Category: study

26th March 2020 | Silverstone

Multilayer design makes conducting stretchable batteries

Stretchable conductors that stay conducting even when stretched by as much as 300% in any direction could find use in a new generation of deformable and wearable electronic devices. The conductors are made by sequential layering of polymers and gold nanoparticles in a design that is the first of its kind according to the researchers…
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31st July 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

Giant batteries and cheap solar power are shoving fossil fuels off the grid

This month, officials in Los Angeles, California, are expected to approve a deal that would make solar power cheaper than ever while also addressing its chief flaw: It works only when the sun shines. The deal calls for a huge solar farm backed up by one of the world’s largest batteries. It would provide 7%…
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22nd July 2019 0

Lithium-ion recycling rates far higher than some statistics suggest

There is a good deal of misleading statistics surrounding lithium-battery recycling and China and South Korea have already emerged as the global hubs where most batteries end up at the end of their lifetime, a new report commissioned by the Swedish Energy Agency has found. The study states one of the reasons lithium-ion recycling rates…
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15th July 2019 0

Lithium batteries: Far more widely recycled than second-hand statistics imply

Taking apart and recycling the larger battery modules used in grid-scale storage and EVs is a task requiring far more skill than doing the same in portable electronics, the report says. Image: AltaGas. Lithium-ion batteries are far more widely recycled than many people think, while China and South Korea are already leaders of the emerging…
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8th July 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

How much does it cost to charge an electric car? EV running costs explained

There are several benefits to owning an electric car in 2019; along with environmental brownie points, electric vehicles (EVs) get tax grants and are also exempt from certain congestion charges in some cities. However, one of the most obvious – but often unquantified – benefits of owning an EV are the low running costs. We’ll…
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18th June 2019 0

Lime and Uber fight over London with rival electric bike schemes

Lime could expand its electric bike hire scheme outside London, the company has said as competition hots up in the growing market in the capital. The US-based tech startup launched Lime-E, the capital’s first fleet of electric-assisted bikes hired through an app, in 2018 but Uber unveiled its similar Jump scheme last month. Uber, which…
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14th June 2019 0

Audi E-tron recalled for battery seal, potential “thermal event”

Audi confirmed Monday that it is recalling 1,644 E-tron electric SUVs, including 544 vehicles that have been delivered to customers, due to an issue with the battery pack’s seal that it says could lead to “a short circuit or thermal event.” Audi is not aware of any such shorts or thermal events, it says, insisting…
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13th June 2019 0