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Hybrid lithium-VRFB system developed for power management applications

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 10:50 -- paul Crompton

Vanadium product recycler AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group has built its first lithium-vanadium hybrid battery for industrial power management applications. 

AMG’s hybrid lithium-vanadium redox flow battery (LIVA) uses the lithium battery for fast discharging including black start; the vanadium battery, which is charged by the grid, is used to recharge the lithium battery.

The first LIVA system will be installed in one of AMG’s German manufacturing plants and is scheduled to go online in the first quarter of next year. 

Engineering has started for three more systems, two in Germany and one in the US. 

AMG Engineering is building the integrated system, with its subsidiaries AMG Titanium & Coatings supplying the vanadium electrolyte, and AMG Lithium designing the lithium portion of the battery. 

AI technology acquisition

To solve the need for an advanced software solution is essential, AMG bought German firm Phyr7, which specialises in artificial intelligence-based power-management solutions. 

Phyr7 will be renamed LIVA Power Management Systems and be established with an initial capitalisation of €5 million ($6 million).  

The Phyr 7 software ecosystem maximises the efficiency, safety and lifetime of the batteries, and enables the economic integration of sector coupling strategies with renewable energies and green hydrogen.

Dr. Volker Koelln (pictured), founder of Phyr7, will be the CEO of LIVA Power Management Systems, and Holger Mueller-Rink will be its CFO, holding the same position at AMG Lithium. 

Dr. Stefan Scherer chairs the company’s Supervisory Board.

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COVID-19 forces lead battery recycler Recylex’s German subsidiaries to file for insolvency

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 11:42 -- paul Crompton

The German operating units of French lead battery recycler Recylex have been forced by German law to request the opening of insolvency proceedings.

The management of the battery recycling subsidiaries Weser-Metall, Harz-Metall, Norzinco and PPM Pure Metals have applied to initiate a procedure known as "protective shield” in accordance to the German Insolvancy Code.

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Aqua Metals forced to halt operations after fire at lead-acid recycling plant

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:37 -- paul Crompton

Lead-acid battery recycler Aqua Metals is counting the cost of a fire this week that caused ‘significant’ damage to its Aquarefinery area of its Nevada, US, plant.

The company’s equipment, including all 16 AquaRefining modules, control wiring and other supporting infrastructure, were damaged by the heat and smoke from the fire on 29 November

After initial damage assessments, the company believes it will incur a cost and delay in operating any processes within the plant, although it was not able to say how long, and at what cost.

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2nd Californian lead-acid battery recycler to face emissions charges

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 15:25 -- paul Crompton
2nd Californian lead-acid battery recycler to face emissions charges

Another Californian lead-acid battery recycler has been given 30 days to notify residents of possible health risks from its lead and arsenic emissions.

Battery recycler Quemetco, based in the Los Angeles industrial suburb of the City of Industry, has been told to cut its arsenic emissions after it was found there was an increased risk of cancer to 12,000 residents in the area.

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