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All the news and views from the world of energy storage and associated industries.

Chinese researchers develop ‘greener’ recycling method for lithium-ion batteries

Researchers from China’s Tsinghua University have developed a mechano-chemical method for extracting lithium from used lithium iron phosphate (LiFePo) batteries.


Sila Nano raises $590M to fund 100GWh lithium-ion battery anode materials factory

Materials firm Sila Nanotechnologies has raised $590 million in Series F funding to support development of its North American lithium-ion battery materials gigafactory.

Lithium-ion battery maker Akasol in buy out deal with German vehicle OEM

Vehicle original equipment manufacturer (OEM) BorgWarner has launched plans to buy out lithium-ion battery maker Akasol, to strengthen its commercial vehicle and off-highway vehicle electrification strategy.


Dutch firm secures cash boost to expand production of silicon material for lithium-ion batteries

Dutch battery materials firm E-magy has secured €5 million ($6 million) to increase production of its silicon, lithium-ion battery material and accelerate qualification programs with automakers and battery manufacturers.

Sodium battery maker reveals plans for plant in Wales as it begins US facility

Technology firm DST Innovations has secured £1.25 million ($1.9 million) in private investment to expand their sodium battery research facility in Wales. 


Aqua Metals to sell Nevada lead facility and invests in lithium-ion battery recycling

Lead recycling firm Aqua Metals has signed a deal to sell its Nevada, US, plant and has committed to invest in sustainable lithium-ion battery recycler LiNiCo


Battery world’s combine as scientists develop lead/carbon anode for lithium-ion batteries

Scientists from the US have developed a lithium-ion anode that could offer a ‘new revenue stream’ for lead battery makers and recyclers.


South Korea launches four-year lithium-ion battery reuse scheme

South Korea has launched a four-year lithium-ion battery technology development project to ensure used batteries are either recycled or used in second-life applications.


Hydrovolt starts construction of battery recycling plant in Norway

Hydrovolt, the joint venture between Swedish battery maker Northvolt and Norwegian aluminium firm Hydro, has started construction of its lithium-ion recycling plant in Norway.


Europe’s lithium-ion recycling industry to reach profitability by 2025— as it plays catch up to China

Europe’s lithium-ion battery recycling industry could be profitable within four years as cost of recycling NMC cathode’s is set to fall by just over a third to $40/kWh.