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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Li-ion battery-maker Farasis Energy raises $1B+ to accelerate global automotive battery manufacturing expansion

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Farasis Energy, a global developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion cells, modules and large battery systems, recently completed C-round financing exceeding 1 Billion US dollars. Since 2017 Farasis has regularly ranked first in terms of shipments of NCM-based Li-ion pouch cells to the Chinese automotive market.

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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.

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Forsee Power to supply NMC Li-ion batteries for Alstom Aptis electric bus

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Alstom has selected French battery manufacturer Forsee Power to provide Li-ion batteries for Alstom Aptis electric bus ( earlier post ), scheduled for series delivery from 2019 onwards.

2018 84

Exide and Leclanché launch Li-ion battery JV in India

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Exide Industries Ltd, India’s largest manufacturer of lead acid storage batteries and power storage solutions provider, and Switzerland-based Li-ion battery manufacturer Leclanché SA announced a joint venture to build lithium-ion batteries and provide energy storage systems for India’s electric vehicle market and grid-based applications.

2018 69

New group of materials could lead to faster-charging Li-ion batteries

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The researchers, led by Professor Clare Grey, found that lithium ions move through the materials at rates that far exceed those of typical electrode materials, which equates to a much faster-charging battery.

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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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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. Li/Li + ).

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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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Tin-based nanoplates as promising anode materials for high-capacity Li-ion batteries

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S 0.5 ) nanoplates for use as Li-ion anodes. Tin, as a result of an alloying reaction with Li, delivers a high theoretical gravimetric capacity of 994 mA h g ?1 Electrochemical performance of a Li-ion full cell. (a)

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Researchers demonstrate high-capacity Mn-rich Li-ion cathodes; a design pathway away from cobalt and nickel

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Researchers led by a team at UC Berkeley have demonstrated high-capacity manganese-rich cathodes for advanced lithium-ion batteries. Introducing Mn 2+ in the dense layered or disordered materials has been difficult, as the Li excess (x > 1 in Li x TM 2?x

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Novel hybrid electrolytes to enable high-safety high-voltage Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at the Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering in China have developed new hybrid electrolytes to support high-voltage Li-ion batteries (e.g., ~5 O 4 /Li batteries are improved by using the hybrid electrolytes.

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Swiss battery maker ecovolta building 200 MWh automated Li-ion battery pack assembly plant

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The Swiss company ecovolta is building a fully automated Li-Ion battery pack assembly plant in Schwyz with an annual capacity of 200 MWh. This will make it one of the largest such plants in Europe after its launch in September 2018.

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Researchers develop energy-efficient process to recycle Li-ion battery cathodes

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The method involves first collecting cathode particles from spent lithium-ion batteries. As a lithium ion battery ages, the cathode material loses some of its lithium atoms. The cathode's atomic structure also changes such that it’s less capable of moving ions in and out.

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Saft team develops first metal hydride - sulfur Li-ion battery

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Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries are one of the most attractive candidates for the next generation of high-energy rechargeable Li batteries because of their high specific energy at a working voltage of ca. V vs. Li + /Li. V vs. Li + /Li, respectively.

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Imec produces prototype solid-state Li-ion battery with 200 Wh/L; solid electrolyte applied as a liquid

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Imec, a global research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics, energy and digital technologies, has fabricated an innovative type of solid-state Li-ion battery achieving an energy density of 200 Wh/liter at a charging speed of 0.5C (2 hours).

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Tropos Motors triples range of electric LSVs with new Li-ion-powered ABLE XR; 26 kWh pack

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Powered by a 26 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the ABLE XR offers four times more range (up to 160 miles) compared to the standard ABLE configurations, and nearly three times more than its closest competition in the eCUV (electric compact utility vehicle) market.

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Enevate introduces its silicon-dominant Li-ion technology for EVs; extreme fast charging and high capacity

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Enevate’s silicon Li-ion battery technology in EV cells (NCM-based) can be charged in 5 minutes at up to a tested 10C charging rate to 75% capacity with energy densities of more than 750 Wh/L.

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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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Penn State team devises solution for fast charging of Li-ion batteries at cold temperatures

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Now, a team from Penn State has devised an approach that enables 15-min fast charging of Li-ion batteries in any temperatures (even at ?50 Fundamentally, lithium plating is affected by the rate of ion conduction and diffusion in the electrolyte, lithium diffusion in graphite particles, and reaction kinetics at graphite surfaces. Schematic of the self-heating lithium-ion battery structure. Fast charging is seen as a solution for range and recharging time issues for EVs.

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Mahindra and LG Chem collaborate on Li-ion batteries for EVs in India

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a part of the US$19-billion Mahindra Group, and LG Chem, Korea’s leading manufacturer of advanced batteries, are collaborating in the field of advanced Li-ion battery technology. Under this collaboration, LG Chem will develop a unique cell exclusively for India application and will also supply Li-ion cells based on NMC (nickel-manganese-cobalt) chemistry with high energy density. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.,

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XALT Energy’s XPAND Li-ion battery system achieves 2018 DNV GL type approval for marine vessels; rack system

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US-based Li-ion battery manufacturer XALT Energy’s XPAND Battery system has been certified as acceptable for installation on all marine vessels classified by DNV GL.

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

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As noted by Jun Lu, Argonne battery scientist and co-author, “ Most of the time, water is bad for non-aqueous lithium-ion batteries.

