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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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Experts warn on ‘raw material cost’ of powering EVs

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 13:07 -- John Shepherd
Experts warn on ‘raw material cost’ of powering EVs

Experts have warned that producing a new generation of electric vehicles— and supplying the electricity to keep their batteries charged— will add up to costly and “huge implications” for the world’s natural resources.

The UK alone would need just under twice the current annual world cobalt production to meet its EV targets for 2050, according to a letter to government climate change advisers co-authored by the head of earth sciences at the UK’s Natural History Museum, Prof Richard Herrington.

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'Major lithium find' boost for Chinese battery makers

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:44 -- John Shepherd
'Major lithium find' boost for Chinese battery makers

Chinese scientists have reportedly found in excess of five million tons of lithium at a deposit in the country’s southwest Yunnan Province that could boost self-reliance for a key material needed by China’s battery makers.

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Geochemistry found 340,000 tons of lithium oxide in a test site in central Yunnan, according to the state Xinhua News Agency.

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Lawmakers push for US battery materials security

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 15:12 -- John Shepherd
Lawmakers push for US battery materials security

US lawmakers are backing draft legislation aimed at cutting the country’s “damaging” dependence on imports of materials, including those “critical”  to expanding battery storage and electric vehicle (EV) technology.

A bipartisan group of senators say the American Mineral Security Act is needed to help reduce reliance on countries such as China. 

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China’s Envision pledges EV battery costs of $50/kWh by 2025

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 12:40 -- John Shepherd
China’s Envision pledges EV battery costs of $50/kWh by 2025

The new Chinese owner of Nissan’s former international lithium-ion business has pledged to slash the cost of manufacturing electric vehicle battery cells to around US$50 per kWh by 2025.

Envision Group CEO Zhang Lei, whose Shanghai-based group recently finalised its acquisition of the Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), said: “The EV sector is facing three major challenges: safety, cost and grid integration. Digitalisation is the key to all of these.”

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