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TRB’s new production process for high-volume continuous-fiber thermoset composite parts

TRB Lightweight Structures has created a new production process to deliver continuous-fiber thermoset composite parts at high volume. This automated manufacturing process is now being used to supply a global Tier 1 powertrain manufacturer with battery components for electric buses. TRB’s manufacturing process combines proprietary snap-cure resins and in-house-produced prepreg materials with robotic production to… Read more »

Saietta secures UK research contract for Axial Flux Traction motor

Oxfordshire tech company Saietta has won a grant through the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to ramp up production of its Axial Flux Traction (AFT) motor. The APC research contract will enable Saietta to increase annual motor production capacity to 150,000 and enable the hiring of 150 to 250 engineers in the first round of… Read more »

Indonesia to form EV battery joint venture

A group of state-owned companies in Indonesia will form a joint venture to produce Li-ion batteries. Partners in the new Indonesia Battery Holding joint venture include two mining firms: Mining Industry Indonesia (MIND) and PT Aneka Tambang; as well as state power utility Perusahan Listrik Negara (PLN), and state oil company Pertamina. Indonesia Battery Holding… Read more »

Livent to invest in Nemaska Lithium, extends supply agreement with Tesla

Lithium supplier Livent has announced its participation in a consortium to acquire the business and certain assets of Nemaska Lithium, located in Québec. Livent will invest in the company via a joint venture with The Pallinghurst Group. Livent has also extended its multi-year lithium hydroxide supply agreement with Tesla through 2021, and has committed to… Read more »

Skeleton Technologies raises $48.5 million to expand the competitive advantage of ultracapacitors

Ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies has announced the completion of a €41.3-million financing round. All the company’s existing investors participated in the equity raise, and were joined by European entrepreneurs and international investors.  Skeleton CEO Taavi Madiberk said, “The roadmap to zero emissions needs innovation and a mix of enabling technologies. Ultracapacitors are a key enabler for… Read more »

PPG receives DOE funding for EV battery coating processes

PPG, a supplier of coatings and specialty materials, has received DOE funding for research into the use of two versatile, high-output processes for the production of Li-ion battery electrodes. The three-year, $2.2-million project—one of 13 selected through a DOE initiative focused on addressing engineering challenges for advanced battery materials and devices—will be conducted in collaboration… Read more »

6K Energy develops small-particle NMC 811 with UniMelt plasma production platform

6K announced that it has developed NMC 811 at 1-3 microns as well as the capability to produce single-crystal NMC. Smaller size ranges, desired in the industry but challenging to achieve with conventional methods, improve charge time, extend run time and increase power. 6K has received strong customer pull at all levels of the supply… Read more »