1. Articles in category: Lithium

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    1. Battery Tests Show Some Lithium-Ion Cells Last Over 5x Longer

      Battery Tests Show Some Lithium-Ion Cells Last Over 5x Longer

      Researcher Andreas Gutsch from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology said at the PV Symposium in Germany recently that some lithium-ion cells working in storage systems experienced up to 30% capacity loss after 1,000 cycles, while some cells have a better capacity after 5,000 cycles. In other words, there can be quite a lot of variation in lithium-ion cell performance.

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      Mentions: Japan Germany China
    2. This Is What a Li-On Electrode Looks Like as It Drains and Charges

      This Is What a Li-On Electrode Looks Like as It Drains and Charges

      Lithium-ion batteries are ubiquitous—as is their gradual degradation over the lifetime of a gadget. Now, using a new imaging technique, a team of researchers shows what happens deep within li-on cells as they charge and discharge. The team, from the Department of Energy's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, has created what they call an operando electrochemical stage.

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      Mentions: DoE
    3. The Zinc-Polyiodide Redox Flow Battery

      The Zinc-Polyiodide Redox Flow Battery

      A new type of redox flow battery has an energy density approaching that of lithium-ion batteries used in portable electronic devices and some small electric cars. A new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and described in Nature Communications uses an electrolyte with more than double the energy density of the next best design; opening up possibilities of using flow batteries in applications such as vehicles in the future.

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      Mentions: DoE PNNL
    4. The Next Generation of Battery Tech at ARPA-E

      The Next Generation of Battery Tech at ARPA-E

      The Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program was created to give “blue-sky” research projects the money they need to prove whether or not they’re ready for commercialization. That includes a host of projects seeking to make batteries cheaper, smaller and more durable, whether to power electric vehicles, capture solar and wind energy, or balance the grid. This year’s ARPA-E showcase outside Washington, D.C. featured a number of interesting battery technology projects on the cusp of real-world adoption. 

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    5. New Battery Startup Promises Safe Lithium Batteries

      New Battery Startup Promises Safe Lithium Batteries

      Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) battery scientist Nitash Balsara has worked for many years trying to find a way to improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries. Now he believes he has found the answer in a most unlikely material—a class of compounds that has mainly been used for industrial lubrication. Balsara and his co-inventor, Joseph DeSimone of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, launched Blue Current, a startup company backed by investment firm Faster LLC, to further develop their invention, a nonflammable electrolyte.

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      Mentions: CA DoE U.S.
    6. Scientists Discover How to Prevent Dendrite Formation in Batteries

      Scientists Discover How to Prevent Dendrite Formation in Batteries

      Dendrites-deposits that form on electrode surfaces during the charging process-cause the batteries to short circuit, leading to serious safety hazards. Recently, scientists discovered how to prevent dendrite formation. For the first time, a team including experts at DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory grew protective films around the anodes that prevented dendrites from forming.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Italy
    7. Biobatteries: Taking Battery Technology to the Next Level

      Biobatteries: Taking Battery Technology to the Next Level

      There’s a good chance that the electric battery of the future will have biobased aspects to them — or may even be powered by a biofuel. If you’ve been following the long-standing competition between electric and fuel-powered cars, you’ll know the basics. That electric motors have better efficiency than internal combustion engines, but electric cars have short ranges because batteries lack the energy density of liquid fuels, are heavy, and expensive, and take a long time to re-charge.

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    8. Lithium Ion Battery Tech at Glencore Mine

      Lithium Ion Battery Tech at Glencore Mine

      Electrovaya, a designer, developer and manufacturer of lithium ion battery technology solutions, has announced the delivery of its battery technology at Glencore’s Raglan Mine in Quebec. The company has added the battery component to diesel generators used at the operation and is expected to reduce fuel consumption between 35-50%, which would significantly mitigate energy costs and environmental impacts.

