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Testing begins at American Manganese recycling plant

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

American Manganese (AM) has reported reaching a “great milestone” in its work towards “a complete lithium-ion battery recycling process” by beginning operation of its five stage pilot plant operation in Canada.

AM’s processing partner Kemetco Research has started processing a select sample of cathode scrap material at AM’s lithium-ion recycling pilot plant in British Columbia.

The cathode scrap material is being processed through stages 1 and 2 of the pilot plant, which will see the sample undergo pre-treatment and then leaching.

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Wirtz invests in ZAF’s ‘lead battery disruptor’ tech

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
NiZn battery§

US lead-acid battery equipment company Wirtz Manufacturing has made an undisclosed investment in nickel-zinc developer ZAF Energy Systems.

Wirtz said the move would allow ZAF to build a full production line at its facility in Joplin, in the US state of Missouri— “expanding its manufacturing capacity to thousands of batteries per month”.

Funds and equipment from the investment will be used to expand ZAF’s nickel-zinc batteries globally and demonstrate the first ever prismatic high-volume nickel-zinc (NiZn) process, Wirtz said.

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Canada Rolls out expansion funding for lead-acid

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
James Surrette (right) with local MP Bill Casey

Canadian deep cycle lead-acid battery maker Surrette is expanding its production facility in Nova Scotia, to “boost its global competitiveness and spur business growth”.

The 25,000 sq. ft. expansion to the Surrette Battery Company’s Springhill plant will be accompanied by the incorporation of “advanced robotics and automation” at its production facility.

Contrary to many wider fears of the undesirable effects of automation, Surrette’s actions will cause them to hire an additional 18 “highly-skilled workers”, taking their total roll-call to 100.

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Study ponders lithium industry future for Quebec

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Sarah Houde

A study has been launched into the development of Canada’s Quebec province as a manufacturing and commercial hub for the lithium-ion battery industry.

The province’s electric and smart transportation organisation, Propulsion Quebec, said the initiative would “analyse opportunities Quebec could seize in connection with the manufacturing steps of components and battery cells and the recycling of batteries”.

Propulsion Quebec’s executive director Sarah Houde (pictured) said the study “will identify the concrete actions to be implemented in order to capitalise on the development of this promising niche and the province's important assets”.

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Former EPA chief to chair electrolyte tech advisory board for Tydrolyte

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Stephen Johnson

The former head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Stephen Johnson is to chair the advisory board of novel electrolyte technology company Tydrolyte.

Tydrolyte said the newly-formed advisory board would support the company in its “mission to replace toxic sulfuric acid in the US$40 billion-dollar lead battery market with a better performing, non-toxic substitute”.

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Canada’s Eguana to produce home BESS units in South Australia

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Evolve residential battery

Canadian energy storage firm Eguana Technologies has been approved to take part in a residential batteries scheme in the state of South Australia.

Eguana is to produce its ‘Evolve’ home battery systems in the state as part of the programme— which is backed by AUD100 million (US$72.5m) in subsidies and low interest loans to encourage residential storage.

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New owner for Alcad’s North American lead business

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:29 -- John Shepherd
Mesa batteries

US industrial power supply company Mesa Technical Associates is to acquire Alcad’s lead-acid business in North America for an undisclosed sum.

Mesa said the agreement would allow Alcad to “focus on its core business of providing complete solutions for nickel-cadmium battery systems”.

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Convergent boosts storage with flywheels investment

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:46 -- Xuan Zhong
Convergent boosts storage with flywheels investment

New York-based Convergent Energy+Power has acquired 40MW of flywheel projects to become “the biggest pure-play operator” of energy storage in North America.

Convergent said on 1 May it had bought the New York and Pennsylvania flywheel projects from energy investment firm Rockland Capital for an undisclosed sum.  

 

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Panasonic and Pika Energy tie-up on ‘smart battery’

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 09:46 -- News Editor
Panasonic and Pika Energy tie-up on ‘smart battery’

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America said it is teaming up with US-based inverter manufacturer Pika Energy to offer the DC-coupled solar smart battery Harbor 10P/15P.

The companies, which plan to start shipping in late 2017, said Harbor Smart combines Panasonic’s lithium-ion battery modules and Pika Energy’s power electronics in one “slim, floor-standing, wall-mounted enclosure”.

 

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Sungrow’s new BESS for North America

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:18 -- Xuan Zhong
Sungrow’s new BESS for North America

Sungrow, a Chinese Photovoltaics inverter system solution supplier, has unveiled a lithium battery energy storage system (BESS) solution for the North America market.

The product debuted at the recent Energy Storage Association's 27th Annual Conference and Expo in Denver, Colorado.

 

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