Category: research

26th March 2020 | Silverstone

Solar-plus-storage is ‘chasing gas off the grid’

The price of power from solar-plus-storage is already cost-competitive with some new build gas generators in the US and not just for gas peaker plants. In a study by Fluence and a group of MBA candidates at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, it was found building new mid-merit gas plants was no…
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14th May 2019 0

EU Commission calls for strategic battery value chain

The European Battery Alliance met in Brussels to discuss issues like sustainable production and processing of raw materials. The European Battery Alliance met in Brussels recently to discuss such issues as sustainable production and the processing of raw materials, ways of financing new investments and the creation of new policies to push forward projects in…
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13th May 2019 0

Exclusive: U.S. seeks to challenge China’s electric-vehicle supply chain dominance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. senator plans to introduce legislation on Thursday to streamline regulation and permitting requirements for the development of mines for lithium, graphite and other electric-vehicle supply chain minerals, part of a plan to offset China’s dominance in the space. While Tesla Inc, Volkswagen AG and other electric-focused automakers and battery manufacturers…
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6th May 2019 0

France, Germany agree on first battery cell consortium, report says

France and Germany have earmarked 1.7 billion euros to support several company alliances looking to produce electric car battery cells to help reduce the dependence of European automakers on Asian suppliers such as China’s CATL, which plans to start operations at a cell factory like this one (shown) in Germany in 2022. BERLIN — France…
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3rd May 2019 0

Graphene aerogel sponge promises battery boost

Researchers in Sweden have used a graphene aerogel to develop lithium sulphur (Li-S) battery that retained 85 per cent capacity after 350 cycles. The highly porous quality of the graphene aerogel allows for high enough soaking of sulphur to make the catholyte concept worthwhile (Credit: Yen Strandqvist) Developed at the Chalmers University of Technology in…
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2nd May 2019 0

New ‘blue-green’ solution for recycling world’s batteries

Rice scientists show solvent leaches cobalt, lithium for reuse from spent batteries Materials scientists demonstrate an environmentally friendly solution to remove valuable cobalt and lithium metals from spent lithium-ion batteries. The metals and the eutectic solvent they use to extract them can then be recycled. A solution turns green as it pulls cobalt from a…
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30th April 2019 0

What do consumers need to make the switch to an electric car?

Two studies were recently undertaken by What Car? in the UK into what it would take for more consumers to take up electric vehicles can be summarised by one word. And the word is, of course: Knowledge! The first of these was a 3-month survey of 9,000 consumers, where 8.4% of respondents said they were…
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25th April 2019 0

Adding guanidinium thiocyanate to mixed tin-lead perovskites to improve solar cell efficiency

A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. has found a way to improve the efficiency of perovskite-based solar cells—by adding guanidinium thiocyanate to the mix. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their work with perovskite-based solar cells and how well they worked. For most of its…
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22nd April 2019 0

Daimler Leads $170M Investment in Sila Nano’s Next-Generation Battery Tech

Traditional automakers continue to invest big money in battery technology for electric vehicles. Sila Nanotechnologies just won another $170 million of the venture and corporate funding to develop advanced battery materials that improve the power performance of electric vehicles and consumer electronics. The Alameda, California-based startup, founded in 2011, is looking to commercialize a new set of high-performance silicon anode…
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19th April 2019 0

Tesla is developing a ‘unique battery recycling system’

Tesla confirmed this week that it is developing a “unique battery recycling system,” which the company believes will result in “significant savings” over the long-term. As we reported yesterday, Tesla released a fascinating new ‘impact report’ to look into how its products and operations are impacting the environment. In one of the sections, Tesla addressed…
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17th April 2019 0