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Scientists use algorithm to identify potential solid electrolyte materials for lithium-ion batteries

Mon, 11/02/2020 - 12:49 -- Paul Crompton

Theoretical scientists at Stanford University have identified a new class of materials that could lead to the development of more efficient solid-state lithium-ion batteries.

The materials—lithium, boron and sulfur— were identified after the team used a computer algorithm to screen more than 12,000 lithium-containing compounds in a materials database. 

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UK’s first e-ferry propelled into service with repurposed lithium-ion batteries

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 11:00 -- Paul Crompton

A ferry using repurposed lithium-ion batteries from Nissan Leaf electric vehicles has been launched in Plymouth, UK.

Rigorous trials of e-Voyagers’ motors, energy storage, control and charging systems are run in a real-world environment in a bid to gain regulatory approval

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UK battery maker signs MoU to build lithium-ion plant in Australia

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 10:31 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based battery maker AMTE (formerly AGM Batteries) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with infrastructure firm InfraNomics with the goal of making lithium batteries in Western Australia.

The MoU, signed on 15 September, will evaluate the technical and commercial viability of lithium-ion cell manufacturing in the country focused on eservices the energy storage sector.

AMTE made headlines early this year when it signed a MoU with Britishvolt, to build the UK’s first lithium-ion battery cell gigafactories servicing the automotive and energy storage markets.

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MOU paves way for sodium-sulfur battery use in green hydrogen projects in Korea

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 11:38 -- Paul Crompton

A subsidiary of German chemical company BASF will supply sodium-sulfur batteries to Korean power-to-gas (P2G) company G-Philos after the pair signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 10 September.

Wholly owned subsidiary BASF New Business (BNB) will supply a total of 19.2MWh of sodium-sulfur(NaS) batteries to G-Philos for P2G projects in Korea. 

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Hyundai and SK Innovation partner to develop EV lithium-ion battery industry ecosystem

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 10:31 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Hyundai Motor Group and lithium-ion battery maker SK Innovation will partner to create a battery value chain and strengthen eco-friendliness of electric vehicle batteries.

The South Korean firms have agreed to cooperate in the development of a sustainable ecosystem for electric vehicle (EV) batteries and create acycle of battery usage known as the Battery as a Service (BaaS), which includes lease or rental service. 

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Merger paves way for solid-state lithium-metal battery production

Wed, 09/09/2020 - 10:08 -- Paul Crompton

Battery developer QuantumScape Corporation is set to start production of its solid-state lithium-metal batteries via its joint venture with the Volkswagen Group following a billion dollar merger with Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp.

The California, US, based firm is expected to receive more than $1 billion in cash and funding commitments, led by Volkswagen and Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, as part of the transaction.

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Hybrid ESS to use flywheels to extend lithium-ion battery life in grid application

Tue, 09/08/2020 - 09:26 -- Paul Crompton

A hybrid energy storage system has been completed in the Netherlands utilising lithium-ion batteries from Leclanché and flywheel technology from S4 Energy. 

Swiss company Leclanché partnered with Netherlands firm S4 Energy on the project in Almelo for energy management provider S4 Ancillary Services.

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Indian firm announces plans for 50,000t/pa graphite anode manufacturing plant

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 10:02 -- Paul Crompton

Coal tar derivatives company Epsilon Carbon is planning to invest up to Rs 500 crore ($67 million) over the next five years to manufacture graphite anode materials for lithium-ion batteries in India.

Introducing itself to the battery material business, the Karnataka, India-based firm, plans to establish a 50,000 tonne per year anode material manufacturing capacity by 2025. 

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C4V developing game changing six-minute charge lithium-ion battery

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:21 -- Paul Crompton

Test results for US-based intellectual property firm Charge CCV’s (C4V) lithium-ion batteries suggest they can recharge in around six minutes.

The C4V claim to have developed and built an advanced lithium-ion battery that has longer cycle life through its proprietary high-voltage bio-mineralised lithium-mixed-metal-phosphate cathode and anode material.

 

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Enersys unveils new thin plate 12V lead-acid batteries for small motive power applications

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 11:33 -- Paul Crompton

US firm Enersys has launched a series of smaller 12V lead-acid batteries for small traction motive power applications using its Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology.

Versions of both the firm’s NexSys CORE and PURE blocs have been launched for the OEM and after market applications.

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