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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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US entrepreneur launches Li-ion ESS firm with Sony

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 09:52 -- Paul Crompton
US entrepreneur launches Li-ion ESS firm with Sony

Sony’s lithium-ion batteries are being used by a Hawaiian energy storage systems start-up Blue Planet Energy.

Blue Planet Energy’s self-contained energy storage package “Blue Ion” uses olivine-based phosphate cathodes rather than conventional lithium cobalt oxide along with its proprietary architecture and software.

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