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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.


Toyocolor to supply CNT to and SK Innovations European plants

Lioaccum series of conductive carbon nanotube (CNT) dispersions

Functional materials firm Toyocolor is set to supply carbon nanotubes to Korea’s lithium-ion battery maker SK Innovations’ plants in the US and Europe.


BCI and CBI release report to guide the US’ lead battery development

Two lead battery organisations have prepared a joint roadmap that identifies 13 key areas for the advancement of the next generation lead batteries.


BCI pushes lead batteries role in DOE long duration storage program

DOE’s secretary Jennifer Granholm

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced plans to reduce the cost of grid-scale, long-duration energy storage by 90% within the decade.


BASF’s cathode expansion accelerates with German lithium-ion recycling plant

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Chemicals giant BASF is set to build a battery recycling prototype plant in Germany to extract key materials from end-of-life lithium-ion cells and production scrap.