CATL introduces first generation of sodium-ion batteries; up to 160 Wh/kg; targeting >200 Wh/kg with Gen 2

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CATL) unveiled its first-generation sodium-ion battery, together with its AB battery pack solution—which is able to integrate sodium-ion cells and lithium-ion cells into one pack. This has become a bottleneck for the industrialization of sodium-ion batteries.

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Sodium-ion battery cathode company Altris opens China office

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Swedish battery materials company Altris AB, which specializes in producing highly sustainable cathode materials for rechargeable sodium batteries, has officially opened its first office in China. The opening of the new office comes at a time where interest in producing sodium-ion batteries is high and when there is generally a global increased demand for batteries. The company is also planning to scale up production of Fennac to an industrial level in 2022. V vs sodium.

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ion Ventures and LiNa Energy conclude successful test of solid-state sodium-nickel battery platform

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LiNa’s senior team has accumulated decades of materials engineering and design for manufacturing experience in the fuel cell industry. In January, LiNa energy announced a four-year industry-sponsored research program with Imperial College London.

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Graphene Jolts Sodium-Ion Batteries’ Capacity

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After years of anticipation, sodium-ion batteries are starting to deliver on their promise for energy storage. Sodium-ion batteries just don't have the oomph needed for EVs and laptops. It opens up a path to making low-cost, compact sodium batteries practical.

CATL unveils new sodium-ion battery for electric vehicles 

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CATL unveils new sodium-ion battery for electric vehicles . The Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL), the world’s largest electric car battery maker has unveiled a new battery that runs on the affordable and abundantly available sodium instead of lithium.

Solid-state sodium battery company LiNa Energy closes £3.5M funding round

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Solid-state sodium battery company LiNa Energy ( earlier post ) has closed out a £3.5-million (US$4.8-million) late seed funding round, attracting a combination of existing and new investors. LiNa Energy, a spin-out from Lancaster University, established in 2017, is commercializing a safe, cobalt- and lithium-free solid-state sodium battery.

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Tesla China supplier CATL launches cost-effective sodium-ion battery cell


CATL) unveiled its sodium-ion battery earlier today, along with a solution that could integrate the cells with lithium-ion batteries in a single pack. The introduction of sodium-ion cells is an alternative option to the lithium-ion cells Tesla has used in its vehicles.

Stanford team develops sodium-ion battery with performance equivalent to Li-ion, but at much lower cost

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Stanford researchers have developed a sodium-ion battery (SIB) that can store the same amount of energy as a state-of-the-art lithium ion, at substantially lower cost. As reported in a paper in Nature Energy , the Stanford team achieved four-sodium storage in a Na 2 C 6 O 6 electrode with a reversible capacity of 484 mAh g −1 , an energy density of 726 Wh kg −1 cathode , an energy efficiency above 87% and a good cycle retention.

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GE Launches Durathon Sodium-Metal Halide Battery for UPS Market

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GE Energy Storage Technologies, a unit of GE Transportation, introduced its Durathon sodium-metal halide battery ( earlier post ) for critical backup power. Sodium-metal halide cell basic chemistry. GE has also introduced Durathon batteries for applications in the telecom and utility industries. Durathon technology uses a patented sodium halide chemistry.

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RAL proposes new efficient and low-cost process to crack ammonia for hydrogen using sodium amide; transportation applications

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RAL researchers are proposing a new process for the decomposition of ammonia to release hydrogen that involves the stoichiometric decomposition and formation of sodium amide from Na metal. The new process decomposes ammonia using the concurrent stoichiometric decomposition and regeneration of sodium amide (NaNH 2 ) via sodium metal (Na); this is a significant departure in reaction mechanism compared with traditional surface catalysts.

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SiGNa Chemistry Demonstrates Sodium Silicate-Based Hydrogen Generation System for Portable Fuel Cells

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Prototype sodium silicate hydrogen generation system as presented earlier this year at DOE merit review. a developer of stabilized reactive metals for safer, more efficient industrial chemistry, announced the successful design, assembly, and initial testing of its H300 Hydrogen Generation System. The H300 utilizes real-time swappable cartridges that generate hydrogen on demand using SiGNa’s proprietary sodium silicide (NaSi) powder.

