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Recycler signs deal to produce black mass from used lithium-ion e-bus batteries

Fri, 01/22/2021 - 08:56 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery recycling company Li-Cycle Corp has completed its battery recycling pilot plant where the Canadian produced black mass— a mixture of lithium, nickel, cobalt and copper— from used lithium-ion batteries.

The Canadian firm received 45 end-of-life lithium-ion battery modules from e-busses totalling 3,200 pounds from New Flyer Industries Canada and New Flyer of America— subsidiaries of bus manufacturer NFI Group— in Q4 of 2020.

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Lithium ions research shines light on path to precisely designed batteries for individual uses

Tue, 12/08/2020 - 12:23 -- Paul Crompton

An international team of researchers has developed a proof of concept technique for precisely tracking the movement of lithium ions moving through a polymer electrolyte within batteries.

The researchers used X-rays to determine the velocity and concentration of ions within a battery, then compared those results to theoretical models to determine the ion transport number, a fraction of electric current carried by ions in an electrolyte.

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New code of practice for handling lithium-ion batteries lays foundation for electric vehicles in the UK

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 09:30 -- Paul Crompton

The first standard in a far-reaching code of practice has been published by the UK’s British Standards Institute (BSI) to ensure the safe and environmentally-friendly manufacture, use and disposal of lithium-ion batteries.

The standard covers eleven handling themes— including storage, hazards and fumes— and is designed to help pack and module manufacturers, vehicle OEMs and recycling organisations manage risks throughout a battery’s lifetime.

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UK firm wins grant to produce lead oxides for advanced lead-acid batteries

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 14:04 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based recycling development firm Ever Resource has been awarded £237,425 ($315,500) grant funding to produce lead oxides for enhanced lead-acid technologies from old batteries.

The cash from Innovate UK's 'Sustainable Innovation Fund (round 1)' framework will allow Ever Resource to begin testing its nanostructured lead oxides in commercial lead-acid batteries.

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US scientists unveil proof-of-principle lithium-ion battery recycling technique

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 14:05 -- Paul Crompton

Scientists at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in the US have demonstrated a proof-of-principle electrochemical process for recycling lithium-ion batteries. 

The room temperature process uses electricity, instead of heat, to power the reactions that leach cobalt, lithium, manganese and other materials from shredded lithium-ion batteries. 

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Russia’s nuclear industry embraces the benefits of lithium-ion batteries

Thu, 10/29/2020 - 13:17 -- Paul Crompton

Russia state-operated nuclear energy firm Rosatom has incorporated Rosatom Energy Storage Solutions (RENERA) to develop and trade lithium-ion traction and stationary batteries.

RENERA, the new name of Cathode Materials, a 100% subsidiary of Russian nuclear fuel cycle firm TVEL (owned by Rosatom), will develop batteries for electric vehicles, and energy storage systems.

 

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Total and Groupe PSA create JV to develop 48GWh lithium-ion production capacity by 2030

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 11:54 -- Paul Crompton

Car maker Groupe PSA and fossil fuel giant Total are forming a joint venture called Automotive Cells Company (ACC) to build lithium-ion batteries.

The French firms will pool their knowledge to develop lithium-ion batteries with the goal of beginning mass production from 2023 in gigafactories in Douvrin (France) and Kaiserslautern (Germany).

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Circular-economy consortium aims to make Europe a regenerated battery materials hub

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 11:44 -- Paul Crompton

Battery materials firm Solvay and energy management firm Veolia are partnering on a circular-economy consortium to manage critical metals used in lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

Belgian firm Solvay and French company Veolia , through its subsidiary SARP Industries, are engaged in discussions about the battery value chain— from access and spent battery feedstock to dismantling, metal extraction and purification— with a car manufacturers and battery cell producers.

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DOE researchers increase lithium-sulfur battery performance using silica cathodes

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 10:14 -- Paul Crompton

Researchers at U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have found a polar, nonconductive cathode can increase the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries.

Using physical and electrochemical probes, the researchers discovered that under varying cycling rates and loadings, even at high current densities, a silica-based cathode showed better cycle-life in lithium-sulfur batteries.

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Exide launches App to simplify testing and replacement of its lead batteries

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 12:35 -- Paul Crompton

Exide Technologies in Europe has launched a free battery-testing app to make it easier for workshops to test and replace 12V lead-acid batteries.

The app works on any device with a web browser and is designed to work alongside the Exide EBT965P battery tester, which can test standard, GEL, AGM and EFB 12V batteries.

The next-generation device will allow mechanics to analyse battery test results and give customers battery replacement options within five minutes via SMS or email.

Workshops are alerted as soon as a customer authorises the replacement. Workshops can then present multiple battery options based on the fitment list coming from Exide. 

The system performs advanced analysis on the battery through Conductance Profiling™ technology covering cranking health, voltage, temperature, reserve health capacity and recommendations for further battery treatment such as recharge.

Each test produces a QR code, which the app can scan to import the test results. These test results can also be entered manually.

The app works in most European countries, is available in 13 languages and supports multiple currencies.

Workshops can register for free at ebtp.exide.com. 

This week Exide in Europe launched its grid-focused GNB Marathon FTX range of advanced AGM batteries for telecom and electric utility applications.

The battery uses a MICROCAT® Catalyst to reduce float current and minimise water loss by recombining the hydrogen and oxygen chemically back into water, further increasing the battery lifespan. The firm says this enables a service life of five years at 40°C to reduce the overall cost of ownership— a key consideration when pitting lead-acid against lithium-ion batteries in the above applications.

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