Category: research

26th March 2020 | Silverstone

How Cheap Must Batteries Get For Renewables To Compete With Fossil Fuels?

While solar and wind power are rapidly becoming cost-competitive with fossil fuels in areas with lots of sun and wind, they still can’t provide the 24/7 power we’ve become used to. At present, that’s not big a problem because the grid still features plenty of fossil fuel plants that can provide constant baseload or ramp…
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2nd September 2019 0

Tesla in advanced talks with LG Chem on battery supply in China: source

U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) is in advanced talks with South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd (051910.KS) to source batteries for vehicles to be made in its Shanghai plant, a person familiar with the matter said. The move represents a push by Tesla to diversify sources of the key component for its electric vehicles…
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30th August 2019 0

SCHLENK’s new high-tensile battery foils boast enhanced mechanical strength

German metal foil specialist SCHLENK has developed a line of thin-rolled metal foils based on high-tensile alloys. Used as a current collector foil in batteries, these foils are designed to improve the stability of battery coatings. Companies have invested a lot of R&D effort in the field of high-power electrode coatings based on silicon or…
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29th August 2019 0

Textile-based solar cells on a roll in Germany

A project aimed at boosting Germany’s textile industry has led to the development of pliable, textile-based solar cells that could be used on buildings and lorries. Dr Jonas Sundqvist, group manager for thin-film technology, with prototype textile-based solar cells (© Fraunhofer IKTS) Fraunhofer researchers and their partners envision the thin-film photovoltaics being used on lorry…
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23rd August 2019 0

Renesas’s new battery management IC maximizes range for hybrids and EVs

Japanese semiconductor manufacturer Renesas Electronics has announced its fourth-generation Li-ion battery management integrated circuit (IC). The company says its new ISL78714 IC provides accurate cell voltage and temperature monitoring, cell balancing, and extensive system diagnostics to protect 14-cell Li-ion battery packs, all while maximizing drive time and range for hybrid and electric vehicles. The ISL78714…
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21st August 2019 0

The highway to electrification

How fast we will transition from the internal combustion engine to the battery electric vehicle. All around the world, markets are transitioning from the internal combustion engine to rechargeable vehicles (EVs). The global automotive marketplace is going through a period of ultimate technological disruption. Commercial models, customers, and suppliers are all in a state of…
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20th August 2019 0

Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage Systems – The risks and how to manage them

The rapid rise of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS’s) that use Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology brings with it massive potential – but also a significant range of risks. AIG Energy Industry Group says this is one of the most important emerging risks today – and organisations that use this technology must balance the opportunities with…
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24th July 2019 0

A 100% renewable grid isn’t just feasible, it’s in the works in Europe

Europe will be 90% renewable powered in two decades, experts say. The myth that a very high level of renewables can’t be integrated into the electric grid is being demolished by the cleantech and battery storage revolution. “By 2040, renewables make up 90% of the electricity mix in Europe, with wind and solar accounting for…
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28th June 2019 0

Intelligent charging tech ‘could make EV refuelling 75% cheaper than petrol’

Ohme Technologies says its new platform will facilitate the mass-adoption of EVs by significantly slashing costs when combined with a time-of-use energy tariff. New intelligent charging tech could make electric vehicle (EV) refuelling 75% cheaper than filling a petrol or diesel vehicle. That’s according to Ohme Technologies, which says its new platform will facilitate the…
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27th June 2019 0

Clean electricity overtaking fossil fuels in Britain

For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, Britain is obtaining more power from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels. The milestone has been passed for the first five months of 2019. National Grid says clean energy has nudged ahead with 48% of generation, against 47% for coal and gas. The rest is biomass burning. The…
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21st June 2019 0