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Silicon Valley brings solar backup to homeowners

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:41 -- Anonymous
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The Juicebox provides backup solar power.
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The privately held Silicon Valley ESS company Juicebox Energy has designed a system to supply back-up power in grid failure support, and off-grid solar configurations for homeowners.

The 8.6 kWh JuiceBox system contains lithium-ion nickel manganese cobalt batteries and uses a battery management system to control the lithium-ion cells.

It also contains a system controller to manage the inverter/charger interface to ensure control of charge and has redundant protection mechanisms to prevent over voltage, over current, under voltage and over temperature conditions.

 With a capacity of 172Ah the ESS can operate at between -10c and 50c with a rated power of 4.3kW.

Each configuration delivers shifting, back-up power, energy efficiency and enables participation in emerging transactive energy exchanges.

Founded in 2013 the company is targeting the growing residential energy storage market with web-connected product that can be installed on new and existing solar energy installations.

BASF sues competitor in lithium-ion patent battle

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:28 -- Paul Crompton
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BASF sues competitor in lithium-ion patent battle
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A billion dollar lithium-ion technology patent battle has begun with four companies embroiled in a US court lawsuit.

The Lawsuit was filed by BASF in US federal court in Delaware amid claims it lost billions of dollars due to alleged criminal behavior by Umicore.

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Japanese joint venture dissolves as Li-ion capacitor market slows

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:26 -- Paul Crompton
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A lithium-ion capacitor joint venture between Japanese firms Asahi Kasei and FDK will be dissolved after failing to reach its projected goals.

The companies have agreed to dissolve Asahi Kasei FDK Energy Device Co., Ltd. (AFEC) after more than three and a half years business on June 30, 2015.

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Mystery US OEM orders Manz Li-ion laser welding system

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:25 -- Paul Crompton
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Mystery US OEM orders Manz Li-ion laser welding system
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German company Manz AG has received a potentially important order for its pilot system used in laser welding lithium-ion cells.

The order, reported to be in the six-figure range, was made by a mystery company from the American e-mobility industry.

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LG Chem tightens grip on EV lithium-ion market with latest deal

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:24 -- Paul Crompton
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German OEM Daimler has chosen LG Chem to supply the lithium-ion batteries for its new EV.

Korea’s advanced battery manufacturer will supply batteries to be installed into packs by Daimler for its Smart EV to be launched next year. 

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LEAF celebrate 99.9% success of its Li-ion battery

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:18 -- Paul Crompton
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Electric vehicle OEM Nissan is claiming a victory for the lithium-ion battery over combustion engines after posting an almost 100 percent success rate in its LEAF EV cars.

Proprietary data released by the Swiss firm shows 99.99 percent of its 24KwH lithium-ion battery units remain fit for purpose - five years after the launch of the EV.

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