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Materials firm plans lithium-ion battery material plant in US

Specialty materials firm Unifrax plans today to build its first large-scale SiFAB

Specialty materials firm Unifrax plans today to build its first large-scale SiFAB (silicon fiber anode material) manufacturing line in the US.


Renault at centre of plans to build 74GWh of lithium-ion manufacturing capacity in France

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Two major deals will see could see France build 74GWH of lithium-ion battery manufacturing capacity by 2030.


US site to supply 4M tonnes of LCE into domestic lithium-ion battery market

Minerals exploration firm Galvanic Energy has secured a US site it claims will yield four-million tons of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) for use in lithium-ion batteries.


Public-private partnership to plug Europe’s 800,000 person battery skills gap

workers at a battery factory

A public-private partnership aims to fill the European battery industry skills gap by training 150,000 workers to aid the transition to electric vehicles.


Showa Denko to sell lead-battery business interests for $540m

Showa Denko headquarters

Battery maker Showa Denko is set to sell its underperforming lead-acid operations for a reported 60 billion yen ($540 million). 


Japanese mining firm eyes 10,000 t/m lithium-ion cathode material output

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Metals firm Sumitomo Metal Mining (SMM) is set to expand its production capacity of lithium-ion cathode materials for electric vehicle batteries. 


Organisations unite to counter lithium-ion battery fires in discarded electronic equipment

waste batteries from electronic waste

European organisations have teamed up to deliver a report that sets out methods for countering fires caused by spent batteries and electronic waste.


Pilot plant pushes NEO closer to lithium-ion silicon anode material commercialisation

me-metals schematic of silicon process

Canadian lithium-ion battery material firm NEO Battery Materials is on the verge of developing a first prototype of its silicon anode material.


Investment to drive growth in vanadium redox flow battery deployment

VRB Energy’s quality assurance team performing final inspections on the cell stacks and electrolyte tanks

Flow battery firm VRB Energy aims to accelerate growth following investment from Thailand renewable energy companies BCPG.

Scientists develop lithium-metal battery with 600-cycle life

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Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have created a lithium-metal battery that lasts for 600 cycles.