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A123 cuts US jobs builds new HQ

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 09:43 -- Xuan Zhong
A123 cuts US jobs builds new HQ

US-based A123 Systems announced last Monday that it is building a new headquarters but cutting jobs in the US.

The lithium battery firm said it will invest $40 million in a new, consolidated corporate headquarters, manufacturing centre, and engineering base on 32 acres in Novi, Michigan, despite somewhat volatile US market for electric vehicles.

 

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Western Australian firm plans an A$20M solar power station

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 09:17 -- Xuan Zhong
Western Australian firm plans an A$20M solar power station

The renewable energy company Carnegie Clean Energy has announced its A$20M ($15M) plan to develop a 10MW battery-ready solar power station in Northam, Western Australia.

The project will be delivered by the Energy Made Clean (EMC, Carnegie Clean Energy’s subsidiary) and Australian infrastructure firm Lendlease joint venture to deliver lithium batteries, solar and storage microgrids across Australia.

 

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Battery market ignites possibilities for UK lithium mine

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 14:07 -- Paul Crompton
Battery market ignites possibilities for UK lithium mine

Exploration at a UK lithium mine is expected to begin within two years after a former mining student signed a mineral grants agreement.

Uk company Cornish Lithium, headed by Jeremy Wrathall, has reached a mineral rights agreement with Canada's Strongbow Exploration to explore for lithium in Cornwall.

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Lithium begins its 12 volt push

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 14:40 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium begins its 12 volt push

A stream of lithium battery solutions from some of the big names in lithium-ion manufacturing and automotive systems suppliers were presented at AABC. And they seem to provide all the answers to the OEM’s emission targets for 2021 and 2030.

Chris Ferhenbacher, from A123 Systems, showed real data that appeared to prove conclusively that lithium-ion with their latest phosphate technology is superior to an equivalent AGM battery, even at -30C.

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Indian start-up plans next stage of second-life lithium-ion ESS development

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:34 -- Paul Crompton

An Indian start-up has developed a prototype energy storage system using recycled lithium batteries from electric vehicles.

Totus Power has field trailed a prototype/proof of concept in India, but remains 12 months and $350,000 away from doing a pilot with a pre-production prototype.

The company can take a used EV module, connect it to its own battery management system and charge an ESS from a solar or a plug-in power source.

It can be used to replace lead-acid batteries or fossil fuel energy generation, said Siva (Shiv) Rajendran, founder and CEO of Totus Power

He told BBB the company has all the infrastructure/relationships to make up to 5,000 units a year.

The company is currently sourcing end-of-life batteries from an unnamed ‘large’ automaker’s ‘most popular EV model’.

Rajendran said: “The deal is in the works, hence I can’t share the name yet. This is already a large supply pool, which we will take a few years to fully utilise. Conservatively, we can make 10,000 units a year - if not more. 

“It seems very simple to manufacture a EV battery down to a Totus Power product.

“The Modules are the building blocks of a EV battery and is shipped in boxes to us by the automaker directly. We already pre decide what level of quality these used modules are, i.e SOH%). 

“Some of our knowledge is in correlating this SOH% to real world life, along with the supply chain and associated shipping and recycling regulations.  

“But they say the devil is in the details: So over the next 12 months, when we start writing our assembly/manufacturing procedures, I will have a better handle on what ‘simple to manufacture’ actually means.”

However, because the firm is mainly self-funded and has only secured a few grants to date, its speed of execution is dependent on more cash becoming available. 

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Korean battery firms face loss of the Chinese EV market

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 13:05 -- Paul Crompton
Korean battery firms face loss of the Chinese EV market

Two Korean battery makers face further losses after cars using their lithium technology had their certification cancelled in China.

It comes after Samsung SDI and LG Chem both failed to meet the government’s standards for electric car batteries last year.

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$231M lithium battery copper foil contract has been signed in China

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:53 -- Paul Crompton
$231M lithium battery copper foil contract has been signed in China

Chinese nonferrous metals, chemical and equipment manufacturer Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group (TNMG) has signed a lithium battery copper foil project worth ¥1.59 billion ($231 million).

The project will be established in two phases, the first started this month and is due to come online in June 2018, with a capacity of 10,000 tonnes per year.

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Chinese firm picks ‘foreign’ foils over inferior domestic product

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 11:28 -- Xuan Zhong

Chinese lithium battery company BAK Battery has stopped using ‘low quality’ Chinese copper and aluminum foil— preferring instead American and Japanese products.

BAK’s chairman Shuquan Zhang said on their website that the company uses foreign foil because they make better performing batteries.

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Scientists discovery leads to lithium dendrite breakthrough

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 11:18 -- Paul Crompton
Scientists discovery leads to lithium dendrite breakthrough

Until now dendritic growth has hampered improvements to a lithium battery’s energy density.

Now battery researchers Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) believe they have discovered how dendrites form, and more importantly how to prevent it.

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MoU to build cathode material plant in South Korea

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 12:31 -- Paul Crompton
MoU to build cathode material plant in South Korea

Two firms are joining forces to build a lithium-ion cathode plant in South Korea to fuel the expected lithium battery demand for the electric vehicle market.

South Korean battery materials firm Ecopro has entered into a joint venture with the Chinese resources recycling company GEM to produce cathode materials in Pohang, South Korea.

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