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Johnson Matthey ramps up ‘high-energy’ material investment

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 12:24 -- John Shepherd
Johnson Matthey ramps up ‘high-energy’ material investment

UK-based Johnson Matthey (JM) is ramping up investment in developing its “ultra-high energy” battery cathode material and plans to open customer application testing centres in the UK and Japan.

JM said it has made “significant progress” in commercialising its enhanced lithium nickel oxide (eLNO) material— and has signed its first long-term supply agreement for raw materials with Canada’s Nemaska Lithium. 

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BMZ opens expanded US headquarters

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 11:22 -- John Shepherd
BMZ opens expanded US headquarters

German lithium-ion manufacturer BMZ has opened the new headquarters of its US subsidiary in Virginia.

A total of more than $2 million has been invested in the BMZ USA expansion project at Virginia Beach.

A BMZ spokesperson told BEST Battery Briefing the company’s former US operations site nearby, which opened in 2011, has now been closed.

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Gravita launches lead production in Tanzania

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 16:56 -- John Shepherd
Gravita launches lead production in Tanzania

Indian lead producer and recycler Gravita has started commercial production of lead from its new battery scrap recycling plant in Tanzania, East Africa.

The company said its Gravita Tanzania subsidiary has a production capacity of around 3,000 metric tonnes per annum and the facility is the group’s first “export oriented recycling plant” in the country.

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US trade probe into Korean battery secrets theft claims

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 16:06 -- John Shepherd
US trade probe into Korean battery secrets theft claims

The US’ international trade watchdog is investigating allegations that Korean battery maker SK Innovation was involved in the theft of trade secrets from manufacturing rival LG Chem.

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) probe follows a lawsuit filed in the US by LG Chem and its US manufacturing subsidiary, LGCMI, whose pouch-type lithium-ion battery tech underpins what the company said is a “significant share” of the American electric vehicle market.

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Innolith expands team for US, China sales push

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 13:10 -- John Shepherd
Innolith expands team for US, China sales push

Swiss battery technology company Innolith has announced two key appointments as part of its push into the North American and Chinese markets.

Former Younicos executive Stephen Wiley has been appointed VP for US business development. Wiley is also a former senior VP at BrightSource Energy, working on the development of a concentrated solar power facility in the US.

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African battery makers in trademark tussle

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 12:46 -- John Shepherd
African battery makers in trademark tussle

A court has slapped a temporary ban on the sale and production of lead-acid batteries by a new manufacturer in Uganda amid a trademark spat.

Lead-acid company Nile Batteries Limited (NBL) entered the African nation’s battery-producing market last year— but has been served with the temporary ban, following claims its product infringes on a trademark registered and owned by rival Uganda Batteries Limited (UBL).

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Audi unveils second-life BESS in Berlin

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 11:32 -- John Shepherd
Audi unveils second-life BESS in Berlin

German car giant Audi has opened a 1.9MWh second-life battery energy storage system (BESS) in Berlin as part of a research project.

Audi said the facility on the EUREF campus— a “climate-neutral-powered” centre for start-ups and innovation— uses lithium-ion batteries from development vehicles to test “interaction scenarios between electric cars and the power grid”. 

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World Bank leads new push for battery storage

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:34 -- John Shepherd
World Bank leads new push for battery storage

An international “technology-neutral” partnership to expand the use of energy storage systems in developing countries has been launched by 30 organisations led by the World Bank.

The Energy Storage Partnership (ESP) aims to “catalyse a new market for batteries”, beyond the current focus on the market to supply electric vehicles, the bank said.

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Umicore tightens cobalt supply grip with Glencore deal

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:28 -- John Shepherd
Umicore tightens cobalt supply grip with Glencore deal

Swiss mining company Glencore has signed a deal to supply cobalt hydroxide for Umicore’s battery materials operations.

The long-term revolving agreement comes just days after Umicore announced it was expanding with its planned acquisition of Freeport Cobalt’s cobalt refining and cathode precursor activities in Finland.

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Only third of global firms ‘embrace advanced energy management’— Schneider

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:51 -- News Editor
Only third of global firms ‘embrace advanced energy management’— Schneider

A new study released by Schneider Electric has indicated that while most organisations feel prepared for a decentralised, decarbonised and digitised future, few are taking the necessary steps to integrate and advance their energy and sustainability programmes.

This false sense of security can be attributed to the finding that most companies still take fairly conventional approaches to energy management and climate action. And the gaps in innovation are further complicated by limited coordination between procurement, operations and sustainability departments, as well as inefficient data collection and sharing.

 

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