Month: December 2019

26th March 2020 | Silverstone

New aqueous lithium-ion battery improves safety without sacrificing performance

As the lithium-ion batteries that power most phones, laptops, and electric vehicles become increasingly fast-charging and high-performing, they also grow increasingly expensive and flammable. In research published recently in Energy Storage Materials, a team of engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute demonstrated how they could — by using aqueous electrolytes instead of the typical organic electrolytes…
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23rd December 2019 0

ABB technology in 40 fast-charging stations across Sweden for Vattenfall

ABB is supporting leading European energy company Vattenfall develop a comprehensive electric vehicle charging network in Sweden, with a complete solution that includes both the fast-charging station and all the necessary grid connection hardware. The technology from ABB is now charging EVs at almost 40 public locations across Sweden for Vattenfall. As part of Vattenfall’s…
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20th December 2019 0

JBL’s new solar-powered headphones promise ‘virtually unlimited’ battery life

All sharing options JBL is crowdfunding a new pair of headphones that use an array of solar panels on their headband to offer potentially unlimited battery life under the right conditions. The Reflect Eternal headphones are live now on IndieGoGo and can be preordered for $99 with an expected ship date of October 2020. The…
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18th December 2019 0

Four New Energy Storage Technologies To Power The EV Revolution

Remember hows gasmobiles were a luxury item until the Ford Model T came along? No? Well anyways, electric vehicles are closing in on a similar tipping point. The sticking point is the cost of an EV battery, which remains stubbornly high compared to, say, the cost of a gas tank. That’s about to change, and…
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17th December 2019 0

Northvolt Zwei: Expanding the green blueprint for battery manufacturing into Germany

Partnering to enable a sustainable transport future, the Northvolt–VW joint venture will establish the Northvolt Zwei lithium-ion battery gigafactory in Salzgitter, Germany.   One was never going to be enough Now at the edge of a new decade, industries across Europe are gearing up for the shift away from carbon-based fuels and the transition towards a cleaner future built around electrification.…
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16th December 2019 0

Local authorities, climate emergencies and the burgeoning role for solar car ports

Local authorities continue to be interested in the development of solar PV projects. This has become even more urgent with the swathe of climate emergency motions that have been passed across the country. Whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero is a wider concept than energy, many authorities are in fact seeking to make considerable…
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13th December 2019 0

Cryogenic storage could enable safe transport of car batteries

Researchers have shown that it’s possible to dramatically to reduce the cost of safely transporting damaged electric vehicle batteries by freezing them As sales of electric vehicles increases, there is more concern for the transportation of damaged and defective lithium-ion battery packs. Currently, it is an expensive process, as they are put in an explosion-proof…
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10th December 2019 0

Mercedes-Benz Cars starts production of PHEV batteries in Bangkok; 3rd plant in global battery production network

Mercedes-Benz Cars have opened a factory for plug-in hybrid (PHEV) batteries in the Bangkok region in Thailand. The new battery factory was built on a 50,000 m² site located at the vehicle manufacturing plant in the Bangkok region. The new plant is the third production facility in the company’s global battery production network. Together with…
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9th December 2019 0

Northvolt & Mälarenergi partner to deploy battery energy storage for EV charging

Northvolt and Swedish power provider Mälarenergi are partnering to establish a battery energy storage system at an electric vehicle charging station in Västerås, Sweden. The Northvolt battery system is intended to reduce peaks in electricity demand of the charging station by more than 80%, and thereby lessen the impact of EV charging on the local electricity network. The battery system will be commissioned in summer 2020 at the Rocklunda…
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4th December 2019 0

No land, no problem. Floating solar panels might be the next big thing.

A blue lagoon sits outside of Sayreville, New Jersey, inside a lush preserve of spruce, maple, and oak trees. The 35-acre basin holds some of the town’s water supply, which requires enormous amounts of electricity to pump and treat. A few years ago, local officials decided to install a solar panel array to power the…
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3rd December 2019 0