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  • Los Angeles says "Yes" to the cheapest solar plus storage in the USA

    Los Angeles' municipal utility has voted 5-0 to approve a 25-year contract with a 400 MWac solar plus 300 MW / 1.2 GWh energy storage facility, with the aggregate price of the electricity from the project at 3.962c/kWh. CEO Tom Buttgenbach noted in a conversation with Sammy Roth of the Los Angeles Times that if the city were to increase the amount of energy storage from 200 MW to 300 MW, it would bring the AC capacity factor to 60 percent. This 60 percent capacity factor is a big step leading up toward potential 24/7 PV plants Buttgenbach suggests might come to pass within five years, and are already on the drawing board. continue reading
  • BMW aims for 1m electrified vehicles on the roads by 2021

    The BMW Group is focusing on the next electromobility milestone. "By the end of 2021, we aim to have a total of one million electrified vehicles on the roads," said Mr Oliver Zipse, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG, at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt on Tuesday. continue reading
  • Battle to Power Electric Vehicles Reaches Sweden

    Northvolt is launching into a market that has been locked up for years by such Asian technology giants as South Korea's LG Chem Ltd. , Samsung Electronics Co. and SK Innovation Co. But Mr. Carlsson - backed by investors that include Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the European Investment Bank, Volkswagen AG , BMW AG and power group Vattenfall AB - is betting that Europe can catch up. His ambition is to create a European supply chain that links electric-car manufacturers with battery makers, all powered locally by solar and wind plants and using European workers and know-how. The hope is that Europe can retain its expertise as car production shifts from mechanical engineering—where the region has excelled—to batteries and software. "We need to act with a sense of urgency," Mr. Carlsson said. "If Europe can build its own ecosystem that supports universities, research and development, and production, it will create jobs versus just having a feeder system of Asian suppliers." continue reading
  • China's CNGR to boost output despite bad year for battery market

    CNGR is planning to almost double its capacity to 126,000 tonnes of EV battery precursor this year from 64,000 tonnes in 2018, and to 160,000 tonnes in 2020, Xu told the Asian Nickel conference. CNGR's precursor is a mixture of chemicals used in making batteries for the EV sector. CNGR said they were the second biggest ternary precursor last year in China with a 16 percent market share, behind GEM with 23 percent market share. continue reading
  • Neoen unveils massive wind, solar battery project in South Australia

    The Goyder South project is earmarked for Burra, in the state's mid north, and will comprise up to 1200MW of wind, 600MW of solar, and up to 900MW of battery storage (the number of hours of storage is yet to be determined). continue reading
  • Daimler to source battery cells from Farasis Energy

    Daimler has struck a deal to buy lithium ion battery cells from Farasis Energy, a Chinese-American supplier that is building a factory in east Germany to help Mercedes-Benz ramp up electric vehicle production, it said on Tuesday. "It will be a multiple gigawatt facility and it will supply cells for our battery plants in Kamenz, Bruehl and Sindelfingen," Schaefer said, adding that the energy needed to produce the battery cells will come from renewable sources. Farasis has said it is investing 600 million euros ($662.5 million) to build the German plant. Daimler will use lithium ion battery cells made up of nickel, manganese and cobalt (NMC) for now, as other battery composition materials which promise higher energy density have not proved as reliable, Schaefer said. continue reading
  • Tianqi starts lithium battery chemical production in Western Australia

    China's Tianqi Lithium has begun production of lithium hydroxide at its Western Australian plant this week, it said, as it flagged a delay to a second phase expansion amid a downdraft in prices for the battery chemical. The plant in Kwinana, south of Perth, which is slated to be the world's largest lithium hydroxide plant outside of China, will produce 48,000 tonnes per year of the battery grade chemical once its second stage ramp-up is complete. "All of our focus for the coming months is on getting Stage 1 into steady production and all resources have been channelled towards this," said General Manager Phil Thick in a statement on Tuesday. The initial phase one ramp-up to 24,000 tonnes is expected to take 12-18 months from now. "Once we have achieved this, we will return our focus to completion of Stage 2 as customer demand continues to build," Thicke said. continue reading
  • Solid-State Battery 3D Printing Preps for Production

    KeraCel has said that it can 3D print a complete battery within this single process, before the battery is finished in a furnace. This includes the anode, cathode and the electrolyte material through which the charged ions pass during the charging and discharging phases. Traditional lithium-ion batteries are made up of a sheet of conductive material, a sheet of anode, a sheet of cathode and a separator (or "electrolyte"). Due to the roll-to-roll manufacturing process used in producing them, these sheets must have a minimum thickness so that they are sturdy and resistant enough to handle the mechanical forces in production. KeraCel's 3D printing system doesn't have these same constraints. "The big advantage is that we use much less material than is used in traditional batteries because we can print every layer much, much thinner than the current manufacturing tech will allow," Niestroj said. "That makes it possible to produce batteries that have double the energy in the same volume. Or we can make a battery with the same amount of energy at half the cost because we’re using only half the material." continue reading
  • Jeff Dahn Claims New Pouch Cells Could Be Good For 1 Million Miles

    In an article entitled "A Wide Range of Testing Results on an Excellent Lithium-Ion Cell Chemistry to be used as Benchmarks for New Battery Technologies" and published in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society on September 6, Dahn and his colleagues report the development of a lithium ion pouch cell that "should be able to power an electric vehicle for over 1.6 million kilometers (1 million miles) and last at least two decades in grid energy storage." continue reading
  • Revisiting @benchmarkmin 2015 talk: "Lithium ion battery demand to increase 3x by 2020 to 180GWh"...

    @sdmoores: Revisiting @benchmarkmin 2015 talk: "Lithium ion battery demand to increase 3x by 2020 to 180GWh". In fact we are at that level now in 2019. Ahead of expectations. continue reading
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