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General Motors Delves Deep Into Its Value Chain: Q&A with David Tulauskas

General Motors Delves Deep Into Its Value Chain: Q&A with David Tulauskas

General Motors’ director of sustainability David Tulauskas shares how the automaker is working to increase supply chain traceability and transparency for commodities like cobalt and rubber.

Unethically Mined Cobalt Haunts Companies’ Supply Chains

Unethically Mined Cobalt Haunts Companies’ Supply Chains

Cobalt, a chemical element crucial for making lithium-ion batteries, continues to be mined using child labor in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With the DRC producing two-thirds of the world’s cobalt and demand expected to increase, companies are struggling to clean up their supply chains, CNN reported. “Dealers at markets … Read more »

The Sun is Shining on San Diego’s Solar and Energy Storage Ventures

The Sun is Shining on San Diego’s Solar and Energy Storage Ventures

The sun may be shining on the energy storage business. If the latest deal between San Diego Gas &Electric and Hecate Energy Bancroft is an indicator, the utility may be on its way to securing 165 megawatts of energy storage capacity by 2020. Such storage can harness the solar electrons. … Read more »

Panasonic Leads EV Batteries Market, LG Chem Guns for the Crown

Panasonic Leads EV Batteries Market, LG Chem Guns for the Crown

Panasonic is currently the runaway leader in the nascent battery market for electric vehicles, but LG Chem has the potential to overtake it in what will be a $30 billion market in 2020, according to Lux Research. Panasonic’s 39 percent share of the battery market for plug-in vehicles makes it … Read more »

NTSB: Battery Defect Cause of Boeing 787 Fire

Defects in design and certification were responsible for a lithium-ion battery fire on a parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Boston last January, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report on the incident. The fire prompted an immediate grounding of Dreamliners by the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as … Read more »

Bluesphere Acquires Lithium-Ion Fast Charge Technology

Bluesphere, a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, announced today that its technology division has acquired the rights for fast-charge battery technology. The company says in the coming weeks it will provide full disclosure and information on this technology, which, it hopes, will create the initial … Read more »

China Bak, Dalian Institute Partner on Next-Gen Battery

Lithium-ion battery maker China Bak has partnered with Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences to research and develop next-generation battery technologies. The collaboration, which will bring together CBAK’s strengths in the power battery sector and DICP’s leadership in advanced rechargeable batteries, are in response to growing … Read more »

BMW i3

BMW, Samsung Expand Partnership

BMW has expanded its partnership with Samsung SDI, signing a memorandum of understanding under which Samsung will supply BMW with lithium-ion battery cells for the BMW i3, BMW i8 and additional hybrid models over the coming years. In response to the growing demand for electric vehicles, the new agreement increases … Read more »

Li-ion Batteries to Dominate EV Market Until 2020

Demand for lithium-ion batteries by the electric vehicles market will increase dramatically in the next seven years, moving from market earned revenues of $381.9 million to an estimated $7.60 billion in 2020, according to an analysis by Frost & Sullivan. The analysis echoes findings by Pike Research last year that … Read more »

Mitsubishi Heavy Sells Li-ion Battery Business

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is selling its lithium-ion rechargeable battery business assets, including machinery, to Taiwan’s Delta Electronics. MHI also says it will shift its management resources into operations in energy storage system (ESS) products employing lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. MHI expects ESS products to record sustained market growth ahead as core … Read more »

Phone Battery Recycling Rates Low

Only about 4 percent to 5 percent of lithium-ion batteries were recycled in the EU in 2010, based on the number of batteries sold and what was collected. Regulations in Great Britain and the EU may have succeeded in keeping smart phone batteries out of landfills, according to The Guardian, … Read more »

Lithium-Sulfur to Dominate EV Battery Market?

Higher specific energy rates and lower costs may help lithium-sulfur cells replace their lithium-ion equivalents in such applications as electric vehicles, reports Power Electronics. The energy storage capacities for EVs need to be significantly improved to increase their driving range. But to provide a 300-mile range, almost double the cell-level … Read more »

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