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Battery materials firm hires lithium-ion expert to drive EV market penetration

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 14:54 -- Paul Crompton

Graphite One has appointed a lithium-ion battery expert as its new chief technology officer to lead the Canadian battery materials firm’s move into the electric vehicle market.

Dr. Shane Beattie will be responsible for leading the company’s plan to process and manufacture high grade coated spherical graphite products for electric vehicle batteries and energy storage systems.

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UK firms to light up Africa with repurposed lithium-ion batteries

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 13:38 -- Paul Crompton

Cells from solar lamps are to be reused to make batteries to power homes in Kenya following a partnership between lithium battery firm Aceleron and UK firm Total Access to Energy Solutions (TATES).

The first stage of the project will see Aceleron convert TATES waste lithium-ion battery cells into reusable battery packs for off-grid applications across Kenya and the surrounding area including Benin, Rwanda and Libya. 

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FCA to build lithium-ion battery hub in Italy ahead of EV production plans

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 14:00 -- Paul Crompton
FCA to build lithium-ion battery plant in Italy ahead of EV production plans

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is set to build a battery hub to assemble lithium-ion electric vehicle battery packs at its Mirafiori, Italy, plant as part of its overall e-mobility strategy. 

The company’s subsidiary Comau will help guide the assembly process for battery packs to be used in new generations of full electric FCA models.

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Power multinational EDF reveals electric mobility ambitions with purchase of Pivot Power

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 14:26 -- Paul Crompton

EDF Renewables UK, a subsidiary of the French power firm EDF Group, is vying for top spot in the UK battery industry with the buy out of energy storage and electric vehicle charging firm Pivot Power.

UK firm Pivot Power, now a wholly owned subsidiary of EDF Renewables, says the move will help it build out 2GW network of transmission connected batteries in its C40 sites across the UK. 

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ESS Inc gains $30 million funding for iron flow battery making process

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 15:37 -- Paul Crompton

Energy storage firm ESS Inc will use $30 million in new funding to expand and automate the manufacturing process of its second-generation iron flow battery technology. 

The US firm plans to use the cash secured in its Series C investment round on developing production capacity at its Wilsonville, Oregon, facility to 1GWh.

An ESS spokesman told BEST: "One of the unique aspects of ESS iron flow battery technology is the extremely low capital costs required to set up the manufacturing of battery modules.The company's manufacturing investment requires only a fraction of the tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars that are required by lithium-ion batteries to achieve similar GWh scale production capacity."

They added that in the context of lithium-ion manufacturers, they mean total power, whereas ESS was aiming to scale up to 1 GWh/year for systems that could range from 4 to 10 hours in energy duration.

 

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Lithium battery fire sparks closure of recycling facility

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 15:25 -- Paul Crompton

An investigation has been launched into a fire started by a lithium-ion battery that destroyed a recycling facility in the US on 24 October.

The fire, coupled with 60 mph winds, has meant recycling firm Republic Services has had to close its facility at the Salt River Pima landfill in Fountain Hills, Maricopa County, Arizona.

A spokesman for the Arizona firm said: “We are working with our municipal partners to identify short-term and long-term recycling processing solutions that will help us continue serving our customers with minimal interruption. 

“The cause of the fire is under investigation, and the recycling center is currently closed.”

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Kore Power plans to increase global output to 16GWh with US plant

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 15:24 -- Paul Crompton
Lindsay Gorrill, CEO of Kore Power

Energy storage firm Kore Power announced on 22 October it plans to build a 10GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in the US based on the model it is using at its 6GWh plant in China.

The location of the new plant has not been disclosed, with the Idaho company reviewing potential sites in a handful of states within the US.

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GS Yuasa’s first overseas lithium-ion battery plant starts operations in Hungary

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 15:17 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid battery maker GS Yuasa has begun operations at its first lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility outside of Japan— although the company is ‘not allowed’ to release information on the type of cell.

GS Yuasa Hungary, a subsidiary of the Japan-based firm, announced it has started production of automotive 12V lithium-ion batteries at its plant in Miskolc, Hungary.

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CATL breaks ground on European gigafactory to streamline lithium-ion battery supply chain

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 15:35 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has broken ground on its German battery manufacturing plant— the first time the company has expanded beyond its China borders.

The company aims to make 14GWh of lithium-ion cells and modules a year by 2022—just four years after the deal was announced during talks in Berlin between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese premier Li Keqiang.

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Chinese lead recycler voices plans to enter lead-acid battery making market

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 11:11 -- Paul Crompton

China’s largest lead producer, Henan Yuguang Gold and Lead, has announced plans to set up a lead-acid battery production line as part of a downstream expansion. 

The firm, based in Henan province, has not decided on a capacity or location for the plant, news outlet Reuters has reported.

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