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Nexeon adds ‘Spice’ to silicon tech research

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:12 -- John Shepherd
Nexeon adds ‘Spice’ to silicon tech research

UK-based battery materials firm Nexeon is leading a project to optimise coating technology for its silicon material to boost the performance of battery cells.

Nexeon said the ‘Spice’ (Silicon Product Improvement through Coating Enhancement) project aims to extend the system compatibility of silicon anode materials, “allowing use of lower cost electrolyte formulations and lower overall battery cell costs”.

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China battery tariffs threat ‘would hit US storage plans’

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 11:16 -- John Shepherd
China battery tariffs threat ‘would hit US storage plans’

Proposed tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries and related equipment would have “an immediate and adverse effect on grid energy storage deployments”, US leaders have been warned.

President Donald Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on a further $300 billion worth of Chinese exports to the US if Chinese president Xi Jinping does not meet him at the G20 summit of world leaders in Japan later this month.

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Audi battery fire risk prompts E-Tron recall in US

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:45 -- John Shepherd
Audi battery fire risk prompts E-Tron recall in US

German car manufacturer Audi is recalling its first all-electric vehicle rolled out in the US— the ‘E-Tron’— due to the risk of battery fires.

A spokesperson for the company, which is owned by Volkswagen, told BEST Battery Briefing “moisture could, in very rare cases, enter the high-voltage battery through the low-voltage wiring via the charging-socket grommet, due to production tolerances in the manufacturing of wiring harnesses”.

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BASF inks sodium-sulfur sales deal with NGK Insulators

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 15:41 -- John Shepherd
BASF inks sodium-sulfur sales deal with NGK Insulators

German chemicals group BASF is expanding its presence in the energy sector, after agreeing to sell lithium-ion and sodium sulfur (NaS) batteries developed by Japan’s NGK Insulators.

BASF New Business (BNB)— a subsidiary of the chemicals group— said on 11 June it had signed a non-exclusive rights agreement to sell NaS batteries through BASF’s international network.

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Aqua Metals hails three-month ingot production record

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 14:09 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals hails three-month ingot production record

US lead-acid battery recycler Aqua Metals has announced record ingot production figures for three months of this year at its AquaRefining plant in Nevada.

The company said it had achieved “sequential production records” of AquaRefined lead as well as lead metal bullion in March, April and May. 

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Toyota takes more Asian battery firms along for EV ride

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 12:45 -- John Shepherd
Toyota takes more Asian battery firms along for EV ride

Toyota is teaming up with several Asian battery manufacturers to ensure it has the supplies it needs to ramp up production of electric vehicles, the Japanese car company has confirmed.

Chinese battery and auto makers CATL and BYD are now lined up to work with Toyota—in addition to Japan’s GS Yuasa and Toshiba, Toyota bosses have confirmed.

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Wireless, en route charging plan for BYD battery buses in US

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 12:10 -- John Shepherd
Wireless, en route charging plan for BYD battery buses in US

Electric buses built by Chinese batteries and automotive manufacturer BYD are to be powered en route along roads in the US city of Indianapolis by inductive charging.

BYD, public transit operator IndyGo and Momentum Dynamics, have partnered for the programme to install three 300-kilowatt inductive charging points in the city— claimed to be the highest capacity system of its kind implemented anywhere.

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'Major lithium find' boost for Chinese battery makers

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:44 -- John Shepherd
'Major lithium find' boost for Chinese battery makers

Chinese scientists have reportedly found in excess of five million tons of lithium at a deposit in the country’s southwest Yunnan Province that could boost self-reliance for a key material needed by China’s battery makers.

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Geochemistry found 340,000 tons of lithium oxide in a test site in central Yunnan, according to the state Xinhua News Agency.

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Saft replaces icebreaker batteries after 30 years of service

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 13:41 -- John Shepherd
Saft replaces icebreaker batteries after 30 years of service

French battery maker Saft has installed replacement nickel technology batteries on board eight Russian icebreakers— 30 years after the company supplied the vessels’ original nickel iron (NiFE) batteries.

The batteries provide engine starting and backup power for the vessels operating around Russia’s ports in the southern Azov Sea. 

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Recycling key to cutting battery storage cost, Argonne chief says

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 11:34 -- John Shepherd
Recycling key to cutting battery storage cost, Argonne chief says

The US should take urgent action to cut battery costs and reduce dependency on other nations for raw materials in order to expand the use of energy storage systems, legislators have been told.

George Crabtree (pictured), director at Argonne National Laboratory's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee countries such as China had “taken a very deliberate and strategic action” to establish battery supply chains with minerals such as cobalt and lithium for batteries, while the US had not.

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