Aug 3, 2020

AECOM introduces EV smart charging management system

Electric Vehicles
Dan Weatherley
3 min
Electric Vehicle Charging
Global infrastructure firm AECOM, signs memorandum of understanding with EV tech company Zapinamo as part of plans to launch a tech-focused system...

Global infrastructure firm AECOM, signs memorandum of understanding with EV tech company Zapinamo as part of plans to launch a tech-focused system.

The system has been introduced with a goal of managing charging with maximum energy efficiency whilst keeping carbon usage as low as possible as a priority. 

AECOM’s new smart electric vehicle smart charging management system is set to enable greater monitoring amongst owners of electric vehicle fleets and owners of charging infrastructure, regardless of the manufacturer.

The smart monitoring technology will enable companies to help track and meet their carbon reduction targets with the use of renewables. It will also allow the data and monitoring to be implemented into Enterprise Management Systems (EMS).

The management system also allows costs to be controlled much more effectively through the use of co-ordination of chargers and charging cycles across various locations and user groups. This will enable firms and organisations to balance energy cost from varying sources with demand, convenience and emission levels.

Zapinamo’s OCPP2.0 standard compliant charge station management system works together with AECOM’s expertise on energy systems to deliver the system and infrastructure. AECOM with also be responsible for the integration of the solution into clients’ Enterprise Management Systems.

User groups can be varied, including fleet, staff, public, visitors and contractors. This depends on the nature and needs of the given business and/or individual. Payment is made through contactless payment or advanced vehicle recognition.

Sam Mackilligin, Director of Zero Carbon Energy Systems at AECOM, commented on the new system: “We’re going to see a rapid transition to EV and the benefits these bring through the reduction in carbon emissions can’t be compromised by inefficient energy use when vehicles are being charged.” 

He then said: “Organisations and businesses will be increasingly accountable for their emissions and this system enables them to make smart choices around decisions such as where they buy energy from, what power they use and what time they charge. Clients can accurately measure, manage and record carbon consumption, whilst reducing overall energy costs and use.”

Zapinamo’s Chief Executive, Ian Stillie, said: “Energy and transport remain major contributors to air pollution and climate change, but there is positive change underway. With worldwide calls to ‘build back better’ from the pandemic, taking steps to improve infrastructure is imperative so we can apply scalable and efficient green smart energy, grow the EV market and contribute towards the government’s target to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050.”

He then went in further detail: “Our solution employs an integrated energy management system and smart stored energy units, encouraging the use of self-reliant, sustainable solutions. We believe that energy stored systems managed by edge technologies – that is, an energy management system – are the solution to solve the infrastructure equation to promote a zero-tailpipe culture and enable green smart cities, so we can have cleaner air and healthier lives.”

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Oct 19, 2020

Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process

Scott Birch
3 min
Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States
Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States...

Itronics - a Nevada-based emerging cleantech materials growth company that manufacturers fertilisers and produces silver - has successfully tested two proprietary processes that recover manganese, with one process recovering manganese, potassium and zinc from paste produced by processing non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. The second recovers manganese via the company’s Rock Kleen Technology.

Manganese, one of the four most important industrial metals and widely used by the steel industry, has been designated by the US Federal Government as a "critical mineral." It is a major component of non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, one of the largest battery categories sold globally.

The use of manganese in EV batteries is increasing as EV battery technology is shifting to use of more nickel and manganese in battery formulations. But according to the US Department of Interior, there is no mine production of manganese in the United States. As such, Itronics is using its Rock Kleen Technology to test metal recoverability from mine tailings obtained from a former silver mine in western Nevada that has a high manganese content. 

In a statement, Itronics says that its Rock Kleen process recovers silver, manganese, zinc, copper, lead and nickel. The company says that it has calculated – based on laboratory test results – that if a Rock Kleen tailings process is put into commercial production, the former mine site would become the only primary manganese producer in the United States.

Itronics adds that it has also tested non-rechargeable alkaline battery paste recovered by a large domestic battery recycling company to determine if it could use one of its hydrometallurgical processes to solubilize the manganese, potassium, and zinc contained in the paste. This testing was successful, and Itronics was able to produce material useable in two of its fertilisers, it says.

"We believe that the chemistry of the two recovery processes would lend itself to electrochemical recovery of the manganese, zinc, and other metals. At this time electrochemical recovery has been tested for zinc and copper,” says Dr John Whitney, Itronics president. 

“Itronics has been reviewing procedures for electrochemical recovery of manganese and plans to move this technology forward when it is appropriate to do so and has acquired electro-winning equipment needed to do that.

"Because of the two described proprietary technologies, Itronics is positioned to become a domestic manganese producer on a large scale to satisfy domestic demand. The actual manganese products have not yet been defined, except for use in the Company's GOLD'n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilisers. However, the Company believes that it will be able to produce chemical manganese products as well as electrochemical products," he adds.

Itronics’ research and development plant is located in Reno, about 40 miles west of the Tesla giga-factory. Its planned cleantech materials campus, which will be located approximately 40 miles south of the Tesla factory, would be the location where the manganese products would be produced.

Panasonic is operating one of the world's largest EV battery factories at the Tesla location. However, Tesla and other companies have announced that EV battery technology is shifting to use of nickel-manganese batteries. Itronics is positioned and located to become a Nevada-0based supplier of manganese products for battery manufacturing as its manganese recovery technologies are advanced, the company states.

A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company's breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. ‘Additionally, Itronics is strategically positioned with its portfolio of "Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies" to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites,’ the statement continues.

The Company's growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $113 million in 2025.

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