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AI predicts method for fast-charging EVs while minimising lithium-ion battery degradation

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 12:13 -- paul Crompton

Artificial intelligence could have given clues on the best method for fast-charging electric vehicles thanks to a study at the US’ Stanford University.

Instead of charging at the highest current at the beginning of the charge, the computer’s algorithm suggested using the highest current in the middle of the charge. 

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US firm begins tests on silicon anodes in bid to develop next-gen lithium-ion batteries for

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 15:18 -- paul Crompton

Testing has begun on battery additive firm BioSolar’s second batch of commercial-grade prototype 21700 lithium-ion cells that use silicon anodes.

The US firm announced on 14 January that its technology partner had begun production and testing of the new cells that incorporate “additional cell design work”.

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Battery associations launch initiative to ensure lead-battery industry’s positive global impact

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:34 -- paul Crompton

Lead and lead-battery industry groups have adopted seven guiding principles designed to serve as a best practice in the protection of workers and the industry’s wider environmental impact. 

The groups will develop performance indicators and policies to ensure continuous improvement in the management of lead exposure and emissions and minimise the environmental impact of used lead batteries. 

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Battery maker Varta buys back its consumer brand amid EC competition concerns

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 14:44 -- paul Crompton

Battery maker Varta has bought back Europe-based Varta Consumer Batteries 18 years after selling it to US company Rayovac Corporation (latterly Spectrum Brands) for $262 million.

The German manufacturer completed the buy out of the company for an enterprise value of €180 million ($200 million) from US-based Energizer Holdings subject to a closing balance sheet to be prepared on the closing date. 

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World’s first semi-solid lithium-ion ESS launched in Japan

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 09:55 -- paul Crompton

Japanese electronics maker Kyocera has launched a lithium-ion energy storage system using semi-solid electrode battery technology from US company 24M.

The companies announced the launch of the residential ‘Enerezza’ ESS on 6 January as Kyocera extended its commitment to the Massachusetts’-based firm with plans to start full-scale mass production of the system at the end of the year.

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Firms announce plans to deploy the US’ first liquid air energy storage system

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:34 -- paul Crompton

Liquid-air energy storage firm Highview Power Storage and project developer Encore Renewable Energy have announced plans to deliver a 50MW/400MWh system in the US— a first for the country.

This facility in northern Vermont will store excess power from renewables and resolve energy transmission challenges surrounding the state’s Sheffield-Highgate Export Interface (SHEI).

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Innolith secures tax break to deploy 12MW of storage in US

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 14:27 -- paul Crompton

Inorganic battery technology firm Innolith plan to build two grid-scale energy storage systems in Maryland, US, to compliment its lithium-ion Gridbank system from the now defunct Alevo. 

The two new battery storage facilities– 4.8MW and 7.3MW–should be operational in Washington County by late 2020 or 2021, according to local press reports who quoted Stephen Wiley, vice president of Innolith’s US business development.

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LG Chem secures $5bn loan to build lithium-ion manufacturing plants as it announces US gigafactory plans with GM

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 14:14 -- paul Crompton

Korean battery maker LG Chem has secured around $5 billion in loans to build lithium-ion manufacturing plants outside of the country between 2020 and 2024.

The money has been earmarked by a group of financial institutions led by the state-run lender Korea Development Bank (KDB), and which includes the Export-Import Bank of Korea and Nonghyup Bank.

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Report backs up lead battery industry’s recyclability boast in the US

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 09:54 -- paul Crompton

In recent weeks the US lead battery industry has taken some blows to its environment claims, but a new Battery Council International (BCI) report has ratified the widely held understanding that lead batteries– at 99% recyclability– are the most recycled consumer product in the country.

BCI’s biennial report on the recycling rate of lead batteries in the US to mark America Recycles Day on 15 November. 

Lead batteries are used in more than 275 million vehicles in the US and account for more than 70% of the world’s rechargeable power, according to the report produced by SmithBucklin of Chicago and commissioned by BCI.

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US/China joint venture to target Asia Pacific energy storage market

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 09:46 -- paul Crompton

China firm GCL System Integration and US company Powin Energy have formed a joint venture to target Asia-Pacific’s front-of-the-meter energy storage systems market.

The new firm, branded as G-Powin Energy Solution, will use lithium-ion phosphate batteries in its G-Powin Solution system, which also contain DC battery racks, BMS, containerisation, DC collection/protection, power control system integration and energy management systems (EMS). 

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