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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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Recycling start-up reaches major milestone

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 10:23 -- Xuan Zhong

US start-up Aqua Metals has produced its first ultrapure lead ingots using its ‘revolutionary’ recycling method.

The company used its AquaRefining technology to produce the lead ingot at its plant on the Tahoe Reno Industrial Estate, Nevada.

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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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1m battery deal will get ‘green’ lead refinery off to flying start

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:07 -- Paul Crompton
1m battery deal will get ‘green’ lead refinery off to flying start

A deal to process 1,000,000 lead batteries a year will allow ‘green’ recycling start-up Aqua Metals to run its new plant at near capacity from day one once it opens.

The US company, which is opening an electrochemical lead recycling plant in Nevada this July, signed a definitive agreements with North American replacement battery maker Interstate Batteries.

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SA start-up launches battery to wipe out lead-acid

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 14:11 -- Paul Crompton
SA start-up launches battery to wipe out lead-acid

Yet another death knell sounded for lead-acid this week as a South African start-up announced plans to completely replace lead-acid batteries in southern Africa.

Based in Somerset West, BlueNova has joined Woodmead-based Reutech (whose former CEO, James Verster, now heads up BlueNova) to launch its lithium iron yttrium phosphate (LiFeYPO4) batteries which, the firm claims, are as cheap as existing lead-acid batteries and longer lasting

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UK graphene start-up embraces modernity with e-commerce shop

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 11:24 -- Paul Crompton
UK graphene start-up embraces modernity with e-commerce shop

UK start-up FGV Cambridge Nanosystems has launched an on-line eCommerce store for the sales of its CamGraph® Graphene Powder.

The company, born out of the University of Cambridge, launched the site just a year after opening a graphene production plant in Cambridge UK, which has an annual output of five tonnes.

The firm’s graphene powder nanoplatelets are very thin and slightly crumpled, and are being marketed as a nanofiller.

The company produces the graphene using a one-step scalable production method, which uses greenhouse gases, such as methane and carbon dioxide.

FGV Cambridge Nanosystems ieCommerce store can be accessed at www.cambridgenanosystems.com/shop.

FGV and Cambridge Nanosystems is currently planning to build another plant in Malaysia to supply the Asian market.

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Bosch Li-ion buy-out paves way for entry into EV and ESS market

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 10:16 -- Paul Crompton
Bosch Li-ion buy-out paves way for entry into EV and ESS market

A Silicon Valley lithium polymer battery start-up has been snapped up by the German industrial conglomerate Bosch.

Founded in 2007, the California, US, based company Seeo uses a nanostructured polymer electrolyte to manufacture their range of lithium-ion solid-state Drylyte™ batteries.

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