PNNL team develops carbon nanotube-silicon microspheres as high-performance Li-ion anodes

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Silicon is an appealing anode material for Li-ion batteries because it can hold about 10 times the electrical charge per gram compared to graphite. The composite electrodes of carbon-nanotube@silicon@carbon-graphite with a practical loading (3?mAh?cm —Xiaolin Li.

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Roskill forecasts Li-ion battery demand to increase more than ten-fold by 2029 to >1,800GWh

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Roskill forecasts that Li-ion battery demand will increase more than ten-fold by 2029, reaching in excess of 1,800GWh capacity. In the late 2020s, Li-ion technologies could see increasing competition from other battery technologies, though Li-ion cells are expected to maintain their dominant position, Roskill said. In 2019, Li-ion battery capacity reached 180GWh, as the market shifted to increase demand from the automotive industry.

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LeydenJar’s silcon anode boosts Li-ion battery energy by 70%; 1350 Wh/L with more than 100 cycles

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LeydenJar Technologies, a Dutch spin-out of the applied research institute TNO, has developed a new,100% silicon anode for lithium-ion batteries. As an anode material, silicon has ten times the capacity of carbon.

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U Tokyo TFEP electrolyte solvent enables safer high-voltage, high energy-density Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at the Graduate School of Engineering and Graduate School of Science at the University of Tokyo have designed and synthesized a fluorinated cyclic phosphate solvent, 2-(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)-1,3,2-dioxaphospholane 2-oxide (TFEP), for use in lithium-ion batteries.

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ANL researchers report photo-excitation can speed up Li-ion charging by factor of two

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have reported that a new photo-excitation mechanism can speed up the charging of lithium-ion batteries by a factor of two or more. The principle of a photo-accelerated lithium-ion battery cell.

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LG Chem invests in Enevate; silicon-dominant Li-ion battery technology

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Introduced in November 2017, Enevate’s HD-Energy Technology for EVs enables Lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells with up to 50% higher capacity than conventional graphite cells.

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Virginia Tech team demonstrates green manufacturing method for Li-ion batteries

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Given that the global lithium-ion battery production capability is ~400 GWh, humongous amount of NMP is needed. —Li et al. The active material was separated from carbon black and relithiated to generate battery grade material. —Li et al.

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Researchers in China, US develop binder-free high-silicon-content flexible anode for Li-ion batteries

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A team from Zhejiang A&F University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), and Stanford University have developed a binder-free, flexible, and free-standing electrode comprising an unprecedented 92% silicon content for Li-ion batteries. 1 (Li 15 Si 4 ).

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Lithium Australia produces LFP cathode material and Li-ion batteries from mine waste

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Lithium Australia NL reported that its wholly owned subsidiary VSPC Ltd has successfully produced Li-ion battery cathode material, and Li-ion batteries (LIBs), from tri-lithium phosphate produced directly from mine waste using the SiLeach process.

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CMU study suggests difficulties in reaching targeted low price points for Li-ion batteries

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Historical prices and future cost predictions for lithium-ion batteries. They noted that due to current sales trends, three lithium-ion chemistries account for nearly all of the storage capacity, and half of the cells are cylindrical.

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 awarded to developers of Li-ion battery

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Stanley Whittingham, Binghamton University, State University of New York; and Akira Yoshino, Asahi Kasei Corporation, for the development of lithium-ion batteries. The foundation of the lithium-ion battery was laid during the oil crisis in the 1970s.

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New stable Fe3O4/C composite material for conversion electrode in solid-state Li-ion batteries

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Researchers in Europe, with colleagues from Samsung R&D Institute in Japan, have developed a highly stable Fe 3 O 4 /C composite for use as a conversion electrode in all-solid-state Li-ion batteries. In the last decade, the industry standard has been represented by insertion materials for both anode and cathode, while recently alloy-forming materials with Li x Z (Z = Si, Sn, Sb, Bi) formula have emerged as viable, alternative anodes materials.

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Rice team uses deep eutectic solvent to leach cobalt, lithium from spent Li-ion batteries

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The Rice University lab of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan has used an environmentally friendly deep eutectic solvent to extract valuable elements from the metal oxides commonly used as cathodes in lithium-ion batteries.

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Organically synthesized porous carbon shows “exceptional” potential as Li-ion anode material

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sp 3 hybridized porous carbon, OSPC?1. The new carbon shows electron conductivity, high porosity, the highest uptake of lithium ions of any carbon material to?date In addition, OSPC-1 is able to store lithium ions at more than double the rate as graphite—i.e.,

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Dahn team develops ethylene-carbonate-free electrolytes for better-performing high-voltage Li-ion cells

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Conventional electrolytes for Li-ion batteries contain ethylene carbonate (EC) and other additives. However, the cycling performance of Li-ion cells using these carbonate-based electrolytes has been poor at higher voltages (≥4.4

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Rio Tinto to build first solar plant in Western Australia to power iron ore mine; 12 MWh Li-ion system

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Rio Tinto approved a $98-million investment in a new solar plant at the new Koodaideri mine in the Pilbara, Australia, as well as a lithium-ion battery energy storage system to help power its entire Pilbara power network.

