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Pile of grey powder for use in the cathodes of iron-based lithium batteries.

Mitra Chem raises $60M for battery tech

In-Q-Tel, GM, and TechMet support Series B financing for lithium battery cathode materials tech company. In-Q-Tel, a strategic investor that connects the intelligence community for the United States and... — Updated 11/25/2023

2023 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plugged into a solar charger in a rural setting.

Stellantis to expand US battery factories

Second US battery gigafactory to be built under a JV with Samsung SDI powers Stellantis' electric ambitions in North America. Adding to the skyrocketing demand for lithium battery materials, global... — Updated 8/8/2023

All-electric Maserati Gran Turismo Folgore EV.

Stellantis invests in future EV metals

Global automaker signs deal to buy future cobalt and nickel from early-staged projects at historical mines in southern Norway. To help ensure that it has future supplies of the nickel and cobalt that will... — Updated 7/18/2023

Artistic concept of battery storing wind and solar-generated electricity.

US green energy storage hits headwinds

Supply constraints slow installations; WoodMac expects li-ion batteries to dominate energy storage in US over next five years. The transition to clean electricity generated from intermittent sources such a... — Updated 6/8/2023

Worker remote operates crane moving large graphite cylinders inside plant.

POSCO signs $733M Ultium graphite deal

In a deal that will further support General Motors' electric vehicle ambitions, POSCO Chemical has entered into a contract to supply Ultium Cells LLC with $733 million (939.9 billion Korean won) of... — Updated 4/16/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Bytes
Construction supervisors look at battery plant blueprints laid on hood of VW.

VW in bid to become global battery supplier

In spite of a robust collection of new hybrid and electric vehicle models coming out, Volkswagen's hottest project may not be a car. With batteries being the most expensive component in an EV, at roughly 4... — Updated 3/28/2023

A blue “Welcome to Idaho” sign along a desert highway at the Nevada border.

Electra drills new cobalt zone in Idaho

Toward its goal of building its inventory of the cobalt needed for the lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles, Electra Battery Materials Corp. has drilled a new zone of mineralization at its Iron... — Updated 8/4/2022

Solid Power’s initial silicon lithium cells to be tested for Ford and BMW EVs.

Critical step for Solid Power EV cells

With the ability to charge faster, store more energy, and be less likely to catch fire than their liquid lithium-ion battery counterparts, solid-state lithium batteries are considered by many in the... — Updated 7/12/2022

A cutting-edge Samsung SDI PRiMX (prime battery for maximum experience) battery.

Stellantis, Samsung to build gigafactory

Global automaker Stellantis and battery manufacturer Samsung SDI have forged a partnership that will invest US$2.5 billion to establish an electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility in Kokomo,... — Updated 7/12/2022

Underground development at former cobalt and copper mine in Idaho.

Electra grows Iron Creek cobalt deposit

With its lithium-ion battery materials park in Canada on pace to begin ramping up production in phases beginning at the end of this year, Electra Battery Materials Corp. continues to expand a cobalt... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Nouveau Monde Graphite Matawinie graphite battery EV R&D laboratory Canada

Nouveau Monde adds high-tech battery lab

Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. Oct. 5 reports the commissioning of a new state-of-the-art lab at its demonstration plant at the company's Matawinie graphite project in Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Canada, to... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
First Cobalt refinery Ontario Canada battery grade sulfate eco-park funding

First Cobalt finishes refinery financing

First Cobalt Corp. Sept. 3 announced the completion of a US$45 million financing that will help fund the upgrade and expansion of its battery-grade cobalt sulfate refinery in Canada. "With the completion... — Updated 7/12/2022

UK Battery Industrialisation Centre solid-state battery Britishvolt lithium-ion

UK group seeks lithium battery holy grail

Britishvolt, Oxford University, and five other United Kingdom-based universities, private sector, and government organizations have joined forces to develop world-leading solid-state lithium battery techno... — Updated 7/12/2022

Britishvolt Glencore UK cobalt batterymaker EV sector Europe giga-factory

Britishvolt, Glencore forge partnership

While ramping up construction of a lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility capable of producing enough cells each year to power 300,000 electric vehicles, Britishvolt has forged a strategic partnership... — Updated 7/12/2022

First Cobalt Ontario Canada black mass electric vehicle battery metal recycle

Battery recycling at First Cobalt refinery

Furthering its vision of developing an integrated lithium-ion battery park centered on its refinery in Ontario, Canada, First Cobalt Corp. reports that it has successfully extracted nickel, cobalt, copper,... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Zinc8 Energy Solutions zinc-air energy storage system Ron MacDonald ZESS

Zinc8 may hold future for cloud providers

Canada-based company Zinc8 Energy Solutions Inc. made a recent announcement that it has signed a US$200,000 contract with a leading cloud storage provider to demonstrate its patented zinc-air energy... — Updated 7/10/2022

Fort William First Nation Thunder Bay Ontario Canada Avalon Advanced Materials

Ontario First Nation eyes lithium plant

Taking another step toward contributing lithium to a battery metals hub in Ontario, Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. has entered into a letter of intent with Fort William First Nation to collaborate on the... — Updated 7/10/2022

Livent Corp. Salar del Hombre Muerto salt lake Argentina lithium brine EVs

BMW secures $335M of lithium from Livent

In a move to secure the lithium needed to power its e-mobility aspirations, BMW Group has entered into a deal with Livent Corp. to supply roughly US$335 million (285 million euros) worth of this vital... — Updated 7/10/2022

Syrah Resources Vidalia furnace Louisiana Balama mine Mozambique graphite

Syrah installs furnace at US anode plant

Syrah Resources Ltd. has installed the furnace at its Vidalia plant in Louisiana, the final component needed to begin upgrading graphite mined at its Balama operation in Mozambique into the active anode... — Updated 7/10/2022

Syrah Resources graphite mine Balama lithium-ion batteries COVID-19 anode

Graphite production at Balama to resume

Syrah Resources Ltd. Feb. 22 announced the decision to restart production at the Balama Mine, a globally significant graphite mine in Mozambique. Syrah achieved commercial production at Balama early in... — Updated 7/10/2022

Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. Becancour Quebec graphite lithium-ion batteries

Quebec battery graphite facility underway

Toward its mission to be a carbon-neutral supplier of the graphite needed in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries, Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. is advancing the development of a coated spherical purified... — Updated 7/10/2022

VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. Hurtigruten Roald Amundsen Adriaan Bakker

Potential vanadium battery game changer

Canada-based VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. is working with researchers in Germany and Australia to develop a vanadium bromide electrolyte that could contribute to a vanadium redox flow battery with enough... — Updated 7/10/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Northvolt Cinis Fertilizer sodium sulfate salt waste recycling low-carbon

A greener use for Northvolt battery waste

Lithium battery manufacturer Northvolt has partnered up with an unlikely collaborator, Swedish startup Cinis Fertilizer, signing an offtake agreement for sodium sulfate salt to be recovered from battery... — Updated 10/19/2021

Northvolt Labs Sweden Revolt lithium-ion batteries EVs R&D battery maker

Northvolt invests $750M into battery lab

Already established as a foremost European manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries, Northvolt is now investing $750 million to expand its Northvolt Labs in Sweden into a fully integrated ecosystem for... — Updated 10/7/2021

US Vanadium Holding Company vanadium supply critical mineral Enerox CellCube

US Vanadium secures five years of feed

US Vanadium Holding Company LLC Sept. 7 announced that it has secured a five-year supply of feed material for its vanadium oxide and electrolyte production facility in Hot Springs, Arkansas. US Vanadium wi... — Updated 9/7/2021


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