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Chalmers team develops graphite-like anode for Na-ion batteries; Janus graphene

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Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a nanometric graphite-like anode for sodium ion (Na + storage), formed by stacked graphene sheets functionalized only on one side, termed Janus graphene. The estimated sodium storage up to C 6.9

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UK’s Network Rail developing a prototype battery-powered train; trying Li-ion and sodium-nickel batteries

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The UK’s Network Rail, the company that runs, maintains and develops Britain’s rail tracks, signaling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts and 17 key stations, is part of an industry study into the feasibility of using battery electric trains on parts of the railway which have not been electrified. This train will be adapted by Bombardier and fitted with two different forms of batteries: lithium (iron magnesium) phosphate and hot sodium nickel salt.

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GE to Open Sodium-Metal Halide Battery Plant in New York

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GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt shows a sodium-metal halide battery cell at the press conference announcing the battery plant. GE says the planned facility will produce approximately 10 million sodium-metal halide cells each year—equivalent to 900 MWh of energy storage, or enough to support 1,000 GE hybrid locomotives. Sodium batteries are just the opposite….

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Synthetic biology startup Lygos closes $13M Series A to target oil-based specialty chemical industry

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The current process used to produce malonic acid requires sodium cyanide and chloroacetic acid; Lygos’ engineered yeast produces malonic acid from sugar and CO 2. Lygos says it has created an engineering development platform that combines software and new biochemistry technology to engineer microbes optimized to produce the industry’s highest-quality specialty chemicals at scale much faster, safer, and more reliably than traditional petroleum-based production methods. Lygos , Inc.,

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Bolivia chooses ACI Systems as strategic partner to industrialize lithium deposits

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value chain to use the deposits of this raw material for industrial. The industrialization phase involves extracting and producing raw materials. selected ACI-Systems as a strategic industrialization partner. utilizing raw materials and materials for these branches of industry. Potassium sulphate, magnesium hydroxide and sodium sulphate.

Reliance buys Na-ion battery developer Faradion

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Reliance New Energy Solar Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd, will acquire 100% shareholding in sodium-ion battery developer Faradion Limited ( earlier post ) for an enterprise value of £100 million (US$135 million). Based out of Sheffield and Oxford in the UK, Faradion has a strategic, wide-reaching and extensive IP portfolio covering several aspects of sodium-ion technology. Sodium is the sixth-most abundant element on the planet.

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Alberta Innovates & NRCan awarding $26.2M to three oil sands clean tech projects; industry kicking in $43.3M

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Alberta Innovates has teamed up with Natural Resources (NRCan) and industry partners to take three clean oil sands technologies to commercial demonstration. The three industry partners, Cenovus Energy, Field Upgrading, and MEG Energy are investing $43.3 As eMVAPEX requires less steam per barrel of oil, MEG is projecting an approximately 43% reduction in GHG emissions relative to the industry average as well as a significant reduction in water usage.

EPA opens door to consider Carbon Capture and Utilization as part of new Clean Power Plan; algae industry locks on

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The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), an algae industry trade association, quickly issued an enthusiastic statement hailing the option as “ a huge win for the algae industry, and one we have been working towards for more than a year. EPA cited the Skyonics Skymine project as an example of captured CO 2 being used in the production of carbonate products—in this case, sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate.

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Industry study finds lead-acid to remain most wide-spread automotive energy storage for foreseeable future; new chemistries continue to grow

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The study, which provides a joint industry analysis of how different types of batteries are used in different automotive applications, concludes that lead-based batteries will by necessity remain the most wide-spread energy storage system in automotive applications for the foreseeable future. For commercial applications, harsh environments and heavy duty vehicles, high-temperature sodium nickel chloride batteries are a competitive option. Sodium-nickel chloride batteries.

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European automotive and automotive battery industries call for extension of the exemption of lead-based batteries from the EU ELV Directive

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The EU must continue to allow the use of lead-based batteries in vehicles as they are essential for the needs of future generations of European cars, according to the automotive and automotive battery industries in Europe. The comments are part of the formal submission made by the industry group to EU regulators who concluded the public consultation phase of the review of the End of Life Vehicle (ELV) Directive this week.

