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BATTERIES: Simpliphi predicts cobalt-free battery takeover sooner than expected

  • Date: 25-08-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: PV Magazine

U.S.-owned analyst Wood Mackenzie last week estimated lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) is poised to overtake lithium-manganese-cobalt-oxide (NMC) as the dominant stationary storage chemistry by 2030. While that is an ambitious prediction in its own right, one company, Simpliphi, is looking to drive the transition even sooner.

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BATTERIES: PGMs to play a greater role in lithium-ion battery development, says PTM

  • Date: 17-07-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Platinum group metals company Platinum Group Metals (PTM) believes platinum-group metals (PGMs) will start to play a greater role in the development of more efficient lithium-ion batteries.

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BATTERIES: BMW agrees €2bn battery cell contract with Northvolt

  • Date: 16-07-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Financial Times

BMW has signed a €2bn contract with the Swedish battery cell manufacturer Northvolt, to secure supplies for its upcoming electric models as competition for core components heats up. The premium carmaker, which has already spent €10bn on battery cell contracts with China’s CATL and Korea’s Samsung SDI, said the order would be fulfilled from 2024 when Northvolt’s Skelleftea plant is scheduled to have expanded its capacity.

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BATTERIES: UN report highlights urgent need to tackle impact of EV battery production boom

  • Date: 04-07-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Demand for raw materials used in the production of electric car batteries is set to soar, prompting the UN trade body, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), to call for the social and environmental impacts of the extraction of raw materials, which include human rights abuses, to be addressed urgently.

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BATTERIES: DOE issues RFI to strengthen battery critical materials supply chains

  • Date: 30-06-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) announced a request for information (RFI) (DOE-FOA-0002358) on challenges and opportunities in the upstream and midstream critical-materials battery supply chains.

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BATTERIES: EV battery boom dims, for now

  • Date: 18-06-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Auto News

Three decades of advances took lithium ion batteries from powering handheld Sony camcorders to propelling Tesla’s popular electric vehicles. The rapid rise is facing a major test in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BATTERIES: EIB and Umicore conclude €125M loan for EV battery materials production in Poland

  • Date: 17-06-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €125-million loan with Umicore, the Belgian-based global materials technology and recycling group, to finance part of the greenfield production facility for cathode materials in Poland. The cathode materials will be supplied to battery manufacturers of high-tech lithium-ion batteries that are primarily used in electric vehicles.

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BATTERIES: BASF’s battery materials plants in Europe advance as planned

  • Date: 15-06-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Automotive World

Preparations and construction of BASF’s battery materials plants in Europe are advancing as planned. After the casting of the foundation for its precursor cathode active material (PCAM) plant in Harjavalta, Finland, BASF has officially started construction. In addition, BASF has secured the construction permits to begin building the new cathode active material (CAM) plant in Schwarzheide, Germany.

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