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Li-ion anode materials firm latest innovator to receive USABC funding

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 14:30 -- Paul Crompton
Li-ion anode materials firm latest innovator to receive USABC funding

Lithium-ion anode materials maker NanoGraf Technologies, formerly SiNode Systems, has been awarded a US$7.5 million grant to develop its graphite anode replacement product ahead of commercialisation plans.

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research, awarded the cash to fund a 36-month project that began early last month.

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US consortium awards fast-charge tech contract

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 08:46 -- Hugh Finzel

California-based lithium-ion battery manufacturer Zenlabs Energy has been awarded a US$4.8 million contract by the US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) to develop “low-cost, fast-charge battery technology” for electric vehicles (EVs).

The contract will fund a 30-month project— which started in March 2019— that aims to develop novel cell designs and production methods to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries for automotive purposes.

“The low-cost/fast-charge technology development contract award with Zenlabs is part of USABC's broad battery technology research and development programme," said USCAR executive director Steve Zimmer.

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Freudenberg doubles down on XALT Energy

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is making a “multi-million dollar investment” to take a majority stake in XALT Energy, a Michigan-based developer of lithium-ion energy storage systems.

The announcement comes less than a year after Freudenberg’s initial “multi-million dollar investment”, which gave the company a 31% stake in XALT. Freudenberg cited “increasing demands for lithium-ion battery technology that specifically targets commercial vehicles” as the motivation behind increasing its stake— which gives them a “more than 50% share” of the battery manufacturer.

XALT Energy will retain its name and will become an affiliate brand of the Freudenberg global group, headquartered in Germany. Jess Michalski will take over leadership of XALT from retiring CEO, Richard Cundiff.

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Second funding contract for novel Li-ion recycling

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

A collaborative organisation at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has been awarded a US$1.08 million contract by the US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) to extend development of its novel process to recycle spent lithium-ion batteries.

Following the successful completion of (also USABC funded) phase one earlier in 2018, the WPI team— formed of Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors— will now use the contract award to fund a 24-month phase two project that will demonstrate their ability to recycle lithium-ion batteries and to generate a higher nickel cathode powder.

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US consortium funds work on lithium-ion recycling

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

The US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has announced US$1.08 million in funding to spur development of lithium-ion battery recycling in Massachusetts.

USABC, a collaborative organisation of American car manufacturers, General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is backing the second phase of the lithium recycling contract by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

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SiNode joins EV battery tech partnership

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 10:19 -- Xuan Zhong
SiNode joins EV battery tech partnership

Chicago-based lithium-ion battery developer SiNode Systems has teamed up with Pittsburgh firm PPG to “accelerate the commercialisation” of high-energy anode materials for advanced battery applications in electric vehicles.

The 30-month project will focus on “improving the stability and scalability” of SiNode’s anode materials to meet or exceed US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) targets for a battery’s active materials, the companies said.

 

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Ioxus eyes auto industry with board appointment

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:32 -- Paul Crompton
Ioxus eyes auto industry with board appointment

Ultracapacitor manufacturer Ioxus’s latest boardroom appointment suggests it will be targeting the automotive industry.

The U.S. company’s new Executive Chairman of the Board, Donald Runkle, has more than 30 years automotive engineering experience.

Runkle was also a co-founder of the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) along with the US Department of Energy.

Runkle’s C-level engineering experience includes vice-president at GM Motors North American Engineering Center, Delphi’s Chief Technology Officer and chief engineer at Chevolet.

USABC awards Seeo for EV battery testing

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 14:54 -- Laura Varriale
Seeo's battery module

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has assigned California-based lithium polymer battery maker Seeo with a $298,700 contract to test the company’s battery cell technology for electric vehicle applications.

Under the nine-month assignment, Seeo will deliver its ‘DryLyte’ battery modules to the USABC. The modules use proprietary non-flammable polymer electrolyte and provide an energy density of 220Wh/kg. Each module provides 1.65kWh storage capacity.

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Maxwell launches 48V ultracap module

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:01 -- Laura Varriale
Maxwell 48V ultracap module

Ultracapacitor maker Maxwell Technologies (Maxwell) has introduced an enhanced 48V ultracapacitor module product, which includes the firms’ DuraBlue new shock and vibration cell technology.

The module is designed for mass transportation such as the integration in hybrid bus propulsion systems or rail stabilisation systems.

According to the California-based company, the module combines Maxwell’s solvent-free dry electrode formation and manufacturing process with a patent-pending cell structure design, which results in an increase in vibration immunity of 300% and in shock immunity of 400% compared to competitive offerings.

The product also comprises of a capacitor management options system for reliability and safety including a redundant over-voltage alarm.

“Ultracapacitors’ rapid charge and discharge characteristics, long operating lifetime, wide operational temperature range and ruggedness make them an ideal energy storage solution for hybrid buses and other vehicles that employ braking energy recuperation systems,” said Franz Fink, Maxwell’s president and CEO.

The module has been validated through several months of sampling with selected customers.

In November, the United States Advanced Battery Consortium selected Maxwell to research the technological and economic feasibility of a 12V hybrid energy storage system consisting of lithium-ion batteries and the company’s ultracapacitors.

 

Maxwell to develop hybrid ultracap/li-ion battery for USABC

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:05 -- Laura Varriale
USABC awards Maxwell for hybrid ultracap/li-ion battery development

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has selected ultracapacitor maker Maxwell Technologies (Maxwell) to develop an ultracapacitor/li-ion battery for stop-start vehicles.

The USABC, a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research, will grant Maxwell $2.68m. The contract is part of a 19-month cost-sharing programme in which the California-based ultracapacitor firm will provide 51%. The award is co-funded by the US Department of Energy.

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