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Toyota and Panasonic JV to make lithium-ion vehicle batteries and develop next-gen technology including solid-state

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 15:57 -- Paul Crompton

A joint venture between vehicle OEM and Toyota Motor Corporation and lithium-ion battery maker Panasonic will specialise in prismatic batteries for automotive applications0.

The new company, called Prime Planet Energy & Solutions (PPES), is due to begin operation on 1 April this year from its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

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Lithium-ion battery anode pioneer recognised after missing out on Nobel prize

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 15:47 -- Paul Crompton

He may have been overlooked for a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, but the man whose technology rests in more than 95% of all lithium-ion batteries has been recognised for his work in bringing the chemistry to a global market.

Morocco’s Professor Rachid Yazami was given the Mohammed bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Distinguishment for his work in inventing a graphite anode for lithium-ion batteries.

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Pilot project is exploring the use of 2nd-life EV batteries in a commercial-scale ESS

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 14:26 -- Paul Crompton

A project exploring the use of second-life batteries in a commercial-scale lithium-ion energy storage system is being conducted in Germany.

The joint project by MAN Truck & Bus (MAN), Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein (VHH) and the Volkswagen Group has connected a 500kWh ESS to the charging network at VHH’s depot.

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Test quickens identification of EV packs for second-life use

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 14:53 -- Paul Crompton

A fast process for grading used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles has been developed by researchers in the UK using old packs from vehicle OEM Nissan.

The team from WMG, University of Warwick, worked with electronics firm Ametek to embed algorithms that can be used to grade second-life batteries.

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IESA calls for lithium-ion battery tax cuts to match those of EVs and renewables

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:25 -- Paul Crompton

India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) has called for tax deductions on lithium-ion batteries to help the country’s growing electric vehicle and renewable energy storage markets.

IESA has gone a step further in calling for a sales ban of internal combustion engine (ICE) two and three-wheelers in highly polluted cities.

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BCI’s first in-house lawyer highlights issues affecting lead battery industry

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:07 -- Paul Crompton

Lead battery organisation Battery Council International (BCI) has hired its first in-house lawyer to lead regulatory and legislative efforts, it was announced on 7 January.

Roger Miksad was hired as senior vice president and general counsel after a decade of working for the Chicago, US, based organisation as a member of David Weinberg’s team at Wiley Rein. 

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Misreported shipment of lithium-ion batteries causes fire on cargo ship

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 15:00 -- Paul Crompton

Containers of lithium-ion batteries, falsely reported as ‘spare parts’,  started a fire on a cargo ship owned by China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) Shipping based in China.

Boxes holding the batteries were destroyed and surrounding containers damaged in the fire on-board COSCO Pacific on 6 January.

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European Commission approves €3 billion fund to support battery industry

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 14:34 -- Paul Crompton

The European Commission has approved a €3.2 billion ($3.5 billion) fund to promote the research and development of a battery ‘ecosystem’ in Europe.

Seven European countries will receive funding to develop cooperation, accelerate laboratory-to-market innovation and introduce a ‘fit-for-future’ regulatory framework.

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MoU paves way for Australian firm to supply recycled battery materials to Korea

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 13:26 -- Paul Crompton

Envirostream Australia, a 24% owned subsidiary of Lithium Australia, has signed a lithium-ion battery materials offtake deal that includes recycled mixed metal dust (MMD) containing cobalt, nickel and lithium.

The memorandum of understanding with South Korean battery recycler SungEel Hitech involves the exclusive supply of metals extracted from recycled lithium-ion batteries out of Australia. 

Image: SungEel president Mr Kang Myung Yi and Envirostream managing director Andrew Mackenzie shake hands after signing the offtake MoU

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Tes announces plans for 14 tonne per day lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Singapore

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 14:08 -- Paul Crompton
Tes announces plans for Singapore14 tonne per day lithium-ion battery recycling facility

A new $20 million facility for recycling lithium-ion batteries is set to be opened in Singapore by global e-waste recycler Tes.

The country's senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Koh Poh Koon, announced the recycling facility on 30 October, according to reports by news outlet The Strait Times.

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