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Hyundai signs MoU to use second-life lithium-ion batteries in ESSs

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 15:01 -- Paul Crompton
Hyundai signs MoU to use second-life lithium-ion batteries in ESSs

South Korea’s vehicle OEM Hyundai Motor Group has committed to a joint project with Korea-based energy solution firm OCI to reuse second-life lithium-ion batteries from EV’s in energy storage systems (ESS). 

The systems will be used in solar power generation applications following the signing of a memorandum of understanding on 9 September.

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Bleak report indicates India’s apathy toward rogue Pb-A recycling

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 14:07 -- Paul Crompton
Bleak report indicates India’s apathy toward rogue Pb-A recycling

Informal recyclers in India processed more than a million tonnes of scrap lead-acid batteries as they continue to flout environmental rules governing the disposal of used batteries, an India-based think tank has reported. 

Environmental research organisation Toxics Link reported that 90% of the 12lakh (1.2 million) tonnes of batteries that entered the country’s recycling industry during 2017-18 were processed in informal recycling units.

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Swiss researchers examine solid-state battery secrets

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 13:20 -- John Shepherd
Swiss researchers examine solid-state battery secrets

Swiss researchers have lifted the lid on electromechanical processes that take place in solid-state batteries in a move they say could make the technology safer and more efficient for use in electric vehicles.

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) used X-ray tomography to observe the batteries “more precisely than ever before” and discovered how fissures in the battery material propagate.

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Auto firms asked for ideas to tackle India’s EV battery waste

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 13:13 -- John Shepherd
Auto firms asked for ideas to tackle India’s EV battery waste

India has called on auto industry bosses to help tackle battery waste and come up with proposals to recycle more of the raw materials needed for electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

Heavy industries minister Arvind Ganpat Sawant told a business leaders conference on electric mobility that while the government is subsidising the introduction of EVs, more R&D was needed into reducing the cost of metals and chemicals used to manufacture batteries.

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Lithium Australia to test cathodes using LFP recycled from lithium-ion batteries

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:59 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium Australia to test cathodes using LFP recycled from lithium-ion batteries

Battery materials firm Lithium Australia is to test the performance capabilities of coin cell cathodes using recycled lithium phosphate (LP) after recovering the material from old lithium-ion batteries for the first time.

The material, recovered from mixed metal dust, will be made into lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathode powder at the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary VSPC’s cathode powder pilot plant, in Brisbane, Australia.

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Mining firms link up for next-gen batteries R&D

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 12:13 -- Paul Crompton
Mining firms link up for next-gen batteries R&D

Two mining firms have formed a joint venture to develop both lithium-air and lithium-sulfur batteries in a bid to drive the market for palladium and platinum.

Canada-based Platinum Group Metals (PGM) and South African firm Anglo American Platinum (APP) launched Lion Battery Technologies to accelerate the use of platinum and palladium in lithium-air and lithium-sulfur battery technology.

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VW mulls South Africa EV battery plant partnership

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:19 -- John Shepherd
VW mulls South Africa EV battery plant partnership

German car giant Volkswagen is in talks with potential partners about plans to build an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in South Africa, BEST Battery Briefing can reveal.

VW has been in discussions with a consortium— which the car maker declined to give more details on— for the past six months about the possibility of teaming up for the project, the company confirmed to BBB.

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Boris backs battery power plan for Britain

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:09 -- John Shepherd
Boris backs battery power plan for Britain

The UK should become a world-class centre for battery R&D and production, the country’s newly-installed prime minister Boris Johnson has told legislators.

Johnson said the development of battery technology is among key national priorities as his administration prepares to leave the European Union on 31 October.

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Hammond announces new additives to boost EFB performance

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 12:42 -- Paul Crompton
Hammond  announces new additives to boost EFB performance

As series of additives designed to increase the performance capabilities of enhanced flooded lead-acid batteries has been launched by US speciality chemical firm Hammond Group.

The company’s AE-EFB series of negative expanders is the latest addition to its Advanced Expander product line.

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Western Australia unveils funds register to grow battery industry

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 09:43 -- John Shepherd
Western Australia unveils funds register to grow battery industry

Western Australia (WA) has launched a ‘Funding Assistance Register’ aimed at bolstering the state’s ambitions to develop a home-grown battery industry.

The initiative is designed to help firms such as mining and processing companies, manufacturers, research groups, renewable energy companies, and small businesses apply to unlock state and federal aid for future battery-related projects.

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