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Engineering upgrades helps boost lithium-ion cathode recycling plant capacity by 150%

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:05 -- paul Crompton

Metals firm American Manganese has more than doubled the capacity of its pilot lithium-ion battery cathode recycling plant in the US through engineering upgrades. 

The Canadian company raised capacity from 64 kg/day to 160 kg/day by adding thermal control of exothermic reactions that enable the plant to operate at higher pulp density. 

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Call for lithium-ion battery transport loophole to be closed after battery blaze

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 15:06 -- paul Crompton

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for a safety loophole to be closed after a fire destroyed a truck transporting large format lithium-ion batteries.

Recommendations by the independent US government agency responsible for investigating civil transportation have been made to address “gaps in the existing regulations” uncovered during the inquiry into the fire in Canada.

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BYD secures first deal with major global OEM as Ford aims to secure lithium-ion battery supply

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 10:50 -- paul Crompton

Ford is set to source batteries for its electric vehicles through the China lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride battery maker BYD.

It is the first time the Chinese firm BYD (which stands for Build Your own Dreams) has made a deal with a major global automaker. 

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Exide files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as it looks to value-maximise sale of its businesses

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 17:00 -- paul Crompton

US lead-acid battery maker Exide Technologies has agreed to sell its EMEA and Asia Pacific business and plans to sell its North America interest as it faces down its third Chapter 11 crisis in two decades.

The announcements come as the company and some of its US subsidiaries filed voluntary Chapter 11 petition of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

The Georgia-headquartered firm began voluntary Chapter 11 proceedings to facilitate the sale of its North American operations.

In a letter to its suppliers on 19 May, the firm said it had entered into an agreement to sell the EMEA and Asia Pacific business to an ad-hoc group of its noteholders.

The EMEA and South Pacific business is not included in the Chapter 11 proceedings and continues to operate as a stand-alone company independent from Exide Americas.

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US tests show VRFB potential can replace lithium-ion in microgrid applications

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 11:38 -- paul Crompton

US energy storage firm Ameresco has completed the initial phase of a three-stage investigation into how flow batteries can support, and possibly replace, diesel generators in microgrid applications.

Phase one of the project—conducted in partnership with consultancy firm 2ndPath Energy—evaluated vanadium-redox flow (VRF) battery technology with the aim of offering feedback to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the wider industry.

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The US energy storage industry expects COVID-19 to cause a deep revenue downturn

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 12:47 -- paul Crompton

A quarter of US energy storage system firms will reduce employee numbers and a third expect a fall in revenue during Q2 of this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study by the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) has revealed.

The revelations were revealed in a survey answered by 101 members of the trade association for the American energy storage trade. 

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Coronavirus highlights US’ reliance on China for key lithium-ion battery materials supply

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:12 -- paul Crompton

The US is too reliant on a battery materials supply from outside the country especially China, the CEO of battery minerals firm American Battery Metals Corporation (AMBC) has said.

Doug Cole’s comments came as the big three lithium companies telegraphed profit warnings due to coronavirus-driven logistics issues in the supply chain.

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ESA members report energy storage delays as Covid-19 pandemic sweeps across North America

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 11:21 -- paul Crompton

Delayed or cancelled shipments of project components, travel restrictions on personnel and ceasing direct customer contact are causing energy storage projects to be delayed, according to a survey by Energy Storage Association (ESA).

Around a third of respondents to the association’s poll earlier this month have experienced delays in delivering energy storage projects because of the coronavirus.

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Enevate unveils lithium-ion silicon anode that gives fast charging EV batteries 400km driving range

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 15:23 -- paul Crompton

A US firm is claiming to have developed a lithium-ion silicon anode that will give electric vehicles 30% more range in a single charge.

California-based Enevate has designed a porous silicon anodes that it says can hold more lithium ions and move them around faster and at lower cost than traditional anode materials.

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Remarkable year for US energy storage sector as the Q4 market breaks records

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 13:55 -- paul Crompton

The US has set a new energy storage deployment record during the final quarter of the year as markets across all segments showed signs of growth.

The US energy storage sector deployed 186MW/364MWh of storage in Q4 to set a power capacity record last year, according to Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) latest ‘US Energy Storage Monitor’ report.

Front-of-the-meter (FTM) applications took the lion’s share of the market for the first time in three quarters as deployment jumped 160% to 104MW in Q4 2019— or 56% of all quarterly deployments, in MW terms.

The non-residential BTM sector deployed 42.2MW in the final quarter of last year, its second-strongest quarter on record, while the residential market saw 40.4MW installed in the same time period.

 

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