BMW Group to build new pilot plant to produce Li-ion cells

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With a new pilot plant that will produce lithium-ion battery cells, the company is taking the next step in addressing all aspects of the battery cell value chain: from selection of materials, to battery cell composition and design, all the way to near-standard production and recycling.

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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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Si-dominant Li-ion company Enevate targeting power tool market

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Enevate, a pioneer in advanced silicon-dominant lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology capable of high energy density and fast charging for electric vehicles (EV), is applying its battery solutions to advanced power cells for the power tool market and other high power applications.

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Fortum, BASF, and Nornickel sign cooperation agreement on Li-ion battery recycling

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Fortum, BASF, and Nornickel have signed a letter of intent to plan a Li-ion battery recycling cluster in Harjavalta, Finland, serving the electric vehicle market. In March 2019, Fortum announced that it had boosted the Li-ion battery recycling rate to more than 80%.

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Li-Cycle sets up its first US-based Li-ion battery recycling center in NY state

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Empire State Development (ESD) announced that Canada-based Li-Cycle Corporation will establish its first US-based Li-ion battery recycling facility in New York State. Li-Cycle expects to be fully operational at the facility later this year.

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EMBATT-goes-FAB project developing bipolar Li-ion batteries and production processes

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These bipolar Li-ion batteries, like fuel cells, consist of stacked electrodes connected in series. In contrast to conventional Li-ion batteries, these electrodes are, as the name indicates, bipolar.

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Henkel and Covestro partner on assembly of Li-ion cells in carriers

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In their most recent collaboration, Henkel and Covestro have developed a solution enabling the efficient fixation of cylindrical li-ion battery cells inside a plastic cell holder.

2020 102

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. The anode is ready for production and LeydenJar is preparing to scale-up its production capacity in the coming years.

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Li-ion battery waste used in biodiesel production from discarded vegetable oil

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Their work, published in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy , could enable future studies related to the use of lithium from waste lithium-ion batteries. The results achieved in this work will make it possible to expand the use of new types of metallic catalysts to a higher level, such as lithium, applied to the production of biodiesel. We were surprised that what came out was not only some results, but actually very good results related to the yield production.

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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. —Xiaolin Li. Li, X.,

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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). SVOLT product roadmap. New battery company SVOLT Energy Technology Co. Ltd, whose precursor was the Battery Business Unit of Great Wall Motor Co.

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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. These materials then just have to be separated individually, after which they are available again for the production of new batteries.

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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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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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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.

2018 134

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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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. At the same time, the new process improves the quality of electrodes and reduces production costs.

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

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Mass production of LIBs can result in environmental concerns during battery manufacturing and disposal. Given that the global lithium-ion battery production capability is ~400 GWh, humongous amount of NMP is needed. —Li et al. —Li et al.

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Roskill: Niobium industry looking for a future beyond steel; Li-ion batteries a possibility

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CBMM’s market dominance will continue as the group will expand its production capacity by 50% in 2020 and is considering more capacity increases in coming years. Moreover, Roskill forecasts that China’s steel production is close to its peak.

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

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Even in the most optimistic scenario, when the cells are the largest (20720), electrodes the thickest (100 mm), and the production volume is 8 GWh per year, the cost per kWh for LMO cells is well above the DOE target. Historical prices and future cost predictions for lithium-ion batteries.

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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.

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SDK Group to mass-produce SPALF packaging material for large Li-ion pouch cells for EVs

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SDK), has developed a new product to be added to the lineup of SPALF aluminum laminate film used as packaging material for pouch-type lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), and will mass-produce the new product. Showa Denko Packaging Co.,

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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.

2019 77

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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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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Bosch highlighting solid-state Li-ion cells; double current energy density, production-ready in 5 years

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At the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), Bosch is highlighting its solid-state Li-ion battery technology, saying that the technology for electric cars could be production-ready in as little as five years. So far, Bosch has realized 30 production projects related to electromobility.

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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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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. Group 1: Develop and validate new and emerging non-Lithium ion energy storage technologies that focus on customer side of the meter applications. Batteries Fuel Cells Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Power Generation Power-to-Gas

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ION Energy and Li-ion pack maker Wamtechnik enter strategic partnership; electric excavator

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Advanced battery management and intelligence systems provider ION Energy has entered into a strategic partnership with European battery pack manufacturer Wamtechnik to facilitate the deployment of a prototype electric excavator for a leading European construction equipment maker. Wamtechnik undertakes the design and production of dedicated rechargeable and non-rechargeable battery packs for industrial applications.

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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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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. Volkswagen has signed off a comprehensive decarbonization program aimed at achieving a CO 2 -neutral balance in all areas from fleet to production to administration by 2050.

2019 73

Report: Toray to boost production of Li-ion separators

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The Nikkei reports that Toray Industries will step up production of separators for Li-ion batteries, investing about ¥10 billion ($82.6 According to the Nikkei, Toray will add two production lines to the existing four at the plant in Gumi, thereby expand its capacity by 50%. The factory, owned by subsidiary Toray Battery Separator Film, will adopt a technology to enhance the heat resistance of the product.

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Volta Power Systems, Stellar Industries partner on anti-idling Li-ion system for utility service and work trucks

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Volta Power Systems has partnered with Stellar Industries to provide lithium-ion power systems that reduce idling from fleet utility and work trucks. kWh, 48V automotive-grade Li-NMC battery, along with a 110V 48V chassis alternator for recharging.

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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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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. The facility, under construction in Osaka, Japan, will support pilot production of residential solar + storage systems in the Japanese market. Using electrolyte as the processing solvent in a binderless system, the SemiSolid platform allows for production of electrodes 4-5 times thicker than a conventional process.

2019 78

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. It has around 20,000 employees and eight production sites across China.

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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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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. After purchasing the property from Solarworld, CATL is starting a new stage of capacity expansion on 23 hectares to achieve 14 GWh production capacity of battery by 2022. Production lines for both battery cells and modules will be finalized in this phase of expansion.

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