Nexeon acquires 24 patents for silicon anodes


Silicon anode specialist Nexeon has acquired three sets of patents relating to the use of silicon in lithium-ion battery anodes. The 24 patents cover the manufacture and use of nano-scale silicon particles, alone or combined with graphite, as well as methods for coating carbon particles with silicon using vapor deposition. The patents have global coverage, and were acquired from German battery maker Litarion, which went bankrupt in 2018.

University of Michigan researchers predict 1,000 real-world cycles for their lithium-sulfur battery


Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a lithium-sulfur battery which they estimate will be able to achieve 1,000 real-world cycles with fast charging.


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Nano One secures patent on high-energy NMC cathode powders


Nano One Materials has secured a US patent for its NMC cathode powders, which it says offer a proprietary means of making Li-ion batteries more durable, safer and cheaper. NMC cathodes are typically comprised of lithium, nickel, manganese and cobalt. Nano One says its proprietary manufacturing technologies allow it to carefully control the formation of lithium-ion battery materials, resulting in unique forms and improved electrical properties.

Hydro-Québec commercializing electrolyte patents for solid-state batteries


The University of Texas at Austin has agreed to transfer patents relating to a new type of electrolyte to be used in solid-state lithium batteries to Hydro-Québec, Canada’s largest electricity producer. The patents are co-invented by Dr. John B. Hydro-Québec’s team of researchers will integrate the patent’s technology into a battery with the goal of bringing it to the commercialization stage. “We

Tesla develops new cost-slashing lithium extraction process


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?”

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


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.

Nano One and BASF enter into a Joint Development Agreement for Lithium-ion Battery Materials

Alternative Energy Mag

-Evaluation of Nano One's patented M2CAM®One-Pot process for BASF's next-generation cathode active materials. Multi-phase agreement includes detailed commercialization study for pre-pilot, pilot and scaled up production

Does Tesla’s latest patent have to do with its promised million-mile battery?


In December, Tesla, in partnership with physicists from Canada’s Dalhousie University, filed a patent for “ Dioxazolones And Nitrile Sulfites As Electrolyte Additives For Lithium-Ion Batteries.” Tesla claims that the new battery chemistry, which appears to build on another patent filed in September , improves efficiency, energy density, longevity and cost compared to current Li-ion batteries.

Powin releases large-scale lithium energy storage system with 20-year guarantee

Solar Power World

All three products were designed by Powin around CATL’s large form factor cells, utilizing Powin’s patented StackOS battery management and controls software. Powin Energy has unveiled three new products, Stack225, Stack230 and Stack230P, its first products utilizing CATL battery cells.

How to choose the right dry room dehumidification solution for lithium-ion battery production


In the past year, electric mobility and the demand for lithium-ion batteries has surged beyond expectations and this trend is set to continue. This is leading to a boom in lithium-ion cell production facilities all over the world. Sponsored by Munters.

Enovix secures $45 million to commercialize 3D Silicon Lithium-ion Battery


Enovix Corporation has secured an additional $45 million to produce and commercialize its 3D Silicon Lithium-ion Battery. The company now has agreements with four customers to develop and produce silicon-anode lithium-ion batteries for portable electronic devices, worth an anticipated $250 million in annual revenue once fully ramped. Enovix CEO Harrold Rust said, “Anchoring the round is a $25-million strategic investment from a leading California technology company.

Natrion reveals solid-state pouch cell prototype


The company plans to start sharing samples with possible customers and to develop a pouch cell with a lithium-metal anode and the company’s patented LISIC solid-state electrolyte. Battery cell producer Natrion has revealed its first solid-state pouch cell prototype.

Marposs’s new leak-testing machine for sealed batteries


Marposs , a measurement, inspection and test technology company, has announced a new patent-pending machine for leak-testing batteries that can detect solvents used in the production of lithium-ion cells, including DMC, DEC, EMC and PP.

Startup Safe-Li to commercialize new battery separator tech that prevents thermal runaway


A lot of work has been done by others to solve the thermal runaway problem in lithium-based batteries,” said Dr. Jerry Lin. Lin’s approach yielded technologies for both lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries.

