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Lithium-sulfur battery developer Oxis hires cell production manager for UK plant

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 12:37 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-sulfur battery technology company Oxis Energy has hired Scott Davis to manage cell production at its new manufacturing plant in Wales.

Davis will manage the Oxford-based firm’s new facility at Kenfig Hill near Port Talbot, which is due to start producing cathode and electrolyte to support the production of 500,000 lithium-sulfur cells next year.

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Oxis Energy and Codemge sign lease agreement to build world's first Li-S manufacturing plant

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 15:25 -- Paul Crompton

Oxis Energy and the Minas Gerais Development Company Codemge aim to have a 200MWh lithium-sulfur cell manufacturing plant operating in Brazil within three years after leasing a plant from Mercedes Benz Brazil (MBB).

The UK firm has signed a 15-year-lease agreement to take possession of a plant located at the MBB manufacturing site in Juiz de Fora, in the state of Minas Gerais, in south east Brazil.

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Scientists in China develop high-performance lithium-sulfur battery cathode

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 14:06 -- Paul Crompton

Scientists at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a cathode they claim will increase the performance capabilities of lithium-sulfur batteries.

Teams led by professor Jian Liu (pictured) and professor Zhongshuai Wu have increased the catalytic activity and sulfur loading of lithium-sulfur batteries by using a mesoporous carbon nanoreactor decorated with Fe1-xS electrocatalyst nanoparticles (Fe1-xS-NC) as the cathode. 

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Oxis Energy marches toward 600Wh/kg lithium-sulfur goal after hitting another milestone

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:45 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-sulfur company Oxis Energy continues to go from strength to strength with news this week its prototype cells have reached 471Wh/kg.

The company has been making incremental advances with the technology since announcing it had reached its 400Wh/kg milestone in 2016.

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Quantum leap for battery research as team use super computer to develop lithium-sulfur batteries

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 11:58 -- Paul Crompton

Researchers at IBM and vehicle OEM Daimler have used a quantum computer to help them design next-generation lithium-sulfur batteries.

Scientists used quantum hardware to calculate the dipole moment of three lithium-containing molecules for lithium hydride (LiH) using four qubits— a basic unit of quantum information— on IBM’s Q Valencia quantum computer.

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Oxis signs trading deal with Sanyo Trading to target Japan market with its lithium-sulfur technology

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 10:37 -- Paul Crompton

A trading partnership will see Sanyo Trading Company market UK battery developer Oxis Energy’s lithium-sulfur and battery systems in Japan.

Sanyo will target the motive markets­– such as trains, buses and trucks–and provide pre and post sales support to the Japanese market and where necessary.

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Researchers increase performance capabilities of lithium-sulfur cathode by 50%

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 15:37 -- Paul Crompton

Scientists from Singapore-based NanoBio Lab (NBL) have developed a means of making lithium-sulfur cathodes that increase specific energy and curbs capacity fade. 

The team began by building the carbon host before adding the sulfur source to obtain a 3D interconnected porous nanomaterial.

Image (from left) The NBL research team: Dr. Ayman Abdel Hamid, Jian Liang Cheong and professor Jackie Y. Ying

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Oxis Energy sealing battery R&D partnership with Ceetak

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Lithium-sulfur cells maker Oxis Energy has teamed up with heat-sealing technology firm Ceetak for an R&D project under the UK’s Faraday Battery Challenge.

Oxis is leading the £7 million (US$9.1m) Lithium Sulfur Future Automotive (LiSFAB) development project— funded by Innovate UK— to develop a next generation battery cell and module that will have “the significantly improved power and cycle life required by larger automotive applications”.

Ceetak said it is working with Oxis on developing “a specific test station to evaluate the different technologies to achieve the most robust and suitable pouch sealing process” for future battery cell production.

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Prototype battery breaks bottleneck in lithium-sulphur progress

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 12:55 -- Xuan Zhong

Scientists in the UK have developed a prototype lithium-sulfur battery after being inspired by the cells in the human intestine.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge claim to have found a way to prevent the dissolution and diffusion of polysulfide in liquid organic electrolytes — a key issue when looking to commercially develop lithium-sulfur batteries.

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UK firm’s lithium-sulfur cell doubles average lithium-ion equivalent

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 10:12 -- Paul Crompton

UK lithium-sulfur firm Oxis Energy has reported its development cell has reached double the specific capacity of an average lithium-ion battery.

Internal tests show the cell reaches 400Wh/kg following three years of work by OXIS scientific team's work on increasing gravimetric energy density of its new ultra-light cell chemistry.

The development was made through a high capacity cathode active material coupled with a newly developed electrolyte formation.

The company’s cells had previously achieved 325Wh/kg in 2015 through its developments on the Innovate UK funded REVB project.

However, it could be two years before these new cells are market ready or being used at an industrial level.

An Oxis spokesman told BEST: “The testing and validation stage for any new battery product entering the market is a lengthy process as the performance and safety must be assessed to international standards by an approval third party testing organization.”

OXIS advanced the energy density through the creation of new lithium-sulfur material formulations, which it integrated along with improving the cell design and production processes.

This was due to a Joint Development Agreement with French chemical corporations company Arkema material, which was present in the iteration of cell design.

A company spokesman said: “The cells are being tested internally at the moment, but will be produced for our partners in the automotive, space and defence sectors in the coming months once internal validation has been completed.

“The collaboration focused on maximising the gravimetric energy through the use of a new high capacity cathode active material coupled with a newly developed electrolyte formation.”

Huw Hampson-Jones, CEO of OXIS said: "Cells are already being deployed for testing for vehicle demonstration and development. Subject to continuing scientific progress, the significance of 400Wh-kg means that the ability to eliminate distance anxiety for consumers will become a reality as well as the eventual replacement of fossilized fuel vehicles."

 

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