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Indian motorcycle firms hires lithium-ion EV mobility expert as technical advisor

Wed, 01/12/2022 - 10:26 -- Paul Crompton

Two-and three-wheel vehicle maker TVS Motor Company has appointed lithium-ion battery expert professor Venkat Viswanathan as technical advisor for electric mobility.

The appointment aims to “significantly enhance” the company’s battery technology capabilities, with Viswanathan playing a role in guiding the company in its electric mobility journey.

TVS Motor Company is readying to commercialise its portfolio of 5-25kW two and three-wheelers within the next 24 months.

Sudarshan Venu, joint managing director at, TVS Motor Company, said: “Viiswanathan is a thought leader in the field of innovations of advanced battery technology.

“His major strides in battery technology will give us a competitive edge in delivering value for money, superior technology, and aspirational electric vehicles.”

Illustrious battery background

Viswanathan is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in the US, and is a leader in energy storage and lithium-ion batteries, specifically to electric vehicle and plane applications.

Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Viswanathan received his PhD at Stanford University and complted postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

In addition to his professorship, he serves as a technical advisor and Scientific Advisory Board Member at QuantumScape, which is developing next-generation solid-state lithium-metal batteries for use in electric vehicles, and is chief scientist at Aionics which is using machine-learning methods for battery materials innovation.

Viswanathan is a recipient of numerous awards, including: the National Science Foundation CAREER award, Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, ONR Young Investigator Award and MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Finalist. 

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Consortium gets nod to install VRFB as part of Li-ion hybrid system

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 11:07 -- Paul Crompton
Consortium gets nod to install VRFB as part of Li-ion hybrid system

Planning permission has been granted for the development of a 2MW/5MWh vanadium redox flow battery at a substation in Oxford, UK.

The system by RedT is part of the Energy Superhub Oxford project led by led by Pivot Power with a consortium of Habitat Energy, Kensa, Oxford City Council, the University of Oxford and UK-based firm.

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Tata reveal plans for Indian gigafactory as government steps up EV goals

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 12:39 -- Paul Crompton

The Tata Group has reportedly pledged INR4,000 crore (US$600 million) towards building a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Gujarat, India.

A 126-acre parcel of land in the area has already been secured for the plant, which could boast up to 10GW of capacity, according to the Times of India.

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Audi battery fire risk prompts E-Tron recall in US

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:45 -- John Shepherd
Audi battery fire risk prompts E-Tron recall in US

German car manufacturer Audi is recalling its first all-electric vehicle rolled out in the US— the ‘E-Tron’— due to the risk of battery fires.

A spokesperson for the company, which is owned by Volkswagen, told BEST Battery Briefing “moisture could, in very rare cases, enter the high-voltage battery through the low-voltage wiring via the charging-socket grommet, due to production tolerances in the manufacturing of wiring harnesses”.

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Thai investor backs Enevate’s fast-charge tech

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 16:28 -- John Shepherd
Thai investor backs Enevate’s fast-charge tech

Thailand-based energy company Bangchak has made a “significant” undisclosed investment in US-based advanced lithium-ion battery tech developer Enevate.

CEO of California-based Enevate, Robert Rango, said the deal meant Bangchak becomes “an important partner in our mission to provide advanced battery technology that will help drive the growth of global EV markets with as little as five-minute charging times”.

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US seeks experts for new LIB transportation safety body

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 13:59 -- John Shepherd
US seeks experts for new LIB transportation safety body

The US has issued a call for experts to join a new committee being set up to advise the federal government on lithium-ion battery transportation safety.

Transportation secretary Elaine Chao (pictured) said the government is looking to recruit “experts from diverse technical and transportation backgrounds to evaluate safety improvements”.

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European partners launch German BESS

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 09:56 -- John Shepherd
European partners launch German BESS

A 22MW lithium-ion energy storage system has been inaugurated in Germany by a European consortium.

Italy’s Enel Green Power (EGP), German renewables company Enertrag and Swiss battery maker Leclanché launched the €17 million (US$19m) BESS at Cremzow, 102km northeast of Berlin, on 16 May.

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Thailand to build region’s ‘biggest LIB testing centre’

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 14:56 -- John Shepherd
Thailand to build region’s ‘biggest LIB testing centre’

A major testing centre for lithium-ion batteries in Asia is to be built in Thailand under a deal with German inspection and product certification services group TÜV SÜD.

TÜV SÜD has signed a cooperation agreement with the Thai industry ministry and the Thailand Automotive Institute to build the €13.5 million (US$15.1m) centre near Bangkok.

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Researchers hail improved recycling process for LIB cathodes

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 17:22 -- John Shepherd
Researchers hail improved recycling process for LIB cathodes

Researchers at the University of California San Diego say they have improved the safety of a recycling process that regenerates degraded cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries. 

The research is part of a larger effort under the US ReCell Center initiative to promote ithium-ion battery recycling.

Project leader Zheng Chen (pictured), a professor of nanoengineering affiliated with the Sustainable Power and Energy Center at UC San Diego, said: “Due to the rapid growth of electric vehicle markets, the worldwide manufacturing capacity of lithium-ion batteries is expected to reach hundreds of gigawatt hours per year in the next five years.”

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Scottish hotel plugs in to battery storage trial

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Gyle Edinburgh Park Premier Inn

A lithium-ion battery storage system has been ‘booked in’ to a hotel in Scotland as part of an energy efficiency trial project.

The Gyle Premier Inn at Edinburgh Park, owned by brewing giant Whitbread, said the 100kW battery has the capacity to run the hotel— “including powering meals cooked” at its bar and grill— for up to three hours daily.

The battery functions by drawing power from the National Grid during off-peak periods and takes two hours to fully charge.

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