Category: NEWS

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

Silicon eyed as way to boost electric car battery potential

The race to build a better electric car battery is turning to silicon, with several companies working to engineer types of the material that can boost driving range and cut production costs. About 500,000 electric vehicles (EVs) were sold globally in 2016, a figure that is expected to jump sevenfold by 2022, according to the…
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16th November 2018 0

BP installs Tesla-made battery to store wind power

BP installed a battery storage system for the first time at one of the company’s wind energy farms in South Dakota, a move BP hopes will provide a blueprint for adding similar power storage technology at its other U.S. wind power sites. BP said the technology will improve energy efficiency, address the intermittency of wind…
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15th November 2018 0

A new battery technology could make batteries five times lighter and half the size

Electric cars could be the primary application Highly anticipated: Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are increasing in power density at a rate of around 8% per year, and if that continues then they’ll be approaching gasoline densities in around ten years. Aluminum-air batteries, on the other hand, almost match gasoline, while being substantially lighter and cheaper than lithium-ion.…
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12th November 2018 0

The Battery Boom Will Draw $1.2 Trillion in Investment by 2040

The battery boom is coming to China, California and basically everywhere else—and it will be even bigger than previously thought. The global energy-storage market will surge to a cumulative 942 gigawatts by 2040, according to a new forecast from Bloomberg NEF published Tuesday, and that growth will necessitate $1.2 trillion in investment. Sharply falling battery costs is…
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7th November 2018 0

Volvo and Ricardo to assess new lithium-ion battery cells

Volvo Cars has selected Ricardo to assist with the provision of a large-scale test program to assess the lifecycle characteristics of a range of new lithium-ion cells to determine their suitability for future electrified vehicle applications. The work builds on Ricardo’s extensive experience and reputation in all aspects of electrified vehicle powertrains. In terms of…
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2nd November 2018 0

Tesla gets ‘Strong Buy’ rating amid Panasonic’s pledge to ramp Gigafactory 1 battery production

Tesla stock (NASDAQ:TSLA) recently received a vote of confidence from one of Wall Street’s veteran investment research firms. In a note on Tuesday, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Tesla from a “Hold” rating to a “Strong Buy” rating, citing the electric car maker’s strong performance in the third quarter. The research firm also gave TSLA a…
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1st November 2018 0

New Battery Tech Could Power a Flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles

Electric passenger planes could finally be practical. Jumper Cables There’s a new kind of battery coming out of an MIT materials science lab — one that packs enough of a punch to power an airplane long enough to fly up the Californian coastline, according to the MIT Technology Review. Engineers have long dreamed of flying electric vehicles,…
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31st October 2018 0

Tesla’s edge in battery and charging tech emerges in Model X vs Jaguar I-PACE range test

With just 15 years of experience under its belt, Tesla remains a neophyte in the automotive industry. Despite its short tenure, the upstart electric car maker continues to establish itself as a leader in battery technology and charging infrastructure. Tesla’s advantages in these fields became prominent in a real-world test between the Model X 90D…
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30th October 2018 0

South Africa is investing in batteries to stop frustrating electricity blackouts

South Africa’s national electricity supplier is finally making good on its promises to take renewable energy seriously. Eskom has released a 19-page report (pdf) outlining how it planned to implement its battery storage program. The two-phase program will start with an 800 megawatt-capacity distributed battery network. This first phase, due by December 2019, will see…
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26th October 2018 0

Caterpillar Ventures Invests In Fisker’s Solid State Battery Tech

Caterpillar Venture Capital Inc has made a strategic investment into Fisker Inc as a bet on the company’s solid-state battery technology. Parent company Caterpillar Inc is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, natural gas turbines, and various gas & diesel engines, and sees the capital injection as an investment in the next…
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25th October 2018 0