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MoU signals move toward anode supply for lithium-ion gigafactory in India

Fri, 12/03/2021 - 13:42 -- Paul Crompton

Battery anode materials start-up Epsilon Advanced Materials (EAMPL) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Charge CCCV (C4V) to supply material for an Indian lithium-ion battery gigafactory.

The MoU covers the development and qualification of the large-scale supply of synthetic anode material to support C4V’s domestic supply chain vision to establish gigafactory in India. 

The MoU comes as the US-based C4V prepares to submit an application for the Indian government’s PLI-ACC scheme (Production Linked Incentives scheme for manufacturing advanced chemistry cell batteries).

As part of the agreement, both firms will jointly develop tailored, synthetic anode materials suited for applications in C4V’s lithium-ion cells and giga-scale production lines. 

The collaboration is intended to result in a long-term, volume supply agreement for battery materials of C4V’s battery cells that target Indian-based growth markets including automotive and industrial applications. 

Vikram Handa, managing director of Epsilon Advanced Materials— a subsidiary of Epsilon Carbon— said: “This partnership will give us an opportunity to develop anode material supply ecosystem in India for global supply. 

“This move will not only support our PM’s vision of 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' [a self-reliant India] but also put India on the global map as a battery material manufacturing hub.‘’

Epsilon has a commercial capacity of 2,500 tons per annum for anode precursor material (EMC series) and a pilot facility for coke powder (EMP series) and graphite anodes (EMG series). 

C4V is involved in two gigafactory projects through its affiliates iM3NY (New York, USA) and iM3TVS (Townsville Australia) in association with its strategic partner and shareholder Magnis Energy Technologies. 

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US start-up receives $1.7 million to commercialise its zinc-based battery

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 09:29 -- Paul Crompton

Battery start-up Anzode has received a $1.7 million to conduct a three-year project developing its secondary zinc-manganese battery technology.

The cash is part of the California Energy Commission (CEC) Grant Funding Opportunity ‘Developing non-Lithium Ion Energy Storage Technologies to Support California’s Clean Energy Goals’.

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Start-up Verkor plans to develop France’s second gigafactory

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 15:23 -- Paul Crompton

Battery start-up Verkor is set to increase European battery cell production with  a16GWh lithium-ion gigafactory in an as yet undisclosed location in France. 

With support of EIT Energy, Schneider Electric and the IDEC Group, the new venture will produce low-carbon batteries in France to help meet the increasing demand for electric vehicles (EVs) and battery energy stationary storage (BESS).

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The VW Group increases stake in US solid-state battery start-up QuantumScape to $300M

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:31 -- Paul Crompton

The Volkswagen Group is increasing its stake in US solid-state battery start-up QuantumScape by up to $200 million as the German OEM looks to future of electric vehicle drivetrains.

The companies formed a joint venture in 2018 to work together on solid-state batteries with Volkswagen investing $100 million at the time to enable industrial-level production of the technology.

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Nickel-zinc start-up poaches management team with 50 years of experience

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:43 -- Paul Crompton
Nickel-zinc start-up poaches management team with 50 years of experience

Two management level employees have moved from Eaglepicher and taken half a century of combined battery knowledge to nickel-zinc battery start-up Zaf Energy.

Randy A. Moore has been named as Zaf’s new president and CEO, with Tom Shireman joining the US firm to lead manufacturing operations at the Montana-based company.

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Indian start-up plans next stage of second-life lithium-ion ESS development

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:34 -- Paul Crompton

An Indian start-up has developed a prototype energy storage system using recycled lithium batteries from electric vehicles.

Totus Power has field trailed a prototype/proof of concept in India, but remains 12 months and $350,000 away from doing a pilot with a pre-production prototype.

The company can take a used EV module, connect it to its own battery management system and charge an ESS from a solar or a plug-in power source.

It can be used to replace lead-acid batteries or fossil fuel energy generation, said Siva (Shiv) Rajendran, founder and CEO of Totus Power

He told BBB the company has all the infrastructure/relationships to make up to 5,000 units a year.

The company is currently sourcing end-of-life batteries from an unnamed ‘large’ automaker’s ‘most popular EV model’.

Rajendran said: “The deal is in the works, hence I can’t share the name yet. This is already a large supply pool, which we will take a few years to fully utilise. Conservatively, we can make 10,000 units a year - if not more. 

“It seems very simple to manufacture a EV battery down to a Totus Power product.

“The Modules are the building blocks of a EV battery and is shipped in boxes to us by the automaker directly. We already pre decide what level of quality these used modules are, i.e SOH%). 

“Some of our knowledge is in correlating this SOH% to real world life, along with the supply chain and associated shipping and recycling regulations.  

“But they say the devil is in the details: So over the next 12 months, when we start writing our assembly/manufacturing procedures, I will have a better handle on what ‘simple to manufacture’ actually means.”

However, because the firm is mainly self-funded and has only secured a few grants to date, its speed of execution is dependent on more cash becoming available. 

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US firm secures lithium-ion manufacturing space

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:39 -- Paul Crompton
US firm secures lithium-ion manufacturing space

US start-up Volta Power Systems has secured its own space in Holland, Michigan, to manufacture its lithium-ion energy storage systems.

The 7,800-square-foot manufacturing space will allow the firm to manufacture its turn-key automotive-grade systems for recreational vehicles, marine applications, and specialty commercial vehicles.

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Green lead-acid recycling awarded tax breaks

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:44 -- Paul Crompton

Green lead-acid battery recycling start-up Aqua Metals has been granted tax incentives worth around $3.6 million by the State of Nevada.

Aqua Metals recently opened its AquaRefinery facility in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in Nevada, where it’s commercialising a non-polluting electrochemical technology called AquaRefining™.

The tax breaks were granted because of the company ‘facilitating economic development’ and bringing more than 50 jobs to the state by 2017.

The Governor’s Board of Economic Development granted Aqua Metals the Real Property Tax Abatement for Recycling, the Sales and Use Tax Abatement, the Modified Business Tax Abatement and the Personal Property Tax Abatement.

“These incentives will substantially support our bottom line as we begin to ramp recycling production and generate revenue,” said Thomas Murphy, CFO of Aqua Metals.

“Part of our mission is to run a business that is both economically and environmentally sustainable, and Nevada’s pro-business policies are a big part of making that a reality.”

AquaRefining uses a fundamentally non-polluting, room temperature, closed-loop, water-based process to recycle lead-acid batteries.

The Company has deep strategic relationships with key industry partners, including Interstate Batteries, Battery Sysytems International and Wirtz Manufacturing.

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3D lithium-ion start-up gets backing from global heavyweight

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 14:53 -- Paul Crompton
3D lithium-ion start-up gets backing from global heavyweight

US lithium-ion battery technology start-up Prieto Battery has received a strategic investment from Stanley Ventures, the newly-formed venture arm of Stanley Black & Decker.

The deal brings the Colorado based company a step closer to bringing its patented 3D solid-state lithium-ion battery to market.

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