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Menahem Anderman’s latest iteration of the XEv insider report, issued this week, confidently predicts the global lithium-ion xEV business will reach US$3.8bn in 2015 and US$9.2bn in 2020. Anderman’s in-depth report is based on on-site interviews with senior battery technologists and business development executives at 18 major automakers and 20 battery-system suppliers on three continents.
A Harvard University materials scientist has devised a way to make lithium-ion batteries using a 3-D printer. The technology is still in development stage. The concept is to make inks that are used to print anodes for lithium-ion batteries, these inks use suspended nanoparticles of the desired materials, such as compounds of lithium for batteries and silver for wires.
The Shanghai Environmental Protection Industry Association and Shanghai Service Federation have announced they are seeking ways to regulate the disposal of automotive batteries, according to the Shanghai Daily. The batteries, which include those used in cars and electric bikes, are generally lead-acid storage batteries.
Two US Senators have introduced a bill to the Senate that, if passed, will support energy storage entrepreneurs. The Start-up, Jobs and Innovation Act aims to stimulate innovation and generate investment in ground-breaking research and development at start-ups and growing businesses, including pre-revenue energy storage companies, through reforms to the existing tax codes.