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Will Europe be a leader or a follower? Dissatisfaction with lithium-ion raises its voice

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 15:17 -- Paul Crompton

Dissatisfaction with lithium-ion battery technology is gaining traction among the industry, with the issues of safety, energy density and cost cited as significant factors.

The concerns were raised during a panel discussion at the Battery and Energy Storage conference in Birmingham, UK, last week.

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Greek battery firm launches US subsidiary to target industrial lead-acid and lithium-ion EV market

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:31 -- Paul Crompton

Greek battery firm Systems Sunlight has established a US subsidiary as it prepares to build a lead-acid and lithium-ion manufacturing plant in North Carolina.

The wholly owned subsidiary, Sunlight Batteries USA, will begin assembling and distributing lead and lithium batteries for electric industrial vehicles (EiVs) in Guildford County next year.

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Umicore secures latest deals to ensure access to battery materials market

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 14:00 -- Paul Crompton

Belgium multinational Umicore’s path to securing a raw and recycled lithium-ion battery materials supply chain saw two deals struck in as many weeks.

In a long line of deals in the past year, Umicore confirmed on 2 December it had completed the acquisition of the cobalt refining and cathode precursor activities in Kokkola, Finland.

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EV maker signs MoU with state government to build lithium-ion battery plant in India

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:56 -- Paul Crompton

Indian electric scooter maker Ather Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build a 400,000 sq ft vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Hosur, near Bengaluru.

The MoU was signed with the government of Indian state of Tamil Nadu at the Investment and Skill Development Conclave in Chennai. 

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Abuse tests confirm freezing lithium-ion batteries puts transportation safety concerns on ice

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:31 -- Paul Crompton

Using liquid nitrogen to freeze lithium-ion batteries could enable them to be transported safely researchers from the UK’s WMG at the University of Warwick in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover have found.

Legislation dictates damaged and defective lithium-ion car batteries have to be placed within an explosion proof box when being transport, which for a Tesla sized pack costs around €10,000 ($11,000) and a further €10,000 for the UN accreditation.

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Gigafactory firm Northvolt to deploy lithium-ion ESS to charge electric vehicles

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 09:41 -- Paul Crompton

Swedish firms Northvolt and Mälarenergi have partnered to deploy a 220kW/320kWh lithium-ion energy storage system to power an electric vehicle charging station in their home country.

Gigafactory developer Northvolt will deliver the lithium-ion battery system based around its Voltrack modular battery system in Västerås, Sweden.    

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Solid-state battery breakthrough first stage in doubling energy density of lithium-ion cells

Fri, 11/29/2019 - 09:33 -- Paul Crompton

Researchers at Australia's Deakin University have reported a way of using common industrial polymers to create solid electrolytes for solid-state lithium-ion batteries.

The scientists’ new solid polymer electrolyte system, based on a new lithium transport mechanism, was weakly bonded to the lithium-ion to replace the liquid solvents typically used as electrolytes in battery cells.

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Bank extends loan to LG Chem as it forges ahead with European lithium-ion gigafactory plans

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 15:57 -- Paul Crompton

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has extended a long-term loan of €250 million ($275 million) to support the construction of Korean battery maker LG Chem’s European lithium-ion gigafactory.

The company is set to build a battery production plant in Wrocław in western Poland in three phases.

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Asian firms sign partnership agreement to make lithium-ion separators

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 15:52 -- Paul Crompton

Japanese firm Teijin Limited has signed a technical license agreement with China’s Shanghai Energy New Materials Technology (SEMCORP) to make solvent-based coating separators for lithium-ion secondary batteries.

Teijin aims to integrate its technologies with SEMCORP's strengths in substrate production capacity and cost competitiveness.

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Lithium Australia continues aggressive march to close lithium-ion battery recycling loop

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 15:28 -- Paul Crompton

Materials firm Lithium Australia now owns 73.7% of lithium-ion battery recycler Envirostream after upping its stake in the company for the third time this year.

Perth-based Lithium Australia paid AUD100,000 ($68,000) for the additional shares, mirroring the payment made in October to take its share in the recycler from 18.9% to 23.9%.

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