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UK researchers use MRI scanning in hunt for next generation battery to usurp lithium-ion

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 16:05 -- Paul Crompton

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is being used to develop better sodium-ion batteries as researchers from UK universities look for the next generation of high-performance rechargeable batteries.

A team from the University of Birmingham’s School of Chemistry, with researchers from Nottingham University, has developed a technique that uses MRI scanning to monitor how sodium ions performs in operando.

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UK organisation launches programme to develop better EV pack joining and recycling processes

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 16:16 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based TWI has launched a research programme to provide a comprehensive assessment of lithium-ion cell joining and recycling options for electric vehicle (EV) battery pack manufacture.

The first part of the organisation’s Core Research Programme (CRP) will focus on battery pack joining and joint performance using techniques suitable to connect cells and other features to bus bars. 

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Faradion first as it prepares to ship order of sodium-ion batteries to Australia

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 13:57 -- Paul Crompton

UK sodium-ion manufacturer Faradion is set to ship its batteries to Australia after securing an order from ICM Australia. 

The company expects to ship the order for a “large number” of 40Ah cells in the next quarter to Australia for the first time.

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UK real-world test environment facility to streamline EV battery development

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 10:02 -- Paul Crompton

A UK facility dedicated to streamlining the test and validation stages of emerging electric vehicle battery module technologies has been opened by powertrain specialists Mahle Powertrain.

The facility in Northampton will specialise in electrified powertrain battery pack and module testing and development in real-world environments.

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Solid-state firm receives £15m cash boost to scale up production of its technology

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 09:31 -- Paul Crompton

Ilika has successfully completed a £15 million equity placing to support its growth strategy, the UK-based solid-state company announced on 27 March.

The firm will use the cash to implement a partnering model with one or more third party fabrication facilities to increase production of its centimetre and millimetre-scale Stereax cells at its pilot line in Southampton.

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UK firm deploys grid-scale second-life lithium-ion energy storage system in Belgium

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 16:01 -- Paul Crompton

UK company Connected Energy has commissioned its largest second-life battery energy storage system to date using repurposed electric vehicle packs from Renault. 

The 720kWh/1.2MW E-STOR system is installed at Umicore’s industrial site in Belgium and uses batteries from Kangoo vehicles.

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Test quickens identification of EV packs for second-life use

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 14:53 -- Paul Crompton

A fast process for grading used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles has been developed by researchers in the UK using old packs from vehicle OEM Nissan.

The team from WMG, University of Warwick, worked with electronics firm Ametek to embed algorithms that can be used to grade second-life batteries.

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Oxis Energy marches toward 600Wh/kg lithium-sulfur goal after hitting another milestone

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:45 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-sulfur company Oxis Energy continues to go from strength to strength with news this week its prototype cells have reached 471Wh/kg.

The company has been making incremental advances with the technology since announcing it had reached its 400Wh/kg milestone in 2016.

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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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Oxis signs trading deal with Sanyo Trading to target Japan market with its lithium-sulfur technology

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 10:37 -- Paul Crompton

A trading partnership will see Sanyo Trading Company market UK battery developer Oxis Energy’s lithium-sulfur and battery systems in Japan.

Sanyo will target the motive markets­– such as trains, buses and trucks–and provide pre and post sales support to the Japanese market and where necessary.

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