Pilbara Minerals expands Ganfeng Lithium offtake agreement

Australian lithium producer Pilbara Minerals Limited executed an amendment to its existing offtake agreement with Ganfeng Lithium Group Co. Ltd and its subsidiary (Ganfeng) which materially increases short- and medium-term supply of spodumene concentrate to one of the world‘s leading lithium chemical converters. Under an existing agreement with Ganfeng signed... Read more →

Thailand discovers lithium resources; size in question

According to a Nikkei report, Thai officials reported the discovery of lithium deposits that they at the time of the announcement described as the world’s third-largest reserves. Lithium deposits were found at two locations in the southern province of Phang-Nga—the Ruangkiat and Bang Etu sites. According to initial reports, the... Read more →

Samsung SDI to invest US$18.5M for 8.7% stake in Canada Nickel; right to purchase 10% of Crawford project for US$100.5M

Canada Nickel Company entered into a subscription Agreement with Samsung SDI to make a US$18.5-million investment in Canada Nickel at a price of C$1.57 per Common Share. Upon closing of the private placement, Samsung SDI will own approximately 15.6 million shares of the common shares of Canada Nickel, representing approximately... Read more →

Researchers at MIT have developed a layered organic electrode material with high electrical conductivity, high storage capacity, and complete insolubility to enable reversible intercalation of Li+ ions that allow it to compete at the electrode level, in all relevant metrics, with inorganic-based lithium-ion battery cathodes. In an open-access paper in... Read more →

DOE announces $131M to boost innovative clean mobility; Li-S batteries, hydrogen engines and USABC

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $131 million for projects to advance clean mobility, with $71 million from Fiscal Year 2023 project funding (DE-FOA-0002893, earlier post) awarded to 27 projects. In addition, the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) of Southfield, Michigan, will receive $60 million... Read more →

Accelera by Cummins, Daimler Truck and PACCAR select Mississippi for LFP battery cell production in US

Accelera by Cummins, the zero-emissions business segment of Cummins Inc., Daimler Trucks & Buses and PACCAR have selected Marshall County, Mississippi, as the future site of advanced battery cell manufacturing for their planned joint venture. (Earlier post.) The joint venture will localize battery cell production for commercial electric vehicles and... Read more →

Northvolt raises $5B to enable expansion of circular gigafactory

Batterymaker Northvolt has signed a $5-billion non-recourse project financing to enable the expansion of Northvolt Ett in northern Sweden. The deal represents the largest green loan raised in Europe to date. In addition to the expansion of Northvolt Ett’s cathode production and cell manufacturing, the finance package will enable the... Read more →

OneD Battery Sciences and Koch Modular partner for the large-scale production of silicon-graphite anode materials

OneD Battery Sciences, a developer of silicon anode technologies for EV batteries, and Koch Modular Process Systems will partner to enable large-scale production of silicon-graphite anode materials for the next generation of affordable electric vehicles (EV). Leveraging Koch Modular’s proven silane gas manufacturing expertise, OneD’s SINANODE technology (earlier post) efficiently... Read more →

Li-Metal collaborating with Lyten to develop sustainable lithium metal production capacity and specialty lithium alloy ingots

In partnership with the Ontario government through the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN), Li-Metal is collaborating with Lyten on the development of specialty lithium alloy ingots to address the demand for next-generation lithium metal anodes. Earlier this year, Li-Metal announced the receipt of CAD$930,826 in support from the Ontario government... Read more →

Leading supplier of lithium and lithium derivatives Albemarle is cutting its planned capex in 2024 from approximately $2.1 billion in 2023 to the range of $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion as the company adjusts to changing end-market conditions, particularly in the lithium value chain. Morgan Stanley’s “Best of Lithium Index” shows... Read more →

Amprius Technologies announced its all-new SiCore product platform, an expansion of its product portfolio of silicon anode batteries targeted for electric mobility. In addition to this SiCore product platform, Amprius has also branded its existing silicon nanowire platform SiMaxx with its current product range of up to 500 Wh/kg and... Read more →

QuantumScape’s solid-state lithium-metal battery technology is designed to enable greater energy density, faster charging and enhanced safety compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries. However, the company says, lithium metal has some unique characteristics that require innovations in cell architecture—such as the uniaxial expansion of lithium metal as it plates and strips... Read more →

Solid Power and SK On deepen partnership with 3 new agreements

Solid Power, a developer of solid-state battery technology, has deepened its partnership with SK On with three new agreements: a research and development license; a line installation arrangement; and an electrolyte supply agreement. Together, the agreements expand Solid Power’s presence in Korea and strengthen the existing relationship between Solid Power... Read more →

