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3M licenses patents for Li-ion NMC cathode materials to China-based Reshine

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3M and China-based Hunan Reshine New Material Company, Ltd have entered into a patent license agreement for 3M’s nickel, manganese and cobalt (NMC) cathode technology for lithium-ion batteries. Recently, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued an Ex Parte Reexamination Certificate for US Patent 7,078,128.

Pike Research ranks LG Chem and Johnson Controls highest in new assessment of electric and hybrid vehicle Li-ion battery manufacturers

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Pike Pulse grid for automotive Li-ion manufacturers. —research director John Gartner. Pike’s Top 10. 1. LG Chem. 2. GS Yuasa. 4.

USABC awards $5.48M Li-ion PHEV battery technology development contract to Johnson Controls

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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), an organization whose members are Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has awarded a $5.48-million lithium-ion battery technology development contract to Johnson Controls Inc. Resources. Batteries

A123 Systems introduces Li-ion 6T battery designed specifically for military applications; engine start and silent watch

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The military is interested in replacing lead-acid batteries with higher performing Li-ion systems. From a 2011 TARDEC presentation.

FAA grounds US Boeing 787 Dreamliners after second incident with Li-ion battery; GS Yuasa Lithium Power the manufacturer

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The AD was prompted by this second incident involving a lithium-ion battery. United Airlines is currently the only US airline operating the 787, with six airplanes in service. For the Li-ion system, Thales was prime contractor in association with Securaplane of the United States and GS Yuasa of Japan.

Johnson Controls expanding global production of AGM batteries for start-stop systems; $555M investment from 2011 to 2020

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It requires minimal changes to the vehicle and costs significantly less than battery systems in hybrid or electric vehicles. Click to enlarge.

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Stanford study quantifies energetic costs of grid-scale energy storage over time; current batteries the worst performers; the need to improve cycle life by 3-10x

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Benson from Stanford University and Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) has quantified the energetic costs of 7 different grid-scale energy storage technologies over time. We find that annual material resource production places tight limits on Li-ion, VRB and PHS development and loose limits on NaS and CAES.

DOE CEMAC report examines US opportunities in automotive Li-ion batteries

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Costs captured in the model include all capital, fixed, and variable costs in each country scenario explored. billion by 2020.

A123 Systems opening new manufacturing facility in Czech Republic; support for increasing volume of 12V and 48V Li-ion systems

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Li-ion battery manufacturer A123 Systems is expanding its operations in Europe by opening a new manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic city of Ostrava. The company currently operates manufacturing facilities in Hangzhou, China; Changzhou, China; and southeastern Michigan in the United States. 48V Batteries

USABC awards $1.64M to NOHMs Technologies for development of ionic liquid electrolytes for Li-ion batteries

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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, recently awarded $1.64 The competitively bid contract award is co-funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and includes a 50% cost-share by NOHMs. LCO, NCA, LMNO, NMC and others).

Ford and Samsung outline R&D efforts for next-generation non-hybrid battery technology; dual-battery systems and lightweight Li-ion

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The research advances lithium-ion battery technology currently available on Ford’s electrified vehicles. Click to enlarge.

DOD awards EaglePicher $22M under DPA Title III to expand Li-ion production capabilities; 250 Wh/kg

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The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded EaglePicher $22 million in funding under the Defense Production Act Title III Program ( DPA Title III ) for Phase II of the Lithium-Ion Battery for Military Applications (LIMA) project. Currently, the US government relies on lithium-ion cells that are produced outside the US.

USABC awards $2.68M to Maxwell for stop-start ultracap-battery hybrid system; RFPI for high-performance Li-ion electrolytes

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The 19-month program will focus on the technological and economic feasibility of adopting a 12-volt hybrid energy storage system consisting of lithium-ion batteries and Maxwell ultracapacitors to an automotive stop-start application meeting USABC specifications. of San Diego, Calif. RFPI for electrolytes. components purity. Resources.

Galaxy Resources enters technology license agreement with Li-ion producer K2 Energy

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Australia-based Galaxy Resources Limited has signed a technology license agreement with US-based lithium-ion battery producer K2 Energy Solutions Inc.

