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Morrow Batteries’ ramps up plans for European lithium-ion gigafactory

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 11:21 -- Paul Crompton
Battery materials firm Vianode, a subsidiary of Elkam, will supply anode materials for Morrow Batteries’ lithium-ion gigafactory.

Battery materials firm Vianode, a subsidiary of Elkam, will supply anode materials for Morrow Batteries’ lithium-ion gigafactory.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the firms covers the development and qualification of the large-scale supply of anode materials.

Morrow plans to build a 42GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Eyde Energy Park in Arendal municipality, Norway.

Vianode intends to supply the anode materials from its planned large-scale battery graphite plant at Herøya Industrial Park, Norway.

As part of the agreement, the companies will jointly develop tailored anode materials suited for Morrow lithium-ion cells, including both synthetic graphite and silicon-containing anode materials. 

Vianode has received NOK10 million ($1.1 million) in financial support from Norwegian government enterprise Enova to fund the initial planning of its materials plant. 

Vianode is aiming for a final investment decision this year to allow construction to begin before the end of 2021. 

Moving forward

On 4 June, Morrow and Siemens announced they would collaborate on sustainable digitalisation and automation of the gigafactory’s battery cell production value chain and the commercialisation of “low-cost products”.

Three days earlier, Morrow signed a letter of intent for support on automation, electrification, and digitisation of its planned facilities with ABB.

In addition, the companies intend to collaborate on a common go-to-market approach, with highly developed battery solutions as well as energy storage systems.

Last month, Morrow formalised the decision to build the 42GWH plant in Eyde Energy Park in Arendal municipality in the south of the country when it gained approval by Arendal City Council.

Morrow is due to start producing battery cells for electric vehicles starting in late 2024. 

All four modules will be completed in 2026.

Last month, Morrow appointed Juergen Lind as executive vice president (EVP) of Industrialization and Business Development. 

The former head of battery development at Audi will lead the build-up of Morrow's Industrialization Center (MIC) and drive “customer-centric battery cell development”.

Juergen will take up his post in August.

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ABB and Talga sign MoU to build Europe’s biggest lithium-ion battery anode plant

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 11:34 -- Paul Crompton

Australian battery anode company Talga Group and Switzerland technology firm ABB are set to develop and construct a lithium-ion battery anode production facility in Sweden.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the firms will see Talga’s Vittangi Anode Project built in northern Sweden. 

Talga managing director Mark Thompson said the firms plan to build Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery anode production facility for more sustainable batteries.

The anode refinery is expected to begin production in 2023. 

Under the MoU, ABB will supply a suite of production control and process solutions for Talga’s integrated lithium-ion battery anode operations. 

In addition, the companies will work with its partners to provide engineering support for the Vittangi Anode Project Definitive Feasibility Study, due for completion March 2021, with the intent to execute binding agreements for construction and operations in future. 

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Dutch firm produce 100% silicon anode for lithium-ion batteries

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:26 -- Paul Crompton

LeydenJar Technologies is ready to start producing new lithium-ion anode that can be made from 100% silicon while offering higher energy density.

The spinout from the Dutch applied research institute TNO, claims its breakthrough technology offers batteries with an energy density of 1350 Wh/L for more than 100 cycles at a C/2 rate. 

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Sion Power’s prototype lithium-metal cell shows EV market promise

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 13:08 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-metal battery developer Sion Power has announced promising results from its demonstration cell that uses a metallic lithium anode and nickel-rich commercial cathode material.

The US firm tested the 1.8Ah prototype cell which it is developing for electric vehicle applications requiring high energy density, increased cycle life, and fast charging capability.

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Carbon recovery trials puts EcoGraf a step closer to entering the lithium-ion battery supply chain

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 12:59 -- Paul Crompton

Australian battery materials firm Ecograf has announced it can recover 99% of the carbon from used battery feedstock following trials of its lithium-ion anode recycling process.

The firm’s proprietary graphite purification technology was trialled on recycled lithium-ion battery material, which included anode material consisting of natural and synthetic graphite and silicon. =

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Tier-1 lithium-ion anode maker requests bigger sample after positive test results

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 13:48 -- Paul Crompton

Australian minerals firm Blackearth Minerals has received positive feedback from a Tier-1 lithium-ion battery anode maker on its graphite concentrate mined in Southern Madagascar.

China firm BTR New Energy Materials undertook an in-house test-work program to evaluate the concentrate for suitability as an anode material.

 

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UltraCharge raising AUD2.5m ‘to accelerate Li-ion tech’

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:53 -- Xuan Zhong
UltraCharge raising AUD2.5m ‘to accelerate Li-ion tech’

Israel-based lithium and flow battery developer UltraCharge has told BBB it is finalising a raise of AUD2.5 million ($1.9m) to boost battery tech investments.

The CEO of Australia-listed UltraCharge Kobi Ben-Shabat (pictured) said the cash would be used in part to expand development of titanium dioxide (TiO2) as an alternative to graphite in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries, in a bid to improve fast charging capabilities, lifespan and safety.

 

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Paraclete cuts formation time down to size

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 10:01 -- Xuan Zhong
Paraclete cuts formation time down to size

Paraclete Energy, a Michigan based lithium ion materials supplier, made a strong push for the acceptance of prelithiated anode materials at the Battery Show Europe last week, with the launch of prelithiated SM-Silicon.

Prelithiated nanoparticle SM-Silicon/PL has a proprietary surface modifier that acts as a protective shell from air and moisture and has an artificial SEI for cycle stability. Not only will customers be able to incorporate Paraclete Energy’s cycle stable SM-Silicon™ into their anode to achieve the highest capacity possible for their batteries, but they will also be able to reap the benefits mentioned an aqueous compatible prelithiated anode in short reduced formation time, said the company.

 

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Lithium and sulfur combined in new anode material

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 10:29 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium and sulfur combined in new anode material

Researchers in India have combined two chemistries to boost the capacity retention of an anode material in lithium-ion batteries.

The team from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras combined the lithium ion insertion reaction from lithium-ion batteries and the sulfur redox reaction from lithium-sulfur batteries to increase the battery’s overall capacity.

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US anode and material firms join forces to drive lead-carbon commercialisation

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 14:22 -- Paul Crompton
US anode and material firms join forces to drive lead-carbon commercialisation

Two US lead-acid companies have teamed up in a joint technology assessment program to drive the comercialisation of their anode and material technology.

Large format bi-polar battery developer Advanced Battery Concepts, (ABC) and lead-carbon energy storage firm Axion Power International will assess the performance, efficacy and cost of the technology and materials in ABC's ‘GreenSeal’ bipolar battery.  

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