Lithium Deficit Threatens EV Sales and Energy Transition

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This whitepaper provides S&P Global Commodity Insights' analysis of the global lithium deficit, threatening EV sales and could put the brakes on the energy transition. Lithium prices shot up by more than 500% in the past year due to the short global supply.

InoBat and Green Lithium to establish large-scale lithium refinery in the UK

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Battery supplier InoBat Auto and mineral processing firm Green Lithium have formed a strategic partnership to build and operate a large-scale lithium refinery in the UK. Newswire The Tech EV Batteries Green Lithium InoBat Auto

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BMW i Ventures to Invest in Green Lithium Refining Technology

Green Living Guy

May 17, 2022) – BMW i Ventures announced today a lead investment in the Series A-1 financing round of Mangrove Lithium, a feedstock-flexible modular platform producing battery-grade lithium hydroxide and carbonate to improve the sustainability profile of lithium.

This tech breakthrough could revolutionize lithium extraction

GreenBiz

Electric Vehicles Energy & Climate Transportation & Mobility Energy StorageOne huge potential benefit: reduced production costs for electric vehicle batteries.

Snow Lake Lithium to Develop World’s First All-Electric Lithium Mine

Green Living Guy

Snow Lake Lithium shares a plan to develop the world’s first all-electric Lithium mine in Manitoba, Canada. For that reason, the global automotive and energy storage industries will be competing […].

Lithium battery industry presents opportunities for water treatment experts

Envirotec Magazine

Brine pools for lithium mining. The lithium battery economy, driven largely by the growing electrical vehicle market, presents opportunities for water and wastewater businesses across the value chain, according to a new report from BlueTech Research.

Compass Minerals converts Great Salt Lake lithium brine to battery-grade lithium hydroxide

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Compass Minerals has announced the successful third-party conversion testing of its lithium brine resource into both lithium carbonate and battery-grade lithium hydroxide, representing a significant milestone in its previously announced lithium development project.

Li-S Energy and Janus Electric to develop lithium-sulfur cells for swappable battery packs

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Australian battery specialists Li-S Energy and Janus Electric are working together to develop lithium-sulfur and/or lithium metal battery cells for Janus’s swappable battery packs. Janus’s current battery packs feature lithium-ion cells. Source: Li-S Energy.

Liontown Resources to supply Tesla with Australian lithium

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Australia-based battery materials company Liontown Resources has agreed to supply Tesla with spodumene concentrate, a source of lithium. Pricing will be determined by a formula-based mechanism linked to market prices for lithium hydroxide monohydrate.

Lyten introduces lithium-sulfur battery platform

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Material supplier Lyten has introduced its new LytCell lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery platform. The new platform was developed specifically for the EV market, and is designed to deliver three times the specific energy of lithium-ion batteries.

$357k funding progresses US lithium-ion battery recycling initiative

Envirotec Magazine

Team Portables, a consortium for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) recycling incentivization, has received Phase II funding from the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize. (Image credit: Parilov/Shutterstock.com).

Villara Energy Systems Launches Lithium Titanate 20-Year Home Battery

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Highest Power and Safest Lithium Chemistry Establishes New Market Leader

DuPont and Vulcan Energy Collaborate Toward Zero Carbon Lithium Extraction

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Project to Minimize the Water and Carbon Footprint of Lithium Extraction and Production to More Sustainably Power E-Mobility

New paper examines environmental impact of brine-based lithium extraction

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A new paper from Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) analyzes the process of extracting lithium from brine. The lithium is naturally dried in large ponds to evaporate the water, concentrate the lithium and remove impurities.

Sion Power’s experimental lithium metal cells deliver 2,500 cycles

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Sion Power says one of its multilayer lithium metal pouch cells has performed for over 2,500 cycles, retaining 70% of its initial capacity. Licerion batteries have lithium metal anodes and are compatible with LFP and NMC cathodes.

Stellantis signs lithium supply agreement with Vulcan Energy

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The Stellantis Group has signed a binding agreement with lithium producer Vulcan Energy to supply battery-grade lithium hydroxide in Europe for the automaker’s electrified vehicles. Newswire The Tech EV Batteries Stellantis EVs Vulcan Energy Resources

Koch Strategic Platforms invests $100 million in Standard Lithium’s extraction and processing projects in Arkansas

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Koch Strategic Platforms (KSP), a subsidiary of Koch Industries (yes, that Koch Industries) plans to make a $100-million investment in Standard Lithium (NYSE: SLI). Standard Lithium is testing the commercial viability of lithium extraction from over 150,000 acres of permitted brine operations.

Lithium isn’t needed for trains and buses

Renewable Energy World

If the 19th century was the age of coal and the 20th the age of oil, the 21st century is starting to look like the age of lithium. Rechargeable lithium ion batteries are now in everything, but have become indispensable to efforts to fight climate change.

Sakuú develops lithium metal solid-state battery

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Additive manufacturing specialist Sakuú has developed a 3 Ah lithium metal solid-state battery (SSB) that it says equals or betters the performance of current lithium-ion batteries.

Drexel research points to commercial potential of lithium-sulfur batteries

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According to DrexelNow, their lithium-sulfur battery has three times the energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries. Researchers at Drexel University say they have developed a sulfur cathode that offers long-term stability and performance.

48V Lithium Battery: An Important Component of Off-grid System

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With the development of battery technology and the rapid decline in cost, 48V lithium batteries have become the mainstream choice in home energy storage systems, and the market share of new chemical batteries has reached more than 95%.

Is A Lithium Cartel Inevitable?

