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Johnson Controls to rethink China battery plant

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:23 -- Paul Crompton
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Johnson Controls is set to focus on advanced batteries at one of its China plants— but refused to reveal whether it will be lithium or lead-acid.

Although the US company is keeping quiet about the details, a company spokesman confirmed an announcement will be made in the ‘next few weeks’.

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Lithium concerns as South America’s biggest supplier faces legal action.

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 11:22 -- Paul Crompton
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Chile and Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM) – the world’s largest producer of lithium – is currently in arbitration proceedings, and the outcome could have a serious implications on lithium supplies and prices.

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Oakridge launches into an aggressive new era

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 10:14 -- Paul Crompton
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US lithium battery manufacturer Oakridge Global Energy Solutions has launched an aggressive new era after 18 months of restructuring process.

The epoch includes investing $270 million in its Florida facilities, appointing a new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), buying shares in a rival firm and launching a wholly-owned subsidiary in Hong Kong.

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Sonnebatterie to open U.S.based R&D centre

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 14:21 -- Paul Crompton
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German lithium energy storage systems company Sonnenbatterie is set to open a research and development facility in the U.S.

The 5,000 sq. ft. space in Atlanta, Georgia, will house up to 15 engineers tasked with expanding the company’s next generation of smart energy storage devices for homes and businesses.

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India plans lithium subsidies to compete with lead-acid batteries

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 16:45 -- Paul Crompton
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The Indian government is planning a subsidy of Rs 32,000 (US$514) on all lithium battery kits to promote electric bike use and cut down vehicular pollution, reports The Indian Express.

The move will allow lithium-ion electric bike OEMs to compete with traditional lead-acid battery powered bikes, which are around US$400 cheaper. 

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Nemaska $12m grant for 500 tonne lithium plant

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:51 -- Paul Crompton
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Canadian company Nemaska Lithium Inc has secured a $12.87million technology commercialisation grant to produce compounds for the lithium battery market.

The grant will help fund a Lithium hydroxide hydromet processing plant in Quebec with the aim of producing lithium compounds by 2016.

The $39million pilot plant will transform spodumene concentrate into 500 tonnes of high purity lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate each year.

The funding came from the federally-funded Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) as the country attempts to position itself as a global leader in the clean technology sector.

The multi-million dollar grant to the Quebec based company was the largest ever awarded under the SDTC program.

Once built, Nemaska intends to use the facility to demonstrate its proprietary lithium hydroxide technology and produce commercial samples to send to end users in the lithium battery market.

In tandem, the Corporation is developing a spodumene lithium hard rock deposit. Spodumene concentrate produced at Nemaska's Whabouchi mine and from other global sources will be shipped to the Corporation's new plant.

The open-pit mine and concentrator, along with a refinery near Montreal, have a total capital cost of $500million and an annual capacity of 28,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide and 3,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate.

Guy Bourassa President and CEO of Nemaska Lithium said: "Today's batteries are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and battery manufacturers typically take up to 12 months to qualify a new supplier of lithium hydroxide.

"By building the Phase 1 Plant in advance of the commercial hydromet plant and lithium mine we expect to be qualified suppliers before we are in full production."

He added: “This is the greenest method of producing lithium compounds for lithium ion batteries and electric vehicles globally.”

Nemaska intends to become a lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate producer and has filed patent applications for its proprietary methods to produce these compounds. 

Saft’s Li-ion batteries excel in space mission

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:23 -- Paul Crompton
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Lithium batteries developed by French firm Saft have been instrumental in a moon probe being able to beam information from space four times longer than its original design specification.

A combination of primary and rechargeable lithium batteries developed by the battery design and manufacturing company enabled LuxSpace’s Manfred Moon Memorial Mission (4M) mini-probe to transmit data back to earth.

A battery pack comprising 28 Saft super robust LSH20 HTS 3.6V Primary lithium-thionyl chloride (Li-SOCl2) size D spiral cells delivered 4.5W of power to the 4M probe - the first privately funded moon mission. 

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NTSB: Final Dreamliner battery fire report “within weeks”

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 03:35 -- Anonymous
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The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will publish "within two or three weeks" its final report on the 2013 lithium-ion battery fire aboard a Boeing 787 at Boston airport, according to one of its investigators.

The investigation began after the auxiliary power unit battery caught fire on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Boston Logan International Airport on 7 January 2013. Regulators grounded the global fleet of Dreamliners for almost four months after a second battery incident days later on an All Nippon Airways flight in Japan prompted an emergency landing and evacuation.

 

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Dreamweaver introduces nanofibre separators line for supercaps

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:35 -- Anonymous
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Lithium separator maker Dreamweaver International (Dreamweaver) has launched a line of nanofibre-based separators for supercapacitors.

According to the US company, the separators of the Silver AR line show 27% lower internal resistance. In side-by-side comparisons done by outside laboratories comparing Dreamweaver’s Silver AR line to a competitor, the separators also showed 63% lower Gurley resistance, 21% higher strength and 9% higher capacitance.

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