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Imergy to move into lead-acid and Li-ion market

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:59 -- Paul Crompton
Imergy to move into lead-acid and Li-ion market

California-based Imergy has announced its intention to muscle in on the lead-acid and lithium-ion Energy Storage System (ESS) sector with its latest product.

The company’s line of Large Scale Energy Storage Platform (ESP) vanadium-flow batteries is aimed at utilities, renewables integration and mining operations.

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NATEL moving into lithium-ion battery market

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:57 -- Paul Crompton
Jonathan D. Davis, Vice President of Corporate Development at NATEl

American electronics manufacturer NATEL EMS is moving into the battery business after creating a new facility to handle lithium-ion module manufacturing in Chatsworth, California.

The Lithium-ion assembly facility allows the company to manufacture advanced technologies in space and automotive industries, including lithium-ion batteries for the manned space station.

Picture: Jonathan D. Davis, Vice President of Corporate Development at NATEL

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BASF and Toda Kogyo form new Li-ion firm in Japan

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:54 -- Paul Crompton
(Left) Dr. Joerg Christian Steck, Representative Director & President of BASF Japan, (Right) Mr. Shigeru Takaragi, President, TODA KOGYO CORP.

Chemical companies BASF and Toda Kogyo have teamed up to launch a joint venture firm based in Japan to manufacture cathode active materials (CAM) for use in lithium-ion batteries.

The company BASF Toda Battery Materials will focus on the research and development, production, marketing and sales for cathode materials for the automotive, consumer electronics, and stationary storage markets.

Pic: (Left) Dr. Joerg Christian Steck, Representative Director & President of BASF Japan, (Right) Mr. Shigeru Takaragi, President, TODA KOGYO CORP.

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Samsung SDI buys Magna Steyr Li-ion battery pack business

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:42 -- Paul Crompton
Samsung SDI buys Magna Steyr Li-ion battery pack business

Lithium-ion battery company Samsung SDI Co. Ltd., has bought Magna Steyr’s battery pack business for an undisclosed fee.

The deal includes all of the Austrian company’s 264 employees, production and development sites and existing contracts of the business.

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Li-ion and Pb-A separator firm Polypore in $3.2b sell off

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:35 -- Paul Crompton
Li-ion and Pb-A separator firm Polypore in $3.2b sell off

Lithium-ion and lead-acid battery separator firm Polypore International has been sold for around $3.2billion in two separate deals.

The US company sold its Energy Storage business to Japanese firm Asahi Kasei Corporation for around $2.2billion and its Separations Media segment to US based 3M Co for around $1billion.

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Saft deploys extreme temperature Li-ion BESS

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:21 -- Paul Crompton
Saft deploys extreme temperature Li-ion BESS

French based battery firm Saft, is set to develop and install an extreme temperature Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) after being chosen for the project by Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC).

The turnkey lithium-ion BESS will serve as the heart of the hybrid micro-grid that is part of a larger Solar and Diesel upgrade to the existing power plant 50 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Canada.

As part of the contract, Saft will develop and install one Intensium® Max 20M Medium Power (IM 20M) Li-ion battery container with 232kWh of energy and a 200kW Power Conditioning System from ABB.

It is designed to control the network frequency and voltage at between -50°C and 35°C, allowing diesel generators to operate at optimum efficiency and to be shut down whenever possible.

As part of a hybrid micro-grid the BESS the system will be installed at the Colville Lake Power Station in June 2015.

It will deliver more reliable power to Colville Lake’s 150 residents with consistent, renewable solar power and reduced diesel fuel consumption. 

Honours for Li-ion and lead-acid pioneers at Naatbat conference

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 09:57 -- Paul Crompton
Dr Stan Whittingham (Left ) receives a lifetime achievement award from Ralph Brodd, chief technical officer of Nattbatt at the association’s meeting in Phoenix, US .

Nattbatt International, the not for profit trade association for the advanced battery industry, honoured both the living and the dead at its annual meeting in Phoenix last week.

A lifetime achievement award was made to Stan Whittingham, a key figure in the history of the development of Lithium-ion batteries and critical to the establishment of inercalation electrodes.

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Germany on cusp of industrial Li-ion batteries production

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:30 -- Paul Crompton
Germany on cusp of industrial Li-ion batteries production

Germany is a step closer to manufacturing PHEV-1 lithium-ion batteries on an industrial scale thanks to the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW).

The institute was able to manufacture automotive Li-ion cells for plug-in hybrid cars - a first for Germany – following the completion of a new research production line in Ulm last December.

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Lawsuit accuses Apple of poaching A123’s top Li-ion battery engineers

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:27 -- Paul Crompton
Lawsuit accuses Apple of poaching A123’s top Li-ion battery engineers

Lithium iron phosphate battery manufacturer A123 Systems is suing Apple Inc. for alledgedly poaching five key members of its staff.

A123 has accused five former employees of violating Invention, Non-Disclosure, Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation agreements in the lawsuit filed in Massachusetts state court on February 13.

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LG Chem signs $272m deal to supply Li-ion ESSs to Japan

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:15 -- Paul Crompton
LG Chem signs $272m deal to supply Li-ion ESSs to Japan

South Korea's LG Chem Inc. has secured a deal to supply lithium-ion energy storage systems (ESS) to Japan.

The nation's largest battery manufacturer will supply ESSs for four solar plants in a contract worth more 300 billion won (US$272.7 million).

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