March 31, 2019

Global Lithium-Ion Battery Planned Capacity Grows 4% In A Single Month — Charts!

Another month passes, another 43 GWh of battery factory capacity is brought into the planning pipeline for production in 2023, adding over 4% to the global total, in just a single month (50% annualized growth). Planned annual output by 2023 will soon cross 1,000 GWh of capacity, with over two-thirds […]
March 29, 2019

Largest Tesla Battery Storage Installation In Asia For Japanese Railway

Tesla has completed its largest battery storage installation in Asia in Osaka, Japan. The 4.2 MW / 7 MWh facility uses 42 Tesla Powerpack battery storage units, which were installed in just 2 days following their arrival onsite. The customer is Kintetsu Railway, whose electrified trains operate on 500 km […]
March 6, 2019

Piëch Hints At New Electric Car Battery Technology But Provides Few Details

You have to say this for Piëch (which may or may not be pronounced “Peak” depending on who you ask), the new electric car startup headquartered in Switzerland, its Mark Zero concept car is a looker. It features the long hood, short deck design that made the original Ford Mustang […]
February 21, 2019

American Manganese Begins Pilot of Battery Recycling Plant

American Manganese is developing a recycling process for Li-ion batteries, and processing partner Kemetco Research has begun processing a sample of cathode scrap material at the company’s pilot plant. The pilot plant will operate in five stages: Pre-treatment of cathode material Leach of active material Purification Recovery of base metals […]
February 20, 2019

DOE to Provide $30 Million for New Data Science Approaches in Chemistry and Material Sciences

The DOE has announced plans to provide $30 million for new research that uses modern data science approaches to accelerate discovery in energy-related chemistry and materials sciences. National laboratories, universities, nonprofits, and companies will be eligible to apply for the three-year awards, which will be selected via peer review. The Basic Energy […]
February 19, 2019

Researchers Explore Proton-Hopping Mechanism to Improve EV Batteries

Researchers at Oregon State University have shown that a chemical mechanism known as proton-hopping may provide a new method of energy storage for EVs and other high-power applications. “Coming up with Faradaic electrodes that afford batteries energy density and capacitors power with excellent cycle life has been a big challenge. […]
February 13, 2019

KAIST Research Team Develops Stable, High-rate Li-S Batteries

A research team from South Korean research university KAIST has developed stable, high-rate lithium-sulfur batteries (LSBs) by using hierarchically porous titanium nitride (h-TiN) as a sulfur host. In a paper in the journal Advanced Materials, the researchers report that h-TiN/S shows a reversible capacity of 557 mAh g-1 even after 1,000 cycles at 5 […]
February 11, 2019

Tesla and Jeff Dahn Patent New Battery Cell Chemistry

Tesla’s battery research group in Halifax, which is led by battery superstar Jeff Dahn, has applied for a patent on a new battery cell chemistry that promises to deliver faster charging, longer life and lower cost. In the application, entitled “Novel battery systems based on two-additive electrolyte systems,” Dahn and his […]
February 8, 2019

Honda and CATL to Cooperate on EV Development

Honda and EV battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) have signed a cooperation agreement to develop EVs. CATL will provide Honda with 56 GWh worth of EV batteries by 2027. CATL will also set up a local office in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya, the location of Honda’s Automobile R&D […]
February 4, 2019

Corvus Energy toProvide Energy Storage Systems For Five New Electric Ferries

Corvus Energy, a supplier of energy storage systems (ESSs) to the maritime industry, has been selected as the ESS provider for five new electric ferries to be operated by Norwegian company Fjord1. Corvus will provide its lithium-ion battery-based ESSs to electrical systems integrator Norwegian Electric Systems (NES), which will provide […]
February 4, 2019

Tesla to Acquire Ultracapacitor Developer Maxwell Technologies

Tesla plans to to acquire Maxwell Technologies at a price of $4.75 per share, or approximately $218 million. The merger, which was unanimously approved by Maxwell’s board of directors, is to be finalized around the second quarter of 2019. Maxwell is based in San Diego and has about 380 employees. The company will be […]
February 2, 2019

France Betting Big On Batteries With 700 Million Euro Investment

The French government sees a battery-powered future and is betting big on it with news that it will invest 700 million euros in the manufacturing of battery cells for electric vehicles over the next 5 years. News broke of the investment as part of a new plan crafted by French […]