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Cobalt-free lithium-ion battery breakthrough uses 89% nickel chemistry

Researchers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin say they’ve cracked the code to a cobalt-free high-energy lithium-ion battery.


Freyr secures $13 million financing to build Norway’s first lithium-ion gigafactory

Norwegian firm Freyr has secured NOK 130 million ($13 million) of pre-construction financing to build the country’s first lithium-ion battery cell facility.


BMW Group inks deal to secure ‘ethically’ sourced cobalt supply from Morocco

Vehicle OEM BMW Group has signed a €100 million supply deal to secure a ethically sourced cobalt supply from Morocco as the company extends its electric vehicle fleet.


Flow battery report shows benefits to port but could the tech one-day power ships

A six-month feasibility study at Portsmouth, UK, port has demonstrated how flow batteries offer a more cost effective solution to reducing the shipping industry’s emissions than conventional lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries. 


CATL and Honda sign agreement to develop new energy vehicle batteries

Battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) is partnering with vehicle OEM Honda to develop new lithium-ion batteries for use in electric vehicles as well as recycling. 


Wärtsilä appoints new global head of its energy business

Finnish energy storage solution firm Wärtsilä has named the new president of its energy division who will have global is responsible for the business.


Turning point for US storage deployment as nations largest ESS connects to California ISO grid

The US’ largest battery storage resource to date was connected to the California Independent System Operator’s (ISO) grid in June— with the 62.5MW lithium-ion system supplying more than a quarter of the area’s battery capacity.


Varta receives funding to transfer lithium-ion battery tech to large-scale formats

Consumer cell maker Varta has received up to €300 million ($341 million) funding to help transfer its technology to larger format batteries for use in energy storage and mobility applications.

New cathode coating extends lithium-ion battery life and boosts safety

A three-year project by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has made a breakthrough in improving lithium-ion batteries.


German researchers to develop realistic test procedures to make safer lithium-ion batteries

German public research university The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is working to develop standards that provide more security and flexibility when designing lithium-ion batteries.