This tech breakthrough could revolutionize lithium extraction

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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.

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The World’s Top Lithium Producers

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Vancouver-based Lithium Americas Corp. government for a proposed lithium mining project in Nevada. Lithium Americas said they expect final permitting to be approved in early 2021. Lithium Americas uses an acid leaching process to extract lithium. The BP Statistical Review of World Energy tracks lithium production and reserves numbers. According to The Review, global lithium production dropped 19.2% of the world’s lithium production.

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.

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

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Lithium supplier Livent has announced its participation in a consortium to acquire the business and certain assets of Nemaska Lithium, located in Québec. Livent has also extended its multi-year lithium hydroxide supply agreement with Tesla through 2021, and has committed to delivering higher volumes than in 2020. Newswire The Tech Batteries Livent Nemaska Lithium

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

Report highlights the potential for lithium recovery from California’s geothermal industry

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Developing lithium from the Salton Sea in California could help anchor a multi-billion-dollar domestic EV battery supply chain, according to a report from New Energy Nexus. The report details the potential to recover lithium as a by-product from the Salton Sea geothermal resource area.

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

Study Finds Lithium-ion Batteries Cause Less Environmental Damage

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The post Study Finds Lithium-ion Batteries Cause Less Environmental Damage appeared first on Green Living Guy. A recent research undertaken at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and published in the current issue.

Can you mix lithium and lead-acid batteries on an energy storage project?

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Lithium-ion batteries have longer cycle lives and are lighter in weight but inherently more expensive. Can one combine… The post Can you mix lithium and lead-acid batteries on an energy storage project?

How the Battery Sector Is Looking to Improve Lithium-Ion

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Electric vehicle makers and battery manufacturers are making progress in developing new lithium-ion designs, amid persistent concerns over the supply of key materials. Concerns over cobalt , in particular, are forcing battery makers to move toward cobalt-light lithium-ion formulations, said Hans Eric Melin, founder of Circular Energy Storage, a consultancy focused on battery end-of-life management.

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.

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. . Lithium-sulfur batteries (LSBs)—composed of a sulfur-based cathode and lithium anode submerged in a liquid electrolyte—are promising candidates to replace lithium-ion batteries because of their low cost, non-toxicity and the abundance of sulfur.

EnergyX and ProfMOF partner on lithium-ion nanotechnology

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Capable of separating, transporting and isolating specific elements at the ionic level, MOFs are dense and malleable materials made up of metal nodes such as zirconium or titanium, connected by organic carboxylic ligands, with a large internal surface area and tunable pore sizes, set in a crystalline structure that can target and extract lithium or other salt species from brine.

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

IBM and Daimler claim quantum leap in lithium-sulfur battery breakthrough

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A breakthrough in quantum computing from a Daimler-IBM collaboration may change the way we think about the power of lithium. Modeling molecules isn’t just for biotech anymore – a recent study from Cornell University shows how simulating potential dipole moments in lithium-sulfur batteries could unlock the door for next-generation design. Newswire The Tech Batteries IBM Lithium Sulfur

Researchers track lithium ions in a fast-charging battery

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A team of scientists led by the DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has captured in real time how lithium ions move in lithium titanate (LTO), a fast-charging battery electrode material made of lithium, titanium and oxygen. Li-ion batteries work by moving lithium ions between the cathode and anode through an electrolyte.

Singapore startup claims breakthrough in Lithium-ion battery recycling

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Singapore-based Green Li-ion says its tech can ease the looming e-waste crisis by dramatically increasing the efficiency and profitability of rechargeable battery recycling

How California Wildfires Are Driving Energy Storage Beyond Lithium-Ion

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When California is on fire, it needs batteries that can keep a home, a hospital, a fire station, a community center running longer than the four-hour standard of lithium-ion.

PNNL scientists pinpoint cause of dendrites in lithium batteries

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Scientists at the DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Lab have uncovered a “root” cause of the growth of needle-like structures – known as dendrites and whiskers – that plague lithium batteries and can cause short circuit, failure, and even fire. Dendrites are tiny, rigid tree-like structures that can grow inside a lithium battery. A dendrite begins when lithium ions start to clump, or “nucleate,” on the surface of the anode.

Anzode gets $1.7-million CEC grant for non-lithium batteries

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Battery startup Anzode has received a $1.7-million award for a three-year effort to develop a new generation of non-lithium batteries, as part of the California Energy Commission (CEC) Grant Funding Opportunity “Developing non-Lithium Ion Energy Storage Technologies to Support California’s Clean Energy Goals.”

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

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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.

New study identifies main culprit behind lithium metal battery failure

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A research team led by the University of California San Diego has discovered the root cause of why lithium metal batteries fail. The team found that bits of lithium metal deposits break off from the surface of the anode during discharging and are trapped as “dead” or inactive lithium that the battery can no longer access. A major issue with lithium metal batteries is their low Coulombic efficiency.

