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Solid-state battery breakthrough first stage in doubling energy density of lithium-ion cells

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 09:33 -- Paul Crompton

Researchers at Australia's Deakin University have reported a way of using common industrial polymers to create solid electrolytes for solid-state lithium-ion batteries.

The scientists’ new solid polymer electrolyte system, based on a new lithium transport mechanism, was weakly bonded to the lithium-ion to replace the liquid solvents typically used as electrolytes in battery cells.

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Deal paves way for 400MWh of battery energy storage systems in Australia

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 15:16 -- Paul Crompton

Australia’s utility-scale energy storage market is set to grow after a deal between Maoneng and power retailer AGL to deliver 200MW/400MWh of capacity in New South Wales.

The deal will see Maoneng develop four 50MW/100MWh batteries with AGL securing the rights to use that capacity, as required, at a fixed price for 15 years.

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Talga and Leclanché sign MoU to trial graphene silicon lithium-ion battery anodes

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 14:06 -- Paul Crompton

Switzerland energy storage firm Leclanché will evaluate Australian firm Talga Resources’ range of graphene silicon anode products with the intention of developing commercial products for the lithium-ion battery industry. 

The move follows the signing a memorandum of understanding that includes trials to run over a 2-6 month period, and indicative pricing for various volumes of Talnode supply, during the trials and over a three year period. 

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Australia frees up AUD50M for studies into microgrid deployment

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 13:10 -- Paul Crompton

An AUD50 million ($34 million) cash pot has been released by the Australian government to fund feasibility studies into how microgrids can replace, upgrade or supplement existing power supplies.

The ‘Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund’ (the program) will provide up to AUD50 million by the end of 2024. 

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Australia adopts its first standards to ensure safe delivery of energy storage projects

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 13:03 -- Paul Crompton

Australia’s first rules governing the safe installation of energy storage systems were introduced on 11 October, five years after consultation on the guidelines first began.

Non-profit standards organisation Standards Australia has published AS/NZS 5139:2019, Electrical installations – Safety of battery systems for use with power conversion equipment.

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First Graphene teams up with UK university to develop supercapacitor material

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 14:57 -- Paul Crompton
Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre

Graphite powder firm First Graphene has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with the UK’s University of Manchester to develop graphene-hybrid materials for use in supercapacitors.

The organisations will use a proprietary electrochemical process to develop graphene-hybrid materials in a bid to create supercapacitors that can be used in electric vehicles and stationary applications.

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Hydrostor to deliver compressed air energy storage projects after funding round

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 15:32 -- Paul Crompton
Hydrostor to deliver compressed air energy storage projects after funding round

Hydrostor announced on 19 September that it had closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in its latest funding round as it aims to drive forward plans to commercialise its advanced compressed air energy storage (A-CAES) technology. 

The financing included a combination of equity, debt, project development and cash commitments, and an asset acquisition.

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Partnership aims to commercialise next gen solid-state batteries within five years

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 14:59 -- Paul Crompton

A partnership to develop solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) for lithium batteries has been made between Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Japanese chemical manufacturer Piotrek.

The companies hope to fast- track the development and commercialisation of an SPE for use in high energy (4.5-5V) lithium batteries for electric vehicles and drones by 2025.

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Chinese LIB components firm ups stake in Australian lithium miner

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 09:58 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese LIB components firm ups stake in Australian lithium miner

Chinese lithium battery components producer Ningbo Shanshan has strengthened its supply chain by increasing its stake in Australia’s Altura Mining.

Altura said Shanshan would invest AUD$22.4 million (US$16m) and become the lithium miner’s single-largest shareholder, with a stake of 19%, subject to completion of various regulatory approvals.

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Australia-India lithium refinery project under evaluation

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 22:29 -- John Shepherd
Australia-India lithium refinery project under evaluation

Australia-listed Neometals has signed a binding memorandum of understanding with Indian company Manikaran Power to jointly fund the evaluation of developing “India’s first lithium refinery”.

A final investment decision (FID) on creating a 50-50 joint venture for the refinery will be taken after completion of a feasibility study, Neometals said.

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