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East Penn buys into lithium-ion market in bid to expand motive power offering

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:00 -- Paul Crompton
East Penn buys into lithium-ion market in bid to expand motive power offering

North American lead-acid giant East Penn Manufacturing has reaffirmed its intention of moving into the lithium-ion market with the purchase of a majority interest in Navitas Systems.

The move allows East Penn to expand its motive power battery offering and  ‘strategic integration’ into other market segments in a bid to provide a wider range of energy storage system solutions.

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Lead-acid operator Metair selects Romania for first LIB line

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:14 -- Paul Crompton
South Africa, Metair Investments, Europe, lead–acid, lithium-ion, battery, Romania.

South Africa-based Metair Investments, whose group includes European lead–acid operations, is to commission its first lithium-ion battery production line in Romania.

Managing director of the automotive and energy storage group, Theo Loock, said the facility would be commissioned at the end of November, but he gave no details of the line’s production capacity or exact location.

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OEM supplier Valmet Automotive to build battery packs in Finland

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:22 -- Paul Crompton
OEM supplier Valmet Automotive to build battery packs in Finland

Tier 1 supplier Valmet Automotive is launching its first lithium-ion battery pack production facility in Finland within months to supply the electric vehicle market.

The facility, in a former Nokia plant, is scheduled to start commercialisation around October-November in the municipality of Salo— where it will produce around 600,000 battery packs per year.

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‘Frustration’ leads team to solid-state Li breakthough

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:17 -- Paul Crompton
Student solid state batteries © Lunghammer - TU Graz

European scientists have made a breakthrough in developing a solid-state electrolyte they claim has the same conductivity levels as liquid.

The team from Graz University of Technology, the Technical University of Munich and Belgian university UCLouvain, have developed a crystalline ionic conductor, which exhibits high lithium-ion mobility.

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Lithium Australia to test cathodes using LFP recycled from lithium-ion batteries

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:59 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium Australia to test cathodes using LFP recycled from lithium-ion batteries

Battery materials firm Lithium Australia is to test the performance capabilities of coin cell cathodes using recycled lithium phosphate (LP) after recovering the material from old lithium-ion batteries for the first time.

The material, recovered from mixed metal dust, will be made into lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathode powder at the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary VSPC’s cathode powder pilot plant, in Brisbane, Australia.

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Softbank ‘to invest $3bn in LIB pilot plant’ for Indonesia

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:53 -- Paul Crompton
Softbank ‘to invest $3bn in LIB pilot plant’ for Indonesia

Japan’s Softbank Group is set to invest up to US$3 billion in launching a pilot lithium-ion batteries production facility in Indonesia as part of an “ecosystem” project.

Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son confirmed the move after talks with Indonesian president Joko Widodo and senior ministers, the president’s office announced.

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Leclanché Li-ion BESS to power islands with Caribbean sunshine

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 11:32 -- John Shepherd
Leclanché Li-ion BESS to power islands with Caribbean sunshine

Leclanché is to build a combined solar power and lithium-ion battery storage facility for the two-island country of St Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean.

The project, said to be the biggest of its kind in the Caribbean, will see a 35.6MW solar plant and 44MWh battery storage facility built adjacent to the City of Basseterre on St Kitts.

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Lead-acid firm shows intent with Li-ion ESS deployment on Greek island

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 10:34 -- Paul Crompton
Lead-acid firm shows intent with Li-ion ESS deployment on Greek island

A project deploying five lithium-ion residential energy storage systems in Greece is further proof that even a lead-acid battery brand with more than 130 years of history must move with the times.

German firm Varta proved that even a brand with a rich history in the lead-acid market is willing to adapt with the deployment last month of its ‘Pulse’ lithium–ion ESSs as part of the European project WiseGRID.

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Exide Industries’ India EV battery plant nears start-up

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 12:52 -- Paul Crompton
Exide Industries’ India EV battery plant nears start-up

India’s biggest lead-acid battery maker, Exide Industries, will start producing lithium-ion cells from a new plant in Gujarat, India, by the close of this year. 

The capacity of the plant is yet to be disclosed but it will produce cells exclusively for the domestic market, with the plant’s capacity being scaled up as demand for the firm’s products pick up, an Exide spokesman told BEST Battery Briefing.

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Lithium-ion an ‘unacceptable risk’ claims Arizona regulator

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 11:34 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium-ion an ‘unacceptable risk’ claims Arizona regulator

Alternative battery chemistries to lithium-ion should be used in utility-scale battery storage projects because the technology poses an ‘unacceptable risk’ in the case of a fire, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has claimed.

The damning judgment on the use of large-scale, lithium-ion storage systems comes three months after the fire at Arizona Public Service's (APS) 2MW/2MWh McMicken energy storage facility in Surprise, Arizona.

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