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US-Korea LIB recycling joint venture launch

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:30 -- John Shepherd
US-Korea LIB recycling joint venture launch

A new US-Korean joint venture has announced plans to launch a major lithium-ion batteries recycling operation in the US.

Metallica Commodities Corp (MCC) and SungEel HiTech said the new company, SungEel MCC Americas (SMA), will “redefine” the lithium-ion battery, e-waste recycling, energy and metals markets in North America— “where consumption of cobalt and lithium has outpaced supply in recent years”.

 

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Lithium creep into forklifts grows

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:25 -- gerry@bestmag.co.uk
Lithium creep into forklifts grows

The growing impact of lithium-ion power in the traditional lead acid traction market could be seen last week at Modex in Atlanta— a major US supply chain trade fair.

Exide, one of the USA’s big four and predominantly lead-acid makes, launched a lithium-ion battery aimed the forklift  and autonomous guided vehicle market while Navitas announced a lithium-ion deal with Hyster— one of the largest global players in materials handling equipment.

 

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NREL team reports magnesium-metal battery research breakthrough

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:09 -- John Shepherd
NREL team reports magnesium-metal battery research breakthrough

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) say they have discovered a new approach for developing a rechargeable non-aqueous magnesium-metal battery.

In a proof-of-concept paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, the research team said they have pioneered a method to enable the reversible chemistry of magnesium metal in the noncorrosive carbonate-based electrolytes and tested the concept in a prototype cell.

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UK’s Hyperdrive Innovation inks battery tech deal with Taiwan’s Foxlink

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:51 -- John Shepherd
UK’s Hyperdrive Innovation inks battery tech deal with Taiwan’s Foxlink

UK lithium-ion battery tech firm Hyperdrive Innovation has signed a distribution deal to break into the Asian market through Taiwan’s Foxlink Group.

Sunderland-based Hyperdrive, which develops and manufactures technology for electric vehicles and energy storage systems, told BBB the deal is worth around GBP40 million over the course of the “long-term agreement”.

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Korean lead-acid firm to open first US battery plant

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:35 -- John Shepherd
Korean lead-acid firm to open first US battery plant

South Korean lead-acid battery maker ATLASBX is investing $75 million to open its first manufacturing plant in the US.

Tennessee state governor Bill Haslam confirmed the firm expected to complete construction of the plant in Clarksville, Montgomery Country, by 2020.

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Trade tariff won’t hurt batteries— yet

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:10 -- John Shepherd
Trade tariff won’t hurt batteries— yet

The United States government has fired a very small warning shot in its so-called trade war with China— in the world of batteries, that is.

Proposed Tariffs are only set to be imposed in very limited areas— silver primary batteries, zinc air batteries and nickel cadmium batteries— other than those used in electric vehicles.

 

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US team’s “design overhaul creates true lithium-air battery”

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:36 -- John Shepherd
US team’s “design overhaul creates true lithium-air battery”

Researchers in the US say they have designed a new “true” lithium-air battery that works in a natural air environment and can still function “after a record-breaking 750 charge/discharge cycles”.

The team from Chicago’s University of Illinois and the Argonne National Laboratory performed an “architectural design overhaul” of the battery tech for its design— which is reported in a paper published in the journal Nature.

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US team’s “design overhaul creates true lithium-air battery”

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 20:33 -- John Shepherd

Researchers in the US say they have designed a new “true” lithium-air battery that works in a natural air environment and can still function “after a record-breaking 750 charge/discharge cycles”.

The team from Chicago’s University of Illinois and the Argonne National Laboratory performed an “architectural design overhaul” of the battery tech for its design— which is reported in a paper published in the journal Nature.

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US co-ops ‘cashing in on energy storage’

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:25 -- John Shepherd
US co-ops ‘cashing in on energy storage’

The value of the US battery storage market could grow from $300 million a year to as much as $3 billion by 2020— adding up to rich pickings for electricity distribution cooperatives, according to a new report.

Capital costs for battery systems could fall below $300 per kilowatt hour this year as “significant expansion” boost economies of scale for the manufacture of cells and battery packs, said the report by national rural industries finance institution CoBank.

 

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Navitas adds “customised” lithium cell line for US military

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:49 -- Xuan Zhong
Navitas adds “customised” lithium cell line for US military

US lithium battery storage company Navitas Systems has installed a new automated cells production line at its Michigan facility to “optimise custom cell manufacturing” for the country’s military.

Navitas said it is working with the aerospace and defence company Lockheed Martin to bring “higher-performing” lithium products to the US Navy— because “the US military has had limited battery options” as many lithium cell suppliers are based in “adversary countries”.

 

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