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Ganfeng Lithium’s Ma Hong Factory adding 50,000 tons of battery-grade lithium hydroxide annual production capacity; 81,000t total capacity

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Ganfeng has participated in the formulation of a number of national industry standards such as “Lithium Hydroxide Monohydrate” (GB/T 8766-2013). The plant uses natural gas instead of coal as the main energy source; realizes 100% recycling and recycling of condensed water; encourages the utilization of by-products, and transports products such as calcium silicate slag, sodium sulfate, calcium sulfate slag, etc.

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ORNL Gene Discovery Can Lead to More Cost-Competitive Cellulosic Ethanol; Process Demonstrates Approach for Accelerated Industrial Strain Development

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More broadly, the researchers say, their study shows that the application of systems biology tools holds promise for rational industrial microbial strain development. The combination of classical and systems biology tools used in their work is a paradigm for accelerated industrial strain improvement and combines benefits of few a priori assumptions with detailed, rapid, mechanistic studies, they said.

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Mangrove raises $3M from BDC Capital to accelerate deployment of battery-grade lithium processing systems

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As electrification and decarbonization accelerates, industry and governments have recognized the emerging supply risk and the importance of having access to a diverse, secure and low-cost source of the critical raw material.

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Pike Research Forecasts Li-ion Batteries Will Become a $1.1B Segment of the Stationary Energy Storage Industry by 2018

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Of the eleven competing energy storage technologies analyzed in a recent report from Pike Research, the cleantech industry analyst firm forecasts that Li-ion batteries will be the fastest growing category for the Stationary Utility Energy Storage (SUES) sector, growing to a $1.1 Other SUES technologies include other advanced batteries such as Sodium Sulfur (NAS), as well as kinetic storage techniques like Pumped Hydro and Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES).

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KAUST team devises electrically-driven membrane process for seawater lithium mining

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They precipitated lithium phosphate with a purity of 99.94% directly from the enriched solution, thereby meeting the purity requirements for application in the lithium battery industry. 13000 ppm of sodium, magnesium, calcium, and potassium ions, among others).

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Chinese steel group Tsingshan investing $375M to build lithium plant in Argentina with Eramet

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Eramet will thus become the first European company to operate a sustainable and large-capacity lithium industrial complex: we take pride in this project and see an opportunity for Europe’s sovereignty to secure tomorrow’s critical metals.

ARPA-E awarding $24M to two SCALEUP projects: battery technology and methane detection

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These SCALEUP “Fast-Track” teams, Natron Energy and Bridger Photonics, will receive $19 million and $5 million, respectively, to further their commercialization efforts in sodium-ion battery development and methane detection technologies, respectively. Natron Energy: Domestic Manufacturing of Sodium-Ion Batteries - $19,883,951.

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Faraday Battery Challenge awards $14M to 17 battery projects

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UKRI announced a further investment of £10 million (US$14 million) from the Faraday Battery Challenge to support collaborative R&D projects co-funded by industry and managed by Innovate UK on behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). This latest round of Faraday Battery Challenge funding will be shared across 17 projects being undertaken by businesses and research institutions across the UK.

New oxygenate additive for diesel fuels from glycerol

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Researchers from Tatung and National Cheng Kung Universities in China, and Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, report manufacturing a new oxygenate additive for diesels (bio or petroleum) using glycerol (a major byproduct of biodiesel production), dimethyl sulfate (DMS), and sodium hydroxide pellets as raw materials. A paper on the work is published in the ACS journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.

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DOE awards Cummins $5M for automation of electrolyzer cell and stack assembly

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Proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzers use a solid polymer electrolyte, and alkaline electrolyzers use an electrolyte solution, such as potassium hydroxide or sodium hydroxide mixed with water. SOECs operate at much higher temperatures than PEM and alkaline electrolyzers, giving this technology the potential to become more efficient, especially when coupled with industrial processes that utilize steam or high-grade heat.

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Chevron invests in Prussian Blue battery tech company Natron Energy; stationary storage for EV charging stations

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Natron Energy , a developer of new battery cell technology based on Prussian Blue analogue electrodes and a sodium-ion electrolyte, has closed a strategic investment by Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) to support the development of stationary energy storage systems for demand charge management at electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Prussian blue dye, commonly used in blueprints, stores and releases energy in the form of sodium ions.

