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26th March 2020 | Silverstone

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

Gupta wins approval for Playford big battery, key part of ambitious solar plan

A 100MW/100MWh battery that forms a key part of Sanjeev Gupta’s ambitious plans to power South Australia’ manufacturing sector with solar and storage – has won development approval from the state government. The Playford Utility Battery (PUB) project – located near the former coal-fired generator in Port Augusta that shared its name – this week…
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19th August 2019 0

SK Innovation secures ‘green loan’ to invest more in battery biz

SK Innovation has raised an 800 billion won ($657 million) “green loan” from banks in the United States, Europe and China in an effort to invest more in plants manufacturing batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and lithium-ion battery separators (LiBS), the energy and chemical arm of SK Group said Thursday. A green loan is the…
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16th August 2019 0

In charge: the battery technologies leading the way in mining

Once a novelty, electric vehicle technology has now filtered down to mining vehicles. Jack Unwin examines the leading mining battery vehicles and their benefits. Advanced battery technology, such as solutions developed by Volvo, has the potential to curb mining emissions. Credit: Volvo It is fair to say that electric vehicles (EV) have undergone a revolution…
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15th August 2019 0

Hyundai new solar car roof could save you 800-miles in recharging costs each year

HYUNDAI Motor is launching its first car with a solar roof charging system which could increase the range of cars over time. Hyundai has revealed its first solar roof charging system which will provide additional power, increase range and offer better fuel economy. It will debut on the new Sonata Hybrid and will support the…
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14th August 2019 0

Samsung enters marine battery market

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Samsung SDI, a Samsung Group division manufacturing batteries and other electrical equipment have jointly developed a marine lithium-ion battery system. Earlier this week SHI announced it had received a type approval certificate from DNV-GL making it the first South Korean producer of the marine lithium-ion battery system,…
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13th August 2019 0

Europe is beating the US in the battery race—with China’s help

The biggest reason we hear so much about electric cars is because of the falling costs of batteries. Lithium-ion batteries today cost less than one-fifth as they did in 2010. Within the next five years, some experts estimate that the total cost of owning an electric car—that is, upfront cost plus lifetime fuel cost—will be…
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2nd August 2019 0

As electric vehicle production ramps up worldwide, a supply crunch for battery materials is looming

As car manufacturers ramp up production of electric cars, metals used to make the vehicles’ batteries may face a supply crunch by the mid-2020s, according to a Wood Mackenzie report released Wednesday. Lithium, cobalt, and nickel supplies are expected to be worst hit. As car manufacturers ramp up production of electric cars, the metals used…
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1st August 2019 0

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