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Korea’s planned recycling facility to recover 10,000 tpy of lithium-ion material

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:12 -- Paul Crompton

Korean firm GS E&C has announce plans to build a 120,000m2 lithium-ion battery recycling facility with the goal of recovering 10,000 tonnes of materials per year.

The engineering, procurement and construction company will initially invest around KRW100 billion ($86 million) toward the plant in the next two years, the company confirmed on 9 January.

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Lithium Australia subsidiary VSPC signs MoU to commercialise lithium-ion cathodes

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 10:09 -- Paul Crompton

Cathode materials developer VSPC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lithium Australia, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing Saideli Technology Incorporated Company to commercialise its technology.

The deal was agreed following a technical review and discussions around the Australian firm’s lithium-ferro-phosphate cathode product.

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Lithium Australia continues aggressive march to close lithium-ion battery recycling loop

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 15:28 -- Paul Crompton

Materials firm Lithium Australia now owns 73.7% of lithium-ion battery recycler Envirostream after upping its stake in the company for the third time this year.

Perth-based Lithium Australia paid AUD100,000 ($68,000) for the additional shares, mirroring the payment made in October to take its share in the recycler from 18.9% to 23.9%.

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First Graphene teams up with UK university to develop supercapacitor material

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 14:57 -- Paul Crompton
Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre

Graphite powder firm First Graphene has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with the UK’s University of Manchester to develop graphene-hybrid materials for use in supercapacitors.

The organisations will use a proprietary electrochemical process to develop graphene-hybrid materials in a bid to create supercapacitors that can be used in electric vehicles and stationary applications.

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Study backs Finnish lithium bid to mine batteries market

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:02 -- Xuan Zhong
Study backs Finnish lithium bid to mine batteries market

There is a “profitable business case” for developing a lithium project in Finland to supply high-quality battery materials for Europe’s “fast-developing lithium markets”, according to the firm behind the project.

Finnish mining company Keliber Oy said a definitive feasibility study indicates the project could make the firm Europe’s “first vertically integrated battery grade lithium carbonate producer”.

 

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Marubeni plans Li-batteries tie-up with Northvolt

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:26 -- John Shepherd
Marubeni plans Li-batteries tie-up with Northvolt

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.

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Umicore acquires more lithium-ion cathode patents from 3M

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Umicore acquires more lithium-ion cathode patents from 3M

Materials firm Umicore has agreed a third patent deal to acquire US technology firm 3M’s lithium-ion cathode IP.

The latest deal sees the Belgian firm acquire the ownership of three Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) patent families for cathode materials collectively covering South Korea, China, Japan, Europe and the US.

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Materials firm gets cash boost to lithium-ion plant

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:54 -- Paul Crompton
Materials firm gets cash boost to lithium-ion plant

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.

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Australian firm moves closer to vanadium flow battery

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 14:50 -- Paul Crompton
Australian firm moves closer to vanadium flow battery

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.

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Higher performing lithium-ion market ready by 2018

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 15:58 -- Paul Crompton
Higher performing lithium-ion market ready by 2018

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.

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