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Mitsubishi Cable Industries and Ferro Tec of Tokyo will set up joint venture in China. Beginning in 2003, the two companies will shift manufacturing operations to China to enhance the manufacture of lithium batteries. The move is part of Mitsubishis strategy to enhance its competitiveness in the lithium battery business.2(10-02BD7912)

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Lithium Technology Corporation (LTC), a pilot stage rechargeable lithium battery manufacturer, establishes outsourcing relationship with Ultralife Batteries (ULBI). ULBI will use LTCs proprietary mixing and coating process and materials and then manufacture the cells using ULBIs manpower and cell packaging capabilities. LTC or its German Lithium-ion polymer battery company partner, GAIA, will then assemble these large footprint cells (created for applications such as in 42-Volt systems or hybrid vehicles) into stacks. The company also received a contract from the University of Minnesota for prototype robotic batteries. The 3 Amp-hr. Lithium-ion batteries will power fourteen robots designed to operate as part of a coordinated fleet that pursues security targets and relays intelligence information to government, military or law enforcement authorities. (08-02BD77-10)

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Lithium Technology Corporation and GAIA Akkumalatorenwerke GmbH will supply prototype 36/42-Volt batteries for BMW. The battery, which will undergo testing in the U.S. and Europe, delivers 7-8 kW of power, with a capacity of 27 Ah, pulse power capability of 200 Amps for starting, a low operating temperature of -300C and an estimated life of 8 years. The stacked flat cells are housed in a standard European automotive battery casing with dimensions of 7x7.5x12. The battery is designed to meet the 42 Volt battery specifications of the Astor project to test advanced energy storage systems. (07-02BD76-3)

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Rechargeable Batteries Based on Intercalation in Graphite

This is a unique concept in constructing a battery which can be thermally recharged at temperatures approaching 100 0C. The cell would be built with a graphite cathode and a graphite anode surrounded by lithium bromide dissolved in a nonaqueous solvent and separated by an ion-exchange membrane impermeable to bromine. When charged, the anode would be loaded with lithium intercalated into the structure, and free bromine would be in the compartment surrounding the cathode. When discharging, the bromine would be intecalated into the cathode, and the lithium would come out of the anode into the solvent. On charge, the reverse process could be forced by an external charger or an external potential with external heat applied to the cathode, driving the bromine out and forcing the lithium back into the anode. (12-01 BD69-13-14)

NASA Tech Briefs
February 2001, pp. 46-47

Lithium Technology Corporation, a rechargeable lithium battery manufacturer, has engaged Colebroke Capital, Inc. to assist in the strategic repositioning of the Company. The planning will include a reorientation of the relationship with llion Technology Corporation of New Zealand. The Company is weighing a number of alternatives to commercialize its large format flat cells, process know-how and large battery assemblies.(12-01 BD69-11)

Lithium Technology Corporation (LTC) announces merger with GAIA, a German Lithium-polymer battery company. In other news, Dr. Andrew (Jim) Manning was recently elected Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technical Officer. David J. Cade, LTCs chairman and CEO said, ...Jim Manning has been the key driver in applying our innovative flat cell technology to large battery applications in the automobile, renewable power and certain niche markets. To date, no company has successfully commercialized lithium-based rechargeable batteries in these rapidly emerging markets. (03-02 BD72-9)

 

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