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Posts By: Matt Cousineau

New Cryo-EM battery research tool produces image of SEI layer on lithium metal anode

Scientists from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have used cryogenic electron microscopy, or cryo-EM, to produce high-resolution images of the solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer that forms on lithium metal anodes in an approach that may improve lithium metal battery design. The scientists developed a way of collecting the SEI… Read more »

Albemarle to use 6K’s UniMelt plasma tech for lithium battery materials

Specialty chemicals firm Albemarle has signed a joint development agreement with materials management specialist 6K to use 6K’s patented UniMelt plasma technology to develop lithium battery materials. Albemarle has also made an undisclosed investment in 6K through venture capital firm Volta Energy Technologies. UniMelt is a microwave-controlled plasma technology, and Albemarle says a 16 GWh… Read more »

DuPont ICS to introduce new laminate adhesive system for electronics

DuPont Interconnect Solutions (ICS) plans to introduce its Pyralux HP laminate adhesive system for high-performance electronics at the upcoming Institute for Printed Circuits (IPC) APEX Exposition in San Diego. The system is part of the Pyralux product line and will be available for the telecommunications, networking, medical, industrial, military and aerospace markets. The IPC-certified Pyralux… Read more »

Startup Safe-Li to commercialize new battery separator tech that prevents thermal runaway

Pennsylvania-based venture capital firm Green Swan Partners (GSP) has reached an agreement with Skysong Innovations, the technology transfer arm of Arizona State University (ASU), granting GSP the exclusive option to finalize commercial rights to ASU’s fire-safe battery technologies. The technologies were invented by ASU Regents’ Professor Dr. Jerry Lin, who is also the Chief Scientist… Read more »

Rio Tinto to buy lithium project in Argentina for $825 million

Mining and metals company Rio Tinto plans to purchase a lithium project in Argentina for $825 million from Rincon Mining in a transaction that’s expected to close in the first half of 2022. The Rincon lithium project is in the Salta province of Argentina, and currently hosts a pilot lithium production plant. After the purchase… Read more »

Marposs announces non-contact tech for monitoring electrode roll production

Measurement, inspection and test technology company Marposs has announced a new line of non-contact solutions for monitoring roll-to-roll production of cathode and anode foils for EV batteries. Marposs says the solutions provide “high-resolution film thickness and width gauging across the electrode production process, helping to avoid scrap and rework to improve quality and save money.”… Read more »

Sensata introduces CAN bus-enabled GXC and MXC Smart-Tactor contactors

Sensor, controller and software firm Sensata has introduced its CAN bus communication-enabled GXC and MXC Smart-Tactor contactors. The contactors are part of the GX and MX product lines, and are available for the military, battery system, energy storage, commercial vehicle and industrial markets. Compared to contactors without CAN bus communication, Sensata says its GXC and… Read more »

Battery developer StoreDot raises $80 million in Series D funding

Israeli battery developer StoreDot has raised up to $80 million in a Series D funding round that included Vingroup, bp ventures and Golden Energy. It will use the funding on research and development as well as mass production of its Extreme Fast Charging (XFC) battery cells by 2024. According to StoreDot, its research and development… Read more »

Keliber to use government grant to manage analcime sand lithium by-product

Finnish mining and battery chemical company Keliber Technology has been granted up to €7 million [$7.9 million] in funding from Business Finland, some of which will be used for equipment to manage the analcime sand by-product of its planned lithium plant at Kokkola Industrial Park. Keliber plans to use the plant’s side stream of analcime… Read more »

Northvolt assembles first battery cell at factory in northern Sweden

Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt has assembled the first battery cell at its Northvolt Ett gigafactory in northern Sweden. According to Northvolt, the prismatic cell is “the first to have been fully designed, developed and assembled at a gigafactory by a homegrown European battery company.” The company developed the cell at its factory in Västerås, Sweden,… Read more »