Month: April 2019

26th March 2020 | Silverstone

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

Build battery industry or risk missing out, experts warn

Industry experts have renewed calls for Australia to capture more of the growing battery supply chain or risk losing the opportunity to international peers. Australia’s chance to move from just a raw materials producer to a processor and manufacturer will not remain open indefinitely, Queensland University of Technology’s Peter Talbot said. Among those building a…
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29th April 2019 0

Solar-boosted Sono Sion electric car will be made in Sweden at former Saab plant

German automaker hopeful Sono Motors announced last week that it intends to assemble its solar-assisted electric car, the Sion, at the former home of Saab Automobile in Trollhättan, Sweden. The now defunct automaker Saab nearly always could be counted on to take the unconventional—if not downright eccentric—route in design, interface, and engineering. And so some…
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26th 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

The world has never needed so many batteries

From your everyday smart device to energy storage facilities, lithium-ion batteries of all sizes are just about everywhere. But over the last few years, one market trend has been driving this sector like never before: the rise of the electric car. Sure, electric cars aren’t exactly crowding the streets, whereas smartphones are in the pockets…
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24th April 2019 0

Proterra Ready For Electric Bus Battery Leasing With $200-Million Credit Facility

Telling someone who’s interested in buying one of your products that you have a new deal that can save them $75,000 sure seems like a good way to encourage purchases. And that’s the effect of a new $200-million credit facility to support battery leasing for its buses that Proterra announced this week. Proterra opened the…
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23rd 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

Aston Martin Rapide E: Stunning all electric car REVEALED – is this the new 007 Bond car?

ASTON Martin Rapide E all-electric sports car has been revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show 2019 which is now production ready and could be the next James Bond car. Aston Martin has finally unveiled its production-ready electric car at the Shanghai Auto Show 2019. The Rapide E is the first zero-emissions car the manufacturer has…
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18th 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