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Firm secures funding for UK-based lithium-ion battery materials plant

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 10:17 -- Paul Crompton
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Material processing company Green Lithium has secured £1.6 million ($2.2 million) in seed-round funding to build and operate a commercial lithium concentrate refinery in the UK. 

Green Lithium aims to refine the lithium concentrate into battery-grade lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate from early 2025. 

The 50,000 tonnes per annum refinery is forecast to produce 9% of European demand by 2030.

The UK-based company told BEST the lithium concentrate would be supplied by “international sources” but could not be more specific in terms of naming a country or company.

The seed round is in addition to a £600,000 ($800,000) UK Government grant the firm secured from the Automotive Transformation Fund in April.  

The Seed round capital will be used to fund key areas in its business including: raw material laboratory test-work analysis; planning and environmental scoping and baseline surveys; ground investigation; and activities relating to the early development phase of the project. 

The facility could provide the missing link in the EV supply chain.

Richard Taylor, founding director at Green Lithium, said: “The electric vehicle revolution requires a significant increase and diversification in the supply of low-carbon, battery-grade lithium hydroxide. 

“It is estimated that growth of more than 400% in supply is needed over the next 10 years. However, current and planned refining capacity will fall short in achieving this. 

“We intend to help meet what would otherwise be unmet demand in an underserved market.” 

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Johnson Matthey opens UK battery materials research centre

Wed, 05/26/2021 - 11:16 -- Paul Crompton
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Speciality chemicals firm Johnson Matthey has opened a state of the art Battery Technology Centre in the UK.

The centre will enable the firm to drive improvements in battery performance, and secure value chains as part of its strategic development in the commercialisation of its nickel-rich cathode materials called eLNO. 

The new Battery Technology Centre in Oxford boasts advanced material characterisation and diagnostic equipment that enable both engineering on an atomic level and evaluation under realistic conditions.

Johnston Matthey hopes the centre will help it accelerate the further development and customisation of its eLNO materials for electric vehicle applications. 

The company aims to ensure the production of eLNO will be carbon neutral by 2035 as it moves to net zero by 2040.

Robert MacLeod, the firm’s chief executive, said: “This new facility represents an important milestone on our journey towards developing a sustainable battery materials ecosystem and emphasises the progress we are making on the commercialisation of our battery materials business.”

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UK’s first e-ferry propelled into service with repurposed lithium-ion batteries

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 11:00 -- Paul Crompton

A ferry using repurposed lithium-ion batteries from Nissan Leaf electric vehicles has been launched in Plymouth, UK.

Rigorous trials of e-Voyagers’ motors, energy storage, control and charging systems are run in a real-world environment in a bid to gain regulatory approval

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Gigafactory firm Britishvolt appoints lithium-ion battery expert as CTO

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 11:24 -- Paul Crompton

Britishvolt has appointed Dr Allan Paterson as its chief technical officer as the company continues its bid to build a lithium-ion gigafactory in the UK.

Paterson is a specialist in automotive batteries and next-generation technologies and holds a PhD in Chemistry on advanced cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries. 

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Sonnen supplies its residential lithium-ion ESSs as two VPP projects are launched in the UK

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:23 -- Paul Crompton

Sonnen’s lithium-ion residential energy storage systems have been used in two virtual power plant (VPP) projects in the UK.

The German company— a wholly owned subsidiary of fossil fuel giant Shell— has supplied its 5kWh, 7.5kWh and 10kWh systems for the delivery of grid-scale services.

 

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UK solid-state battery research facility opened by Ilika

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 14:06 -- Paul Crompton

Materials research firm Ilika has opened a large format battery facility for the development and initial production of solid-state lithium-ion batteries in Hampshire, UK.

The Goliath Pre-Pilot Line (GPPL) will support its Goliath programme, which aims to develop large format solid-state batteries for electric vehicles (EV). 

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