UVA researchers devise method for converting retired Li-ion anodes to graphene and GO

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Researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA) have devised a process for converting retired Li-ion battery anodes to graphene and graphene oxide (GO). So far, only 1% of end-of-life Li-ion batteries have been recycled.

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European team discovers new top-performing solid-state fast ionic conductor for Li-ion batteries

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Solid-state materials with high ionic conduction are necessary for many technologies, including all-solid-state lithium (Li)-ion batteries. The move to solid state batteries offers a number of advantages, including safety, but lithium ions in solids are less mobile than in liquids.

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Great Wall Motor battery offshoot SVOLT premieres Li-ion battery lineup, targeting EVs

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Ltd, introduced its cobalt-free lithium-ion battery cell (NMx) and four-element lithium-ion battery cell (NCMA). New battery company SVOLT Energy Technology Co. Ltd, whose precursor was the Battery Business Unit of Great Wall Motor Co.

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Renesas Electronics introduces 4th-generation Li-ion battery management IC

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Renesas Electronics Corporation announced its fourth-generation lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery management IC that offers unmatched lifetime accuracy. The ISL78714 provides accurate cell voltage and temperature monitoring, along with cell balancing and extensive system diagnostics to protect 14-cell Li-ion battery packs while maximizing driving time and range for hybrid and electric vehicles (HEV/MHEV/PHEV/BEV).

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New halogen conversion-intercalation chemistry enables high-energy density aqueous Li-ion battery

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volts versus Li/Li +. Combining this cathode with a passivated graphite anode, the team created a 4V-class aqueous Li-ion full cell with an energy density of 460 Wh kg -1 of total composite electrode and about 100% Coulombic efficiency.

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Volkswagen setting up pilot plant for Li-ion battery recycling at Salzgitter

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Volkswagen is setting up a pilot plant for Li-ion battery recycling at Salzgitter factory, south-west of Braunschweig, Germany. Earlier post.) Batteries can be recycled here as early as 2020—initially 1,200 tons per year. This corresponds to 3,000 vehicle batteries.

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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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KIT develops new coating process to produce Li-ion electrodes at record speed

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With a new coating process, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have produced electrodes for lithium-ion batteries at record speed. Due to the high reject rate and the low throughput, lithium-ion batteries today are more expensive than actually necessary.

2019 136

Silatronix awarded $10.1M Navy ONR contract for organosilicon electrolytes for high-nickel NMC Li-ion batteries

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The work will focus on the use of Organosilicon (OS) electrolytes to improve the cycling stability of Li-ion cells using NMC622 and NMC811 cathode materials in combination with various state-of-the-art anode materials. This ONR project leverages Silatronix’ substantial expertise in the development of new OS-based solvents for Li-ion battery applications ( earlier post ), and the company’s Li-ion battery materials evaluation laboratory and analysis capability.

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Epsilor Li-ion 6T battery under evaluation and field testing in five NATO countries

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Epsilor’s lithium-ion 6T NATO-standard battery is currently being evaluated and field tested by industrial clients and armed forces in five NATO countries. Epsilor showcased the Li-ion 6T product line at International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2019, which will took place in London last week.

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Honda partners with CATL on Li-ion EV batteries; 56 GWh by 2027

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Under the agreement, CATL will become Honda’s partner in the field of lithium-ion EV batteries. CATL will guarantee the supply to Honda of about 56 GWh of lithium-ion EV batteries before 2027. Contemporary Amperex Technology Co.,

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Argonne team develops new approach to cobalt-free Li-ion cathodes

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new approach to cobalt-free Li-ion cathodes that avoids some of the problems with other low-cobalt cathode approaches. In his keynote speech at IBA 2019 in San Diego earlier this year, Arumugam Manthiram from the University of Texas noted that: The lithium-ion battery industry is now based on layered LiMO 2 cathodes with fractions of M = Mn, Co, and Ni as each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. …

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Prieto Battery says third-party testing marks milestone for commercialization of safer 3D Li-ion anode

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Prieto Battery , a 3D Li-ion battery technology company ( earlier post ), announced the results of its first third-party validation testing from Energy Assurance, LLC. Specifically, Prieto had a group of fully assembled batteries containing their proprietary 3D anode tested against an array of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) standards for Li-ion chemistry.

