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Amte Power and Britishvolt sign MoU for UK’s landmark battery gigafactories

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 13:31 -- Paul Crompton

UK battery maker Amte Power and Britishvolt announce plans on 20 May to build the UK’s first lithium-ion battery cell gigafactories servicing the automotive and energy storage markets.

The British start-ups have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) focussed on enabling the scalable production of lithium-ion batteries to support the UK’s Road to Zero (at least half 50% of new car sales to be ultra low emission by 2030) targets and transition to electrification. 

Britishvolt aims to add to Amte’s 1GWh manufacturing plant plants with a 30GWh factory.

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UK firm secures funding as it pushes to launch prototype compressed and thermal ESS

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 10:09 -- Paul Crompton

Thermal and compressed air storage firm Cheesecake Energy Limited (CEL) has received investment from the University of Nottingham to support UK-wide pilot programmes of its energy storage solution.

The new funding is part of a continuing partnership between the University of Nottingham and the Nottingham-based start-up.

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Battery giant Leoch buys out UK lead battery distributor DBS Leoch

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 12:20 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based lead battery distributer DBS Leoch has been bought by its existing parent company, the China multi-national lead battery maker Leoch International Holding.

The battery supplier has changed its name to Leoch Battery UK and will continue to target both the industrial and lifestyle markets. 

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UK researchers use MRI scanning in hunt for next generation battery to usurp lithium-ion

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 16:05 -- Paul Crompton

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is being used to develop better sodium-ion batteries as researchers from UK universities look for the next generation of high-performance rechargeable batteries.

A team from the University of Birmingham’s School of Chemistry, with researchers from Nottingham University, has developed a technique that uses MRI scanning to monitor how sodium ions performs in operando.

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UK organisation launches programme to develop better EV pack joining and recycling processes

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 16:16 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based TWI has launched a research programme to provide a comprehensive assessment of lithium-ion cell joining and recycling options for electric vehicle (EV) battery pack manufacture.

The first part of the organisation’s Core Research Programme (CRP) will focus on battery pack joining and joint performance using techniques suitable to connect cells and other features to bus bars. 

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Faradion first as it prepares to ship order of sodium-ion batteries to Australia

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 13:57 -- Paul Crompton

UK sodium-ion manufacturer Faradion is set to ship its batteries to Australia after securing an order from ICM Australia. 

The company expects to ship the order for a “large number” of 40Ah cells in the next quarter to Australia for the first time.

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UK real-world test environment facility to streamline EV battery development

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 10:02 -- Paul Crompton

A UK facility dedicated to streamlining the test and validation stages of emerging electric vehicle battery module technologies has been opened by powertrain specialists Mahle Powertrain.

The facility in Northampton will specialise in electrified powertrain battery pack and module testing and development in real-world environments.

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Solid-state firm receives £15m cash boost to scale up production of its technology

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 09:31 -- Paul Crompton

Ilika has successfully completed a £15 million equity placing to support its growth strategy, the UK-based solid-state company announced on 27 March.

The firm will use the cash to implement a partnering model with one or more third party fabrication facilities to increase production of its centimetre and millimetre-scale Stereax cells at its pilot line in Southampton.

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UK firm deploys grid-scale second-life lithium-ion energy storage system in Belgium

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 16:01 -- Paul Crompton

UK company Connected Energy has commissioned its largest second-life battery energy storage system to date using repurposed electric vehicle packs from Renault. 

The 720kWh/1.2MW E-STOR system is installed at Umicore’s industrial site in Belgium and uses batteries from Kangoo vehicles.

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Test quickens identification of EV packs for second-life use

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 14:53 -- Paul Crompton

A fast process for grading used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles has been developed by researchers in the UK using old packs from vehicle OEM Nissan.

The team from WMG, University of Warwick, worked with electronics firm Ametek to embed algorithms that can be used to grade second-life batteries.

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