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      Mentions: Electrovaya Quebec
    9. NEC Introduces 12V Li-ion Battery Line for Stationary Applications

      NEC Introduces 12V Li-ion Battery Line for Stationary Applications

      NEC Energy Solutions, along with NEC Corporation, has announced production availability of the Li-ion ALM 12V35 product line of 12-Volt batteries utilizing Nanophosphate lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) technology from A123 Systems. With its EverSafe battery protection technology, the ALM 12V35 is immune to short circuit, overvoltage, undervoltage, and other common accidental battery abuse conditions, the company said. In addition, it can be assembled into battery arrays of 24V, 36V, or 48V for up to 350 Ah and 18 kWh systems with no additional BMS devices necessary.

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      Mentions: A123 NEC
    10. Energy Storage Breakthrough From Bullet Proof Dendrite-Squashing Yellow Fuzz

      Energy Storage Breakthrough From Bullet Proof Dendrite-Squashing Yellow Fuzz

      A fuzzy yellow material best known as the key ingredient in bulletproof vests could add more energy storage power to lithium-ion batteries. Everybody knows that lithium-ion batteries are the gold standard for energy storage, but there’s always room for improvement and some clever folks over at the University of Michigan have been tackling the dendrite problem. Dendrites on the lithium-ion battery might sound like something Mr. Scott should worry about, and it certainly is, so let’s take a look and see what the Michigan team is up to.

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      Mentions: Ford MI Google
    11. Manz Books €40 Million in Battery Orders

      Manz Books €40 Million in Battery Orders

      While the PV equipment supply business remains somewhat suppressed, growth in the battery segment is filling the order books of leading suppliers. This is so of Manz, which today announced “multiple major orders” for battery equipment, totaling €40 million ($47.5 million). “With the major orders that we have now obtained we are raising the Battery business segment to a new revenue range, thereby taking another important step towards diversifying our technology and customer portfolio,” said founder and CEO Dieter Manz.

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      Mentions: CA Australia Japan
    12. A Prototype Battery Could Double the Range of Electric Cars

      A Prototype Battery Could Double the Range of Electric Cars

      An experimental lithium-ion battery based on materials developed at a U.S. Department of Energy lab stores twice as much energy as the batteries used in most electric cars. If the technology can be commercialized, it could give affordable electric cars a range of over 200 miles per charge, says Hal Zarem, CEO of Seeo, a startup that’s working on the technology. Today the cheapest electric cars, which cost around $30,000, typically have a range of less than 100 miles.

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      Mentions: CA DoE U.S.
    13. New Lithium-Ion Battery Discovery Contradicts Everything You Thought You Knew

      New Lithium-Ion Battery Discovery Contradicts Everything You Thought You Knew

      Researchers over at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have made a new lithium-ion battery discovery that could prove a little disconcerting to a lot of folks in the energy storage field. The finding comes out of a first-of-its-kind analysis using X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and apparently it contradicts “numerous” studies aimed at improving the efficiency of lithium-ion batteries. The good news is, the new lithium-ion battery discovery could accelerate the development of next-generation EV batteries.

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      Mentions: Google LBNL
    14. East Greenwich Firm Sold to Battery Maker

      East Greenwich Firm Sold to Battery Maker

      Cleveland-based OM Group said it completed the previously announced, $24-million acquisition of Ener-Tek International, which operates under the brand name Yardney Technical Products. Based in East Greenwich, Yardney designs, develops and manufactures lithium-ion and silver-zinc cells and batteries for the defense and aerospace markets. OM Group funded the acquisition through existing cash balances.

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    15. Electrovaya Awarded $1.3 Million IESS Grant To Deliver Systems To Toronto

      Electrovaya Awarded $1.3 Million IESS Grant To Deliver Systems To Toronto

      The Canadian lithium-ion battery maker Electrovaya was recently presented with a $1.3-million grant, with the purpose of the grant being to aid the company in the production and delivery of multiple Intelligent Energy Storage Systems (IESS) to a number of different locations for Toronto Hydro and London Hydro. The grant is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Energy’s Smart Grid Fund. The IESS units will be put to use for a number of different specific purposes/applications — including infrastructure deferment, electric vehicle charging, phase balancing, and general energy storage functions.

