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Materials firm to make LFP and NCM lithium-ion battery materials as it boosts output in China

Wed, 10/13/2021 - 15:28 -- paul Crompton

Battery materials firm GEM is preparing to build a lithium nickel-cobalt-manganese oxide (NCM) and lithium iron phosphate (LFP) precursor production facility in China.

The Chinese firm plans to invest 2.8 billion yuan ($431million) to build the complex in Jingmen city, central China's Hubei province, to meet its 2030 carbon-neutrality targets.

It is the first time GEM has added LFP and LFP precursor to its product portfolio.

Products from the facility will be ready for sale in the first quarter of next year with 50,000 t/yr of nickel metal equivalent and 5,000 t/yr of cobalt metal equivalent. 

The planned plant will have a 80,000t/yr capacity for ultra-high nickel NCM precursors, 50,000 t/yr for LFP, 100,000t/yr for iron phosphate, 15,000t/yr for high-purity lithium carbonate and 20,000t/yr for high-purity manganese sulphate, as well as an integrated solid waste disposal unit.

Further details including the construction schedules and launch dates were undisclosed, reported news outlet Argus Media.

The company's key products include NCM ternary precursors, cobalt tetroxide (16,000 t/yr), cobalt powder and cobalt metal (3,000 t/yr), as well as lithium cobalt oxide (LCO).

GEM's NCM precursors are mainly sold to South Korea's Samsung SDI, Ecopro BM, China's XTC New Energy Materials (Xiamen Tungsten), Brunp and Rongbay. 

The firm's feedstock comes from Switzerland-based Glencore through long-term contracts, and has invested in a high-pressure acid leaching project in Indonesia to produce mixed nickel-cobalt hydroxide precipitate, in partnership with key NCM precursor and NCM manufacturer Brunp and major domestic steelmaker Tsingshan. 

GEM also recycles cobalt/nickel/lithium scrap into raw material.

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Ganfeng Lithium reveals plans for 15GWh of lithium-ion battery production in China

Fri, 08/27/2021 - 13:41 -- paul Crompton
ganging lithium office

Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium has announced plans to build lithium-ion battery making plants totalling 15GWh in China.

The facilities are part of the company’s goal of making its subsidiary, Jiangxi Ganfeng LiEnergy Technology (JGLT), a leading player in the battery industry.

JGLT intends to invest RMB3 billion ($463 million) in a 5GWh plant in the High Tech Industrial Development Zone of Xinyu, Jiangxi Provence.

This project will include four battery production plants, battery R&D centre, and a product analysis and testing centre. 

The plant is due to be completed and put into operation in October 2023. 

The company will also invest RMB5.4 billion ($833 million) to set up a independent legal entity project company to build a “new-type lithium battery” 10GWh a year Science and Technology industrial park and an Advanced Battery Research Institute project in Liangjiang New District, Chongqing. 

The projects are due to be completed within 18 months of the unconfirmed start date of construction, and put into operation within six months of completion. 

The plans will be put into action if agreed during an extraordinary general meeting of the company on 31 August.

Solid-state battery tests

Jiangxi Ganfeng has signed a agreement with China's state-controlled automaker Dongfeng to develop, promote and demonstrate the viability of the latter’s E70 solid-state battery model.

The company will continue to expand its output of solid-state batteries beyond its existing 1GWh capacity within this year to support Dongfeng's new energy developments, reported media outlet Argus Media. 

Dongfeng is on target to complete listing its solid-state battery-equipped vehicle model this year and aims to begin deliveries in 2022. 

Ganfeng Lithium invested 2.2 billlion yuan ($340 million) to construct a facility with 7,000 t/yr of lithium metal and lithium material capacity in Yichuan city in south China's Jiangxi province in April.

Its second-generation solid-state battery is made from high-nickel ternary cathode and lithium metal containing anode material, which has an energy density of more than 350Wh/kg and can be cycled around 400 times. 

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BASF and Shanshan new China JV focused on lithium-ion battery materials market

Fri, 06/04/2021 - 14:06 -- paul Crompton
BASF and Shanshan new China JV focused on lithium-ion battery materials market

Chemical company BASF is set to form a joint venture with Hunan Shanshan Energy to produce lithium-ion battery cathode active materials (CAM) and precursors (PCAM) in China.

German firm BASF will have a 51% share of the JV when it closes later this summer following the approval of the relevant authorities.

BASF hopes the intended joint venture will strengthen its position in Asia as it looks to build an integrated, global supply chain for customers in China and worldwide.

The company aims to increase its annual CAM capacity to 160 kilotons by 2022 with further expansion underway.   

Chinese firm Hunan’s product portfolio covers the main categories of the CAM and the corresponding PCAM used in lithium-ion batteries.

Hunan’s business value chain includes: raw materials, PCAM, CAM and battery recycling, and operates four production sites for CAM and PCAM in Hunan and Ningxia, China, with an expected annual capacity of 90 kilotons by 2022.

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UK ‘battery metals hub’ closer to realisation as Europe begins move to lithium dependence

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 09:10 -- paul Crompton

The UK government is supporting a project by Cornish Lithium and Geothermal Engineering to construct a geothermal lithium recovery pilot plant— as Europe begins to move its battery material focus away from China.

The project aims to demonstrate that lithium can be produced from UK geothermal waters with a net zero carbon footprint.

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Kstar and CATL to build five new lithium-ion production lines in China for ESS markets

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 13:58 -- paul Crompton

Global lithium-ion battery maker CATL is extending its joint venture partnership with lead-acid UPS manufacturer Shenzhen Kstar Science & Technology by building new production lines at their battery manufacturing facilities in China.

The joint venture will focus on energy storage system power conditioning systems (PCS), battery packs— including UPS-integrated lithium-ion battery packs, residential energy storage battery packs and packs for small-to-medium lithium-ion batteries of nonstandard size— and charging stations. 

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CATL inks joint venture to develop EV charging infrastructure across China

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:46 -- paul Crompton

Battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) formed a joint venture with wind farm developer Baicheng New Energy on 6 March with the goal of bringing electric vehicle charging posts to market across China.

The China firms have launched Shanghai Kuaibu New Energy Technology with registered capital of 50 million yuan ($7 million). CATL will hold a 49% share, with the remaining held by Baicheng.

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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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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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A123 Systems wins $1B contract to supply Li-ion batteries for 48V systems to SAIC-GM

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:01 -- paul Crompton

Automotive News China reports that Li-ion battery maker A123 Systems won a 6.9-billion CNY (US$1 billion) contract to supply 2.6 million Li-ion batteries for 48V systems to the SAIC-GM joint venture in China.

The news comes via a statement by Wanxiang Group, the owner of A123 Systems.

A123 initially entered into a partnership with SAIC Motor in 2009 with the formation of Advanced Traction Battery Systems (ATBS), a battery pack joint venture company. In 2012, the two expanded their partnership.v

 

Korean battery firms face loss of the Chinese EV market

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 13:05 -- paul Crompton
Korean battery firms face loss of the Chinese EV market

Two Korean battery makers face further losses after cars using their lithium technology had their certification cancelled in China.

It comes after Samsung SDI and LG Chem both failed to meet the government’s standards for electric car batteries last year.

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