Argonne National Laboratory is researching the use of composite materials based on selenium sulfides for electrode materials in lithium-ion batteries. The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source at Argonne is carrying out the research to increase energy density in batteries for use in electric vehicles.
Menahem Anderman’s latest iteration of the XEv insider report, issued this week, confidently predicts the global lithium-ion xEV business will reach US$3.8bn in 2015 and US$9.2bn in 2020. Anderman’s in-depth report is based on on-site interviews with senior battery technologists and business development executives at 18 major automakers and 20 battery-system suppliers on three continents.
US demand for primary and secondary batteries is expected to increase 4.2% per year to US$17.1bn in 2017. The motor vehicle market will post the largest increases in dollar terms as motor vehicle production continues to rise following an extended period of decline.
A new study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology now claims that by using a specially engineered virus, it should be possible to get around some of the biggest impediments to lithium-air's widespread adoption.
The first shipments of lithium-ion batteries have left LG Chems’s battery plant in Holland, Michigan earlier this month after three years of setbacks and delays including a significant fine from the US Government.
Stored energy solutions provider EnerSys has acquired the remaining 49.5% stake in its Indian JV company Energy Leader Batteries India.
A Harvard University materials scientist has devised a way to make lithium-ion batteries using a 3-D printer. The technology is still in development stage. The concept is to make inks that are used to print anodes for lithium-ion batteries, the inks use suspended nanoparticles of the desired materials, such as compounds of lithium for batteries and silver for wires.
The Shanghai Environmental Protection Industry Association and Shanghai Service Federation have announced they are seeking ways to regulate the disposal of automotive batteries, according to the Shanghai Daily. The batteries, which include those used in cars and electric bikes, are generally lead-acid storage batteries.
Panasonic is planning a big increase in lithium-ion battery capacity in 2014 to cope with increased demand for hybrid and electric vehicles.
Enersys has acquired Quallion LLC, a manufacturer of lithium-ion cells and batteries for high integrity applications, for US$30m.