MIT team develops novel solid electrolytes and pure lithium anodes

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co-authored by Yuming Chen and Ziqiang Wang at MIT explores the idea of using pure lithium as the battery’s anode. There has been a lot of work on solid-state batteries, with lithium metal electrodes and solid electrolytes,” Li says, but these efforts have faced a number of issues. One problem is that none of the proposed solid electrolytes are chemically stable while in contact with the highly reactive lithium metal, so they tend to degrade over time.

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

OXIS says its lithium-sulfur battery is close to achieving 500 Wh/kg

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OXIS Energy has successfully tested its lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery cell prototypes at 471 Wh/kg. Newswire The Tech Lithium Sulfur OXIS EnergyThe company said it expects to achieve 500 Wh/kg in the next 12 months. OXIS research scientists think they can extend both gravimetric and volumetric energy density towards 600 Wh/kg and over 800 Wh/L. OXIS has also developed a standard Li-S battery module that it says saves production time and cost.

Cornwall set to host Europe's first geothermal lithium pilot plant

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Cornwall is set to become home to Europe's first geothermal lithium recovery pilot plant, with government funding announced this week set to support a project that combines lithium extraction from geothermal waters deep below the surface of the county with geothermal energy generation.

Li-Cycle Announces Commercial Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Plant Now Operational in Rochester, New York

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New Spoke is the largest capacity lithium-ion battery recycling facility in North America

Standard Lithium Makes Better Than 99.9% Battery Quality Lithium Carbonate

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Additional work is being completed by UBC, using the grant money, to optimise how the ion-chromatography system can be integrated into the overall SiFT process to provide real-time analytical data during crystallisation

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

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.

Digatron launches new lithium pouch cell assembly division in Italy

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Located in Italy, the unit will concentrate on lithium pouch cell assembly equipment, offering one-stop solutions to battery producers. . Digatron Power Electronics recently created a mechanical division called Digatron Systems. Digatron Systems aims to provide a fusion between mechanical and electronics technology to offer battery manufacturers tailored solutions for cell production, formation, and module assembly. Source: Digatron. Newswire The Tech Digatron Power Electronics

Cornish mining firm finds 'globally significant' lithium grades beneath county

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Cornish Lithium Ltd announces preliminary results of geothermal sampling as it announces plans for further fundraising round. When these elements are present in high concentrations it can make it difficult and more expensive to separate out the lithium compounds.".

Promising lithium-sulfur active battery material made with low-cost liquid phase process

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Their paper, published in the American Chemical Society’s ACS Applied Energy Materials , claims that all-solid-state lithium-sulfur batteries using a sulfur-CNF composite material show higher discharge capacity and better cycle stability than lithium-ion batteries. All-solid-state batteries have attracted attention as next-generation batteries because they have five times the potential energy density of conventional lithium-ion batteries.

Flow Batteries Struggle in 2019 as Lithium-Ion Marches On

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Finn-Foley noted, since it is remains unclear whether lithium-ion batteries alone can meet storage needs beyond durations of approximately eight hours. While flow battery technology is waiting for prime time, its main competitor, lithium-ion, is already racing ahead on scale and cost-competitiveness thanks to the growth of the electric vehicle industry. Those producing lithium-ion batteries are investing in manufacturing scale, which is producing significant cost improvements.".

Lithium ion Battery Market is Estimated to Reach USD 76.80 Billion in 2024 | At a CAGR of 15.4%

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As per a Forencis Research latest report, the The global lithium ion battery market is estimated to reach USD 76.80 Billion in 2024 at a CAGR of 15.4

California Energy Commission funds two lithium recovery projects in Salton Sea region

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to two lithium recovery projects in the Salton Sea region, where high concentrations of the soft metal are found dissolved in the brine produced by geothermal hotspots. The Salton Sea Known Geothermal Area contains an estimated six million tons of recoverable lithium. In March, an Oakland-based startup, Lilac Solutions , which believes it has found a promising process to profitably extract lithium in the area, announced a $20-million funding round.

Lilac Solutions to use novel technology to extract lithium from the Salton Sea

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The underground reservoir is also rich in lithium, but over the years, so many companies have tried, and failed, to economically extract the light white stuff, that the area has been called a “graveyard for lithium-extraction technologies.” Lilac’s technological secret sauce is an ion-exchange process that forces mineral-rich brine through a container filled with lithium-absorbing beads. Once the beads are saturated, acid is used to flush out the lithium.

Zinc Battery Startup Eos Kept Afloat in a Lithium-Ion World. Is It Ready for the Public Markets?

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Eos Energy Storage spent 12 years building up a technology it says can rival the dominant lithium-ion batteries for storing grid power. Betting on growth in battery deployments is a solid proposition, but Eos occupies the riskier category of challengers to the dominant lithium-ion technology.

Azelio's energy storage technology shown to be significantly more sustainable than lithium-ion batteries

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The climate impact of Azelio's energy storage system (TES.POD) is significantly less than that of lithium-ion battery storage and dramatically less than that of diesel generators.