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Battery recycler Li-Cycle Corp appoints new VP of Asia and board of advisors

Thu, 09/02/2021 - 10:05 -- Paul Crompton
Li-Cycle Corp has appointed Dawei Li

Battery materials recycler Li-Cycle Corp has appointed Dawei Li to the role of vice-president of the company’s Asia business and its board of advisors to deliver management advisory services to the Canadian firm’s senior management team.

Focused on the Asian market, Li (pictured) will oversee the Canada firm’s team, business development, and commercial lithium-ion battery recycling facility rollout across the continent.

Li says he plans to leverage his experience with directing global teams to facilitate Li-Cycle’s expansion in a region that is experiencing “prolific growth of electrification and lithium-ion batteries”.

He will report directly to Li-Cycle’s co-founder and chief executive officer, Ajay Kochhar.

Kochhar said: "The Asian lithium-ion battery market is the world’s largest, presenting a considerable supply of battery manufacturing scrap as well as lithium-ion batteries that are approaching their end-of-life and will need to be recycled.

“Li will play a major role in our global growth plans by spearheading our expansion in Asia. Asia is one of the key components of our broader global rollout plan over the next five years and beyond.”

Prior to joining Li-Cycle, Li served as the global business director for Lithium Carbonate at the Albemarle Corporation.

Li-Cycle is set to debut as a publicly traded company in the US and expand its operations into Asia, in addition to other regions.

Board of advisors

John Mitchell and Govind Arora were asked to join the company's board of advisors because of their  “experience and expertise” in business development, commercial support and strategic and business planning.

Both are partners and co-founders of Blue Horizon Advisors and Blue Horizon Capital, which support companies to scale and provide index-based investment products across the new energy economy. 

The other members of the board of advisors are Dr. Yuan Gao and Dr. Ahmad Ghahreman, who provide technical advisory services.

Mitchell comes from the specialty chemicals, energy materials, utility infrastructure, and industrial gases industries. 

He has previously served as president of lithium for the Albemarle Corporation, where he guided its lithium division. 

Arora was previously chief commercial officer for Albemarle Corporation’s lithium business. 

Dr. Gao is vice-chairman of the board of directors of Qinghai Taifeng Pulead Lithium-Energy Technology Co. Ltd. (Pulead), one of China’s leading lithium-ion battery cathode producers. 

Dr. Ghahreman has more tha 15 years of hydrometallurgical/wet chemistry experience. 

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VW breaks ground on Lab to develop and test US focused lithium-ion EV batteries

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 15:10 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Volkswagen of America, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, has begun building its first lithium-ion battery testing facility outside of Europe or Asia to ensure “better tuned” cells for the US electric vehicle market.

The $22 million Battery Engineering Lab at its Chattanooga Engineering and Planning Center in the US state of Tennessee will test and validate electric vehicle cells and battery packs for the North American market.

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Firm reveals plans for Africa’s first lithium-ion gigafactory to supply the energy storage and EV markets

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 12:56 -- Paul Crompton

With a raw battery materials supply to rival anywhere in the world, Africa seems the perfect place to build a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant, yet North America, Europe and Asia have been the locations of choice— until now.

The Megamillion Energy Company aims to be Africa’s first large-scale producer of lithium-ion batteries and plans to build a 32GWh per year facility by 2028 for both the energy storage and electric vehicle markets.

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SK Innovation ‘in battery venture talks with VW, China’

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 12:54 -- Hugh Finzel

South Korea’s SK Innovation (SKI) is reportedly in talks to establish two separate battery production joint ventures— one with Volkswagen and another with Chinese partners.

SKI confirmed talks with Volkswagen in an interview with Reuters, saying the two companies were discussing building a factory together. SKI also said I was “on the cusp” of agreeing plans to build a plant in China with “undisclosed partners”.

