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US lab team ‘develops new compound for redox flow batteries’

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:13 -- Xuan Zhong
US lab team ‘develops new compound for redox flow batteries’

Research published by scientists in the US indicates an organic molecule used in dyes and antibiotics “may be the key to less expensive, more efficient redox flow batteries”.

The scientists at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) team have developed a “highly reversible, water soluble material based on phenazine”— that could serve as an alternative to vanadium used in grid-scale batteries.

 

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Crash probes in US, Europe, highlight lithium fires

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 09:00 -- John Shepherd
Crash probes in US, Europe, highlight lithium fires

Lithium-ion batteries continue to be in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons— the latest being fatal crashes and fires in the US and Europe.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has confirmed it is investigating a crash involving a 2014 Tesla Model S in Florida, which was “reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck a wall resulting in a post-crash fire”.

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Temperature ‘heals lithium dendrites’— study

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:01 -- Xuan Zhong
Temperature ‘heals lithium dendrites’— study

Researchers in the US say they have developed a new technique using heat to “enable lithium-metal self-healing” to eliminate the dendrite build-up in battery anodes.

The team at New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute claim to have discovered a way to use internal battery heat “to diffuse the dendrites into a smooth layer”.

 

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US-Korea LIB recycling joint venture launch

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:30 -- John Shepherd
US-Korea LIB recycling joint venture launch

A new US-Korean joint venture has announced plans to launch a major lithium-ion batteries recycling operation in the US.

Metallica Commodities Corp (MCC) and SungEel HiTech said the new company, SungEel MCC Americas (SMA), will “redefine” the lithium-ion battery, e-waste recycling, energy and metals markets in North America— “where consumption of cobalt and lithium has outpaced supply in recent years”.

 

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Lithium creep into forklifts grows

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:25 -- gerry@bestmag.co.uk
Lithium creep into forklifts grows

The growing impact of lithium-ion power in the traditional lead acid traction market could be seen last week at Modex in Atlanta— a major US supply chain trade fair.

Exide, one of the USA’s big four and predominantly lead-acid makes, launched a lithium-ion battery aimed the forklift  and autonomous guided vehicle market while Navitas announced a lithium-ion deal with Hyster— one of the largest global players in materials handling equipment.

 

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NREL team reports magnesium-metal battery research breakthrough

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:09 -- John Shepherd
NREL team reports magnesium-metal battery research breakthrough

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) say they have discovered a new approach for developing a rechargeable non-aqueous magnesium-metal battery.

In a proof-of-concept paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, the research team said they have pioneered a method to enable the reversible chemistry of magnesium metal in the noncorrosive carbonate-based electrolytes and tested the concept in a prototype cell.

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UK’s Hyperdrive Innovation inks battery tech deal with Taiwan’s Foxlink

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:51 -- John Shepherd
UK’s Hyperdrive Innovation inks battery tech deal with Taiwan’s Foxlink

UK lithium-ion battery tech firm Hyperdrive Innovation has signed a distribution deal to break into the Asian market through Taiwan’s Foxlink Group.

Sunderland-based Hyperdrive, which develops and manufactures technology for electric vehicles and energy storage systems, told BBB the deal is worth around GBP40 million over the course of the “long-term agreement”.

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Korean lead-acid firm to open first US battery plant

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:35 -- John Shepherd
Korean lead-acid firm to open first US battery plant

South Korean lead-acid battery maker ATLASBX is investing $75 million to open its first manufacturing plant in the US.

Tennessee state governor Bill Haslam confirmed the firm expected to complete construction of the plant in Clarksville, Montgomery Country, by 2020.

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Trade tariff won’t hurt batteries— yet

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:10 -- John Shepherd
Trade tariff won’t hurt batteries— yet

The United States government has fired a very small warning shot in its so-called trade war with China— in the world of batteries, that is.

Proposed Tariffs are only set to be imposed in very limited areas— silver primary batteries, zinc air batteries and nickel cadmium batteries— other than those used in electric vehicles.

 

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US team’s “design overhaul creates true lithium-air battery”

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:36 -- John Shepherd
US team’s “design overhaul creates true lithium-air battery”

Researchers in the US say they have designed a new “true” lithium-air battery that works in a natural air environment and can still function “after a record-breaking 750 charge/discharge cycles”.

The team from Chicago’s University of Illinois and the Argonne National Laboratory performed an “architectural design overhaul” of the battery tech for its design— which is reported in a paper published in the journal Nature.

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