Category: technology

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

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

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

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

E.ON, Volkswagen developing new flexible ultra-fast charging station

The establishment of a dense public network of ultra-fast EV charging stations can be realized much faster than previously assumed. E.ON and Volkswagen Group Components are giving a new impetus with the prototype of a new, flexible ultra-fast charging station that will be presented in Essen. By integrating a battery system, it will be possible…
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14th February 2020 0

GBatteries AI Technology Can Super Charge Batteries In 5 Minutes

One of the most challenging things about owning an electric vehicle (EV) is battery range, and just how long charging these batteries typically takes. A company based out of Ottawa, Canada, called GBatteries is trying to solve this charge time dilemma. GBatteries was started in 2014 to help accelerate the use of EVs by reducing…
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13th February 2020 0

The next generation of EV lithium-ion batteries — can Tesla go the distance?

Tesla leads the way when it comes to electric vehicle (EV) battery technology — offering the best balance of achievable vehicle travel distance (from a single charge), long-term battery life, charge time and cost. Here, we lift the lid on Tesla’s latest technologies and examine how its patent strategy helps it stay a few miles…
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12th February 2020 0

Battery tech in electric cars presents a huge opportunity to SA mining

SA is by far the world’s largest manganese producer and is estimated to have 70% of the world’s manganese reserves The global motor industry is moving increasingly towards electric vehicles (EVs) from the carbon-emitting internal combustion engine. This requires extensive investment in battery technology, which presents huge opportunities for SA mining. Various rare-earth minerals are…
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11th February 2020 0