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GM secures domestic lithium supply in multi-million dollar deal with CTR

Wed, 07/28/2021 - 13:07 -- Vic
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Vehicle OEM GM Motors is hoping to secure a domestic supply of lithium after signing a deal with US-headquartered Controlled Thermal Resources (CTR).

The strategic investment and commercial collaboration will see CTR supply GM with lithium produced from the company’s Hell’s Kitchen Lithium and Power development project in the Salton Sea Geothermal Field in Imperial, California. 

GM has said “a significant portion” of its future battery-grade lithium hydroxide and carbonate could come from CTR's Hell's Kitchen development.

GM made the first multi-million-dollar investment in CTR's Hell's Kitchen development to secure first rights to purchase lithium produced from the first stage of the project, including an option for a multi-year relationship.

CTR expects to start delivery of lithium from its first stage facilities in 2024. 

Rod Colwell, CTR’s chief executive officer, said: “GM has shown great initiative and a real forward-thinking strategy by securing and localising a lithium supply chain while also considering the most effective methods to minimise environmental impacts.

“World-wide growth in electric vehicle adoption has highlighted the critical need to develop a strong and secure battery supply chain in the United States.

“CTR is fully committed to developing its significant lithium resource in response to this, and we look forward to collaborating with GM as we continue to accelerate these efforts.” 

CTR’s lithium resource at the Salton Sea in California is one of the largest known lithium brine resources in North America. 

CTR’s closed-loop, direct lithium extraction process uses renewable power and steam— significantly reducing the time to produce battery-grade lithium products and eliminating the need for overseas processing.  

The brine, after lithium extraction, is returned to the geothermal reservoir deep within the earth.  

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Battery safety problems for multiple EV manufacturers

Sat, 10/24/2020 - 18:13 -- Vic

As automotive manufacturers respond to tougher emission regulation by increasing their electric offerings, a number of them have been hit by a spate of battery safety problems. BMW, Ford, General Motors, and Hyundai have been affected.

BMW and Hyundai are recalling vehicles worldwide to address issues with battery fires in plug-in models.

Ford has delayed introducing its Escape plug-in into the US after fire safety concerns in similar models sold in Europe.

In the US, the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into the Chevy Bolt EV after three instances of fires that originated without impacts from accidents. About 77,000 vehicles manufactured between 2017 and 2020 are affected.

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GM electric vehicle strategy centres on proprietary lithium-ion battery developed with LG Chem

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 14:00 -- Paul Crompton

General Motors strategy to grow the company’s electric vehicle (EV) market share centres around its in-house pouch cell designed lithium-ion drive train.

The Ultium battery uses large-format, pouch-style cells that can be stacked vertically or horizontally inside the battery pack to optimise energy storage capacity and allow bespoke layout for vehicle design.

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LG Chem secures $5bn loan to build lithium-ion manufacturing plants as it announces US gigafactory plans with GM

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 14:14 -- Paul Crompton

Korean battery maker LG Chem has secured around $5 billion in loans to build lithium-ion manufacturing plants outside of the country between 2020 and 2024.

The money has been earmarked by a group of financial institutions led by the state-run lender Korea Development Bank (KDB), and which includes the Export-Import Bank of Korea and Nonghyup Bank.

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Japan’s big four launch battery tech consortium for electric motorbikes

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:24 -- Hugh Finzel
Japan’s big four launch battery tech consortium for electric motorbikes

Four of the largest Japanese manufacturers are to jointly consider launching standardised replaceable battery tech for electric motorcycles in a potential game-changing move for the industry.

Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha have formed a consortium to consider launching standardised batteries and replacement systems as part of plans to boost the popularity of electric bikes.

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GM and Honda drive ‘next-gen batteries’ project

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:47 -- Xuan Zhong
GM and Honda drive ‘next-gen batteries’ project

General Motors and Honda have formed a new partnership— to develop next-generation batteries for pure electric vehicles (EVs).

The car firms said their new “multi-year” venture is expected to develop “advanced” chemistry battery components, including battery cells and modules for next-generation battery systems to be used in GM’s EVs mainly for the North American market.

 

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Seaweed ‘could be surprise catch in extending battery lives’

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:45 -- News Editor
Seaweed ‘could be surprise catch in extending battery lives’

A food additive extracted from seaweed could prove to be a surprise key ingredient to power advances in technology that could extend the lifetime of lithium-sulfur batteries, according to researchers in the US.

Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory say they have discovered that carrageenan, a derivative of seaweed, acts as a stabiliser in lithium-sulfur batteries – and improved stability could lead to more cycling and extended lifetime.

 

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