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'Made in Europe' goal sees Renault and Vulcan sign lithium-ion battery material deal

Fri, 08/13/2021 - 17:09 -- paul Crompton

French vehicle OEM Renault Group has signed a five-year deal to receive up to 17,000 metric tonnes of battery grade lithium hydroxide monohydrate materials a year from Vulcan Energy Resources.

Australian company Vulcan will supply between 6,000 and 17,000 metric tonnes per year of battery grade materials produced in its German plant from 2026.

The binding lithium offtake term sheet is conditional on the execution of a definitive agreement on materially similar terms by 20 November.

The deal is in line with Renault’s ambition to offer 'Made in Europe' cars.

The announcement follows a similar deal with LG Energy Solutions to deliver 55,000 metric tonnes of battery grade lithium hydroxide over a five-year period.

That deal starts in 2025. 

In April, Vulcan Energy bolstered its board of directors by welcoming former Tesla head of battery and energy supply chain, Annie Liu, and ex-Evonik executive Dr. Heidi Grön as non-executive directors.

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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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COVID-19 forces lead battery recycler Recylex’s German subsidiaries to file for insolvency

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 11:42 -- paul Crompton

The German operating units of French lead battery recycler Recylex have been forced by German law to request the opening of insolvency proceedings.

The management of the battery recycling subsidiaries Weser-Metall, Harz-Metall, Norzinco and PPM Pure Metals have applied to initiate a procedure known as "protective shield” in accordance to the German Insolvancy Code.

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SNAM and Honda expand European-wide recycling partnership to develop second-life ESSs

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 14:15 -- paul Crompton

Honda Motor Europe is expanding its partnership with French company SNAM (Société Nouvelle d’Affinage des Métaux) to include the collection and recycling of lithium-ion and nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries.

The expansion of the agreement will see SNAM collect lithium-ion and NiMH batteries from Honda's dealer network and Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) across 22 countries.

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Coronavirus forces French lead-acid battery recycler to scale-down operations

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 15:18 -- paul Crompton

The coronavirus has forced Recylex is reduce operations at its French used lead-acid battery recycling plants to maintenance, reception and expedition of planned deliveries until further notice starting 23 March.

For the time being the French firms other battery recycling operations at its Germany plant Harz-Metall is unaffected. The plant collects and recycles around 50,000 tons of lead-acid batteries a year.

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Total and Groupe PSA launch joint venture to develop 48GWh European lithium-ion battery production supply chain

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 15:59 -- paul Crompton

French fossil fuel firm Total plans to build pilot battery manufacturing facilities in Europe combining the knowledge of its lithium-ion battery making arm Saft and vehicle OEM Groupe PSA.

The partners intend to establish a joint venture named Automotive Cell Company (ACC) with the goal of producing electric vehicle batteries starting in 2023.

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Imerys expands natural graphite production with Nambia JV

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 13:44 -- paul Crompton
Imerys expands natural graphite production with Nambia Joint venture

French minerals company Imerys Graphite & Carbon has moved into Nambia after signing a joint venture to produce natural graphite.

Imerys and Gecko Namibia formed a JV to develop the Namibian Otjiwarongo site as graphite becomes increasingly sought after for use in lithium-ion anodes.

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2nd-life EV batteries to form largest storage system of its kind

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:51 -- paul Crompton
2nd-life EV batteries to form largest storage system of its kind

Japanese car company Nissan is to use second-life EV batteries to power its new French office, the largest ever grid-integrated EV system in a building in the world.

Sixty-four used lithium-ion batteries from Nissan Leafs combined with solar generation will comprise the 1 MWh energy storage system, with 100 vehicle-to-grid chargers from Nissan’s partner Enel installed.

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Saft ramps up lithium capacity in China to meet demand

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:35 -- paul Crompton
Saft ramps up lithium capacity in China to meet demand

French battery manufacturer Saft is set to double its primary lithium cell production in China to meet growing demand in the Asian markets.

Saft has invested €5million ($5.6million) in the new Zhuhai site in order to double production capacity to 60 million cells per year by Q3 2016.

 
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Prototype Na-ion battery shows it could be worth its salt

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 13:24 -- paul Crompton
Prototype Na-ion battery shows it could be worth its salt

French researchers have developed the first sodium-ion battery in the industrial standard "18650" format, paving the way for a potential sea-change in electric vehicle applications.

Scientists have developed a prototype that retains the standard cylindrical 1.8cm-diameter, 6.5cm-high shape and size, and can facilitate technology transfer to existing production units.

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