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Panasonic sells stake in long-term partner Tesla for $3.6 billion

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 08:53 -- paul Crompton
Panasonic cells and Tesla car

Tesla’s lithium-ion battery maker Panasonic has sold its entire stake in the US electric vehicle OEM for almost $3.6 billion, reports Japanese business news outlet Nikkei.

Panasonic has said the sale will pay for its $7 billion acquisition of artificial intelligence software developer Blue Yonder, reported Nikkei.

Panasonic bought 1.4 million Tesla shares for about $30 million in 2010. Those stocks rose to $730 million at the end of March 2020, and by 24 June closed at $679.82 apiece.

Japanese firm Panasonic has been a long-term supplier of batteries to Tesla.

Last year, the pair signed a three-year pricing deal relating to the manufacture and supply of 2170 lithium-ion battery cells manufactured at its gigafactory in Nevada, US.

Panasonic said it would increase the energy density of its 2170 cells by 20% within five years and commercialise a cobalt-free version within three years.

The stock sell-off came in the same week China battery maker CATL extended a battery supply deal with Tesla to 2025.

Tesla entered into a partnership with South Korea’s LG Chem and China’s CATL in January 2020 as it looked to secure a lithium-ion battery supply for its electric cars at its Gigafactory 3 plant in Shanghai.

CATL signed a two-year battery supply agreement with Tesla, with the US firm determining the battery purchase volume, last July.

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Albemarle establishes battery materials innovation center to drive lithium-ion anode development

Mon, 07/12/2021 - 08:16 -- paul Crompton

Chemicals firm Albermarle aims to fully open its new innovation centre in North Carolina, US, by the end of this month.

The Battery Materials Innovation Centre (BMIC) will develop lithium metal anode technologies that increase a lithium-ion battery’s energy density.

The firm aims to do this by using advanced lithium metal rolling to achieve lithium foils 20 microns thin or thinner, and then demonstrate lithium foils as thin as 3 to 5 microns using technologies being developed.

BMIC will support Albemarle's lithium hydroxide, lithium carbonate and advanced energy storage materials growth goals.

The plant will enable the synthesis of new materials, material properties characterisation and analysis, material scale-up capabilities, and material integration into battery cells for performance testing.

The facility includes a dry room with a multi-layer pouch-cell line that can create batteries to demonstrate aspects of battery performance and accelerate the transition of new products. 

Dr. Glen Merfeld, Albemarle Lithium’s chief technology officer, said: "The completion of the center provides us with realistic and relevant cell building capabilities to generate meaningful data for next-gen battery material design. 

"With this new resource, we will be equipped to optimise our lithium materials for a drop-in solution for customers that help them deliver high-performing cost-effective batteries for the rapidly growing electric vehicle market."

In a June 14 roundtable discussion hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. Merfeld stressed that advancements in lithium recovery and battery performance are critical to maximising the energy yield of every gram of active lithium material. 

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Battery materials firm hopes new VP’s government contacts will boost business

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 10:02 -- paul Crompton
6K has appointed Mary Cronin as vice-president of government affairs

Lithium-ion battery materials firm 6K has appointed Mary Cronin as vice-president of government affairs on the US firm’s executive leadership team. 

6K hopes Cronin’s contribution will add to the growing number of Defence Logistics Agency programs the company has been awarded.

Those programs include the $1 million DLA phase II program to establish a domestic capability to recover and convert critical metals from defense scrap into premium additive manufacturing powder.

Cronin has links to Capital Hill, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense and strategic defense primes.

6K CEO Aaron Bent said: “Issues like battery manufacturing in the US, of which there is near zero capability currently, and securing critical elements like titanium domestically, pose a national threat to the country. 

“Our production platform can be a key driving force in solving these issues. Having Mary leading these initiatives with the highest levels of government will give us a strong voice in DC and uncover more strategic program opportunities.”

Cronin said she was attracted to the company because of its potential to impact domestic [US] battery production and its commitment to a new Battery Center of Excellence.

In April, 6K announced plans for the $25 million, 33,000 square-foot, Center of Excellence facility in Massachusetts to develop sustainable battery materials for energy storage devices, with a focus on electric vehicles, grid storage, and consumer goods.

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Materials firm plans lithium-ion battery material plant in US

Thu, 07/01/2021 - 11:59 -- paul Crompton
Specialty materials firm Unifrax plans today to build its first large-scale SiFAB

Specialty materials firm Unifrax plans today to build its first large-scale SiFAB (silicon fiber anode material) manufacturing line in the US.

The New York-headquartered manufacturer plans to build the facility in the state of Indiana by the end of 2023.