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Envia Systems hits 400 Wh/kg target with Li-ion cells; could lower Li-ion cost to $180/kWh

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Envia has developed Li-ion cells with an energy density of 400 Wh/kg using its proprietary HCMR cathode and Silicon-Carbon Composite anode. Envia HCMR vs. other Li-rich chemistries. Other Li-rich.

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U Akron team develops Mn-based high performance anode for Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at the University of Akron have developed hierarchical porous Mn 3 O 4 /C nanospheres as anode materials for Li-ion batteries. It has been well recognized that nano-engineering and carbon hybridization are effective ways to overcome or limit these issues. …

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Recycling diesel carbon nanoparticles for Li-ion battery electrodes

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In a paper published in the Journal of Power Sources , a team from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University report showing that diesel carbon nanoparticles collected from diesel engines can be chemically activated to create a porous structure. The resulting nanostructured carbon electrodes have a high specific capacity of 936 mAh g ?1

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Purdue team uses pollen grains as basis for carbon architectures for Li-ion anodes

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A team at Purdue University has used pollens as the basis for carbon architectures for anodes in energy storage devices. Currently, Li-ion batteries generally use graphite as the anode material, with a theoretical capacity of 372 mAh/g and excellent capacity retention over extended cycling.

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EnerG2 nano-structured hard carbon boosts Li-ion anode capacity by >50% compared to standard graphite

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EnerG2, a manufacturer of advanced carbons for next-generation energy storage ( earlier post ), has begun production of nano-structured hard carbon for Li-ion battery anodes that it says can boost anode capacity by more than 50% over standard graphite.

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Fudan University team develops superfast charging Li-ion battery cathode

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Researchers at Fudan University with colleagues at the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight have developed a LiMn 2 O4 material for a Li-ion battery cathode that exhibits superfast charging capabilities. M Li 2 SO 4 aqueous solution.

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Silicon-iron composite material for high capacity Li-ion anodes

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Researchers at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and Georgia Tech have jointly developed unique Si-iron (Fe) based nanomaterials connected by Ge nanostructures for use as a high-capacity anode material for Li-ion batteries.

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California Energy Commission to award up to $11M for non-Li-ion energy storage projects

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) has released a solicitation (GFO-19-305) to fund innovative, non-Li-ion energy storage research projects, including green electrolytic hydrogen systems. Additionally, as the State makes changes to the electric grid to accommodate higher levels of renewables and a carbon free future by 2045, the need for cost effective and high performing energy storage solutions are expected to increase and be diversified.

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Toyota develops method to observe behavior of Li ions in electrolyte; expected contributions to battery performance & durability

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Toyota Motor’s Central R&D Labs, along with Nippon Soken and four universities (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kyoto, and Ritsumeikan) has developed the first method for observing the real-time behavior of lithium ions (Li-ions) in an electrolyte as a Li-ion battery charges and discharges.

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New high-performance tin-carbon nanocomposites for Li-ion anodes

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Researchers in Italy have developed a high-performance tin-carbon nanocomposite material for Li-ion anodes that exhibits strong capacities at up to 10 C cycling rate and stability over 600 cycles. To synthesize the material, they embedded nanosize tin particles (Sn-PMCMT) in electrically conducting porous multichannel carbon microtubes using co-electrospinning and heat treatment in Ar/H 2.

Tsinghua, MIT, Argonne team discovers lithium titanate hydrates for superfast, stable cycling in Li-ion batteries

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Because water is considered “harmful” in high-voltage window aprotic electrolytes (free water can be highly reactive to LiPF 6 , lithium metal anode and lithium alkyl carbonates), most researchers calcine the nanostructured LTHs to completely remove all water by raising temperature to above 500 °C.

3D porous germanium-carbon composite particles as ultra-high rate anode for Li-ion batteries

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A team from Chonnam National University and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a 3D nanoarchitecture of germanium (Ge) coated with carbon (3D-Ge/C) for use as ultra-high rate anodes for Li-ion batteries. T Le, Chanhoon Kim, Jae-Young Lee, John G Fisher, Il-Doo Kim and Chan-Jin Park (2015) “Mass-scalable Synthesis of 3D Porous Germanium-Carbon Composite Particles as an Ultra-high Rate Anode for Lithium Ion Batteries”.

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KAIST researchers develop nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes for high-capacity Li-ion energy storage systems

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Korean have developed nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes for high-capacity lithium-ion energy storage systems, such as a lithium-ion capacitor. As an attempt to take only advantages of both types of ESSs, recently, lithium ion capacitors (LICs) have been designed and demonstrated.