From January through October 2023, a total of 493,472 tonnes of graphite were deployed onto roads globally in the batteries of all newly sold passenger EVs (BEVs, PHEVs and HEVs) combined, up 45% or 153,034 tonnes from the same ten months in 2022, according to Adamas Intelligence. This growth was... Read more →

ACE Green Recycling (ACE) (earlier post) has successfully delivered the first of three phases of its proprietary zero-emissions modular lead battery recycling technology to ACME Metal Enterprise’s facility in Keelung City, Taiwan. As part of the agreement, ACE will provide equipment and proprietary chemicals to enable ACME to produce “GreenLead”... Read more →

China-based Betavolt New Energy Technology has successfully developed a nuclear energy battery (radioisotope battery), which integrates nickel-63 nuclear isotope decay technology and China’s first diamond semiconductor (4th generation semiconductor) module. The 3V BV100 delivers 100 Microwatts from a volume of 15 X 15 X 5 mm—smaller than a coin. The... Read more →

RecycLiCo’s recycled battery-grade lithium carbonate successfully tested in LFP battery

RecycLiCo Battery Materials announced that the company’s recycled lithium carbonate, from lithium-ion battery waste, has passed a comprehensive suite of tests conducted by a battery materials company in Asia. RecycLiCo’s lithium carbonate, contained in a Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery, was subjected to several industry-standard tests, including LFP fabrication and... Read more →

Damon Motors collaborates with NXP Semiconductors to integrate performance-driven automotive integrated circuits into its electric motorcycles

Damon Motors is collaborating with NXP Semiconductors; through this collaboration, NXP’s technology has been integrated into Damon’s electronic control units (ECU) and other electronic systems for its electric motorcycles. Key benefits from the Damon/NXP collaboration include: Robust and Reliable Automotive ICs: Incorporation of NXP’s automotive-grade components, including NXP’s automotive processing... Read more →

Stellantis Ventures, the corporate venture fund of Stellantis N.V., is participating as a strategic investor in Tiamat, a France-based company that is developing and commercializing sodium-ion battery technology. Tiamat was one of 11 top-performing technology start-ups honored with a Stellantis Ventures Award in 2023. Other investors in this €22-million round... Read more →

Argonne team develops layered oxide cathode for sodium-ion batteries with an eye toward EVs; sodium nickel-manganese-iron (NMF) oxide

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have invented and patented a new cathode material for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). Our battery program at Argonne has been studying sodium-ion batteries for well over a decade now. And our design for the cathode structure makes sodium-ion batteries an... Read more →

BASF and Stena Recycling partner in recycling of EV battery black mass in Europe

BASF, a global battery materials producer and battery recycler, and Stena Recycling, one of Europe´s leading recycling companies, offering comprehensive solutions in recycling and circular services, have entered into a black mass purchase agreement. This agreement is part of a broader collaboration envisaged by BASF and Stena Recycling with the... Read more →

Norway’s Storting (Norwegian parliament) endorsed the Government’s proposal to open parts of the Norwegian continental shelf for exploration for and production of seabed minerals. Norway is the first country in Europe to approve such seabed mining plans. A section of a sulfide sample, obtained during an expedition to the Mohns... Read more →

24M unveiled a new battery separator—24M Impervio—that enables safety advancements for lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries that will facilitate the prevention of catastrophic fires and massive recalls caused by metallic dendrites (i.e. dendrites from metal contamination introduced during the production process), electrode misalignments or lithium dendrites. 24M Impervio achieves these results... Read more →

Altris and Clarios to collaborate on sodium-ion batteries for low-voltage automotive applications

Clarios, a leader in advanced low-voltage battery solutions, and Altris, a pioneer in sustainable sodium-ion battery technology, will partner to develop low-voltage sodium-ion batteries for the automotive industry. Every vehicle, including hybrid electric and electric vehicles, requires a low-voltage energy source to power critical systems and functions. As hybrid and... Read more →

Researchers investigate sodium metasilicate as better binder for Na-ion electrodes

In a paper published in the journal ChemSusChem, a team from Helmholtz Institute Ulm, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Swansea University School of Engineering, and IISC Bangalore investigated inorganic sodium metasilicate (SMS) as a viable binder in conjunction with P2-Na0.67Mn0.55Ni0.25Fe0.1Ti0.1O2 (NMNFT) cathode material for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs). Sodium metasilicate is widely... Read more →