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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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Testing shows Talga graphene silicon boosts capacity of Li-ion battery anode; Safevolt project

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Australian advanced materials technology company Talga Resources Ltd announced positive initial test results from the development of its graphene silicon lithium-ion anode in the UK.

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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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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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Novel solid-phase transformation enables high-energy Li-S batteries in conventional Li-ion electrolyte

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Researchers from Western University, Canadian Light Source, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have proposed a novel solid-phase Li-S transformation mechanism that enables high energy Li-S batteries in conventional Li-ion carbonate electrolytes. Li et al.

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Hong Kong team devises new strategy for regenerating Li-ion battery electrode materials

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Leung, Xiao-Ying Lu (2019) “Recycling LiCoO 2 with methanesulfonic acid for regeneration of lithium-ion battery electrode materials,” Journal of Power Sources , Volume 436, 226828, doi: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2019.226828.

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LG Chem charges Li-ion trade secrets theft, files Federal suit against SK Innovation

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for misappropriation of Li-ion battery trade secrets, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage and other. the lithium-ion battery division of LG Chem, which developed the world’s. first commercial pouch-type Li-ion battery for automobiles. of Li-ion batteries, including the newest and most advanced generation. SK Innovation in the development and manufacturing of pouch-type Li-ion.

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Penn State Li-ion battery design could charge an EV in 10 minutes; asymmetric temperature modulation

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Penn State researchers have developed a lithium-ion battery that charges at an elevated temperature to increase reaction rate but keeps the cell cool during discharge, showing the potential to add 200 miles of driving range to an electric car in 10 minutes.

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First Li-ion battery-powered automated guided container transporter delivered to HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder

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The first serially-produced container transporter powered by Li-ion batteries was delivered to HHLA (Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG) Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA). The lithium-ion automated guided vehicle (AGV), weighing 26.5

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DOE launches its first Li-ion battery recycling R&D center: ReCell; driving toward closed-loop recycling

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has launched its first lithium-ion battery recycling center, called the ReCell Center. The ReCell Center will help expedite the pursuit to profitable lithium-ion battery recycling. based lithium-ion recycling market.

2019 139

CSIRO and Piotrek partner on next-gen solid-state Li-ion batteries for global market

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The two organizations have partnered to develop the next generation of solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) for lithium batteries using CSIRO’s proprietary RAFT (Reversible Addition-Fragmentation chain Transfer) polymer technology and Piotrek’s Ion Conducting Polymers (ICP).

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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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ecovolta develops standardized Li-ion traction battery; saving cost and time

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The Swiss battery system manufacturer ecovolta has developed a standardized Li-ion traction battery which can significantly reduce the time and expense needed to bring electric vehicles to the serial production stage.

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Eramet, BASF and SUEZ partner to develop innovative closed-loop process for recycling Li-ion batteries

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The “Recycling Li-ion batteries for electric Vehicle” (ReLieVe) project, founded by Eramet, BASF and SUEZ, will receive a €4.7 The objective is to develop an innovative closed-loop process to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles and to enable the production of new lithium-ion batteries in Europe. The ReLieVe project responds to the European Commission’s appeal to unite European players to position itself in the fast-growing lithium-ion battery market.

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XALT introduces low-profile Li-ion battery pack for commercial vehicles; scalable high-density storage

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XALT’s XPAND family of heavy-duty lithium-ion battery systems are designed to resolve these concerns. XALT Energy introduced a new low-profile, high-energy-density battery pack for commercial vehicles at Busworld 2019.

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Kyocera to validate 24M process for low-capital, cost-effective Li-ion battery manufacturing

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Kyocera, a long-time partner of an investor in 24M, plans to install capacity to validate the novel 24M SemiSolid manufacturing platform for Li-ion batteries. Kyocera considers the unique 24M SemiSolid approach the emerging standard for lithium-ion battery manufacturing. The ability to cost-effectively manufacture advanced lithium-ion batteries can enable Kyocera to expand residential sales throughout Japan.

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CATL starts construction of Li-ion factory in Germany; 14 GWh by 2022

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China-based Li-ion battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) has begun construction of its first lithium-ion battery factory in Thuringia, a state in east-central Germany. CATL has developed partnerships with a number of European companies in the automobile industry including BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler, Volvo, and Bosch. Germany is home to a strong automotive industry and several of CATL’s key customers.