GM Ventures makes $7M strategic investment in Envia Systems for advanced Li-ion cathode materials

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based Envia Systems to provide GM’s battery engineering team with access to advanced lithium-ion cathode technology that delivers higher cell energy density and lower cost. Envia’s cathode technology also will offer benefits for other devices and applications where low-cost, high-energy density storage solutions are needed.

3M Forms Strategic Relationship with Amperex Technologies for NMC Li-Ion Cathode Materials

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Under the agreement, 3M granted ATL a license to 3M intellectual property for the use of 3M NMC cathode materials in lithium-ion batteries.

Ener1 Outlines Automotive Programs Underway for Li-ion Packs

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As part of its report on fourth quarter and year-end 2008 results, Ener1 outlined its EnerDel unit’s customer programs underway for its lithium-ion battery technology in applications spanning hybrids, plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and full electric vehicles. Overall, Ener1 reported 2008 revenues of $6.8 million. million in 2007.

National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries Opts for Kentucky Site for Li-ion Plant

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The National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries (NAATBatt) ( earlier post ) has selected a site in Hardin County, Kentucky to build a more than $600-million automotive lithium-ion battery plant. Kentucky was selected over Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Earlier post.).

SK Energy and USABC to Evaluate SK Li-ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles

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SK Energy, Asia’s fourth largest energy provider and Korea’s first oil refining company, develops and manufactures lithium-ion battery separators (LIBS) as well as lithium-ion batteries for applications ranging from consumer electronics to transportation. SK cells have a specific energy density of around 140 Wh/kg.

Report: Hitachi To Team Up With Johnson Controls In Battery Technology, Possibly In Power Electronics and Electric Machines As Well

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in lithium-ion and other advanced battery technologies. Hitachi hopes to boost worldwide sales of its lithium-ion and other batteries for use in electric vehicles and smart grids.If the collaboration leads to major contracts with carmakers, the two firms plan to build joint venture plants in the US, Europe and Asia.

PRTM Analysis Finds Li-ion Battery Overcapacity Estimates Largely Unfounded, with Potential Shortfalls Looming; Total Market Demand in 2020 Will Require 4x Capacity Announced To Date

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PRTM concludes that the large format Li-ion battery market could be under-supplied by nearly 10% by 2016. Click to enlarge.

USABC awards Cobasys $8.4M for the development of high-energy density Li-ion cells and packs for EVs

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The US Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) has awarded Cobasys, a subsidiary of SB LiMotive, an $8.4-million contract to develop high-energy lithium-ion batteries for use in electric vehicle applications. Cobasys, with two sites in Orion, Mich., and Springboro, Ohio, was acquired by SB LiMotive in 2009. Batteries

GM to Invest $43M in Li-ion Battery Plant in Brownstown Township, Mich.

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to manufacture lithium-ion battery packs for the Chevrolet Volt and other extended-range electric vehicles. The previously announced plant is the first lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in the US operated by a major automaker. General Motors Company will invest $43 million in Brownstown Township, Mich. Earlier post.)

US DOE awards more than $175M to 40 projects for advanced vehicle research and development

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The funding will support 40 projects across 15 states and will help improve the fuel efficiency of next generation vehicles. This project will develop a new process that enables low-cost, domestic manufacturing of magnesium. United States Automotive Materials Partnership, LLC. The Pennsylvania State University.

New A123 Systems LLC emerges

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Li-ion battery maker A123 Systems LLC, a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Wanxiang America Corporation, has acquired substantially all of the non-government business assets of bankrupt A123 Systems, Inc. A123’s joint venture with Shanghai Automotive. Excluded from the acquisition is A123’s Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Transportation.

Pike Research forecasts global hybrid medium- and heavy-duty truck sales to surpass 100,000 vehicles annually by 2017; about 2.1% of total MD/HD sales

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In the United States, trucks represent approximately 13% of the total fleet market (in number of vehicles). However, Hurst adds that the primary challenge facing the hybrid truck market remains the cost of the system. The Li-ion market is expected to reach 3.6 Source: Pike Research. annually to reach 4.7

Study finds resource constraints should not be a limiting factor for large-scale EV battery production

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ESP well beyond the limit of the figure. (C) Extraction costs of the elements in the couples, calculated from the USGS prices of the elements. Lifetime system cost, and other factors, will likely limit scale up more than. What is the cost of the elements in the couple (in $/kWh)? 90% for Li-ion couples). Resources.