It is the first time Unifrax has taken a step into developing silicon fiber for the lithium-ion battery manufacturing market. 

SiFAB is being tested in multiple battery systems, with Unifrax expecting results to show the material delivers faster charges and longer battery life for applications including electric vehicles, and energy grid storage.

The Indiana plant will be the first to begin building SiFAB long-term manufacturing capacity. 

John Dandolph, Unifrax president and CEO, said the ability to leverage their existing facility and add new infrastructure to support manufacturing would “significantly accelerate” the timeline for supplying to material to its partners.

Chad Cannan, senior vice president R&D, said: “We designed SiFAB from its inception to be manufactured at large scale so that we could supply all market segments (EV’s, consumer electronics, power tools, and renewable storage), utilise our existing global manufacturing footprint, and deliver a product that has a high degree of quality and consistency.”

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Thermal storage technology firm Sunamp names Hank Torbert as chairman

Thu, 06/17/2021 - 12:34 -- paul Crompton

Thermal storage technology company Sunamp has appointed US business leader Hank Torbert as its new chairman. 

Torbert was chosen for his experience which includes new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, transmission technologies and synthetic biology as the Scottish company focuses on international expansion.

Former JP Morgan Chase investment banker Torbert is the president of US-based military packaging firm Alta Max, and the CEO of technology event 'The Frontier Conference'. 

Sunamp raised £4.5 million in a Series A fundraising round last August, led by Chilean venture capital firm Aurus Capital.

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First New York lithium-ion cells made as consortium eyes 45GWh global capacity

Wed, 06/16/2021 - 12:14 -- paul Crompton

A consortium has made its first lithium-ion cells as it moves toward plans for a commercially viable 15GWh gigafactory in New York, US.

Imperium3 New York (iM3NY) has produced its first full sized prismatic cells for limited testing and customer sampling in Q3 of this year.

The first cells were produced using manual settings to refine the product design for future automated production. 

Imperium3 New York consortium consists of Magnis Energy, C4V LLC New York and Boston Energy and Innovation.

The consortium said the cells were the first stage of demonstration of its ability to synchronise material science, engineering and process knowledge to produce a commercially viable lithium-ion cell. 

A Magnis statement read: “While the volumes would increase with fully optimised and automated lines, the current phase works towards production grade design and de-risks design unknowns involved in the transition from pilot production to full scale production.”

The manufacturing plant will be located in the Huron Campus of Endicott, New York State, and will be the first of three global locations that Imperium3 will commence volume operations from. 

Plans also include a 15GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Townsville, Australia. 

In all, the consortium aims to build three 15GWh battery manufacturing plants servicing global markets such as Australasia, North America and the Middle East.

Australia’s abundance of raw battery materials has led another firm to launch plans for a 1.3GWh factory.

Energy Renaissance secured AUS$246,625 ($175,000) co-funded grant last year to push forward plans for its Renaissance One plant, which will manufacture batteries for Australia and export to Southeast Asia.

 
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Scientists develop solid-state lithium battery with 10,000 cycle life

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 11:26 -- paul Crompton
Scientists develop solid-state lithium battery with 10,000 cycle life

A team from Harvard University in the US has designed a lithium-metal solid-state battery that can be cycled at least 10,000 times.

The researchers paired a multilayer battery that sandwiches materials of varying stabilities between the anode and cathode with a commercial, high energy density cathode material.

This multilayer, multi-material battery prevents the penetration of lithium dendrites by controlling and containing them, say the team.

The team from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) published the findings in the journal Nature.

The first electrolyte (chemical name Li5.5PS4.5Cl1.5or LPSCI) was more stable with lithium, but prone to dendrite penetration; the second electrolyte, (Li10Ge1P2S12or LGPS), was less stable with lithium, but the researchers found it was immune to dendrites. 

In the second design, dendrites were allowed to grow through the graphite and first electrolyte, but were stopped when they reached the second. 

The cycling performance of the lithium metal anode paired with a LiNi0.8Mn0.1Co0.1 O2 cathode was found to be stable, with an 82% capacity retention after 10,000 cycles at a 20C rate (8.6 milliamps per centimetre squared) and 81.3% capacity retention after 2,000 cycles at a 1.5C rate (0.64 milliamps per centimetre squared). 

The team’s battery recorded a specific power of 110.6kW/kg and specific energy up to 631.1Wh/kg watt at the micrometre-sized cathode material level.

Luhan Ye, co-author of the paper and graduate student at SEAS, said: “Our strategy of incorporating instability in order to stabilise the battery feels counterintuitive but just like an anchor can guide and control a screw going into a wall, so too can our multilayer design guide and control the growth of dendrites.” 