The president of SKI’s batteries business YS Yoon told Reuters: “Our strategy is to keep up with technological advancement by having relationships with some of our key customers. Compared with rivals, we’ve been matching or exceeding investment in the (EV batteries) area since last year.”

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Saft to ‘expand lithium’ with Chinese lead group Tianneng

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 09:51 -- Hugh Finzel
Patrick Pouyanné

France’s Saft and Chinese lead-acid battery group Tianneng Energy Technology have formed a joint venture (JV) to expand lithium-ion manufacturing and “scale up its e-mobility and energy storage businesses”.

The JV will “primarily focus on the development, manufacturing and sales of advanced lithium-ion cells, modules and packs”. Production will be based at Tianneng’s Changxing factory, with a potential annual manufacturing capacity of 5.5GWh.

“This is a first strategic move driven by Total, following its acquisition of Saft in 2016,” said Patrick Poyanné, CEO of Total, the French battery manufacturer’s parent company. “The JV will allow Saft to join forces with a Chinese partner, a world leading lead-acid battery manufacturer, willing to develop its lithium-ion activities.

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UK and China launch virtual energy research centre

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 15:31 -- John Shepherd
Professor Nigel Brandon, Dean of Engineering at ICL (left) & Qikun Xue, VP for Research at Tsinghua

Imperial College London (ICL) and Tsinghua University are launching a virtual centre to collaborate on pioneering research into advanced energy systems.

The universities have agreed to jointly study “next-generation technologies and intelligent control strategies” towards low-carbon power and energy systems.

The centre will be the latest collaboration between the two universities, which have previously worked together on research projects including ‘the role of energy storage in enhancing operation and stability performance of sustainable power systems’.

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Leoch sets sights on Europe as new Asian battery plants start up

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 09:53 -- John Shepherd

Leoch International Technology is to bring two new lead-acid battery plants on stream this year in Vietnam— and has revealed plans to expand in Europe including through acquisitions.

The Hong Kong-listed firm said one of its Vietnam plants will start delivering reserve power batteries by mid-2019, while the other will be delivering SLI batteries by the end of the third quarter.

Construction of both plants is “in full gear”, Leoch said in a Hong Kong Stock Exchange announcement. “The design production capacity of these two factories will be more than double the current total overseas production capacity with opportunity for future expansion.”

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SK Innovation starts work on US battery factory

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 12:58 -- John Shepherd
Artist's impression of SK Innovation's EV plant

SK Innovation has broken ground on a US$1.1 billion electric vehicle batteries production plant in the US state of Georgia.

The South Korean group said the plant would have an annual production capacity of around 60 gigawatt-hours of lithium-ion batteries annually by 2022— when full production is slated to start.

SK Group vice-chairman Choi Jae-Won said the facility— being built on a 278-acre site in Commerce City— would be completed in the second half of 2021 and help to strengthen Korean-US economic cooperation.

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Asahi Kasei to expand LIB separator manufacturing

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 14:22 -- Hugh Finzel
Asahi Kasei Hipore Li-ion battery separators

Japanese tech group Asahi Kasei will invest 30 billion yen (US$271 million) to expand its manufacturing capacity for lithium-ion battery separators, in response to “booming global demand in the battery market”.

Asahi Kasei will use the funds to increase production capacity by an additional 450 million square metres a year, taking the total capacity to 1.55 billion sq m, well beyond its target— stated in January 2018— of 1.1bn sq m by 2020.

The current 450m sq m expansion is scheduled for completion in mid 2021 across two factory sites— Moriyama in Japan and North Carolina in the US.

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Indian government unveils ‘battery mission’

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 15:28 -- Hugh Finzel
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The Indian government has approved a ‘National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage’ that aims to transform mobility in India.

The move will see the introduction of a “sustainable mobility ecosystem” and push ahead with the government’s ‘Make in India’ programme to boost domestic manufacturing”.

Under the initiative— approved by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s (pictured) cabinet— two phased manufacturing programmes (PMPs) will be established and will be valid for five years, up until 2024.

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