Huawei Watt Lab develops graphene-assisted high-temperature Li-ion batteries

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Huawei researchers recently unveiled what they said was the first long-lifespan graphene-assisted Li-ion battery able to withstand high temperatures. The lifespan of the graphene-assisted Li-ion batteries will also be twice as long as ordinary Li-ion batteries.

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New hybrid Li-ion/oxygen battery offers high energy and high power

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A team at Sichuan University in China is proposing a novel lithium-ion/oxygen hybrid battery system that exploits the advantages and minimizes the disadvantages of both lithium-ion batteries (LIB) and lithium-oxygen batteries (LOB). Herein, we propose a novel lithium ion/oxygen hybrid battery system by parallel connection of LIB and LOB, which possesses the characteristics of both LIB and LOB, compensating the disadvantages of one another.

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Australian, Germany Li-ion gigafactory aspirants sign MoU

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Magnis Resources Limited, part of a consortium aspiring to build a Li-ion gigafactory in Australia ( earlier post ), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with German Lithium-ion battery consortium TerraE-Holding GmbH (TerraE) for the supply of raw materials. TerraE-Holding GmbH has organized 17 major companies and research institutions into a consortium to handle planning for building large-scale lithium ion battery cell manufacturing in Germany.

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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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New thermally durable solid-state Li-ion battery technology from Hitachi and Tohoku University

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and Tohoku University’s Advanced Institute for Material Research (AIMR) have demonstrated technology reducing the internal resistance of all-solid-state lithium ion batteries (Li-ion battery) through the use of LiBH 4 -based complex hydrides as novel solid electrolytes.

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New hybrid Li-ion/oxygen battery offers high energy and high power

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A team at Sichuan University in China is proposing a novel lithium-ion/oxygen hybrid battery system that exploits the advantages and minimizes the disadvantages of both lithium-ion batteries (LIB) and lithium-oxygen batteries (LOB).

2018 84

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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Columbia team develops new prelithiation method to increase Li-ion battery energy density by 10-30%

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A team at Columbia University, with colleagues from Institute Recherche d’Hydro-Québec (IREQ), has developed a new pre-lithiation method to increase the energy density of lithium (Li-ion) batteries by utilizing a trilayer structure that is stable even in ambient air.

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

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The new carbon shows electron conductivity, high porosity, the highest uptake of lithium ions of any carbon material to?date ion batteries (LIBs) with high capacity, excellent rate capability, long cycle life and potential for improved safety performance.

2018 84

Smart nail for Li-ion penetration tests

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Jeff Dahn and colleagues at Dalhousie University have developed a “smart nail” for penetration testing on Li-ion batteries. Nail penetration is one of the common safety tests used to simulate some aspects of an internal short circuit event in a Li-ion cell. Dahn (2014) “Building a “smart nail” for penetration tests on Li-ion cells,” Journal of Power Sources , Volume 247, Pages 821-823 doi: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2013.09.022.

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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CUE at Ryerson University testing 150 kW Li-ion battery from Electrovaya

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The Center for Urban Energy (CUE) at Ryerson University in Canada is testing a 150 kW Li-ion battery provided by Electrovaya in collaboration with Toronto Hydro to prove how off-peak electricity can be stored.

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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.

2018 90

Lithium Werks signs multi-year Nanophosphate Li-ion cell supply agreement with Super B

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Lithium Werks, a Li-ion battery and portable power solutions manufacturer that earlier this year separately acquired Valence Technologies and the industrial division and cylindrical cell manufacturing plant of A123 Systems, has signed a multi-year cell supply agreement with lithium battery specialist Super B. Nanophosphate is an engineered nanoscale material with specific structural and chemical properties designed to maximize the performance of lithium-ion batteries.

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Canada awards Nano One up to $349,000 to improve durability of Li-ion batteries; high-voltage spinel

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Nano One Materials has launched a project focused on improving the durability of lithium-ion cathode materials with the support of the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP).

2018 89

Lithium Australia finalizes acquisition of VSPC for Li-ion cathodel materials

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The VSPC assets include intellectual property and a decommissioned pilot plant in Brisbane designed to produce complex metal oxides/phosphate powders for the production of lithium-ion batteries.

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US Army awards $6.2M contract for 24V Li-Ion 6T batteries to Bren-Tronics

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Bren-Tronics has received a contract to provide high-volume automated manufacturing of Military 24V 6T Li-Ion batteries from the US Army Contracting Command through the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC). For the past two years, Bren-Tronics has manufactured two versions of the 24V Li-Ion 6T battery, one optimized for high-power and the other for high-energy, and delivered more than 500 worldwide.

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Japan NEDO launches major $90M solid-state Li-ion battery project targeting EVs; 23 companies, 15 universities/research institutes

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Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has launched the second phase of a major solid-state Li-ion battery project in a quest to achieve both high energy density and safety in batteries for electric vehicles. The project ultimately aims to lower the battery pack cost to around ¥10,000/ kWh ($90/kWh) by around 2030—about one-third the cost for existing lithium-ion batteries.

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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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Study identifies halogen-free superhalogen electrolytes for Li-ion batteries

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Most electrolytes currently used in Li-ion batteries contain halogens, which are toxic. An in-depth study based on first-principles calculations by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University has shown that the anions of commercially available electrolytes for Li-ion batteries are all superhalogens. Several halogen-free electrolytes are identified among which Li(CB 11 H 12 ) is shown to have the greatest potential.

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