooked” at its bar and grill— for up to three hours daily.

The battery functions by drawing power from the National Grid during off-peak periods and takes two hours to fully charge.

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BMW batteries deal with CAT short-circuits EU

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:06 -- Xuan Zhong
BMW batteries deal with CAT short-circuits EU

BMW has placed a “billion euro” order for electric vehicle batteries from China— because the firm ‘can’t wait’ for Europe to build a battery cells industry, according to its chairman.

Harald Krüger’s (pictured) announcement of a deal with Chinese lithium battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) is the clearest signal yet that Germany could break ranks with the EU over plans to create a European Batteries Alliance to compete with Asia. 

 

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BYD powers up BESS presence in UK

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 16:16 -- Xuan Zhong
BYD powers up BESS presence in UK

China’s BYD is to supply its lithium-ion battery tech for a new 25-megawatt energy storage project for a local authority in the UK.

BYD— which has already made inroads into the UK’s BESS market— has been selected to provide the China-made battery system for the project by South Somerset District Council.

 

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German components firm to start battery production for new ‘solar car’

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:26 -- Xuan Zhong
German components firm to start battery production for new ‘solar car’

German automotive components firm ElringKlinger is to launch its first battery production facility after clinching a deal worth “several hundred million euros”.

ElringKlinger told BBB the fully-automated facility had been planned for some time and would be “primarily used” to develop and produce modular lithium-ion battery systems for “fully-electric” solar vehicles under a contract awarded by Germany’s Sono Motors.

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New Li battery plant for southeast China

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 09:42 -- Xuan Zhong
New Li battery plant for southeast China

Plans to build a “new energy” lithium battery industrial park with a total investment of CNY1.55 billion ($243.7 million) have been unveiled by the Liancheng County government in China’s Fujian Province.

The southeastern county said it will co-invest with other companies to spend a total of CNY920m on manufacturing two different types of lithium batteries— including producing 100 million 18600 lithium-ion cells for energy storage and vehicles each year— plus 20 million “soft pouch lithium batteries”.

 

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Japan chems firm launches battery materials business in Shanghai

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 09:53 -- Xuan Zhong
Japan chems firm launches battery materials business in Shanghai

Japan-based global chemicals conglomerate Showa Denko has launched a new business in Shanghai to expand its sales of advanced battery materials across China.

Denko said its wholly-owned subsidiary— Showa Denko Battery Materials (Shanghai) Co— will strengthen the group’s battery materials activities in the country as it ramps up its new energy vehicles (NEVs) sector.

 
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Tech firm claims solid-state fast-charge breakthrough

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:43 -- John Shepherd
Tech firm claims solid-state fast-charge breakthrough

Belgian nanoelectronics and digital tech firm Imec says it has made “an innovative type of solid-state lithium-ion battery” that is set to be a “contender” to power future fast-charging, long-haul vehicles. 

The new battery tech achieved an energy density of 200 Wh/litre at a charging speed of 0,5C (two hours), Imec said.

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KULR to market NREL lithium safety tool

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:40 -- gerry@bestmag.co.uk
KULR to market NREL lithium safety tool

KULR technology, a major player in thermal management from everything from semi conductors to datacentres announced at the Florida International Battery Seminar and Exhibit that it would be commercialising a key tool developed by American state-owned labs for the investigation of lithium battery fires.

The tool, developed by the US National Renewable Engineering Laboratory in Idaho and NASA is an artificial  dendritic short circuit lookalike, which can placed anywhere in the so called ‘Jelly Roll’  of a lithium-ion cell.

 

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Battery-solar plans inch ahead in Western Australia

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:56 -- John Shepherd
Battery-solar plans inch ahead in Western Australia

Proposals that pave the way for a battery storage facility of up to 20MWh to be built alongside a solar farm in Western Australia have taken a step forward.

Australian firm Carnegie Clean Energy has been given the go-ahead to negotiate a lease to build the battery and a solar plant of up to 100MW at the site, 26km southwest of Kalgoorlie.

 

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