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Saft’s Li-ion batteries excel in space mission

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:23 -- Paul Crompton
Saft’s Li-ion batteries excels in space mission

Lithium batteries developed by French firm Saft have been instrumental in a moon probe being able to beam information from space four times longer than its original design specification.

A combination of primary and rechargeable lithium batteries developed by the battery design and manufacturing company enabled LuxSpace’s Manfred Moon Memorial Mission (4M) mini-probe to transmit data back to earth.

A battery pack comprising 28 Saft super robust LSH20 HTS 3.6V Primary lithium-thionyl chloride (Li-SOCl2) size D spiral cells delivered 4.5W of power to the 4M probe - the first privately funded moon mission. 

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NTSB: Final Dreamliner battery fire report “within weeks”

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:35 -- Editor
Robert Swaim, NTSB

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will publish "within two or three weeks" its final report on the 2013 lithium-ion battery fire aboard a Boeing 787 at Boston airport, according to one of its investigators.

The investigation began after the auxiliary power unit battery caught fire on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Boston Logan International Airport on 7 January 2013. Regulators grounded the global fleet of Dreamliners for almost four months after a second battery incident days later on an All Nippon Airways flight in Japan prompted an emergency landing and evacuation.

 

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Dreamweaver introduces nanofibre separators line for supercaps

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:35 -- Laura Varriale
Dreamweaver separators

Lithium separator maker Dreamweaver International (Dreamweaver) has launched a line of nanofibre-based separators for supercapacitors.

According to the US company, the separators of the Silver AR line show 27% lower internal resistance. In side-by-side comparisons done by outside laboratories comparing Dreamweaver’s Silver AR line to a competitor, the separators also showed 63% lower Gurley resistance, 21% higher strength and 9% higher capacitance.

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Airbus to bring back lithium-ion batteries on A350

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:04 -- Editor
Airbus 350

Airbus will bring back lithium-ion batteries to its A350-900 from 2016 after removing the more advanced power sources from early production jets following defects on models used in Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.

The European aircraft manufacturer will switch back from nickel-cadmium batteries picked for the earlier planes. Airbus initially designed the A350 to use advanced lithium batteries, which are lighter than nickel-cadmium.

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International air safety officials consider limiting number of lithium batteries on planes

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:43 -- Editor
International air safety officials consider limiting number of lithium batteries on planes

The United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has discussed potential limits on the number of rechargeable, lithium-ion batteries carried by a single passenger aircraft, according to newspaper reports.

The discussions, which took place during an ICAO conference in Cologne on 9 September, involve bulk shipments of batteries, rather than batteries carried by individual travelers, reported the Wall Street Journal.

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Posco to open up lithium plant in Argentina

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:04 -- Laura Varriale
Posco plant in Chile

South Korean Posco is to build a lithium carbonate plant at the Cauchari salt lake in Argentina and to install its lithium extraction technology.

The lithium plant is set to start operations in December this year. The facility is aimed to have an annual production capacity of 200 tonnes.

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Albemarle to buy lithium producer Rockwood for $6.2 billion

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:32 -- Laura Varriale
Rockwwod lithium asset in Nevada

Chemical maker Albemarle is to pay $6.2 billion in stock and shares for lithium producer Rockwood to tap into the increasing demand for lithium.

Rockwood is one of the four big lithium producers that control about 90% of the lithium production market. The purchase of Rockwood will give Albemarle access to the company’s assets in the Atacama desert in Chile, providing a low-cost base for lithium production. Rockwood also has a site in Nevada, US.

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Bolivia’s first lithium-ion battery plant opens

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 17:08 -- Ruth Williams
The Uyuni Salt Flats hold up to 100m tonnes of lithium

Bolivia’s first lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant has opened in La Placa, a town near the Uyuni Salt Flat— the world’s largest lithium reserve.

The factory has been built by Chinese battery manufacturing company LinYi Dake from Shandong. A small team from LinYi Dake will oversee the plant that will employ 21 Bolivian operators.

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Solith pilot line for lithium-ion entry

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 11:41 -- Editor

Despite the lack of take-off in the EV market, there are still plenty of new players trying to get into the lithium-ion battery market with new chemistries. But potential customers will only take these newcomers seriously if they can readily supply working cells and batteries for evaluation.

According to Giuseppe Bernini of Solith, a new player can get a pilot line capable of making sufficient cell stacks in a year for the most discerning customers and for less than €1m ($1.4m)— and in the smallest of dry rooms.

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