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Leoch hires stationary storage sales ace to bolster UK network power team

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 10:40 -- Paul Crompton

Battery firm Leoch Battery UK— the UK subsidiary of lead battery maker Leoch International— has appointed Jessica Shaw as its new sales manager–network power. 

Shaw has been hired to strengthen the firm’s UK sales team and will be responsible for selling its lead-acid and lithium-ion network power products, including: telecoms and UPS batteries for communication networks and data centres.

Shaw brings eight years’ experience of sales and business development, with a particular focus on the key sectors of data centres and telecoms. 

Most recently, Shaw was the business development manager-contractors at power management solutions firm Eaton.

Prior to that, she was business development manager for Wetac UK, a battery specialist, responsible for selling Wetac battery products into the data centre industry. 

Phil Hardy, sales director UK and Ireland for Leoch Battery UK said: “Jessica brings significant experience to her new position at Leoch, both in battery sales and with direct sector expertise in the data centre and telecoms markets, ideal for our eetwork power range of products. We’re confident that she will help us to grow UK sales in this important market.”

India firm commissions 100MW lithium-ion battery

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 16:06 -- Paul Crompton

Energy storage maker Inverted Energy has commissioned its new 100MWh lithium battery manufacturing plant in Delhi, India. 

The manufacturing capacity of the plant in Okhla Industrial Area is expected to increase in the coming months, say the India firm.

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UK’s largest battery is commissioned to balance the grid and deliver investor rewards

Wed, 11/04/2020 - 16:09 -- Paul Crompton

Gresham House Energy Storage Fund (GHESF) and Flexitricity has announced the UK's largest lithium-ion battery is now live less than six months after planning legislation was relaxed to allow individual energy storage projects to be greater than 50MW.

Scottish firm Flexitricity is optimising the 50MW/75MWh battery in Thurcroft, South Yorkshire, which will help the National Grid ESO balance supply and demand.

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EV and lithium-ion battery OEMs launch artisanal cobalt mining project in DRC

Tue, 11/03/2020 - 10:07 -- Paul Crompton

Training of artisanal miners has begun in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as part of a cross-industry initiative to develop an independent, ethical and sustainable cobalt supply for the lithium-ion battery industry.

Training of twelve artisanal mining cooperatives involving more than 1,500 miners in Kolwezi, DRC, begun last month as part of the ‘Cobalt for Development’ initiative launched by vehicle OEM BMW and lithium-ion battery makers Samsung and BASF.

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ORNL signs technology-licensing deals for lithium-ion battery safety and closed-loop recycling

Mon, 11/02/2020 - 12:42 -- Paul Crompton

The US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has licensed two lithium-ion battery technologies to companies aiming to eliminate thermal runaway and deliver a closed loop recycling system.

The first was to Soteria Battery Innovation Group (BIG), which exclusively licensed and optioned a technology developed to eliminate thermal runaway in mechanically damaged lithium-ion batteries. 

Image: ORNL’s Ramesh Bhave in his laboratory in March 2019. Credit: Carlos Jones/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

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Promising lithium-ion battery recycling results as research laboratory completes tests

Fri, 10/30/2020 - 10:37 -- Paul Crompton

Battery metals firm American Manganese (AMY) has reported its technology can extract 92% of lithium, nickel, and cobalt from NCA cathode scrap material.

The results were recorded by private sector research laboratory Kemetco Research after continuous operation of the leach stage of its AMY’s RecycLiCo process. 

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LoI signals Turkey’s intent to create domestic lithium-ion dependence

Thu, 10/29/2020 - 13:24 -- Paul Crompton

China lithium-ion battery maker Farasis Energy has signed a letter of intent to manufacturer battery modules in Turkey with a consortium aiming to bring domestic electric vehicles to the country.

Farasis will supply lithium-ion cells that will be jointly developed and produced into battery modules for EVs in partnership with Turkey’s automobile joint venture group TOGG. 

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Inobat launches lithium-ion pouch cell designed within 12 months using AI and HTP

Tue, 10/27/2020 - 13:03 -- Paul Crompton

European EV battery producer InoBat Auto launched the world’s first electric vehicle lithium-ion battery designed using artificial intelligence and high-throughput technology on 9 October.

The Slovakian firm developed the ‘intelligent’ batteries within a year of using processes that identify the optimum cell chemistry to meet the exact needs of an individual vehicle or automaker. 

InoBat will begin manufacturing the 265Wh/kg lithium-ion pouch cells from next year.

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Lead-acid bipolar firm ABC secures investment during Series B funding round

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 09:58 -- Paul Crompton

Bipolar lead-acid battery developer Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) has secured investment from Nuveen, the $1 trillion global investment arm of asset management firm TIAA, during its Series B growth equity round.

The undisclosed sum will help ABC, which develops and licenses technology related to its bipolar architecture, to move to the next stage of growth and help it build relationships in ‘new markets and geographies’.

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Saft doubles lithium-ion electrolyte capacity at workshop in France

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

Lithium-ion battery maker Saft — a subsidiary of French fossil fuel firm Total— has inaugurated its new electrolyte workshop at Poitiers, France.

Announced last year, the additional 1,900 square metre facility will double the site’s annual production capacity to 1,000 tonnes when production begins early next year.

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