Turkey-based TEMSA, a coach, bus, and light-truck manufacturer operating in 70 countries worldwide, is partnering with Minespider to collect key data, integrate Battery Passports and comply with the new EU Battery Regulation. Minespider is a technology company offering a blockchain-based platform for tracking supply chain data and creating more sustainable... Read more →

Benchmark: Morocco set to become a key cathode producer with $700+M of announced investments by Chinese companies

Morocco is set to become a key cathode producer following more than $700 million of announced investments by Chinese companies in the country, according to Benchmark Intelligence. Total planned capacity is already around a quarter of Europe’s total forecast capacity, after China’s BTR announced a RMB 3.5-billion (US$490-million) investment into... Read more →

Element 25 approved for $57M of Louisiana tax incentives for high purity manganese sulphate processing facility

Australia-based Element 25 Limited achieved all milestones for the Louisiana State Industrial Tax Exempt Program (ITEP) incentive package to support E25’s planned lithium-ion battery grade high purity manganese sulphate (HPMSM) processing facility in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards approved the incentive agreement between E25, the Louisiana Department... Read more →

Volkswagen’s PowerCo confirms results of QuantumScape’s solid-state cell endurance test

Solid-state battery company QuantumScape reported that its solid-state cell has significantly exceeded the requirements in the A-sample test and successfully completed more than 1,000 charging cycles. Volkswagen subsidiaty PowerCo confirmed the results. For an electric car with a WLTP range of 500-600 kilometers, this corresponds to a total mileage of... Read more →

A team from Sogang University and DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology) in S. Korea have developed a catalytic strategy designed to overcome the energy and environmental challenges associated with metallurgical processes for recycling spent Li-ion batteries. A paper on the work is published in the Journal of... Read more →

Argus: Weak nickel fundamentals to weigh on EV market

In an end-of-year outlook, consultancy Argus forecasts that demand will grow in 2024 for nickel-based battery cathodes, their component ingredient nickel sulfate and input feedstocks after a slowdown this year. However, Argus adds, supply is set to outpace this growth, with a ramp up in mixed hydroxide precipitate (MHP) and... Read more →

High-efficiency sulfur host with bimetallic oxide CuCo2O4 cubes supported on carbon cloth for Li-S batteries

Researchers from Tianjin University of Technology have developed a high-efficiency sulfur host with bimetallic oxide CuCo2O4 cubes supported on carbon cloth for lithium-sulfur batteries. The cubes can suppress the “shuttle effect” and boost the redox reaction kinetics. In an open-access paper in the RSC journal Chemical Communications, they report that... Read more →

Researchers from Hunan University and Changsha University of Science and Technology have demonstrated a superior sodium-ion anode material from phosphorus-doped carbon nanofibers (P-CNFs) with an inter-connected structure. The P-CNFs exhibit higher interlayer spacing of graphite and lower BET specific surface area compared to the pristine CNFs. The P-CNFs as an... Read more →

Sunrise New Energy receives approval for two patents for Na-ion anode materials

China-based Sunrise New Energy Co., Ltd. announced that its subsidiary, Sunrise (Guizhou) New Energy Materials Co., Ltd., has received preliminary approval from the National Intellectual Property Office for two separate patents related to anode mateeials for,sodium-ion batteries. “Preparation Method of Metal Sulfide-Doped Hard Carbon Composite Material” (2023121500112460) focuses on the... Read more →

Yamaha Motor has established ENYRING GmbH as a new company that will offer swappable batteries for compact urban electric vehicles via subscription-based services. By offering such services and by reusing and recycling batteries together with European circularity leaders, ENYRING will be able to create a closed loop in which recycled... Read more →

CATL subsidiary to invest $420M in Indonesia nickel mining and EV battery industry

The Jakarta Post reports that China-based Ningbo Contemporary Brunp Lygend (CBL)—a subsidiary of battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL)—will invest US$420 million in Indonesia’s nickel mining and EV battery manufacturing industries. Coordinating Maritime and Investment Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said the deal involved a partnership between CBL and... Read more →

Researchers at the Technische Universität Braunschweig and colleagues have developed a solvent-based direct recycling route for anode and cathode coating materials that allows direct reuse of the recovered coating materials. A high yield of recovery is achieved by mechanical stress in a suitable solvent (96 % for anodes, 85 %... Read more →

Eramet and Vibrantz Technologies announce long-term manganese ore supply agreement for the production of manganese-based battery technologies

