Category: research

28th March 2019 | International Centre | Telford | The Future of Energy Management Technology

Scientists find new way to power electric cars using cobalt

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell developed a technique that uses only water, carbon dioxide and cobalt metal particles that have surface nanostructures measuring billionths of a meter in size, to produce hydrogen on demand at relatively low temperature and pressure and to use to power the next generation of electric vehicles. According to…
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25th March 2019 0

24M Unveils ‘Dual Electrolyte’ Battery Tech to Unlock Higher Energy Density

If commercialized, this design could produce lithium metal batteries that pack twice as much energy as what’s on the market today. Battery materials startup 24M revealed Wednesday that it has developed a “dual electrolyte” architecture that could unlock significant gains in battery performance for electric vehicles. The ongoing effort to improve lithium-ion batteries triggers a…
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22nd March 2019 0

Advances point the way to smaller, safer batteries

People don’t ask too much from batteries: Deliver energy when it’s needed and for as long as it is wanted, recharge quickly and don’t burst into flames. A rash of cell phone fires in 2016 jolted consumer confidence in lithium-ion batteries, a technology that helped usher in modern portable electronics but has been plagued by…
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18th March 2019 0

The New Precious Metals

Demand for materials needed in batteries and energy storage has created a dynamic new market for once-obscure metals. Can supply keep up with demand? The global shift toward electric vehicles is already under way. In response to ever tougher emissions laws, the big automakers are investing billions of dollars in the next generation of electric…
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11th March 2019 0

All-electric GT unveiled with over 300 miles of range and 5-min charging enabled by mysterious battery

Piëch Automotive, a new electric car startup launched by Toni Piëch, a descendant of Volkswagen’s Ferdinand Piëch, is unveiling this week an all-electric GT with over 300 miles of range and 5-minute charging enabled by some mysterious new battery cells. The Piëch Mark Zero is going to be unveiled in full at the Geneva Motor…
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6th March 2019 0

Cobalt’s “Perfect Storm” Rattles Electric Car Supply Chain

Cobalt has been enjoying a booming bull run as the auto industry gears up for a major EV push, but now it’s hit a speed bump. So what happened? Over the last few years cobalt has emerged as one of the most critical materials powering the shift to electric vehicles, and as automakers have announced…
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4th March 2019 0

Japanese startup plans to test an experimental battery on the Moon

Wanting to use solid-state batteries in space is nothing new, but the technology hasn’t gotten off the ground yet here on Earth A type of battery still in development here on Earth could head to the Moon as early as 2021 on board a commercial lunar lander. Japanese startup ispace plans to be the first…
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25th February 2019 0

Sodium Sulfur Battery In Abu Dhabi Is World’s Largest Storage Device

Abu Dhabi now boasts the world’s largest storage battery — a 108 MW/648 MWh behemoth that is five times larger than the Hornsdale battery installed in Australia by Tesla a year ago. There is one other important difference between the battery in Australia and the one in Abu Dhabi. The Tesla unit used lithium-ion battery…
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20th February 2019 0

Battery replacement intervals

So you bought a battery with a nominal design life of “X” years. The realistic service life is actually significantly less than that, but you don’t know what it is. At around the “half-life” (i.e., half way through the design life) an individual cell-unit fails, then another. You replace the cell-units with new ones (maybe…
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19th February 2019 0

Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run, says study

Petrol and diesel vehicles cost more over four years in UK and four other European nations. Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel alternatives in five European countries analysed in new research. The study examined the purchase, fuel and tax costs of Europe’s bestselling car, the VW golf, in…
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13th February 2019 0