Month: February 2020

8th October 2020 | Silverstone

Volkswagen ID R sports car to pioneer secret battery tech

Performance battery know-how from Volkswagen ID R racer will be key to new ID electric sports car – and it could preview the next Audi TT Volkswagen is planning an advanced new electric sports car that is earmarked to act as a figurehead for a limited range of performance-based ID R road cars and is…
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28th February 2020 0

New Soft, Stretchable Battery Invented to Power Wearable Electronics

The experimental device promises to provide a safe and comfortable power source for technologies that must bend and flex with our bodies. Electronics are showing up everywhere: on our laps, in pockets and purses and, increasingly, snuggled up against our skin or sewed into our clothing. But the adoption of wearable electronics has so far…
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27th February 2020 0

More Powerful Batteries Possible With MIT’s New Electrode Design

An MIT team has devised a lithium metal anode that could improve the longevity and energy density of future batteries. New research by engineers at MIT and elsewhere could lead to batteries that can pack more power per pound and last longer, based on the long-sought goal of using pure lithium metal as one of…
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26th February 2020 0

Ultrasound Device Improves Lithium Battery Capacity and Charge Time

The device brings lithium metal batteries one step closer to commercial viability. Researchers at the University of California San Diego developed an ultrasound-emitting device that brings lithium metal batteries, or LMBs, one step closer to commercial viability. Although the research team focused on LMBs, the device can be used in any battery, regardless of chemistry.…
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25th February 2020 0

C2C Cleanroom to Develop Fuel Cell Technologies for Shell

Shell has increased process confidence and reduced risk within its experiments in gas and oil fuel cells, through the introduction of a new ISO 14644-1:2015 Class 8 cleanroom facility from Connect 2 Cleanrooms (C2C). During these classified experiments that aim to develop new energy technologies, pure oxygen is introduced to cell units. This is a…
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24th February 2020 0

Three Innovations To Upend The Energy Storage Market

The battery craze isn’t really about batteries at all. It’s about something far grander than a battery, which is simply a conduit to a much bigger story.  Batteries are like the internet without Wifi.  The holy grail is energy storage.  And while perpetually bigger batteries themselves have emerged as the dominant solution to our energy…
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24th February 2020 0

Plastic batteries that won’t catch fire set for mass production

Sanyo Chemical unit to start a new factory in Japan next year KYOTO — Japan’s Sanyo Chemical Industries aims to begin mass production next year of a new, fire-resistant type of rechargeable battery made almost entirely of plastic. A 15 billion yen ($136 million) factory for the new batteries is slated to begin operation in…
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21st February 2020 0

Electric Vehicle Battery Bet Looks Set To Pay Off Big For Korea’s LG

When Tesla was looking for battery suppliers for its Chinese-made electric vehicles, it signed deals with two companies. One was an obvious choice: China’s CATL, the biggest EV battery maker in the world. The other was the LG Chem. It was a big deal for LG Chem, the flagship affiliate of LG Corp., one of…
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20th February 2020 0

Estimating The Carbon Footprint Of Utility-Scale Battery Storage

Since the turn of the century, there has been a global explosion in the production of renewable power. According to the 2018 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, global renewable energy production in 2000 was 218 Terawatt-hours (TWh). By 2018, that number had reached 2,480 TWh, with average annual growth over the past decade averaging…
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19th February 2020 0

Lithium-Sulfur Batteries Could Be Cheaper & More Energy Dense

Sales of new electric vehicles have been surging, but there are constraints around battery and vehicle production. New EVs have ranges of about 200-300 miles (322-483 km) or so. Potentially, lithium-sulfur batteries could expand EV ranges considerably and cost less because sulfur is a more abundant material than cobalt. Transportation is a major generator of…
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18th February 2020 0