Eramet, the leading producer of manganese ore, and Vibrantz Technologies announced a 10-year agreement whereby Eramet will supply Vibrantz with manganese ore, an essential raw material used in Vibrantz’s portfolio of manganese technologies for lithium-ion battery and other applications. The agreement builds on a 20-year Eramet-Vibrantz partnership to create a... Read more →

Lake Resources announces results of definitive feasibility study for Kachi lithium brine project in Argentina

Australia-based Lake Resources announced the results of its Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) for Phase One of the Kachi lithium brine project in Argentina. Kachi uses ion exchange Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE); the process design was developed in partnership with Lilac Solutions. Project and resource highlights include: Total resource is estimated... Read more →

DOE announces two notices of intent for advanced vehicle technologies

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office announced two notices of intent—DE-FOA-0003247: Notice Of Intent To Issue FY24 VTO R&D FOA DE-FOA-0003248 and DE-FOA-0003249: Notice Of Intent To Issue FY24 VTO Technology Integration FOA DE-FOA-0003250—for fiscal year 2024 funding to advance research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) and... Read more →

Ionic Mineral Technologies partners With ANDRITZ on mass production of nano-silicon battery materials

Ionic Mineral Technologies, a US-based producer of nano-silicon anode powders (earlier post), has partnered with international technology group ANDRITZ to mass produce critical battery materials for next-generation lithium-ion batteries. The partnership aims to scale Ionic MT’s nano-silicon production methodology to meet the surging demand for battery materials that enable faster-charging,... Read more →

The combined battery capacity of EVs—including plug-in and conventional hybrids—sold in China through September this year has reached 245 GWh—more than half the global total and already within shouting distance of the country’s 2022 calendar year tally, according to Adamas Intelligence. While OEMs and manufacturers are assembling higher capacity battery... Read more →

DOE to award $37M to reduce EV battery recycling costs

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced $37 million in funding (DE-FOA-0003120) to reduce costs associated with recycling electric vehicle (EV) batteries. This funding opportunity is the second phase of $200 million in total provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for electric drive vehicle battery recycling and second life applications. Through... Read more →

Uranium One Group to install pilot DLE plant in Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia

Empresa Pública Nacional Estratégica de Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB) signed an agreement with Russia-based Uranium One Group to install a pilot plant scalable to semi-industrial production with Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) technology in the Uyuni salt flat (Potosí) with a production capacity of 14,000 tons per year. Under the... Read more →

Geely Holding and NIO sign strategic partnership agreement on battery swapping technology; focus on private and commercial vehicles

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely), China’s leading privately-controlled automotive technology group and NIO Holding (NIO) recently signed a strategic partnership agreement on battery swapping. Both parties agreed to carry out comprehensive cooperation on battery standards, battery swapping technology, battery swapping network expansion and operation, swappable model development, and battery asset... Read more →

Lithium developer Livent Corporation has acquired a minority stake in the parent company of ILiAD Technologies. ILiAD Technologies’ parent company is a subsidiary of EnergySource Minerals (ESM), a leading developer of lithium projects in the Salton Sea Known Geothermal Resource Area in California. ILiAD Technologies will seek to commercialize and... Read more →

Saint-Gobain venture arm invests in solid-state Li-metal battery company ION Storage Systems

NOVA, the venture arm of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, recently invested in solid-state Li-metal battery company ION Storage Systems to expand the relationship between Saint-Gobain Ceramics and ION as they work together on bringing an innovative approach for battery... Read more →

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a $30-million grant to Form Energy to build a long-duration energy storage project that will continuously discharge to the grid for an unprecedented 100 hours. Iron-air battery technology uses the principle of reversible rusting. The battery cells contain iron and air electrodes and are... Read more →

The Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC), in collaboration with CIDETEC Energy Storage and seventeen European partners, has developed Spain’s first large-format cobalt-free lithium-ion battery prototype. The prototype has been developed through the COBRA (CObalt-free Batteries for FutuRe Automotive Applications) project (earlier post) and is currently in the pre-commercial phase.... Read more →

Wildcat Discovery Technologies to build US plant for nickel-free and cobalt-free cathode materials; LFP, LMFP, DRX

Wildcat Discovery Technologies, a technology company that uses proprietary high-throughput methods to develop new battery materials rapidly (earlier post), announced it will build a US-based plant to produce a portfolio of nickel-free and cobalt-free cathode materials. The announcement reflects a strategy shift for Wildcat, which has focused on battery materials... Read more →