The difference was the researchers’ anchor quickly becomes too tight for the dendrite to drill through, so the dendrite growth is stopped.

The battery is also self-healing; its chemistry allows it to backfill holes created by the dendrites. 

Xin Li, associate professor of Materials Science at SEAS, said: “This proof-of-concept design shows that lithium-metal solid-state batteries could be competitive with commercial lithium-ion batteries.

“And the flexibility and versatility of our multilayer design makes it potentially compatible with mass production procedures in the battery industry. Scaling it up to the commercial battery wont’ be easy and there are still some practical challenges, but we believe they will be overcome.”

 (Image courtesy of Second Bay Studios/Harvard SEAS)

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Zaf Energy weeks from deciding location of its US nickel-zinc battery gigafactory

Thu, 06/03/2021 - 10:28 -- paul Crompton
Zaf Energy weeks from deciding location of its US nickel-zinc battery gigafactory

The ultimate location of a nickel-zinc (NiZn) battery gigafactory is just weeks away after ZAF Energy Systems drew up a short list of six US cities to build the facility in.

The new factory will be capable of producing 1.2 million NiZn batteries, or around 2GWh of production, a year.

The gigafactory will focus on the data center and telecom markets exclusively.

The company’s Kirk Plautz, told BEST the list of 31 sites had been reduced to six, with the company set to announce the final location within the next 30 to 45 days. 

He added that he was unable to share the selected list of six cities before the final decision was made.

The firm will build products for the defense, aerospace and medical markets in Joplin, Missouri, through its spin off company AEsir Technologies.

ZAF is the parent company and IP holding company of AEsir, which focuses on the defense, aerospace, medical and critical infrastructure markets, said Plautz, ZAF’s, and now Æsir’s, VP of marketing and sales.

In spinning off Æsir— to continue to serve the specialty markets— ZAF has granted Æsir a non-exclusive license to use the NiZn intellectual property.

Work will continue to be performed at (now) Æsir’s LRIP facility for all current and future contracts to continue to serve customers needing energy storage solutions in the specialty markets. 

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Kore Power shortlists three sites for US lithium-ion manufacturing facility

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 10:35 -- paul Crompton
Kore Power shortlists three sites for US lithium-ion manufacturing facility

Battery maker Kore Power is a step closer this week to opening its US lithium-ion gigafactory.

Idaho-headquartered Kore has narrowed the site for its 12GWh plant down to either Arizona, Florida or Texas. 

The company plans to announce the site this summer. 

The decision comes just under two years after Kore first announced it would build a gigafactory in the US.

The planned one-million square-foot manufacturing facility will support up to 12GWh of battery cell production for the US’ lithium-ion battery supply chain for grid and electric vehicle applications. 

Kore’s executive team is looking at the quantitative monetary analysis of each location, as well as an in-depth qualitative evaluation of each state, region, and specific site before making a final decision.

The three sites were chosen for their energy storage, manufacturing and electric transportation opportunities. 

Other factors for selecting these states include: 

• Proximity to continental transportation arterials and international deep-water ports
• World-leading clean energy utilities
• Friendly tax, regulatory and strong pro-business environment 
• Established complimentary industries such as e-mobility, solar and semiconductor
• State and Local economic development incentivisation programs
• Available workforce capacity
• Local community support, cooperation, and commitment 

The project will operate with net-zero carbon emissions through strategic partnerships and solar-plus- and storage co-generation.

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Systems Sunlight's assembly hub to reach US lithium-ion and lead battery market

Thu, 05/27/2021 - 09:15 -- paul Crompton
Sunlight systems’ assembly hub to reach US lithium-ion and lead battery market

Systems Sunlight, a member of Greece consortium Olympia Group, has launched a subsidiary to run a 2GWh assembly hub for lithium-ion and lead batteries within the US.

The new subsidiary, Sunlight Battery US, and assembly plant follow a $10 million investment.

Sunlight Battery US will run the hub in North Carolina, which will have a total floor plan of 105,000 square feet and an annual capacity of more than 2GWh in lithium and lead technologies. 

The US facility is the company’s largest assembly hub, and supplements its existing plant in Verona, Italy. 

Sunlight says the hub will help it serve existing and future customers and grow its US lead and lithium battery market. 

Systems Sunlight CEO, Lambros Bisalas said: “COVID-19 has highlighted the need and demand for green energy and the US requires innovation and battery production support to compete with the Asian market. 

“We have invested €105 million in R&D for innovative lithium technologies that will usher in a clean energy future. We are keen to utilise and apply this research to our product offerings in the US.”

Brian Faust, vice president-general manager at Sunlight Batteries USA, said the subsidiary would focus on its existing products as well as new technologies like lithium.

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