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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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Lithium NMC batteries power record-breaking flight

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 11:50 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium NMC batteries power record-breaking flight

South Korean firm Kokam’s lithium nickel manganese cobalt batteries were at the heart of record-breaking journey around the world.

Battery powered Solar Impulse 2 was the first plane to circumnavigate the globe using just solar power when it completed its journey last month.

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Chinese lithium waste is ‘horse manure crisis’ of the 1800s

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 14:07 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese lithium waste is ‘horse manure crisis’ of the 1800s

Chinese analysts have compared the growing threat of waste lithium batteries to the ‘Great Horse Manure Crisis’ that swamped the world’s cities in the late 1800s.

The 19th century crisis, caused by dung coming from the colossal number of horses that were needed for transport, led to a prediction in The Times newspaper of London that ‘in 50 years every street in the capital  will be buried under nine feet of manure’.

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Germany set to stamp out fossil fuel powered car manufacturing by 2030

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 14:03 -- Paul Crompton
Germany set to stamp out fossil fuel powered car manufacturing by 2030

An announcement by a senior German official that all new cars must be emissions-free by 2030 will give a massive boost to the lithium battery industry.

German Deputy Economy Minister Rainer Baake said combustion-engine cars will be banned as part of the country’s aim to reduce C02 emissions by 80% before 2050.

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Tadiran Rapid Response batteries to be promoted in Canada

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 16:09 -- Paul Crompton
Tadiran Rapid Response batteries to be promoted in Canada

US-based lithium battery maker Tadiran Batteries has enlisted the help of Canadian firm Acadia Lithium Inc to help it promote its ‘breakthrough in lithium chemistry’ to OEMs in Canada.

Acadia Lithium, based in Baie D’Urfe, is an applications specialist whose function will be to promote and design-in the Tadiran product line working directly with local reps and through distribution.

Tadiran’s engineers have been working for decades to develop the firm’s TRR (Tadiran rapid response) series, which they claim is the first commercially available lithium thionyl chloride (LiSOC12) battery capable of eliminating passivation effects that can hinder battery performance.

The firm says the batteries can last up to 25 years, and eliminate any drop in voltage when the battery is subjected to load, which means they are more efficient at using capacity, especially in extremely hot or cold temperatures.

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Chinese lithium-ion battery makers expect slump in profits as lithium price rises

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 15:36 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese lithium-ion battery makers expect slump in profits as lithium price rises

The rocketing price of lithium in China could cause a 5-8% drop in profits for lithium battery makers, says a director at one of China’s largest battery firms.

Chief Scientist Dai Guiping, from Chaowei Power, said that along with the rising price of lithium, other components such as separators had also gone up.

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Discovery could lead to 50% higher energy density next generation lithium-ion battery

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 14:57 -- Paul Crompton
Discovery could lead to 50% higher energy density next generation lithium-ion battery

Next generation lithium-ion batteries could use lithium rich cathodes after a discovery at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The research group, led by Gerbrand Ceder of Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division, came to the conclusion after studying how and when oxygen is active in lithium-excessive cathodes.

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