In an article published this morning, Industrial Minerals' Simon Moores states that Tesla Motors Inc.'s (NASDAQ:TSLA) planned $5-billion lithium-ion battery "gigafactory" could increase natural graphite demand by 37 percent by 2020.
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Nanotechweb.org reported that researchers at the United States' Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory have discovered that the electronic type of a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) determines how well it can accommodate lithium.
Indo-Asian News Service reported that researchers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have designed a sugar-consuming "bio-battery" whose output per weight is greater than that of typical lithium-ion batteries.
ExtremeTech reported that researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have built a lithium-ion battery that is not flammable. Flammability is a major flaw for such batteries.
CTV News reported yesterday that Health Canada is updating the safety information and treatment recommendations for lithium, which is often used to treat mania associated with bipolar disorder.
Forbes reported that electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla Motors, is weighing the possibility of building the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory.
Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile and the frontrunner in the country's upcoming election, said she will set up a committee to study lithium mining if elected, BN Americas reported.
China Daily reported that a team of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee are working on a much-needed breakthrough in lithium batteries, in hopes to help the stalling electric vehicle market. Their research is focusing on lithium-sulfur batteries.
EV World reported that while the price of lithium-ion batteries are bound to drop, consumers should not anticipate the cost of electric vehicles to follow suit until standardization in the auto industry is reached.
Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI), an auto parts manufacturer, announced Thursday it will launch its 48-volt Lithium-ion Micro Hybrid battery at an auto show in Germany, Automotive Business Review reported.