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

US scientists use trees for novel approach to lithium batteries solid electrolyte

Battery nanofibrils

Scientists at Brown University and the University of Maryland have discovered that cellulose derived from trees could replace the volatile liquid electrolytes in today’s lithium-ion batteries.

Lithium Americas outbids CATL to buy Millennial Lithium for $400million

‘Pastos Grandes’ lithium brine project in Argentina

Canadian-based Lithium Americas Corp. (LAC) has entered a definitive agreement to buy fellow Canadian firm Millennial Lithium Corp (MLC) for $400 million after outbidding China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Company (CATL).

Sungrow supplies Southeast Asia’s biggest BESS

sungrow hokkaido

Chinese inverter manufacturer Sungrow is partnering with renewable energy and independent power producer Super Energy to supply South-East Asia’s largest battery energy storage system (BESS) to a Solar PV-plus-storage project in Thailand.

Northvolt creates its first battery cell with 100% recycled NMC cathode

Northvolt battery from recycled materials

Swedish firm Northvolt has announced the production of its first lithium-ion battery cell featuring a nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode made entirely with metals recovered from battery waste.

EOS report $137.4 million zinc battery orders to Q3

EOS battery

Long-duration energy storage firm EOS Energy Enterprises has announced in its Q3 financial report customer orders worth $137.4 million this year, which it hopes to increase to $300 million by the end of 2021.

Battery Streak and CBMM unite to push niobium technology for lithium-ion batteries

CBMM niobium

Brazilian niobium producer CBMM (Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração) has acquired 20% of US-based start-up Battery Streak (BSI) to drive development of fast charging lithium-ion batteries.

Lead-acid battery replacement market growth spurs lithium-ion firm ABS to triple in size

Lithium-ion battery maker American Battery Solutions is tripling the size of its Innovation Center in Michigan, US, and adding to its team of battery professionals. 

 

Korean cell maker partners with research institute to make safer lithium-ion batteries

SK On, the battery unit split-off from SK Innovations, and Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) will partner to create safer lithium-ion batteries related safety standards.

 

DOE launches $209M fund to develop lithium-ion batteries and fast charging technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $209 million in funding for 26 laboratory projects focusing on electric vehicles, advanced batteries and connected vehicles. 

 

AVL deals to deploy vanadium redox flow batteries and manufacturer materials in Australia

Australian Vanadium, in conjunction with its 100% owned subsidiary VSUN Energy, has signed a non-binding sales and materials memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Spanish vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) manufacturer E22. 

 

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