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Battery materials manufacturer to idle portions of its US lithium production

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 16:57 -- Paul Crompton

Battery materials firm Albemarle is due to idle portions of its lithium mine and production facility in the US due to short-term supply-demand imbalances and an excess stockpile of battery-grade lithium.

The North Carolina-headquartered firm’s Silver Peak lithium mine in Nevada and Kings Mountain lithium hydroxide production facility in North Carolina are due to partially close next month until the end of the year.

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C4V developing game changing six-minute charge lithium-ion battery

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:21 -- Paul Crompton

Test results for US-based intellectual property firm Charge CCV’s (C4V) lithium-ion batteries suggest they can recharge in around six minutes.

The C4V claim to have developed and built an advanced lithium-ion battery that has longer cycle life through its proprietary high-voltage bio-mineralised lithium-mixed-metal-phosphate cathode and anode material.

 

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Work begins on the world’s biggest utility-owned lithium-ion ESS

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:06 -- Paul Crompton

Construction has begun on the world’s biggest utility-owned lithium-ion energy storage systems by California, US, -based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Tesla.

Work on the 182.5MW/730MWh system at PG&E's electric substation in Moss Landing, Monterey County will be designed, constructed, and maintained by PG&E and Tesla, and will be owned and operated by the US utility.

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Probe into lithium-ion ESS explosion that injured fireman concludes with safety recommendations

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 11:07 -- Paul Crompton

A 15-month investigation into an explosion at a lithium-ion battery storage facility operated by the Arizona Public Service (APS) utility in the US has found the cause was a cascading thermal runaway.

The probe into the fire found the explosion on 19 April, 2019, that seriously injured four fire fighters, began with an internal cell failure within one of the battery cells.

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Private investment affiliate buys troubled lead-acid battery firm Exide Technologies in bankruptcy auction

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 11:59 -- Paul Crompton

An auction for lead-acid battery firm Exide Technologies’ Americas business closed last week with a winning proposal from an affiliate of US private investment firm Atlas Holdings.  

Under the terms of the proposed agreement the affiliate of Atlas will acquire all of Exide's ongoing Americas business and operations for around $179 million and assume certain liabilities related to the acquired assets.

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Enersys unveils new thin plate 12V lead-acid batteries for small motive power applications

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 11:33 -- Paul Crompton

US firm Enersys has launched a series of smaller 12V lead-acid batteries for small traction motive power applications using its Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology.

Versions of both the firm’s NexSys CORE and PURE blocs have been launched for the OEM and after market applications.

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Turning point for US storage deployment as nations largest ESS connects to California ISO grid

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 11:26 -- Paul Crompton

The US’ largest battery storage resource to date was connected to the California Independent System Operator’s (ISO) grid in June— with the 62.5MW lithium-ion system supplying more than a quarter of the area’s battery capacity.

The initial phase of LS Power Group’s Gateway Energy Storage Project in San Diego County signals an era of rapid battery growth for ISO through 2023 as the firm aims toward the state’s procurement targets. 

 
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Lead battery maker Exide Technologies receives ‘Stalking Horse’ bid for Americas business from US recycling firm

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 11:15 -- Paul Crompton

Troubled US lead-acid battery maker Exide Technologies has entered into an agreement to sell its Americas business operations to EX Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of secondary lead producer Quexco Incorporated.

The Stock and Asset Purchase Agreement includes a ‘Stalking Horse’ bid of around $170 million in cash subject to adjustments, along with the assumption of certain liabilities related to the acquired assets. 

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ABC begins bipolar lead battery tests to verify DCA capabilities in hybrid vehicles

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:43 -- Paul Crompton

US lead battery developer Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) is set to begin a nine-month investigation into the performance capabilities of bipolar lead batteries in micro and mild-hybrid applications. 

ABC will submit its own batteries to automotive testing standards in a research project collaboration with the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI). 

 

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EES firm NEC Energy Solutions to wind down operations as it sets to close

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 12:58 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion energy storage system provider NEC Energy Solutions— the US subsidiary of Japan’s NEC Corp— is set to wind down operations.

The Massachusetts-based company is set to ‘orderly wind down’ by not seeking new business, but will finish projects under development, according to reports by media company Bloomberg. 

NEC had not replied to BEST's questions at the time of publication.

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