Posts Tagged: Batteries

GigaCoater increases manufacturing capacity for lithium-ion battery electrodes

Babcock & Wilcox MEGTEC’s new GigaCoater wide-web coating line for lithium-ion battery electrodes is designed to facilitate high-volume production of battery electrodes. The GigaCoater coating platform uses B&W MEGTEC’s simultaneous 2-sided coating system. The dual-coating method, in combination with coating rheology, maximizes production time and delivers in-line quality control. Each GigaCoater can produce up to… Read more »

TerraE forms consortium to build large-scale Li-ion battery manufacturing capacity in Germany

Germany-based TerraE Holding has organized 17 companies and research institutions into a consortium to plan for large-scale lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing in Germany. The goal is to gradually build up production capacities to 34 GWh/year by the year 2028. The consortium includes companies from throughout the supply chain: infrastructure manufacturing planners, material producers, machine engineering… Read more »

US Army partners with Brown University to study SEI on silicon anodes

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and Brown University researchers have teamed up to study the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer that forms on the anodes of lithium-ion batteries, with particular emphasis on experimental silicon anodes. The Army is working to replace its alkaline and nickel-metal hydride field batteries with Li-ion batteries. “The Army is… Read more »

Nouveau Monde and Shinzoom form JV to market anode material

Nouveau Monde Graphite has signed a letter of intent with Chinese anode producer Hunan Zhongke Shinzoom to market Shinzoom’s anode materials to battery manufacturers in North America. The two companies will form a distribution joint venture, and if the results are satisfactory after 18 months, will evaluate the feasibility of manufacturing Shinzoom’s anode material products… Read more »

Report: Transportation and stationary storage battery demand will surpass consumer electronics by next year

Consumer electronics have traditionally driven the demand for energy storage devices, but transportation and stationary applications will soon become the largest storage markets, according to Lux Research. By 2025 the energy storage market will top $100 billion, with applications in transportation alone reaching $69 billion, Lux forecasts. The highest growth rate will be in stationary… Read more »

DOE awards $6 million to first crop of Battery500 Seedlings

The Battery500 consortium, led by the DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), intends to build a battery pack with a specific energy of 500 Wh/kg, which would more than double the 170-200 Wh/kg per kilogram in today’s typical EV battery. Part of the initiative is the “Seedling” program, which identifies new and risky battery research… Read more »

Panasonic expects to turn a profit on Model 3 battery cells by next year

Panasonic’s new 2170 Li-ion battery cells, which it manufactures at Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada, are a key component of the new Model 3. The Japanese manufacturer says it is now supplying the batteries at a loss, but expects to turn a profit next year. “For battery cells for the Model 3, costs outweighed profit… Read more »

Molecular pulley leads to silicon anode breakthrough

Silicon anodes are receiving a great deal of attention, as they can enable batteries to deliver 3-5 times higher capacities compared with current graphite anodes. Although silicon is abundant and cheap, Si anodes have a limited number of charge-discharge cycles – typically less than 100 times. Their volume expands enormously during each cycle, leading to… Read more »

Electrovaya receives million-euro follow-on order for Li-ion cells

Ontario-based battery manufacturer Electrovaya has sold €1 million ($1.14 million) worth of lithium-ion cells to an EV producer in Europe. Electrovaya, through its subsidiary Litarion, produces cells, electrodes and Separion ceramic separators. It has a manufacturing capacity of about 500 MWh of cells per year. “This follow-on order…underlines the strong commercial performance of our cells,… Read more »