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ABC begins bipolar lead battery tests to verify DCA capabilities in hybrid vehicles

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:43 -- Paul Crompton

US lead battery developer Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) is set to begin a nine-month investigation into the performance capabilities of bipolar lead batteries in micro and mild-hybrid applications. 

ABC will submit its own batteries to automotive testing standards in a research project collaboration with the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI). 

 

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EES firm NEC Energy Solutions to wind down operations as it sets to close

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 12:58 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion energy storage system provider NEC Energy Solutions— the US subsidiary of Japan’s NEC Corp— is set to wind down operations.

The Massachusetts-based company is set to ‘orderly wind down’ by not seeking new business, but will finish projects under development, according to reports by media company Bloomberg. 

NEC had not replied to BEST's questions at the time of publication.

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Gridtential and LOLC partner to develop bipolar lead battery technology

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 12:53 -- Paul Crompton

US firm Gridtential Energy has entered into a technology evaluation agreement with LOLC Advanced Technologies to develop bipolar lead batteries using technology from both firms.

Under the agreement, the companies will collaborate on prototyping lead batteries using Gridential’s Silicon Joule™ bipolar silicon plates and LOLC’s graphene additive AltaLABGX, which is applied to active material.

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China lithium-ion battery maker partners with wireless charging firm Energous

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 10:59 -- Paul Crompton

Wireless battery charging firm Energous Corporation has entered into a partnership with China lithium-ion battery manufacturer Grepow Battery. 

The firms will work together to develop batteries that are wirelessly charged via the US-based Energous’ radio frequency (RF) based charging technology.

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Electrolyte breakthrough suggests superior solid-state lithium-ion batteries are around the corner

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 10:21 -- Paul Crompton

A team of Brown University researchers has found a way to double the toughness of a ceramic material used to make solid-state lithiu-ion batteries

The researchers in the US infused a ceramic with graphene to increase the material’s fracture toughness in a bid to make a more robust lithium-ion battery electrolyte. 

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New electrolyte developed at Stanford may boost lithium metal batteries

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 18:41 -- Paul Crompton

Scientists at Stanford University have revealed a novel electrolyte design they claim will boost the performance of lithium metal batteries.

The team from the US institution added fluorine atoms onto the electrolyte molecule to make the liquid more stable and create a new molecule that allows the lithium metal anode to function well in the electrolyte.

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Award winning US Harvard University scientist charged over links with China

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 10:14 -- Paul Crompton

An award winning US Harvard University scientist who reportedly worked on nano-wire-based lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles has been indicted on charges of making false statements to federal authorities regarding his participation in China’s Thousand Talents Program. 

Dr. Charles Lieber has been indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of making false statements and will be arraigned in federal court in Boston, US, at a later date. He was arrested on 28 January.

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The VW Group increases stake in US solid-state battery start-up QuantumScape to $300M

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:31 -- Paul Crompton

The Volkswagen Group is increasing its stake in US solid-state battery start-up QuantumScape by up to $200 million as the German OEM looks to future of electric vehicle drivetrains.

The companies formed a joint venture in 2018 to work together on solid-state batteries with Volkswagen investing $100 million at the time to enable industrial-level production of the technology.

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Tesla effect attracts lithium-ion battery recycling firm to set up shop in north Nevada

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:44 -- Paul Crompton

Mineral extraction and battery recycling company American Battery Metals Corporation— which is changing its name to American Battery Technology Company— has chosen northern Nevada, US, for its lithium-ion battery recycling facility.

The company chose the location because of the proximity of Tesla's Gigafactory, established road and rail infrastructure, and access to a qualified labour pool. 

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Engineering upgrades helps boost lithium-ion cathode recycling plant capacity by 150%

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:05 -- Paul Crompton

Metals firm American Manganese has more than doubled the capacity of its pilot lithium-ion battery cathode recycling plant in the US through engineering upgrades. 

The Canadian company raised capacity from 64 kg/day to 160 kg/day by adding thermal control of exothermic reactions that enable the plant to operate at higher pulp density. 

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