R-Squared Energy

The more people I speak with about lithium, the bigger this story gets. Is Losing The Lithium Industry To China — several readers told me that this battle is already lost. Also, this week I have engaged with multiple American companies that are working to address the domestic lithium supply chain. These threats will apply to any country that is electrifying transportation without a domestic lithium supply chain. ally — is also a major lithium producer.

Lithium batteries: a lot of fake news

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Whether it is to equip electric vehicles, or to store electricity generated by solar energy installations or wind farms, lithium-ion batteries have become an important part of the energy transition. But in some media and social networks, their ecological footprints are often listed separately. So, is the battery so "dirty

Schlumberger New Energy Venture to Launch a Lithium Extraction Pilot Plant in Nevada

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NeoLith Energy’s differentiated direct lithium extraction process aims to enable a sustainable, efficient, and flexible lithium production ecosystem

HIU researchers develop high-energy-density lithium metal cell with good stability

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Researchers at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) have developed a new lithium metal battery that they say offers an extremely high specific energy of 560 watt-hours per kilogram (Wh/kg) based on the total weight of the active materials.

Thinner anode strips could lead to longer lithium metal battery life

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Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have increased the lifetime of a lithium metal battery to a record 600 cycles. The work was published in the journal Nature Energy. In the dry version, the liquid electrolyte doesn’t reach all of the lithium.

Tesla develops new cost-slashing lithium extraction process

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One of these was a new lithium extraction process that Senior VP of Engineering Drew Baglino predicted could deliver as much as a 33% reduction in lithium costs. What is the best way to take the ore and extract the lithium and do so in an environmentally-friendly way?”

The reasons behind lithium-ion batteries’ rapid cost decline

Envirotec Magazine

Lithium-ion batteries, a key enabler of today’s lightweight and handheld electronics as well as electric vehicles, have plunged in cost since their introduction three decades ago at a rate similar to drop-in solar panel prices, as documented by a study published last March.

The Challenges Posed By Rising Lithium Prices

R-Squared Energy

Soaring energy prices this year have impacted people around the globe. I cited this as the Top Energy Story of 2021 in a previous column because of the impact on so many people. Some of the commodity price increases are because they are energy intensive industries, and energy prices have skyrocketed. However, few commodities have surged this year quite like lithium. Lithium is one of the most important elements for our transition to a lower-carbon future.

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

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According to SLAC News, the research may also improve lithium metal battery design by revealing the atomic-level details of working batteries. Newswire The Tech EV Batteries US Department of Energy

Sion Power introduces large-format lithium-metal EV cell

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Sion Power , a specialist in lithium-metal batteries, has announced advancements in its Licerion-EV cell, achieving 400 Wh/kg (700 Wh/L) in a large-format 17 Ah pouch cell. Scaling to useful cell sizes is a challenge for high-energy battery technologies.

German firms plan to exploit massive lithium deposits beneath the Rhine

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Geologists have estimated that an area in the Upper Rhine Valley, in the Black Forest area of southwestern Germany, holds enough lithium for more than 400 million electric cars, making it one of the world’s biggest deposits. Newswire The Tech Vulcan Energy Resources

Johnson Controls Introduces Lithium-Ion Risk Prevention Solution for Protection of Energy Storage Systems

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NanoGraf Reaches Energy-Density Milestone for its Lithium-Ion Battery Material

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Record-setting breakthrough in energy density of silicon anode cells enable longer-lasting, lighter weight, and shortened charge cycles for consumer electronics, electric vehicles, military equipment and more

California Sees Zinc As Likely Successor To Lithium-Ion In Energy Storage

Forbes Green Tech

As it strives for 100-percent clean energy by 2045, California is shifting its attention from lithium-ion batteries to zinc energy-storage technologies that can provide a charge longer.

Researchers develop novel battery electrolyte for lithium metal batteries

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A new lithium-based electrolyte invented by Stanford University scientists could pave the way for the next generation of EVs. In a study published in Nature Energy , Stanford researchers demonstrated how their novel electrolyte design boosts the performance of lithium metal batteries.

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

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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.

MIT study details plunge in lithium-ion battery costs

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MIT researchers analyzed three decades of studies that examined the decline in lithium-ion battery prices, and found that costs have dropped by 97 percent since they were first commercially introduced in 1991.

The EV revolution needs lithium, California has it

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New Energy Nexus report details how lithium recovery from the geothermal industry in California’s Salton Sea can anchor a sustainable domestic EV battery supply chain, injecting billions into the local and regional economy

Funding round delivers $16 million for Sepion’s lithium metal batteries

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Sepion plans to use the funds to speed up the commercialization of lithium metal batteries for EVs. Solvay says Sepion’s lithium metal cells can piggyback off the existing foundation for production of Li-ion cells.

Li-Cycle Opens Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Facility in Arizona

Alternative Energy Mag

-Li-Cycle’s third operational Spoke facility in North America commences operations, with capacity to process up to 10,000 tonnes of manufacturing scrap and end-of-life batteries per year -Arizona Spoke is the first to utilize Li-Cycle’s proprietary technology to directly process full EV battery packs -Facility can process equivalent of batteries required for approximately 20,000 EVs per annum

NIO’s new standard-range battery uses both ternary lithium and LFP cells

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New NIO EVs will now be available with a choice of the 100 kWh long-range ternary lithium battery pack or the new 75 kWh standard-range hybrid-cell battery. NIO has launched a new battery type.

Solid Power introduces all-solid-state lithium metal batteries

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Solid Power has announced the production and delivery of the company’s first-generation multi-layer, multi-ampere-hour (Ah) all-solid-state lithium metal batteries.