Johnson Matthey withdraws from battery business
The British chemical company Johnson Matthey has surprisingly announced its withdrawal from the business with battery materials for the automotive industry. Johnson Matthey cites growing competition as one of the reasons for its decision.
Johnson Matthey & OnTo launch recycling cooperation
The British chemical company Johnson Matthey is cooperating with OnTo Technology, a developer of battery recycling solutions. The aim of the partnership is to further develop OnTo’s patented recycling process ‘Cathode Healing’. The focus is on battery waste that is already generated during production.
Johnson Matthey opens battery centre near Oxford
The British chemical company Johnson Matthey has opened a “Battery Technology Centre” near the English city of Oxford, which is to play a key role in the development of battery materials of the future. The new battery technology centre expands existing battery technology and testing capacities.
IMMORTAL research project to build fuel cell lifespan
The development of more powerful fuel cell components for heavy-duty trucks with a lifespan of at least 30,000 hours is the goal of a new project consortium called IMMORTAL (IMproved lifetiMe stacks fOR heavy-duty Trucks through ultrA-durabLe components).
Johnson Matthey to build cathode plant in Finland
British chemical company Johnson Matthey has announced the construction of a new factory for the production of its nickel-rich eLNO cathode materials. This will be built as part of a strategic partnership with Finnish Minerals Group (FMG) in Finland.
Johnson Matthey to supply cell tech to Virgin Racing
Johnson Matthey has a new partnership to show the eLNO cathode material technology in action. The company teamed up with Formula E team Envision Virgin Racing. They will co-develop what the companies consider the “first-ever” electric race car powered by JM’s new batteries.
Johnson Matthey to build cathode material plant in Poland
Chemical company Johnson Matthey has announced the construction of a new factory for the production of its battery cathode materials. This year will see the begin of construction of the production facility in Konin, Poland, after which production should start in 2021 or 2022.
Johnson Matthey to build battery demo plant in UK
Johnson Matthey is set to invest millions of pounds into a demonstration plant in Clitheroe, Lancashire. The new facility with a capacity of 1,000 ton a year will serve to make samples of their new battery material eLNO (enhanced lithium nickel oxide).
Rosatom, Ontario, Johnson Matthey, MTEE.
From nuclear to lithium: Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, rushes to join the lithium run and targets 30 percent non-nuclear sales by 2030. The state-owned corporation builds on the electric car boom and plans to mine and trade the metal and supply complete power packs as well. Rosatom is already looking into reviving lithium mines in Siberia and also got its eyes on South America to buy its way in. A trading company is open for business in Swiss Zug and Rosatom stated an interest in working with carmakers as well. The move comes as sales of uranium, Rosatom’s core business, are in rapid decline.
Concepts for fuel cell trains wanted: Ontario is seeking design concepts for hydrogen-powered trains as an alternative to overhead wires. The province wants to electrify its GO rail network to change how people move around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). A feasibility study called HyRail is currently running and train design will become a decisive part of it.
E-mobility is Johnson Matthey’s next bet on big business and so it will invest 200m pounds next year to include battery materials in its portfolio. The British specialty chemicals company explains its move with the growth it expects in the electric automotive industry.
Novel Range Extender: Mitsubishi subsidiary MTEE presents the Range+ a generator for charging while driving. The range extender uses a gas turbine to drive a generator that charges the battery.
Lithium-air, Helmholz Institute, Johnson Matthey, Clariant, Quadrofoil.
Lithium-air research: Within the project ABILE (Air Batteries with Ionic Liquid Electrolytes), researchers from the BMW Group and the Universities of Rome, Münster and Seoul have optimized an ionic liquid electrolyte for Li-air batteries. The energy efficiency could be increased to 82 percent in a coin cell, compared with 60 to 70 percent for most existing Li-air batteries.
New battery research centre: The German state of Baden-Württemberg has invested 12 million euros in a research facility at the Helmholz Institute in Ulm. The new laboratories will enable the institute and its partners, the University of Ulm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research and the German Aerospace Centre to work together even more closely.
stuttgarter-zeitung.de, idw-online.de, uni-ulm.de (all articles in German)
Johnson Matthey buys Clariant’s LFP business: The largest producer of hydrothermal Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) worldwide has agreed to sell its Energy Storage business. For 75 million dollars, Johnson Matthey will take over the manufacturing plant in Canada, as well as the R&D and pilot plan in Germany. JM had already bought A123 System’s cathode factory in China in September.
Unsinkable e-boat: The Quadrofoil resembles a jet ski and supposedly makes you “fly above water.” Starting next year, it will be available starting at 15,000 euros for a version with a 3.7 kW motor, 4.5 kWh battery and 50 km range. There is also a limited edition with 100 km range priced at 22,500 euros.
technologicvehicles.com (with video)
HotPowCon, A123 Systems, Johnson Matthey, Wattwagon, BMW i3.
Improved power electronics: Bosch-led HotPowCon research project has developed a new packaging and interconnection technology (PIT). It enables the production of power electronics which can work under high operating temperatures of up to 300° C.
Lithium iron phosphate formulation: Li-ion battery maker A123 Systems LLC now sold its cathode materials manufacturing plant in Changzhou, China, to Johnson Matthey. As A123 uses these cathodes across its portfolio, the two companies have entered into a long term supply agreement at the same time.
Push when pulled: The Wattwagon is an electric bike trailer that offers electric assistance and space for cargo to cyclists. Its inventor, Rich Wolf, is currently looking for backers on Kickstarter to develop its attachable electric assist system further.
i3 body kit: Here comes a kit from Japan that turns the BMW i3 into a racer, at least from the outside. Obviously, the add-on by Garage Eve.ryn is far from the original’s aerodynamics or light-weight which fall victim to this aggressive yet dynamic looking body kit nicknamed BMW EVO i3.
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