1. Articles in category: Lithium

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    1. 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
    2. Beckett Energy Systems Launches New Software Applications Tool to Aid Development Teams in Implementing Beckett's Advanced Lithium-Ion Battery Solutions

      Beckett Energy Systems Launches New Software Applications Tool to Aid Development Teams in Implementing Beckett's Advanced Lithium-Ion Battery Solutions

      Beckett Energy Systems announces the launch of a new software applications tool to configure the battery management system (BMS) for Beckett's advanced lithium-ion battery solutions. The application is designed for Windows operating systems (XP, 7 versions) and affords the user the convenience of reconfiguring the battery management system with a new set of agreed upon operating parameters through their own PC.  This allows development teams flexibility in fine tuning the Beckett battery solution for optimal performance in their product.  "We designed the app for ease of use to allow the operator to quickly verify and confirm their changes.  For example we highlight differences from the existing configuration in an easy to read tabular form," states Beckett software engineer Jeff Centanni.

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    3. 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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    4. 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.
    5. 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
    6. Frost & Sullivan Applauds OXIS Energy for its Lithium-Sulfur Battery Chemistry that Delivers Superior Energy and Safety Profiles

      Frost & Sullivan Applauds OXIS Energy for its Lithium-Sulfur Battery Chemistry that Delivers Superior Energy and Safety Profiles

      Based on its recent analysis of the advanced lithium-based batteries market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes OXIS Energy with the 2014 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation. OXIS Energy has developed a unique technology based on a lithium-sulfur battery chemistry that resolves some of the issues in the batteries currently used in military, automotive, and solar energy storage applications. As this battery technology offers energy density greater than 300Wh/kg., it is lightweight and offers enhanced safety chemistry that prevents fires and retains functionality, even after accidents.

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      Mentions: Europe UK Oxis
    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. Utilities Forced to Review Their Business Models

      Utilities Forced to Review Their Business Models

      Renewable and localised generation is having a massive impact on the European power market, forcing utilities to change their business models to survive. In the meantime, the development of storage technologies is going further up the investment agenda. The global energy storage lithium battery market is forecast to go from $ 442 million 2013 to $ 28.7 billion 2020. However, coal will continue to dominate the global markets at least until 2030 while gas is becoming the fuel of the future.

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    14. 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
    15. Innovation Across Key Industries to Quadruple Revenues for Lithium-Ion Batteries

      The global lithium-ion battery market is expected to witness exuberant growth in forthcoming years. Developing applications in the grid and renewable energy storage segment are helping boost demand for lithium-ion batteries. Vendors should include the grid and renewable energy storage segment in their growth strategy as the stationary energy storage market is likely to be the leading consumer of lithium-ion batteries and utility companies seek smart grid solutions that use these batteries.  

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    16. 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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    17. 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
    18. Halide Salts Make Lithium Batteries More Durable

      Halide Salts Make Lithium Batteries More Durable

      Chemical engineers at Cornell University used halide salts to create safer, longer-lasting lithium batteries. Adding certain halide salts to liquid electrolytes spontaneously creates nanostructured surface coatings on a lithium battery anode that hinder the development of detrimental dendritic structures that grow within the battery cell. The discovery opens the way potentially to extend the daily cycle life of a rechargeable lithium battery by up to a factor of 10.

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    19. Stanford Breakthrough Might Triple Battery Life

      Stanford Breakthrough Might Triple Battery Life

      Annoyed by how often your cellphone needs recharging? Stanford researchers say they've made a major step toward the "holy grail" of energy storage — a pure lithium battery. A team that includes former Energy secretary Steven Chu says it's building a lithium anode battery that might give electric vehicles a 300-mile driving range and triple a cellphone's juice. Stanford professor Yi Cui says it will likely take three to five years, though, to bring the product to market.

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    20. Tesla & Panasonic Finally Sign Lithium-Ion Gigafactory Agreement

      Tesla & Panasonic Finally Sign Lithium-Ion Gigafactory Agreement

      You have surely heard of the battery Gigafactory that Tesla Motors wants to build so that it can manufacture lithium-ion batteries on a very large scale. Panasonic, Tesla’s current lithium-ion battery cell supplier, was reportedly unsure about it, as Panasonic saw the Gigafactory as quite “risky.” However, it has now signed an agreement with Tesla on how the two will jointly carry out construction of this factory in the United States, including the roles each will play.

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    21. Stanford Team Achieves ‘Holy Grail’ of Battery Design: A Stable Lithium Anode

      Stanford Team Achieves ‘Holy Grail’ of Battery Design: A Stable Lithium Anode

      Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars. In a paper published today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step toward accomplishing what battery designers have been trying to do for decades – design a pure lithium anode.

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    22. Behind the Scenes of Aquion Energy's Battery Factory & the Future of Solar Storage

      Behind the Scenes of Aquion Energy's Battery Factory & the Future of Solar Storage

      Drive about 45 minutes southeast of downtown Pittsburgh, out to the edge of Westmoreland County, and you’ll reach a sprawling, cavernous factory whose history shadows the ebb and flow of technology trends and American manufacturing. In the late 1960s, Chrysler, fresh off the American muscle car wave, started building the plant, but as the seventies approached and the price of oil rose, it suspended construction without making a single car. Fast forward a decade and German car company Volkswagen stepped in — rolling the boxy Rabbit off the line — but that era was hit with a lethal combo of worker unrest, awkward car designs and dropping oil prices that took the sheen off Volkswagen’s small-car edge.

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