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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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Study finds recycling technologies for Li-ion batteries not keeping pace with rapid rise of EVs

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Recycling technologies for end-of-life lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are not keeping pace with the rapid rise of electric vehicles, setting up a potentially huge waste management problem for the future, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Birmingham. The recycling challenge is not straightforward: there is enormous variety in the chemistries, shapes and designs of lithium ion batteries used in EVs.

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Amprius’ silicon nanowire Li-ion batteries power Airbus Zephyr S HAPS solar aircraft

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a manufacturer and developer of high energy and high capacity lithium-ion batteries, announced that the company is supplying advanced lithium-ion cells to the Airbus Defence and Space Zephyr Program. Amprius, Inc.,

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USABC awards $1.08M Li-ion battery recycling project to Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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million to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts for Phase II of a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling contract. Building on Phase I, this contract will enable WPI to demonstrate the ability of its process to recycle spent Li-ion batteries and produce new cathode materials to generate a higher nickel cathode powder.

2018 94

MGX Minerals partners with University of British Columbia to develop metallurgical silicon-based anodes for high-energy Li-ion batteries

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is funding a research consortium with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to develop a low-cost and scalable method for fabricating silicon-based anodes to improve the energy density of Li-ion batteries. Fabrication and evaluation of Si-based anode for Li-ion batteries.

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Researchers in Belgium develop new class of solid composite electrolytes for Li-ion batteries: Eutectogels

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Researchers at Hasselt University in Belgium are proposing a new class of solid composite electrolytes (SCEs) for Li-ion batteries: deep eutectic solvent (DES)–silica composites. Structural schematic of a Li/LFP cell with the ETG as electrolyte.

Saft, Tianneng to create Li-ion JV in China; up to 5.5 GWh plant

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Saft, a subsidiary of Total, has signed an agreement with Tianneng Energy Technology (TET), a subsidiary of the Chinese privately-owned Tianneng Group, to create a joint venture (JV) to expand their lithium-ion battery activity. The JV will primarily focus on the development, manufacturing and sales of advanced Li-ion cells, modules and packs for China and worldwide markets.

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UK researchers propose Cell Cooling Coefficient to quantify heat rejection from Li-ion batteries

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In an open-access paper in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society, researchers from Imperial College London and the Faraday Institution propose a new metric—the Cell Cooling Coefficient (CCC)—to quantify the rate of heat rejection from Li-ion batteries. Thermal management is especially important for Li-ion batteries in demanding applications such as in hybrid and electric vehicles in which cells generate a considerable amount of heat in operation.

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High-performance tin anode for Li-ion batteries

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A team from Nanjing University in China, using a titanium nitride (TiN) nanotube array as the substrate, has synthesized a high-performance composite tin anode (TiN@Sn) for Li-ion batteries.

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Airbus makes strategic investment in advanced Li-ion battery company Amprius; silicon nanowire anode technology

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The first to introduce 100% silicon anodes in lithium-ion batteries to the market in 2013, Amprius manufactures the highest energy density commercial batteries in the industry. Airbus Defence and Space has made a strategic investment in Amprius Inc. The company’s products and technology platforms include a 100% silicon nanowire anode; silicon-graphite composite anodes; lithium-rich cathodes; and high voltage electrolytes tailored for silicon.

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Study sees gradual, focused replacement of lead-acid SLI batteries by Li-ion batteries over next couple of years

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A study by a team of researchers from Germany and South Africa forsees the gradual replacement of lead-acid SLI (starter, lighting and ignition) batteries with Li-ion batteries over the next couple of years. In the paper, the team reviewed a range of factors specific to the use of Li-ion as an SLI battery in light of some of the technology challenges and market opportunities.

2019 87

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance invests in Enevate to advance Si-dominant Li-ion battery technology for EVs

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Alliance Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, has invested in the latest round of funding in Enevate Corporation, an advanced lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology company based in Irvine, California. The investment reflects the capability of Enevate in advanced Li-ion batteries capable of extreme fast charging with high energy density and safety.

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Volkswagen and Northvolt form joint venture for Li-ion battery production in Germany; 16 GWh initially

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Volkswagen AG and Northvolt AB have created a 50/50 joint venture to build a factory for lithium-ion batteries. Construction of the production facility is scheduled to start in Salzgitter (Lower Saxony) in 2020. Start of production is planned for the end of 2023/beginning of 2024. The initial annual output is to be 16 GWh. The finalization of the joint venture is the result of an agreement which both parties concluded in June.

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