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Waste management firm buys into lead-acid and lithium-ion battery recycling industry

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 10:46 -- Paul Crompton

Waste management firm Enva has bought lead-acid and lithium-ion battery recycler Sar Recyling for a reported €20 million.

The Irish firm— controlled by British private equity company Exponent and others of the Environment Division of DCC — will take over the UK firm’s battery recycling activities in Ireland.

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IESA calls for lithium-ion battery tax cuts to match those of EVs and renewables

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:25 -- Paul Crompton

India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) has called for tax deductions on lithium-ion batteries to help the country’s growing electric vehicle and renewable energy storage markets.

IESA has gone a step further in calling for a sales ban of internal combustion engine (ICE) two and three-wheelers in highly polluted cities.

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Fortum strengthens hold on materials supply chain with lithium-ion battery recycler buy-out

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:18 -- Paul Crompton

State-owned energy company Fortum is set to buy out fellow Finnish company Crisolteq as it looks to tighten its grip on the lithium-ion battery recycling market. 

The buy-out the hydrometallurgical lithium-ion battery recycler was announced on 16 January and positions Fortum as a key player in the recovery of high value lithium-ion battery materials, including nickel and cobalt, in Europe.

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Sonnen supplies its residential lithium-ion ESSs as two VPP projects are launched in the UK

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:23 -- Paul Crompton

Sonnen’s lithium-ion residential energy storage systems have been used in two virtual power plant (VPP) projects in the UK.

The German company— a wholly owned subsidiary of fossil fuel giant Shell— has supplied its 5kWh, 7.5kWh and 10kWh systems for the delivery of grid-scale services.

 

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Chinese patent infringements spurs Varta to increase annual production of lithium-ion cells by 50 million

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 11:11 -- Paul Crompton

German firm Varta AG is taking legal action against Chinese battery manufacturers for alleged patent infringements on its lithium-ion coin cells.

The German company has made the allegations about Chinese competitors EVE Energy and MIC-Power based in South China's Guangdong Province.

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Tesla and Glencore remain tight-lipped over cobalt supply deal for China gigafactory

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:55 -- Paul Crompton

Electric vehicle OEM Tesla has been in talks with Glencore in a bid to secure a cobalt supply chain for lithium-ion battery packs used at its China gigafactory, according to reports.

Swiss firm Glencore has been in negotiations for a long-term contract to ship cobalt to Tesla’s electric-vehicle factory in Shanghai, according to news outlet Bloomberg.

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Rolls-Royce eyes the microgrid market with majority share in ESS firm

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:43 -- Paul Crompton

Luxury car brand Rolls-Royce has upped its interest in German lithium-ion energy storage firm Quinous as turns its focus on the microgrid market.

The firm, which owns German industrial concern Rolls-Royce Power Systems, now holds a 73.1% majority stake in the Berlin-based storage specialist, the companies announced on 15 January.

Image: Andreas Schell (right), CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems Division, and Steffen Heinrich co-founder and co-managing director of Qinous

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Korea’s planned recycling facility to recover 10,000 tpy of lithium-ion material

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:12 -- Paul Crompton

Korean firm GS E&C has announce plans to build a 120,000m2 lithium-ion battery recycling facility with the goal of recovering 10,000 tonnes of materials per year.

The engineering, procurement and construction company will initially invest around KRW100 billion ($86 million) toward the plant in the next two years, the company confirmed on 9 January.

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Battery production equipment firms partner to offer lithium-ion portfolios to global base

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:58 -- Paul Crompton

Battery manufacturing equipment OEMs Manz and Shenzhen Yinghe Technology have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to develop their lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing portfolios.

The deal between the German and Chinese firms, announced on 14 January, will allow them to offer production technology from their respective product portfolios within the framework of a licensing model. 

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Nano One patent could lead to cobalt-free lithium-ion battery

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 11:52 -- Paul Crompton

Battery materials firm Nano One has secured a patent that stabilises lithium nickel manganese oxide (LMNO) chemistry and which could pave the way for a cobalt-free lithium-ion battery.

The Canadian company was issued Taiwanese patent number I672852 relating to LNMO cathode material, also known as high voltage spinel (HVS).

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