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Silicon/soft-carbon nanohybrid as high-performance anode for Li-ion batteries

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A team from Samsung R&D and Shinshu University has developed a silicon/soft-carbon nanohybrid anode material for high performance lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Addition of 5 wt % fluoroethylene carbonate (FEC) to the electrolyte improved the retention up to 81.3%

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Team develops high-capacity Li-ion sulfur battery; no Li-metal anode

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ion battery using an enhanced sulfur–carbon composite cathode that exploits graphene carbon with a 3D array (3DG?S) based anode (Li y SiO x –C)—i.e. avoiding the use of a Li metal anode entirely. The Li y SiO x –C/3DG?S Ion Battery using a 3?D?Array

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Argonne team develops new fluorinated sulfone electrolytes for high-voltage, high-energy Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have synthesized a new class of fluorinated sulfone electrolytes to enable high-voltage, high-energy Li-ion batteries. The conventional lithium ion battery electrolyte is a 1.0-1.5

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USABC awards $919,000 Li-ion active material coating technology assessment contract to Physical Sciences; EV requirements

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This rapid, low cost coating technology increases the electrical and ionic conductivity at the surface of the anode and cathode active materials used in state-of-the-art and next-generation lithium-ion cells. PSI says that the HA coating enables: Increased active material content to 98-99% from commercial standards of 92-95%, while also eliminating the need for high surface area carbons.

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ETH Zurich team shows vanadate-borate glasses as inexpensive high-capacity cathodes for Li-ion batteries

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A team from ETH Zurich in Switzerland has demonstrated the use of vanadate-borate glasses (Li 2 O-B 2 O 3 -V 2 O 5 , referred to as V 2 O 5-LiBO 2 ) as high-capacity cathode materials for rechargeable Li-ion batteries for the first time.

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New process for synthesizing nano-tin/carbon composite spheres for high-performance Li-ion anode material

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Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a new process—aerosol spray pyrolysis—to synthesize nano-Sn/C (nano-tin/carbon) composites for a Li-ion anode with uniformly dispersed 10 nm nano-Sn particles within a spherical carbon matrix.

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WMG researchers use graphene girders to improve performance of Si anodes in Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group), The University of Warwick (UK) have developed Silicon-Few Layer Graphene (Si-FLG) composite electrodes as an effective approach to replacing graphite in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries.

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SiC@Si core–shell nanowires on carbon paper for Li-ion anodes

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Researchers at Zhejiang University have fabricated SiC@Si core–shell nanowires on carbon paper for use as high-capacity anodes for Li-ion batteries. They also reported on the influence of the growth time of SiC NWs and the thickness of Si film on the lithium-ion batteries’ performance, and proposed a possible method to further improve the battery performance.

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ORNL team finds way to deliver on promise of VO2(B) Li-ion cathode

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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have discovered a way to achieve the promise of bronze-phase vanadium dioxide [VO 2 (B)] as an electrode material for Li-ion batteries. Thus, VO2(B) has been expected to exhibit both high capacity and rapid Li ion diffusion.

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Carbon-coated Si nanoparticles in CNT networks show promise as stable Li-ion anode materials

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Researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) have combined carbon coating and a carbon nanotube (CNT) framework to improve the cycling stability of Si (silicon) anodes for Li-ion batteries. Cycling performance of Si, Si@C, and Si@C?CNTs CNTs at 100 mA g ?1

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Researchers fabricate high-performance 3D silicon anodes for Li-ion batteries from reed leaves

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Nanoporous silicon is considered an attractive next-generation anode material in lithium-ion batteries due to its much higher theoretical capacity and lower operating voltage than the commonly used graphitic carbon materials.

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UNIST/Stanford team develops new Li-ion anode with silicon-nanolayer-embedded graphite/carbon; 1,043?Wh/l full LiCoO2 cell

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Researchers affiliated with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea, and Stanford University have demonstrated the feasibility of a next-generation hybrid anode for high-capacity Li-on batteries using silicon-nanolayer-embedded graphite/carbon.

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US Army, Brown Univ. partner to study SEI on silicon anodes to extend Li-ion battery life

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Through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) negotiated by the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Technology Transfer and Outreach Office, ARL and Brown University researchers are attempting to address the difficulty of characterizing and then engineering the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer that forms on the anode of lithium ion batteries, with particular emphasis on experimental silicon anodes with very high capacities for lithium.

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LIBCOIN-BHEL consortium in discussions to build Indian Government’s first Li-ion Gigafactory; to scale up to 30 GWh

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Magnis Energy Technologies Limited announced that the Government of India, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises advises that Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and LIBCOIN (20% owned by Magnis) are in discussions to build India’s first Li-ion battery gigafactory. Our plan is to be the largest Lithium-ion Battery manufacturer in India, and we aim to be the first mover in one of the world’s largest markets.

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