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    16. LG Chem Partners with Siemens on Battery Storage Systems

      LG Chem Partners with Siemens on Battery Storage Systems

      South Korea's LG Chem and German engineering company Siemens have agreed to collaborate more closely on project development and marketing of industrial battery storage systems. LG Chem and Siemens have signed a memorandum of understanding in response to growing demand for energy storage systems, which are increasingly needed to stabilize distribution grids, the companies said on Wednesday.

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      Mentions: Siemens S. Korea LG
    17. Green Charge Networks Signs Lithium-Ion Battery Supply Agreement with Samsung SDI

      Green Charge Networks Signs Lithium-Ion Battery Supply Agreement with Samsung SDI

      Clean tech market leaders Green Charge Networks and Samsung SDI today announced the signing of a strategic supply agreement to deliver as much as 25 megawatt-hours (MWh) of lithium-ion batteries over the next two years. The agreement guarantees Green Charge has adequate supply of batteries as it seeks to expand its leading position in the growing market for intelligent energy storage.

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    18. Boston-Power Launches "Ensemble Module System" - Kit For Simple EV+ESS Solutions

      Boston-Power Launches "Ensemble Module System" - Kit For Simple EV+ESS Solutions

      Boston-Power — a prominent lithium-ion battery manufacturer — recently released an interesting new “solutions kit” of basic components for simple, affordable, large format battery pack solutions for electric vehicle and energy storage systems, as per a recent press release. The “Ensemble Module System” — as it’s been dubbed — allows for the creation of a wide variety of different module designs, meeting a large number of different voltage and capacity requirements (currently available in systems based on 155 Wh and 116 Wh increments). Central to the Ensemble solution is the use of a new pressure-connect way to perform module assembly — thus eliminating the expensive and time-intensive cell welding process.

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    19. New Ann Arbor Made Battery Breaks the Norm

      New Ann Arbor Made Battery Breaks the Norm

      Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan (and its hospital), one of the biggest football stadiums in the nation, and now—an innovative battery. Produced by Sakti3, Inc., a self-proclaimed “spinout” company from the University of Michigan, the battery cell has double the energy density of a current lithium ion battery. In more specific terms, the battery produces over 1,100 Watt hours per liter (Wh/l) in volumetric energy density. Typical lithium-ion batteries produce between 250-730 Wh/l. These types of batteries, sometimes referred to as Li-ion batteries or LIB, are common in consumer electronics as they are rechargeable and thus suitable for portable electronics.

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      Mentions: MI Sakti3
    20. What Tesla's Gigafactory Means for Battery Startups

      What Tesla's Gigafactory Means for Battery Startups

      The most exciting news of the year in electric vehicles came today with the announcement that Tesla Motors will build its giant lithium ion battery factory in Nevada. It’s a huge vote of confidence in the future of EVs, but at the same time it points to the long road startups face getting their novel battery technologies into cars. Tesla Motors has said that it plans to double the current global lithium ion battery production at a joint Tesla-Pansonic facility in Nevada by 2020 to meet anticipated demand for its electric cars, all while providing a boost to U.S. manufacturing.

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      Mentions: NV U.S. A123
    21. Rubber Meets the Road with New ORNL Carbon, Battery Technologies

      Rubber Meets the Road with New ORNL Carbon, Battery Technologies

      Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind and solar, say researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. By modifying the microstructural characteristics of carbon black, a substance recovered from discarded tires, a team led by Parans Paranthaman and Amit Naskar is developing a better anode for lithium-ion batteries. An anode is a negatively charged electrode used as a host for storing lithium during charging.

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      Mentions: DoE ORNL China
    22. Secretive Company Claims Battery Breakthrough

      Secretive Company Claims Battery Breakthrough

      Two of the most sacred numbers in the electric-vehicle industry are 300 miles and $100. The first is generally considered to be the distance electric cars need to travel on a single charge for Americans to take them seriously. The second is the cost, per kilowatt-hour, to which batteries need to drop before EVs can compete with gas-powered cars on sticker price. Sakti3, a Michigan startup that auto-industry insiders have been whispering about for years, says it might soon hit those two sacred targets. The company has long been in semi-stealth mode, talking to the press but offering few particulars about its technology. 

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      Mentions: GM MI Sakti3
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