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Kokam introduces new XPAND Li-ion pack for electric vehicle manufacturers; advanced liquid cooling, 150 Wh/kg

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Ltd, has introduced the XPAND battery pack, delivering electric vehicle manufacturers a safe, high-performance, cost-effective battery solution for electric bus, tram, truck, ground support equipment (GSE), military, marine, special-purpose and other commercial and industrial electric vehicle (EV) applications. The XPAND pack also provides a high-level of cost-effective performance to the EV market. Kokam Co.,

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. For large format battery applications, the excellent thermal stability of NMC cathode compositions contributes to improved battery safety performance and enables a lower total battery system cost. US Patent Nº 6,964,828 : Cathode compositions for lithium-ion batteries (Lu-Dahn).

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. The Li-ion automotive market is entering a phase in which some smaller companies will fail or be acquired due to an inability to reach volume production. Click to enlarge.

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. The award, which completes work begun under previous contracts (NMC chemistry prismatic cell), is co-funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and includes a 50% cost-share by Johnson Controls.

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. A123 Systems has introduced the Military 6T Battery, a robust Li-ion battery system engineered specifically to meet the demanding requirements of military vehicles.

PNNL study outlines requirements for grid storage, reviews four electrochemical energy storage systems: vanadium redox flow, Na-beta, Li-ion and lead-carbon

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published in the ACS journal Chemical Reviews , reviews in detail four stationary storage systems considered the most promising candidates for electrochemical energy storage: vanadium redox flow; sodium-beta alumina membrane; lithium-ion; and lead-carbon batteries. Lithium-ion battery.

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

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With $555 million in investments between 2011 and 2020, the company is implementing plans to expand AGM production capacity in Germany, the United States and China. With the addition of a 12V Lithium-ion battery, automakers can increase fuel economy efficiency by up to 8%.

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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. Using ESOI we show that an increase in electrochemical storage cycle life by tenfold would greatly relax energetic constraints for grid-storage and improve cost competitiveness. Reducing financial cost is not sufficient for creating a scalable energy storage infrastructure.

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

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As part of its analysis, CEMAC developed a detailed bottom-up cost modeling of regional cell production scenarios based upon total costs that a manufacturer incurs in the high-volume production of LIB cells. An 8% after tax cost of capital is achieved for US-based facilities.

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. This European location will establish regional assembly of A123’s advanced 12V Lithium-ion starter battery and next-generation 48V battery and cost effectively support the growing market demand.

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 million contract to NOHMs (Nano Organic Hybrid Materials) Technologies in Rochester, New York, for the development of electrolytes for automotive lithium-ion battery applications. The competitively bid contract award is co-funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and includes a 50% cost-share by NOHMs.

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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For the near term, they have been working on a dual-battery combining a lithium-ion battery with a 12-volt lead-acid battery that could enable regenerative braking technology in non-hybrid vehicles for greater fuel savings. Lead-acid (left) and Li-ion battery (right).

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. The program goal assures the affordable production of critical items deemed essential for national defense, alleviating concerns regarding market volatility and uncertainty within the current international market for Li-Ion.

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 United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization operated by Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has awarded a $2.68-million advanced battery technology development contract for the development of a high-performance, hybrid energy storage system for automotive stop-start applications to Maxwell Technologies Inc. A 50% minimum cost share is required.

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. Flow diagram, Jiangsu lithium carbonate plant. Galaxy Resources plans to become a leading producer of lithium compounds.

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. Skeptics have suggested it would probably be many years before lithium-ion batteries with significantly lower cost and higher capability are available, potentially limiting sales of electric vehicles for the foreseeable future.

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

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ATL) that will expand the use of nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) cathode materials in lithium-ion batteries targeted at consumer electronics and automotive applications. million (total DOE/industry cost share: $ 2.28 SEM images of particle morphology of 3M NMC cathode materials.

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. Ener1 said that customer interest in its lithium-ion batteries from all segments remained strong in spite of distress the auto industry and current recessionary economic conditions.

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. NAATBatt is a not-for-profit industry consortium of more than 50 corporations, associations and research institutions dedicated to making the United States a world leader in the manufacture of advanced lithium-ion or Li-Ion battery cells for transportation applications.

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. USABC has carried out a number of battery development programs, focusing on low-cost and long-life batteries with varying power-to-energy ratios.

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 This will enable Hitachi to not only bolster output with less investment, but also lower production costs by utilizing Johnson Controls’ expertise in mass production. The Nikkei reports that Hitachi Ltd. will partner with Johnson Controls Inc.

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. Additional capacity investments beyond those recently announced by battery manufacturers will be required to avoid a Li-Ion battery shortfall of 30% by 2017.

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. The competitively bid contract Cobasys award from USABC is co-funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and includes a 50% cost-share.

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. Local and state incentives, along with Recovery Act funding announced last week by the US Department of Energy, are helping to make the facility possible. General Motors Company will invest $43 million in Brownstown Township, Mich.

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. This project will develop a novel low cost route to carbon fiber using a lignin/PAN hybrid precursor and carbon fiber conversion technologies leading to high performance, low-cost carbon fiber. United States Automotive Materials Partnership, LLC.

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. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) all continue to have higher upfront costs that are significant enough to result in higher total cost of ownership for the vehicles.

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. Included in the acquisition, which has received approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), are A123’s automotive, grid and commercial business assets, including technology, products, customer contracts and U.S.

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

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C) Extraction costs of the elements in the couples, calculated from the USGS prices of the elements. On the order of 1 billion 40 kWh Li-based EV batteries could be built with the currently estimated reserve base of lithium, according to a recent study by researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley. Lifetime system cost, and other factors, will likely limit scale up more than. 90% for Li-ion couples).

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. Of the roughly 14 million electric cars forecast to be sold in 2020 in China, Japan, the United States, and Western Europe, BCG projects that some 1.5 Cost and TCO.

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. The position of this pressure point varies depending on the charge state. Its emphasis is on lithium-ion battery systems, which are put together using a flexible, modular concept.

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., which is developing next-generation battery chemistries building off of its lithium-imide electrolyte platform.

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. PowerGenix has developed and patented a high-power and low-cost Nickel-Zinc battery for power intensive industrial products, hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), and stationary storage applications.

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. Annual sales of hybrid buses in China surpassed that of North America in 2011, reaching almost 1,700 units. key markets will be the United States, where California’s Zero. Li-ion batteries.

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. To take advantage of promising high-capacity anode materials such as silicon, sulfur and other lithium-free materials in a next-generation Li-ion battery, either the cathode or the anode needs to be prelithiated—i.e.,

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. More than 220 lithium-ion cells in the T-shaped pack provide power. The Opel Ampera. Click to enlarge.

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. The successful market implementation of these materials in vehicles requires that they be low cost and available in sufficient abundance to make a compelling business case.

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. Fuel cell-hybrid buses, which were deployed in the United States, had a target rate of 85% availability, but experienced lower rates due to a number of issues involving the battery, hybrid drive and fuel cell.

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. Ohio State Univ. NC State University. Michigan State). Penn State. (U Penn State Univ.).

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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. Advanced Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Facilities.