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

Recycling facility creates opportunity for UK to generate circular economy for lithium-ion batteries

Researchers working on the Faraday Institution ReLiB (Recycling and Reuse of Li-ion Batteries) project have completed the installation of lithium-ion battery testing and storage facilities at the University of Birmingham in the UK. 


Pinco’s new design and development manager to enhance curing chambers for the lead battery industry

Lead plate curing chamber firm Pinco has announced that Stefanos Kanidis has joined the Switzerland company as its design and development manager.


EUROBAT webinar highlights benefits and shortcomings of Europe's Battery Regulation framework

Policy makers must listen to the battery industry to ensure the European Commission’s Batteries Regulation policy framework is both workable and fosters innovation.


New anode binder could speed EV adoption as it pushes lithium-ion battery life to 1,700 cycles

Scientists from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) have developed a novel binder material that could help lithium-ion batteries reach 1,700 cycles.


CBI launches project to make lead batteries better suited for ESS applications

A European research project using neutron diffraction in a bid to improve the lifetime of lead batteries for energy storage applications has been launched by research organisation The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI).

Prices for key lithium-ion battery materials soar as Benchmark voices concern over supply chain

The price of lithium carbonate and cobalt have both risen to two-year highs as lithium-ion battery demand and logistical issues linked to COVID-19 formed a perfect storm for the materials industry.

Man dies at East Penn’s lead smelter facility in the US

A man working at East Penn Manufacturing’s smelter facility in Berks County, US, has died after falling into a lead refining furnace.


LG Chem forced into second recall as residential lithium-ion ESS units pose fire risk

Korean battery giant LG Chem has made a safety recall over concerns its lithium-ion powered residential storage units installed in Australia could overheat and catch on fire.


Scoping study to determine the feasibility of recovering materials from lithium-ion black mass

First Cobalt has begun a study to determine if black mass material from recycled lithium-ion batteries can be used as a supplemental source of feed for its hydrometallurgical refinery in Canada. 


Record breaking quarter marks milestone for US energy storage deployment

Front-of-meter energy storage deployment in the US skyrocketed in the last quarter of 2020, according to a report by Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA).