Industry news

21
May

New technique produces longer-lasting lithium batteries

Engineers develop a nano-coating of boron nitride to stabilize solid electrolytes in lithium metal batteries, increasing battery life while ensuring battery safety The grand challenge to improve energy storage and increase battery life, while ensuring safe operation, is becoming evermore critical as we become increasingly reliant on this energy source for everything from portable devices to electric vehicles. A Columbia

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21
May

Focusing on the negative is good when it comes to batteries

A new battery concept based on fluoride ions may increase battery lifespans Imagine not having to charge your phone or laptop for weeks. That is the dream of researchers looking into alternative batteries that go beyond the current lithium-ion versions popular today. Now, in a new study appearing in the journal Science, chemists at several institutions, including Caltech and the Jet

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20
May

New material could unlock potential for hydrogen-powered vehicle revolution

An international team of researchers has discovered a new material made from manganese hydride that would be used to make molecular sieves within fuel tanks – which store the hydrogen and work alongside fuel cells in a hydrogen powered ‘system’. The material would enable the design of tanks that are far smaller, cheaper, more convenient and energy dense than existing hydrogen fuel technologies, and significantly out-perform battery-powered vehicles.

20
May

Graphene sponge helps lithium sulphur batteries reach new potential

To meet the demands of an electric future, new battery technologies will be essential. One option is lithium sulphur batteries, which offer a theoretical energy density more than five times that of lithium ion batteries. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, recently unveiled a promising breakthrough for this type of battery, using a catholyte with the help of a

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20
May

New coating could have big implications for lithium batteries Coating provides extra layer of protection for battery cathodes

Building a better lithium-ion battery involves addressing a myriad of factors simultaneously, from keeping the battery’s cathode electrically and ionically conductive to making sure that the battery stays safe after many cycles. In a new discovery, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new cathode coating by using an oxidative chemical vapor deposition

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17
May

Northvolt raises €350m from EIB and expects more from Ikea

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16
May

SK Innovation To Build $490 Million Battery Plant In China

SK Innovation is expanding its production capacity to become a major player in the EV market According to latest news, SK Innovation intends to build a second lithium-ion battery plant in China. There are not many details besides the investment cost of 579.9 billion won ($488.30 million). The plan is considered a kind of bet because China hasn’t opened its EV battery market

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16
May

Bigger than the Beetles – Volkswagen opens orders for its new ID.3 electric car

Volkswagen’s ID.3 electric car is its next big thing after the Beetle and Golf. This claim was made by Jürgen Stackman, Volkswagen board member at the global preview of the ground breaking VW in Berlin on Wednesday. The new EV is designed for the people, he says. In the metal it’s Golf-sized on the outside, but inside larger and closer to a

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16
May

Tesla battery researcher is ‘excited’ about new battery tech developed by the Army

A new Li-ion battery technology developed by the US Army has piqued the interest of Jeff Dahn, Tesla’s main battery research partner. In the latest issue of the journal Nature, the CCDC Army Research Laboratory (ARL), which is an element of the U.S. Army, released a study demonstrating a new battery technology based on a new cathode chemistry. They claim

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16
May

Germany opens its first ‘electric highway’ for hybrid trucks

Germany has opened its first-ever “electric highway”, which allows hybrid cargo trucks to charge their batteries while they are on the move, on its A5 motorway, Bloomberg reported Monday. According to Bloomberg, the highway connects hybrid trucks to overhead wires, allowing them to recharge while traveling on the country’s main transportation arteries. The 10-kilometer (6-mile) stretch, which was opened last

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