Lithium mining is booming — here’s how to manage its impact

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There are ways to extract lithium without damaging the environment. We just need to start doing it

Lithium: The Material Fueling The EV Revolution

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Lithium and its compounds are used in numerous industrial applications, from ceramics to glass. Demand for lithium is forecast to grow strongly in. Cleantech Insights Electric Vehicles Materials & Chemicals Transportation and Logistics

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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.

This tech breakthrough could revolutionize lithium extraction

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

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%.

Ecobat Acquires Leading European Lithium-Ion Recycler

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-Acquisition expands Ecobat's position in Europe as the leader in recycling batteries of all chemistries -Combined capabilities position Ecobat as the only service provider across Europe to offer the full suite of lithium-ion recycling services

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

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.

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

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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).

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.

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.

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 PNNL team found a way to increase the battery’s lifetime using 20-micron-wide strips of 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?”

electroVolt Introduces Configurable PRISLogic™ Lithium-Ion Battery Modules

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PRISLogic Lithium-Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) Batteries Feature Thermal Shield Technology, Passive Thermal Cooling and Custom-Tailored Battery Management and Communication System

Villara Energy Systems Launches Lithium Titanate 20-Year Home Battery

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Highest Power and Safest Lithium Chemistry Establishes New Market Leader

EU faces green paradox over EVs and lithium mining

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The EU wants electric cars to drive it to net zero, powered by batteries produced in the bloc, but at what cost to people living near new lithium mines

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

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.

Rio Tinto achieves battery-grade lithium production at California plant

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Rio Tinto has commenced production of battery-grade lithium from waste rock at a lithium demonstration plant at the Boron mine site in California. An initial small-scale trial in 2019 successfully proved the process of roasting and leaching waste rock to recover high grades of lithium.

Lilac Solutions raises $150 million to ramp up low-carbon lithium production

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ImpactAlpha, October 12 — Electric vehicle and battery makers are facing a shortage of lithium, an essential element for production. The post Lilac Solutions raises $150 million to ramp up low-carbon lithium production appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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.

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.

KiloVault Unveils HLX+ Deep-Cycle Solar Lithium Battery

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KiloVault®, a provider of innovative and affordable residential and commercial renewable energy solutions, today unveiled the KiloVault™ HLX+ series of solar lithium batteries, the first battery for all climates

New MAHLE/Allotrope battery tech combines supercapacitors and lithium-carbon cells

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MAHLE Powertrain and Allotrope Energy have unveiled a new battery technology for small EVs that combines supercapacitors with lithium-ion batteries in order to offer ultra-fast charging coupled with good power density.

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.

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

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

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.

Roskill report shows concern over water consumption in lithium brine production

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Roskill’s Lithium, Outlook to 2031, 18th Edition report examines the environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns surrounding current lithium production.

Group14 Technologies and SK materials to build factory for lithium-silicon battery materials

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Group14 Technologies has announced a joint venture with SK materials to build a factory for lithium-silicon battery materials in South Korea. SK materials will invest $52 million in the development of the materials manufacturing hub, which is expected to launch in 2022.

Mullen and NexTech to partner on lithium-sulfur battery tech

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Newswire The Tech Lithium Sulfur Mullen NexTechEV manufacturer Mullen Technologies has announced a strategic partnership making NexTech Batteries an EV battery supplier and partner for battery development and technologies.

Eat an orange and save an old lithium-ion battery

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You could reclaim a lithium-ion battery with help from orange peel and juice—or make fuel directly from sunlight and air

Scientists Learn More about the First Hours of a Lithium-ion Battery’s Life

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Source: Tom Rickey, PNNL, Feb 5, 2020 he first hours of a lithium-ion battery’s life largely determine just how well it will perform. In those moments, a set of molecules self-assembles into a structure inside the battery that will affect the battery for years to come. This component, known as the solid-electrolyte interphase or SEI, […]. Industry News Member News

Race for better lithium batteries accelerates with two big raises

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The post Race for better lithium batteries accelerates with two big raises appeared first on ImpactAlpha. ImpactAlpha, July 13 – Batteries are big as startups and investors bet on the low-carbon energy transition. SES, based near Boston, scored $100.

Silica-based cathodes could enable long-life lithium-sulfur batteries

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Scientists from the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) have developed a silica-based cathode for lithium-sulfur batteries, which they say could enable batteries that last for over 2,000 charge/discharge cycles. .

CATL’s new sodium-ion battery can be mixed and matched with lithium-ion in the same system

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Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) unveiled its newly-developed sodium-ion battery at a recent launch event, together with its AB battery pack solution, which enables the integration of sodium-ion cells and lithium-ion cells into one pack.

Manufacturers can benefit from next-gen Lithium cell technology

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Ultralife Corporation has produced a new range of Lithium Thionyl Chloride cylindrical cells for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The ER Generation X family of cells features one of the most rugged, energy dense lithium chemistries available on the market today

Scientists Pinpoint Cause of Harmful Dendrites and Whiskers in Lithium Batteries

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Source: PNNL, October 14, 2019 Scientists have uncovered a root cause of the growth of needle-like structures—known as dendrites and whiskers—that plague lithium batteries, sometimes causing a short circuit, failure, or even a fire. The team, led by Chongmin Wang at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has shown that the presence of […]. Industry News Member News

New HIU lithium-metal battery boasts 560 Wh/kg specific energy

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Researchers at the Karlsruhe Technology Institute and the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) have developed a new lithium-metal battery that offers a specific energy of 560 Wh/kg with good stability.

Leclanché opens new production line to produce M3 lithium-ion battery modules

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Swiss energy storage specialist Leclanché has developed a new line of lithium-ion battery modules for energy-intensive e-transport applications, such as marine, commercial vehicle and railway, and opened a dedicated new production line for their high-volume manufacture in Europe.

Iron Edison Introduces New Lithium Home Battery – The RE-VOLT

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Iron Edison is proud to introduce its 5th generation Lithium Iron Phosphate battery, the RE-Volt. The RE-Volt Lithium Battery is lightweight, hangs on the wall, and can be used as a direct replacement for lead acid batteries

Solid state battery breakthrough could double the density of lithium-ion cells

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Source: Loz Blain, New Atlas, Nov 26, 2019 Researchers at Australia’s Deakin University say they’ve managed to use common industrial polymers to create solid electrolytes, opening the door to double-density solid state lithium batteries that won’t explode or catch fire if they overheat.

How China is Cornering the Lithium-ion Cell Recycling Market

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The commonly held view that lithium-ion batteries are not being recycled is not true. China recycled around 67,000 tons of lithium-ion batteries last year, or 69 percent of all the stock available for recycling worldwide, according to Hans Eric Melin, founder of U.K.-based This year, up to 100,000 tons of lithium-ion batteries could be recycled globally, with China aiming to take an increasing share to build up materials supplies for its burgeoning battery business.