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Fraunhofer team develops process to recycle carbon black from car tires

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Bottom, secondary products recovered from the ash, from left to right: liquid sodium silicate or “water glass”, precipitated SiO 2 , precipitated ZnSO 4. Around three kilograms of carbon black—also known as industrial soot—are found in a standard car tire.

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Faraday Institution to award up to £55M to five consortia for energy storage research

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The Faraday Battery Challenge is part of the UK government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), overseen by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to help transform the production of batteries for the future of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK. The University of Oxford will lead a consortium of five other university and six industry partners to address the way electrodes for Li-ion batteries are manufactured.

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KIT concept for simultaneous coasting and drying of two-layered electrodes could speed production and lower costs

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At the moment, the group is working on ways to transfer the simultaneous concept to the industrial scale. The results are now being transferred to other materials and used to optimize sodium-ion battery electrodes within the POLiS – Post Lithium Storage Cluster of Excellence.

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New mesoporous crystalline Si exhibits increased rate of H2 production; potential use in Li-ion batteries also

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They then treat the material with a sodium potassium alloy. Micrograph of mesoporous silicon with sodium chloride and potassium chloride salts embedded in the matrix. Once the bonds break, the chlorine binds with the sodium, potassium and silicon, potassium chloride and sodium chloride—table salt—become solid, forming a material composed of crystals of salt embedded in silicon. There are some processes that use sodium potassium alloy at industrial levels.

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Argonne Lab working with 3 nuclear companies on next-generation reactor projects

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Overall, DOE selected 5 projects $13 million in cost-share agreements to help address significant technical challenges to the design, construction and operation of next-generation nuclear reactors, based on needs identified by industry designers and technical experts. GE Hitachi (GEH) is partnering with Argonne to develop an updated safety assessment of the company’s PRISM sodium-cooled fast reactor.

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Rio Tinto declares maiden ore reserve at Jadar; major potential source of battery-grade lithium carbonate

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The scale and high grade nature of the Jadar mineralization provides the potential for a long-life operation in the first quartile of the industry cost curve for both products. The project under study consists of an underground mine, sustainable industrial processing and waste facilities as well as associated infrastructure. As jadarite is a new mineral to the mining industry, it was important to demonstrate that the ore can be processed economically.

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Rio Tinto commits $2.4B for Jadar lithium project; planning 58,000 tons/year lithium carbonate by 2029

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Following ramp-up to full production in 2029, the mine will produce ~58,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate, 160,000 tonnes of boric acid (B 2 O 3 units) and 255,000 tonnes of sodium sulfate annually, making Rio Tinto one of the top ten lithium producers in the world. Rio Tinto has committed $2.4

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Antimony nanocrystals as high-capacity anode materials for both Li-ion and Na-ion batteries

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Initial studies revealed that antimony could be suitable for both rechargeable lithium- and sodium-ion batteries because it is able to store both kinds of ions. Sodium is regarded as a possible low-cost alternative to lithium as it is much more naturally abundant and its reserves are more evenly distributed on Earth. This makes antimony particularly promising for sodium-ion batteries because the best lithium-storing anode materials (Graphite and Silicon) do not operate with sodium.

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New 3-step process for conversion of kraft lignin from black liquor into green diesel

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The process produces a toxic byproduct referred to as black liquor—a primarily liquid mixture of pulping residues (such as lignin and hemicellulose) and inorganic chemicals from the Kraft process (sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfide, for example). Pöyry Forest Industry Oy in Finland, noted that: The magnitude of the recovery process is often not fully appreciated.

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Researchers convert atmospheric CO2 to carbon nanofibers and nanotubes for use as anodes in Li-ion and Na-ion batteries

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Researchers from George Washington University and Vanderbilt University have demonstrated the conversion of atmospheric CO 2 into carbon nanofibers (CNFs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for use as high-performance anodes in both lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries. Here we show that this process can be used as a sustainable synthetic pathway for defect-controlled CNT and CNF materials, which exhibit excellent performance in the context of lithium-ion and sodium-ion battery anode materials.

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TUAT team develops more efficient method to recover heavy oil using novel chemical flooding

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Engineers may also make the water more alkaline by adding sodium hydroxide or sodium carbonate to help the oil flow better. They would also like to engage with industry to further develop the technology for practical application, Nagatsu said.

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