Japan’s Marubeni Corporation has become the latest Asian player vying for a stake in Europe’s evolving battery cells business through a deal with Swedish lithium-ion firm Northvolt.
Marubeni and Northvolt have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate, in a move that could see the Japanese conglomerate supply LIB manufacturing equipment and raw materials.
Materials firm Umicore has agreed a third patent deal to acquire US technology firm 3M’s lithium-ion cathode IP.
Canadian firm Nano One Materials has been awarded up to $1.9 million to develop lithium-ion battery materials production technology.
The investment from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) will support work at Nano One’s pilot plant.
Materials company Australian Vanadium’s (AVL) vertical integration model has moved a step closer after its first flow battery left the factory and work on its pilot plant began.
Installation and commissioning of Western Australia’s first vanadium flow battery is due in September after the battery left GILDEMEISTER’s Austrian factory last week.
Materials researchers in Switzerland have boosted the performance of lithium-ion batteries by up to three times by reworking how an anode accepts ions.
Scientists at the Swiss Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Villigen and the ETH Zurich created a shorter paths for ions to travel to the anode by subjecting graphite to a rotating magnetic field.
Two members of materials firm Black Diamond Structures’ board of directors have been named as inventors of the year.
Kurt Swogger and Dr. Clive Bosnyak, won “Inventor of the Year” awards by the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association for the development of their proprietary technology, Molecular Rebar®.
A highly active catalyst for oxygen evolution, using a water splitting reaction for use in some forms of energy storage, has been discovered by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
It is an advance towards finding an inexpensive and efficient way to split water into its constituent elements for storing, and then re-join the hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity when power is required.
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