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UK firm to open laboratory in Japan to develop silicon materials for next generation lithium-ion anodes

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:11 -- paul Crompton
UK firm to open laboratory in Japan to develop silicon materials for next generation lithium-ion anodes

UK technology business Nexeon has completed a £30 million ($43.5million) funding round as it looks to commercialise its silicon materials for lithium-ion markets.

The completion allows Nexeon to move forward with plans for developing its silicon materials for next generation lithium-ion batteries.

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SK Innovation to expand production of lithium-ion battery separators

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:10 -- paul Crompton
SK Innovation to expand production of lithium-ion battery separators

SK Innovation Co is expanding its lithium-ion battery separator manufacturing facility in China.

The energy solutions arm of South Korean conglomerate SK Group is ramping up output of the battery product in Jeungpyeong, North Chungcheong. Ground-breaking is set for May.

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Global automotive lithium-ion production fell massively short in 2014

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 15:33 -- paul Crompton
Global automotive lithium-ion production fell massively short in 2014

The hangover of the lithium plant-building boom post 2010 was felt across the lithium-ion battery manufacturing industry in 2014, according to a report by the US Department of Energy.

Not one of the major automotive lithium-ion battery producing nations were able to reach full capacity during 2014 as the global output reached 5.4GWh of its 27.5GWh battery making potential, said the report.

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Lead-acid firms look beyond SLI to launch new batteries

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:52 -- paul Crompton
Lead-acid firms look beyond SLI to launch new batteries

As lead-acid looks to fend off the onslaught of lithium-ion, battery manufacturers are looking beyond SLI application to launch products into the datacenter and motive markets.

American firm EnerSys’ range of DataSafe XE batteries will outperform lithium-ion’s charging temperature range by using ‘Thin Plate Pure’ lead technology, enabling it to work from -40°C to 50°C.

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Futile rear guard action?

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 11:37 -- paul Crompton

The defending army is on the run. In a desperate attempt to help the troops escape, a rear guard is assembled, hoping beyond hope to delay the rapidly advancing attacking troops. They will run out of ammunition of course, or be overwhelmed.

This was the image that came to mind when I heard Alistair Davis at the Metals Bulletin 8th World congress last week, describing the latest ALABC programme to improve dynamic charge acceptance in lead-acid systems. It’s the weakest link, the achilles heel, the runt of the litter in arguments after you’ve bleated on about lead’s recyclability, low cost and “nice grey colour” of the ingots.

And when you’ve got a handful of researchers working on the problem and just a few millions to spend, the odds of success, when the enemy are throwing thousands of the best electrochemical minds at the problem are wafer thin (and that’s being over optimistic). Is this lead-acid’s Alamo, Rorke’s drift and Custer’s last stand? It looks like it.

Norbert Maleschitz can see the writing on the wall for lead-acid in automotive and we’ve been saying it for a lot longer. And as you can read in this week’s BEST Battery Briefing, the Chinese are already acting. Given their country’s propensity for wanting to smash the industries that  have brought both prosperity and pollution, the great Chinese lead-acid dynasties are moving into lithium-ion manufacture like it’s going out of fashion. If China is going to get electric vehicles off the ground big time, it needs to go this way.

Having said all that, there are one or two voices out there that still give lead a fighting chance. Dr Steve Clarke, of Aquametals pointed out the obvious. Lead-acid’s utilisation of active material has remained stagnant for decades while lithium’s has improved by leaps and bounds in 20 years. There’s a starting point. But it will need money and leadership, a little lacking in the current climate.

Microvast launches non-flammable lithium-ion battery technology

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 15:01 -- paul Crompton
Microvast launches non-flammable lithium-ion battery technology

US-headquartered Microvast has launched battery technology that it claims can prevent thermal runaway in lithium-ion batteries during a press conference in Beijing, China.

The firm’s research looked at how heat released by electrolytes could be controlled to ensure safety during thermal runaway

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UK grant signals sea-change in attitude toward next-generation lithium battery technology

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:47 -- paul Crompton
UK grant signals sea-change in attitude toward next-generation lithium battery technology

It may be a few years behind the rest of the world but the UK is at least trying to make up for lost time with a series of funding rounds aimed at developing the nation’s battery credentials.

The latest series of funding enables a team of chemistry, engineering and materials groups to develop next-generation lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

 
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Germany enters lithium-ion war with industrial scale plant

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 13:22 -- paul Crompton
Germany enters lithium-ion war with industrial scale plant

The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) is celebrating its first successful year of testing Germany’s ability to produce lithium-ion cells on an industrial scale.

In its first year the plant has processed 1,300 kilograms of active materials into slurries, coated 11 km of electrode sheets, and assembled more than 1,000 cells.

The plant can manufacture one automotive-grade, standard lithium-ion cell in PHEV 1 format fully at a rate of one per second.

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Partnership develops ‘game changing’ air freight containers as shipping ban looms

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 09:11 -- paul Crompton
Partnership develops ‘game changing’ air freight containers as shipping ban looms

Two firms are set to capitalise on a ‘fire-resistant’ freight container just two weeks before a ban on shipping lithium-ion batteries on passenger planes comes into affect.

Dutch firm Teijin Aramid and US company MACRO Industries are working together to develop, manufacture and commercialise

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Firm unveils thin nonwoven battery separator for lithium-ion and supercapacitors

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 11:40 -- paul Crompton
Firm unveils thin nonwoven battery separator for lithium-ion and supercapacitors

Ultra thin nonwoven separators have been developed for lithium-ion and supercapacitors batteries by US firm Dreamweaver International.

The patented technology relies on lighter weights and high compression to produce nonwoven separators that could be produced as low as 10–12 microns thick. 

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