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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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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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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ION ENergy exits stealth mode with launch of UDYR 48V Li-ion battery for two- and three-wheelers

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ION Energy, a startup energy storage company, launched UDYR, an intelligent, modular and portable 48V, 32 Ah lithium-ion battery supported by ION’s proprietary battery management system, software platform, and backend analytics.

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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 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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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DNV GL launches JDP to drive marine Li-ion battery safety and adoption

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Classification society DNV GL has launched a Joint Development Project (JDP), designed to advance the understanding of the use of lithium-ion batteries in the shipping industry. Concerted lithium-ion Battery Risk Assessment. FIFI4MARINE, lithium-ion fire extinguishing system provider.

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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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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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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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CCM: Shanghai Energy investing US$790M to construct world’s largest Li-ion wet process separator production base

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China will account for more than 60% of the world’s production of wet-process separators for Li-ion batteries, with more than 10 billion square meters capacity, according to China-based market intelligence firm CCM. Separators are a key element in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries with liquid electrolytes. Shanghai Energy, founded in 2010, is mainly producing wet process separator and functional coating separator 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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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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City of Gdynia orders 30 Solaris Trollino trolleybuses with Li-ion battery packs for off-wire driving

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In addition to trolleybuses, under the contract, the company will also provide batteries that will allow the modernization of 21 other vehicles, by replacing nickel-cadmium batteries with lithium-ion ones, together with appropriate power electronics.

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Roskill: record cobalt deals in Q1 2018 show raw material procurement for Li-ion batteries revving up

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Given the rapid development of the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery industry, analysts are predicting that industry requirements for lithium and graphite could increase five-fold within the next decade while other metals such as nickel and cobalt are expected to increase nine-fold and four-fold, respectively, reflecting changes in cathode chemistry, according to a new report from Roskill.

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Hydro-Québec grants an exploitation license and partners with Nouveau Monde Graphite to develop materials for Li-ion batteries

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Hydro-Québec (HQ) and Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG) have signed a license and a research and development agreements respecting the processing of graphite for use in lithium-ion batteries. The deal between HQ and NMG includes a license and a Research and development agreement respecting the processing of graphite for use in lithium-ion batteries. HQ will assist NMG in its material qualification processes with leading lithium-ion battery manufacturers.

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Tokyo Tech team develops low-cost germanium-free solid electrolyte for Li-ion batteries

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Sulfide-based lithium-ion conductors have the advantages of high conductivities together with suitable electrochemical windows and mechanical properties; thus, they are intensively studied as promising SEs. S 12 (Li 3.45 [Sn 0.09 S 12 (Li 3.45 [Sn 0.09

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Sendyne introduces Li-Ion battery simulation tool for predicting cell & pack behavior with percentage of error <5%; CellMod

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a leading provider of sensing, modeling/simulation, and control products, has introduced CellMod , the first Li-Ion battery simulation tool that can predict cell and pack behavior with a percentage of error of less than 5% under a wide range of test conditions. Sendyne Corp.,

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Ford researchers to present paper on fast-charging Li-ion batteries at SAE WCX

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At the upcoming WCX 17: SAE World Congress Experience (the re-imagined SAE World Congress) in April, Xiao Yang and Ted Miller from Ford will present a paper on the fast recharge capability of Li-ion batteries and its effect on capacity degradation. Of note in the abstract: We find out that 5 Ah prismatic Li-ion cells can be fully recharged in 3 minutes under a constant rate of 20C, or in 2 min (25.5C) from 0% to 85% SOC (state of charge) without undue stresses.

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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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POSCO to set up two JVs with Huayou Cobalt for Li-ion battery precursors and cathodes

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South Korea-based steelmaker POSCO will establish two Li-ion battery material joint ventures in China with leading cobalt supplier Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt. China’s Huayou Cobalt is the largest cobalt producer in China and is capable of supplying 50% of demand from lithium-ion battery producers. The products are used for Li-ion battery cathode materials, high-temperature and cemented carbide, frits and glazes, rubber adhesive and petrochemical catalysts.

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Stanford, CMU, MIT team reviews challenges to practical implementation of solid-state Li-ion batteries

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Solid-state lithium-ion batteries, with higher volumetric energy densities than currently available lithium-ion batteries, offer a number of conceptual advantages including improved packaging efficiency; improved safety; and long cycle life.

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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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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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Research team explains mechanism for voltage loss in NCM Li-ion batteries

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A team comprising researchers from Samsung and academic colleagues in China and the US have determined the reason for voltage loss in Li-ion batteries using lithium-rich layered transition metal oxide cathodes. Lithium-rich layered oxide electrodes (Li 1+x M 1?x A key factor giving rise to the confusion is the difficulty of probing anionic redox species with conventional spectroscopic techniques, given the heterogeneous nature of many Li-rich materials.

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Navy researchers boost performance of Ni-Zn cells commensurate with Li-ion; safer alternative

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With 3-D Zn, the battery provides an energy content and rechargeability that rival lithium-ion batteries while avoiding the safety issues that continue to plague lithium.

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CCM: slowdown in China Li-ion unit output growth signals shift in market structure toward new energy vehicle applications

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In 2015, China’s total output of Li-ion batteries increased by 3.13% year-on-year (YoY)—a significant slowdown in the output growth rate from the prior 5 years, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of the People’s Republic of China.

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BYD supplying Li-ion batteries for stationary energy storage to Green Charge

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BYD is now supplying Li-ion batteries to Green Charge, an ENGIE Company. Green Charge’s first installation of BYD batteries will be for the recently announced six-megawatt-hour system adjacent to ENGIE’s Mt. Tom Solar farm to serve Holyoke Gas & Electric in western Massachusetts.

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Akasol manufacturing Li-ion systems for Daimler Citaro electric bus; Samsung cells

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Germany-based Akasol is manufacturing lithium-ion battery systems for Daimler subsidiary EvoBus. Akasol believes that this is currently Europe’s largest production plant for commercial vehicle lithium-ion battery systems. The leading European bus manufacturer plans to launch its new electric Citaro bus ( earlier post ) at the IAA Commercial Vehicles event in September. These buses will be fitted with up to ten of Akasol’s AKASYSTEM OEM battery packs (max. 243 kWh).

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Team develops electroplating method for Li-ion cathode production; high performance and new form factors, functionalities

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Researchers at the University of Illinois, Xerion Advanced Battery Corporation and Nanjing University in China have developed a method for electroplating lithium-ion battery cathodes, yielding high-quality, high-performance battery materials that could also enable flexible and solid-state batteries.

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Toshiba doubles anode capacity in next-generation Li-ion battery; titanium niobium oxide; application in FY 2019

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Toshiba Corporation announced the development of its next-generation SCiB (Super Charge ion Battery), which uses a new material to double the capacity of the battery anode. Toshiba launched the SCiB as a safe, long-life, fast charging lithium-ion battery in 2008 ( earlier post ).

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