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Dutch firm produce 100% silicon anode for lithium-ion batteries

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:26 -- Paul Crompton

LeydenJar Technologies is ready to start producing new lithium-ion anode that can be made from 100% silicon while offering higher energy density.

The spinout from the Dutch applied research institute TNO, claims its breakthrough technology offers batteries with an energy density of 1350 Wh/L for more than 100 cycles at a C/2 rate. 

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C4V developing game changing six-minute charge lithium-ion battery

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:21 -- Paul Crompton

Test results for US-based intellectual property firm Charge CCV’s (C4V) lithium-ion batteries suggest they can recharge in around six minutes.

The C4V claim to have developed and built an advanced lithium-ion battery that has longer cycle life through its proprietary high-voltage bio-mineralised lithium-mixed-metal-phosphate cathode and anode material.

 

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Work begins on the world’s biggest utility-owned lithium-ion ESS

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:06 -- Paul Crompton

Construction has begun on the world’s biggest utility-owned lithium-ion energy storage systems by California, US, -based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Tesla.

Work on the 182.5MW/730MWh system at PG&E's electric substation in Moss Landing, Monterey County will be designed, constructed, and maintained by PG&E and Tesla, and will be owned and operated by the US utility.

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Probe into lithium-ion ESS explosion that injured fireman concludes with safety recommendations

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 11:07 -- Paul Crompton

A 15-month investigation into an explosion at a lithium-ion battery storage facility operated by the Arizona Public Service (APS) utility in the US has found the cause was a cascading thermal runaway.

The probe into the fire found the explosion on 19 April, 2019, that seriously injured four fire fighters, began with an internal cell failure within one of the battery cells.

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VW Group signs $1.4B battery deal with Wanxinag Group to ensure security of supply in China

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 08:29 -- Paul Crompton

China battery maker Wanxinag Group has secured a $1.4 billion deal to supply German vehicle OEM Volkswagen Group (VW) with lithium-ion batteries.

The deal, through the China firm’s subsidary Wanxiang A123 (Wanxiang bought battery maker A123 in 2012), gives VW a second China lithium-ion cell supplier alongside Contempoary Aperex Technology (CATL). 

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Start-up Verkor plans to develop France’s second gigafactory

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 15:23 -- Paul Crompton

Battery start-up Verkor is set to increase European battery cell production with  a16GWh lithium-ion gigafactory in an as yet undisclosed location in France. 

With support of EIT Energy, Schneider Electric and the IDEC Group, the new venture will produce low-carbon batteries in France to help meet the increasing demand for electric vehicles (EVs) and battery energy stationary storage (BESS).

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Lithium-ion battery giant CATL raises almost $3billion through private share placement

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 14:38 -- Paul Crompton

China lithium-ion battery giant Contemporary Amperax Technology (CATL) has closed a funding round that attracted 19.7 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) from nine investors.

The round saw cash pour in from banking giants UBS (1.1 billion yuan, $157 million) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (1.5 billion yuan, $215 million), and a subsidiary of Japanese automaker Honda Motor— according to Chinese media group Caixin.

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100% green credentials sways BMW Group to sign $2B supply deal with Northvolt

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 11:28 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM BMW Group has signed a long-term supply contract worth €2 billion ($2.3 billion) to secure lithium-ion battery cells from the Swedish company Northvolt. 

The battery cells will be produced at Northvolt’s planned gigafactory in Skellefteå in northern Sweden (series plant Northvolt Ett) when the plant is completed from 2024.

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UK lithium-ion gigafactory developer Britishvolt inks MoU with Welsh government

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 11:09 -- Paul Crompton

The UK’s first lithium-ion gigafactory has moved a step closer to reality with a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between manufacturer Britishvolt and the Welsh government.

It is the first time a location has been officially announced for the firm’s planned 30GWh gigafactory, which will produce lithium-ion cylindrical and pouch cells primarily to the electric vehicle market.

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Varta lays foundation stone at German lithium-ion production plant

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 12:28 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Varta has laid the foundation stone at its lithium-ion production facility at the company's production site in Nördlingen, Germany. 

The new building will provide an additional 15,000 square meters of production space to enable the German-battery maker to produce its latest generation of lithium-ion cells from next year.

The lithium-ion battery cell factory will cater for the wearables and the Internet of things market.

Varta CEO Herbert Schein said the expansion of its CoinPower cell production will one day manufacture lithium-ion cells with a 30% improved energy density.

Varta Group plans to transfer its small-cell technology to larger formats. Varta has received a total of €300 million ($341 million) funding to help transfer its technology to larger format batteries for use in energy storage and mobility applications.

The Federal State of Bavaria is contributing €32million ($36 milion) for the research and development of lithium-ion technology at the Nördlingen site. The federal government is contributing another €70 million ($80 million). 

The foundation stone was laid by Bavaria's prime minister Dr. Markus Söder and the secretary of state in the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Roland Weigert. 

Image: Bavaria's Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder and CEO Herbert Schein in the factory in Nördlingen. Photo: Varta

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