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Sodium-ion trends as CATL announces plans to diversify into the technology

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 11:46 -- Paul Crompton
Sodium-ion trends as CATL announces plans to diversify into the technology

UK battery maker Faradion has welcomed an announcement that lithium-ion battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) will begin making sodium-ion batteries from next month.

Faradion, which also makes sodium-ion batteries, said the decision underscores the importance of the technology as an integral part of a world beyond lithium.

Robin Zeng, the founder of Tesla's battery supplier CATL, reportedly made the announcement at a shareholder meeting.

A Faradion statement read: “This is a necessary transition: lithium-ion batteries used predominantly in EVs contain lithium, cobalt and copper, and in stationary energy storage lithium and copper. These are expensive raw materials and their mining leads to adverse environmental impacts. Lithium has also become constrained due to restricted availability and increased prices.

Faradion’s proprietary technology boasts performance of 150-160Wh/kg. 

In May, UK institute The Faraday Institution released its report ‘Sodium-ion Batteries: Inexpensive and Sustainable Energy Storage’.

The report outlined sodium-ion batteries promising cost, safety, sustainability and performance advantages over commercialised lithium-ion batteries. 

Key advantages include the use of widely available and inexpensive raw materials and a rapidly scalable technology based around existing lithium-ion production methods. 

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Sodium-ion battery firm Faradion forges partnership to develop commercial vehicles in India

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:28 -- Paul Crompton

UK sodium-ion battery maker Faradion has announced plans to target India’s commercial vehicles market through a partnership with Infraprime Logistics Technologies.

The partnership to supply batteries for use in India’s IPLTech’s heavy goods vehicle fleet marks Faradion’s entry into the electric vehicle market.

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Faradion first as it prepares to ship order of sodium-ion batteries to Australia

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 13:57 -- Paul Crompton

UK sodium-ion manufacturer Faradion is set to ship its batteries to Australia after securing an order from ICM Australia. 

The company expects to ship the order for a “large number” of 40Ah cells in the next quarter to Australia for the first time.

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UK Na-ion firm Faradion to move to large-scale prototype

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 12:06 -- Paul Crompton
UK Na-ion firm Faradion to move to large-scale prototype

UK firm Faradion has received £3.2 million in funding to take its sodium-ion technology from the laboratory to large-scale prototype stage.

The money came from a syndicated funding round from existing shareholders including Mercia Technologies, which is due to invest £1.9million for a more than 13% share of the business.

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Faradion partners AGM Batteries to commercialise sodium technology

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 14:40 -- Paul Crompton
Faradion partners AGM Batteries to commercialise sodium technology

Battery developer Faradion will partner UK-based lithium-ion cell developer and manufacturer AGM Batteries to produce sodium-ion.

The joint R&D partnership is the first step in English firm Faradion’s plans to scale up production of its sodium-ion batteries at AGM Batteries' 4,000 m2 production facility in Caithness, Scotland.

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British NA-ion start up Faradion gets funding boost

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:47 -- Paul Crompton
Faradion CEO Lawrence Berns

British start-up Faradion has almost £2m to develop sodium-ion batteries following further funding from investors Finance Yorkshire, Rising Stars Growth Fund and Haldor Topsoe.

The additional funding by the three investors and a ‘secret’ Japanese electronics giant will allow the company to ‘prove’ and scale up its Na-ion development programme.

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Faradion hires Axeon CEO

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 14:17 -- Laura Varriale
Faradion battery

UK-based sodium-ion (Na-ion) and lithium-ion battery material company Faradion has appointed former Axeon CEO Lawrence Berns as CEO.

Lawrence replaces Chris Wright who is now Faradion’s chairman.

Wright was responsible for sales, product development and marketing at multiple international sites at Scottish lithium-ion battery company Axeon.

Wright said that Lawrence will enable the company to continue developing and building on its progress due to his experience in the industry.

Faradion was founded in 2010 aiming to develop low-cost Na-ion battery technology that reduces the cost of energy storage of renewable energy, stationary storage and transportation. The company claims that Na-ion materials have lower material costs than lithium-ion.

According to Faradion, Na-ion batteries are a direct replacement for lithium-ion batteries, allowing lithium-ion battery makers to use existing equipment to produce batteries using next-gen Na-ion materials. The company’s Na-ion cells are designed to have energy densities similar to those of conventional lithium-ion cells.

The company has filed 10 patent families covering applications, materials and material synthesis.

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