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Space battery market to see strong growth as firms like SpaceX exploit the final frontier

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:32 -- Paul Crompton

As Elon Musk’s SpaceX company was preparing to send its first manned flight to the International Space Station (ISS), Japan was sending its final shipment of lithium-ion batteries to the low orbit station.

The batteries, produced by GS Yuasa Technology, were aboard the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kounotori 9 unmanned cargo vessel launched on May 21.

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Asahi Kasai wins lithium-ion patent case against two Chinese firms

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 15:12 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese firm Asahi Kasei has won a two-year lithium-ion separator patent infringement case against firms Shenzhen Xu Ran (旭冉) Electronic and Shenzhen Xu Ran (旭然) Electronic.

Asahi filed a patent infringement lawsuit based on the Chinese patent of separator for lithium-ion secondary battery (Patent No.: ZL200680046997. 8) with the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court in August, 2018.

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APB to make bi-polar lithium-ion batteries in Japan after securing IP from Nissan

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 11:42 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker APB Corporation is preparing to mass-produce lithium-ion batteries in Japan after licensing technology know-how from vehicle OEM Nissan.

Backed by investment from major companies, Tokyo-based APB plans to build a factory manufacturing batteries using Nissan’s bipolar structure all-polymer technology.

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Firms form joint venture for Japan-based lithium-ion electrolyte company

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 13:04 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese chemical companies Mitsubishi Chemical and Ube Industries have agreed to form a joint venture to develop lithium-ion electrolytes.

Both companies announced they would establish a joint venture by joint incorporation-type company split on 27 March.

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Japanese firm to build new pouch cell packaging plant to deliver larger product for EV market

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:39 -- Paul Crompton

Japan’s Showa Denko Packaging, a consolidated subsidiary of Showa Denko K.K, is set to open a new plant to manufacture its SPALF line of aluminium laminate films for packaging lithium-ion pouch cells.

The new production facility, scheduled for operation in March 2021, will include equipment for the mass production of the company’s new large-scale lithium-ion packaging for electric vehicle applications.

The company’s SPALF™ product is a composite of aluminium foil and resin film, that it says is flexible in moulding, lightweight and has better heat radiation characteristics than a metal-can.

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Korea increases market share as lithium-ion battery manufacturing use in EVs grows YoY

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:00 -- Paul Crompton

Annual global battery consumption in registered electric vehicles jumped nearly 17% last year with 117GWh of capacity installed into vehicles.

No surprises that Asia dominated the supply chain with the top 10 manufacturers all based in China, Japan and Korea, according to market research firm SNE Research.

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World’s first semi-solid lithium-ion ESS launched in Japan

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 09:55 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese electronics maker Kyocera has launched a lithium-ion energy storage system using semi-solid electrode battery technology from US company 24M.

The companies announced the launch of the residential ‘Enerezza’ ESS on 6 January as Kyocera extended its commitment to the Massachusetts’-based firm with plans to start full-scale mass production of the system at the end of the year.

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Asian firms sign partnership agreement to make lithium-ion separators

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 15:52 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese firm Teijin Limited has signed a technical license agreement with China’s Shanghai Energy New Materials Technology (SEMCORP) to make solvent-based coating separators for lithium-ion secondary batteries.

Teijin aims to integrate its technologies with SEMCORP's strengths in substrate production capacity and cost competitiveness.

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BASF and NGK strengthen sodium-sulfur battery partnership with stationary storage JDA

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 13:48 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese ceramics manufacturer NGK Insulators and German BASF New Business (BNB) are expanding their business relationship to develop the next generation of sodium-sulfur batteries.

NGK and BNB, a wholly owned subsidiary of the German chemical company BASF, have entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) to develop sodium-sulfur (NaS) batteries for stationary applications.

Image: Right Dr. Frank Prechtl (BASF New Business) Tatsumi Ichioka (NGK Insulators LTD)

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Japanese firms team up to create 1MWh second-life lithium-ion ESS business

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 15:14 -- Paul Crompton

Three Japanese firms are in talks to develop a business that will reuse end-of-life lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) batteries in energy storage systems.

Japanese trading house Itochu will partner with BYD, as well as forming an equity and business partnership with vehicle battery recycler Shenzhen Pandpower, reports Nikkei Asian Review news source.

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