Johnson Matthey partners with OnTo Technology on battery production scrap recycling


Johnson Matthey has entered into an agreement with OnTo Technology , a developer of battery recycling methods, to scale up OnTo’s process for the direct recycling of lithium-ion battery scrap.

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings expands its anode materials business


MCHG’s Chinese subsidiary Qingdao Lingda Kasei produces spherical graphite for the anode materials, which another Chinese subsidiary, Qingdao Anode Kasei, then uses to produce anode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

Liquid air: A cool option for energy storage?

Envirotec Magazine

Katie Smith is a Technical Assistant with Reddie & Grose LLP, a firm of patent, trade mark and design attorneys. Last year the European Patent Office and the International Energy Agency published a detailed report on innovation in batteries and electricity storage.

Ascend Elements to open battery recycling facility in Georgia


Battery recycling and manufacturing company Ascend Elements (formerly known as Battery Resourcers ) is planning to open a battery recycling plant in Georgia by August of 2022, where it will recycle lithium, cobalt and nickel.

LiNa and ion Ventures conclude successful test of solid-state sodium battery platform


LiNa says the battery is constructed from easily sourced, low-cost materials, contains no cobalt or lithium, operates at a wide range of temperatures, does not require expensive cooling systems, and uses inherently safe battery chemistry.

Altris raises $10.6 million in Series A funding for cathode material production and sodium-ion R&D


Fennac is composed of sodium, iron carbon and nitrogen , and compared to alternatives, the company says its patented manufacturing method is low-cost and more environmentally friendly. Sodium-ion battery company Altris has raised €9.6 million ($10.6

DOE selects Enovix for advanced silicon-based anode research funding


Enovix has been selected to advance R&D on lithium-ion batteries using silicon-based anodes. CEO Harrold Rust said, “We are pleased with our selection by DOE and excited to advance our patented silicon-anode technology to lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. Enovix says it demonstrated 100% active silicon-anode lithium-ion cells with energy density over 900 Wh/l and full-depth-of-discharge cycle life over 500 in 2019.

Group14 secures funding to scale Li-ion battery production


Group14 Technologies, a global provider of silicon-carbon composite materials for lithium-ion markets, has secured $17 million in a Series B funding round led by SK materials, a manufacturer of special gases and industrial gases.

Southern California Energy Innovation Network Companies Surpass $250 Million Fundraising Milestone

CleanTech San Diego

Patents: SCEIN companies had 62 new patents approved in 2021 for a total of 388 new patents. Funds Helping Regional Companies Advance Breakthrough Clean Energy Technologies for the Benefit of California Ratepayers.

Tesla’s Advanced Battery Research group gets new leadership, Jeff Dahn to become Chief Scientific Advisor for Novonix


Professor Jeff Dahn is a star researcher in the battery field—he has co-authored 730 papers and holds some 73 patents. our initiatives to develop and supply world-leading materials to the lithium-ion battery sector,” said.

Blue Planet Energy releases grid-optional 128-kWh energy storage system

Solar Power World

Audio/video solution designer Peerless-AV has partnered with battery manufacturer Blue Planet Energy to develop the Blue Ion LXHV — a patent pending, grid-optional energy solution that brings a wide range of sustainable energy options to power critical infrastructure and businesses.

Battery storage first will assist Scottish utility’s net zero drive

Envirotec Magazine

Invinity’s patented vanadium flow battery technology is already making its mark in the energy storage market world-wide as a safer, more durable and sustainable alternative to traditional lithium-ion batteries.

Magnetic nanoparticles pull valuable elements from water sources


The patent-pending technology, developed at the DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) , has been licensed exclusively by Moselle Technologies, a start-up business that is piloting the technology in several US and international locations.

Mercedes outlines battery recycling strategy, will open recycling plant in Germany in 2023


Mercedes will establish a pilot plant for the recycling of lithium-ion battery systems, under a new wholly-owned subsidiary called LICULAR. The process recovers battery-grade cobalt, nickel and lithium, and is expected to be able to recover graphite in the future.