BCG Report Expects Battery Costs Will Constrain Widespread Market Adoption of Fully Electric Vehicles, Absent a Technology Breakthrough; Forecasts 26% of Major Market New Cars in 2020 To be Hybrid or Electric

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As an example of cost direction, BCG forecasts that NCA cell and pack costs will decline 60-65% by 2020. Cost and TCO. BCG Report.

Audi highlights its range of electrification efforts; Q7 diesel PHEV, A7 fuel cell PHEV, BEV, 48V and more; 750 Wh/l by 2025

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The lithium-ion battery comprises 168 prismatic cells and is liquid-cooled. Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI quattro plug-in hybrid. mph) in 6.0

USABC awards Leyden Energy $2.28M contract for Li-imide based 12V start-stop batteries

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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) awarded a $2.28-million stop-start battery system development contract to Leyden Energy Inc.,

PowerGenix to supply NiZn batteries for traffic light backup systems

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Starting in April, PowerGenix NiZn battery packs will be deployed in traffic installations in metropolitan areas in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Using the high power and small size of PowerGenix NiZn battery cells, the UP-Stealth system is a much smaller and lighter package than lead-acid equivalents. Brief

Pike forecasts 26.4% CAGR for electric-drive buses to 2018; hybrid, battery-electric and fuel cell

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The Africa/Middle East countries will see very little uptake due to the high cost of electric buses and infrastructure, the report finds. Current hybrid buses can cost around $200,000 more than a comparable diesel bus, depending on the bus specifications. key markets will be the United States, where California’s Zero.

3M invests in Nanoscale Components to leverage its pre-lithiation process for 3M silicon anodes

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3M has made an investment in Nanoscale Components, a company that has developed a novel, low-cost pre-lithiation process. 3M says its investment will expand the adoption of 3M’s unique silicon alloy anode for lithium-ion batteries. lithium needs to be inserted into the material. Earlier post.). —Liu et al.

GM Europe Premieres Opel Ampera,Chevrolet Spark at Geneva Show

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Equipped with a 16 kWh Li-ion battery pack, the five-door, four-seat hatchback has a battery-powered range of up to 60 km (37 miles) (MVEG cycle). GM will manufacture the Ampera’s battery pack will be manufactured by GM at the first lithium-ion production facility to be operated by a major automaker in the United States.

DOE to award up to $184M for advanced vehicle research and development in 8 areas of interest

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The engines shall have extremely low engine-out nitrogen oxides (NO x ) and particulate matter (PM) as a target; and shall have efficiency similar to state-of-the-art direct injection diesel engines (i.e., Fuels currently sourced or that can be sourced in the United States are highly encouraged. Alloy or Li metal anodes.

FTA Report on Worldwide H2 Bus Demonstrations Finds Better Than Expected Performance and Strong Customer Acceptance; Challenges Remain

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The report gathers insights from demonstration participants at transit agencies in the United States, Europe, China, Japan and Australia, analyzes lessons learned, identifies key remaining challenges, and suggests potential roles for government in supporting commercialization. The most significant challenge was range. Energy Storage.

ARPA-E Selects 37 Projects for $106M in Funding in Second Round; Electrofuels, Better Batteries and Carbon Capture

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The grants will go to projects in 17 states. Electrofuels approaches will use organisms able to extract energy from other sources, such as solar-derived electricity or hydrogen or earth-abundant metal ions. The target liquid fuel is isooctane, which fits well into the existing transportation fuel system in the United States.

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DOE to Award Up to $2.4B for Advanced Batteries, Electric Drive Components, and Electric Drive Vehicle Demonstration/Deployment Projects

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The battery manufacturing area is focused on battery manufacturing plants, material and component supplier manufacturing plants, and recycling plants, including facilities and manufacturing equipment, for Li-ion and other advanced batteries for advanced vehicles such as electric drive vehicles (EDVs) and micro-hybrids. Resources.