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Daimler focusing research on designing cobalt and lithium out of lithium-ion batteries

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 15:06 -- Paul Crompton

Mercedes-Benz, a subsidiary of Daimler, is researching ways to design cobalt and other “critical” materials like lithium out of lithium-ion batteries.

The German vehicle OEM is looking at a variety of post-lithium-ion batteries— mainly based on manganese— that use less critical resources as it investigates ways of increasing energy density of its technology.

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China backs Taiwan firm to ramp up production of its solid-state lithium ceramic batteries

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 13:51 -- Paul Crompton

Taiwanese solid-state lithium ceramic battery developer ProLogium Technology has raised around $100 million in Series D financing from Chinese investors, reports China Money Network.

ProLogium will use the money from BOCG (Bank of China Group) Investment and FAW First Automobile Works) Group to commercialise and scale-up manufacturing of its technology.

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Researchers combine tomography methods to investigate lithium-ion battery failure modes

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:14 -- Paul Crompton

An international team of researchers have used neutron and X-ray tomography to investigate the processes that leads to electrode capacity degradation in lithium batteries. 

Researchers from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and University College London investigated degradation on electrode surfaces during cycling using a combination of the two tomography methods.

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US state strengthens Korean links as it welcomes lithium materials maker Enchem

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 15:23 -- Paul Crompton

Korean firm Enchem is set to build two plants in Georgia, US, to manufacture lithium battery electrolyte and electrostatic double-layer capacitors (ELDC).

The state’s governor Brian Kemp announced the $61.35 million project in Jackson County, which builds on the success of the south-eastern state in attracting Korean battery giant SK Innovations

 

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UK firms to light up Africa with repurposed lithium-ion batteries

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 13:38 -- Paul Crompton

Cells from solar lamps are to be reused to make batteries to power homes in Kenya following a partnership between lithium battery firm Aceleron and UK firm Total Access to Energy Solutions (TATES).

The first stage of the project will see Aceleron convert TATES waste lithium-ion battery cells into reusable battery packs for off-grid applications across Kenya and the surrounding area including Benin, Rwanda and Libya. 

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MoU paves way for Australian firm to supply recycled battery materials to Korea

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 13:26 -- Paul Crompton

Envirostream Australia, a 24% owned subsidiary of Lithium Australia, has signed a lithium-ion battery materials offtake deal that includes recycled mixed metal dust (MMD) containing cobalt, nickel and lithium.

The memorandum of understanding with South Korean battery recycler SungEel Hitech involves the exclusive supply of metals extracted from recycled lithium-ion batteries out of Australia. 

Image: SungEel president Mr Kang Myung Yi and Envirostream managing director Andrew Mackenzie shake hands after signing the offtake MoU

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Kore Power promises 5,000 lithium-ion cells per day at China gigafactory

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 09:46 -- Paul Crompton
Kore Power promises 5,000 lithium-ion cells per day at gigafactory

US energy storage company Kore Power says it will have a 6GWh annual production capacity of its lithium battery energy storage systems (ESS) by the end of next year.

The Idaho-headquartered company aims to produce 5,000 of its nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) cells (or 10 of its Mark 1 ESS) a day next year.

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CATL invests in China cathodes joint venture

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 14:54 -- Paul Crompton
CATL invests in China cathodes joint venture

Chinese lithium battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and a subsidiary company plan to launch a new business venture focused on cathode materials.

CATL and its Guangdong BrunpRecycling Technology subsidiary will set up the new company – dubbed Lingbo Brunp CATL New Energy – with registered capital of around CNY3.6 billion (US$503 million), CATL said.

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Solid state LIB a big winner in DoE research funding commitment

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 14:56 -- Paul Crompton
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The U.S. Department of Energy announced $59 million of funding for 43 projects focused on new and innovative advanced vehicle technology research— with around a third going toward solid-state lithium battery projects.

Universities, vehicle OEMs and private companies are among the thirteen projects that will share around a million dollars each of funding through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

 

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Western Australia unveils funds register to grow battery industry

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 09:43 -- John Shepherd
Western Australia unveils funds register to grow battery industry

Western Australia (WA) has launched a ‘Funding Assistance Register’ aimed at bolstering the state’s ambitions to develop a home-grown battery industry.

The initiative is designed to help firms such as mining and processing companies, manufacturers, research groups, renewable energy companies, and small businesses apply to unlock state and federal aid for future battery-related projects.

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