Greentown Labs Member Milestones — July 2022

Greentown Labs

SiTration raised $2.35M in pre-seed funding , which will support its novel separation processes for extracting lithium, cobalt, nickel, and more from recycled EV batteries. Our 200+ startups never fail to impress us with their hard work and commitment to scaling their climatetech solutions!

Dutch startup LeydenJar to open pilot plant for Li-ion batteries with silicon anodes


Dutch startup LeydenJar is opening a pilot plant to manufacture new-generation batteries that utilize pure silicon anodes, which the company says can store 50% more energy than conventional lithium batteries.

Battery startup Mitra Chem raises $20 million in Series A funding round


This situation may change soon, as a series of key patents held by Chinese firms are soon to expire. We are leading a $20m Series A in Mitra Chem, which is taking a fresh approach to lithium-ion battery production and doing it domestically in the U.S.

Oil giant Phillips 66 makes strategic investment in battery material supplier Novonix


Phillips 66 manufactures specialty coke, a key precursor in the production of lithium-ion batteries. Texaco (which later merged with Chevron) allegedly used the Ovonics patents to impede the advance of nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries.

Li-Cycle and Ultium Cells partner to recycle battery manufacturing scrap


This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining.”.

Li-Cycle recovers usable battery-grade materials from shredded Li-ion batteries


We come from the lithium industry,” Kochhar told Charged. “We We used to work for companies that produced lithium chemicals that go into cathodes, cells and, ultimately, battery packs. Lithium is burned off, or it goes into a waste fraction. Q&A with CEO Ajay Kochhar.

Proterra’s new customizable battery pack offers 25-75 kWh of energy in a compact package


Proterra’s battery platform uses NCM 811 lithium-ion cylindrical cells, is scalable in all dimensions, and can support vehicle voltages up to 1,200 VDC and total capacities up to 6 MWh.

'Truly revolutionary': Elon Musk hails Tesla battery breakthrough

Business Green

Among a raft of announcement at the EV giant's AGM in California on Wednesday, the billionaire said Tesla had developed a new means of manufacturing lithium ion batteries, which he said would enable the US firm to more rapidly scale up cell manufacturing in the coming years.

Ask a Climate Innovator?—?Dr. Francis Wang, CEO at NanoGraf

Clean Energy Trust

NanoGraf has developed a patented graphene wrapped, silicon-based anode battery material that enables longer-lasting, higher-output, and lower bulk and weight lithium-ion batteries. Ask a Climate Innovator?—?

Meet Our Members: Introducing Greentown’s Newest Startups of Q1 2021

Greentown Labs

Blue Line Battery designs and manufactures more accessible, more efficient, lithium-ion power batteries for industrial applications. Skytree ’s patented process employs a unique CO?

Tesla buyers offered a choice between LFP or NCA battery packs


Tesla has reportedly been contacting Model 3 reservation holders in the US, and offering the option of choosing Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery cells instead of the usual Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Oxide (NCA) cells.

Wildcat ramps up its focus on EV Supercell breakthroughs


The lithium-ion battery has proven to be an excellent fuel tank for EVs, but there remains much room for improvement. To that end, we’re focused on three targets: cobalt- and nickel-free cathodes, solid electrolytes, and lithium-metal anodes.

Storing Energy in the Freezer: Long-Duration Thermal Storage Comes of Age


The patented solution leverages thermal energy storage to the benefit of frozen-food storage providers and utilities. Lithium-ion batteries, which dominate the energy storage market, offer about two hours of storage for utilities to tap.

Meet Our Newest Startup Members

Greentown Labs

Black Mountain Metals is a global battery metals mining company, specifically focused on sustainable nickel and copper mining for lithium-ion battery cathodes.

Meet Our Inaugural Greentown Houston Members

Greentown Labs

Black Mountain Metals is a global battery metals mining company, specifically focused on sustainable nickel and copper mining for lithium-ion battery cathodes. Its patented solution provides point-to-multi-point, non-line-of-sight, and affordable high-speed communications in difficult terrain that other technologies can’t reach. Our startup members are the heart of Greentown Labs.