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Coronavirus highlights US’ reliance on China for key lithium-ion battery materials supply

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:12 -- Paul Crompton

The US is too reliant on a battery materials supply from outside the country especially China, the CEO of battery minerals firm American Battery Metals Corporation (AMBC) has said.

Doug Cole’s comments came as the big three lithium companies telegraphed profit warnings due to coronavirus-driven logistics issues in the supply chain.

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ESA members report energy storage delays as Covid-19 pandemic sweeps across North America

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 11:21 -- Paul Crompton

Delayed or cancelled shipments of project components, travel restrictions on personnel and ceasing direct customer contact are causing energy storage projects to be delayed, according to a survey by Energy Storage Association (ESA).

Around a third of respondents to the association’s poll earlier this month have experienced delays in delivering energy storage projects because of the coronavirus.

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Enevate unveils lithium-ion silicon anode that gives fast charging EV batteries 400km driving range

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 15:23 -- Paul Crompton

A US firm is claiming to have developed a lithium-ion silicon anode that will give electric vehicles 30% more range in a single charge.

California-based Enevate has designed a porous silicon anodes that it says can hold more lithium ions and move them around faster and at lower cost than traditional anode materials.

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Remarkable year for US energy storage sector as the Q4 market breaks records

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 13:55 -- Paul Crompton

The US has set a new energy storage deployment record during the final quarter of the year as markets across all segments showed signs of growth.

The US energy storage sector deployed 186MW/364MWh of storage in Q4 to set a power capacity record last year, according to Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) latest ‘US Energy Storage Monitor’ report.

Front-of-the-meter (FTM) applications took the lion’s share of the market for the first time in three quarters as deployment jumped 160% to 104MW in Q4 2019— or 56% of all quarterly deployments, in MW terms.

The non-residential BTM sector deployed 42.2MW in the final quarter of last year, its second-strongest quarter on record, while the residential market saw 40.4MW installed in the same time period.

 

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AI predicts method for fast-charging EVs while minimising lithium-ion battery degradation

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 12:13 -- Paul Crompton

Artificial intelligence could have given clues on the best method for fast-charging electric vehicles thanks to a study at the US’ Stanford University.

Instead of charging at the highest current at the beginning of the charge, the computer’s algorithm suggested using the highest current in the middle of the charge. 

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US firm begins tests on silicon anodes in bid to develop next-gen lithium-ion batteries for

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 15:18 -- Paul Crompton

Testing has begun on battery additive firm BioSolar’s second batch of commercial-grade prototype 21700 lithium-ion cells that use silicon anodes.

The US firm announced on 14 January that its technology partner had begun production and testing of the new cells that incorporate “additional cell design work”.

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Battery associations launch initiative to ensure lead-battery industry’s positive global impact

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:34 -- Paul Crompton

Lead and lead-battery industry groups have adopted seven guiding principles designed to serve as a best practice in the protection of workers and the industry’s wider environmental impact. 

The groups will develop performance indicators and policies to ensure continuous improvement in the management of lead exposure and emissions and minimise the environmental impact of used lead batteries. 

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Battery maker Varta buys back its consumer brand amid EC competition concerns

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 14:44 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Varta has bought back Europe-based Varta Consumer Batteries 18 years after selling it to US company Rayovac Corporation (latterly Spectrum Brands) for $262 million.

The German manufacturer completed the buy out of the company for an enterprise value of €180 million ($200 million) from US-based Energizer Holdings subject to a closing balance sheet to be prepared on the closing date. 

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World’s first semi-solid lithium-ion ESS launched in Japan

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 09:55 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese electronics maker Kyocera has launched a lithium-ion energy storage system using semi-solid electrode battery technology from US company 24M.

The companies announced the launch of the residential ‘Enerezza’ ESS on 6 January as Kyocera extended its commitment to the Massachusetts’-based firm with plans to start full-scale mass production of the system at the end of the year.

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Firms announce plans to deploy the US’ first liquid air energy storage system

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:34 -- Paul Crompton

Liquid-air energy storage firm Highview Power Storage and project developer Encore Renewable Energy have announced plans to deliver a 50MW/400MWh system in the US— a first for the country.

This facility in northern Vermont will store excess power from renewables and resolve energy transmission challenges surrounding the state’s Sheffield-Highgate Export Interface (SHEI).

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