Industry news

12
Nov

Lithium price: Worst may be over for Australian producers

Investment in battery and electric vehicle manufacturing continues apace around the world, with Tesla already producing units on a trial basis at its giant Shanghai gigafactory despite only breaking ground this year. But the breakneck expansion of the EV industry, where lithium-ion batteries dominate, has not been enough to lift prices for the raw material, which continued to decline, according

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7
Nov

BYD, Toyota Agree to Establish Joint Company for Battery Electric Vehicle Research and Development

Toyota City, Japan, November 7, 2019―BYD Company Ltd. (BYD) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced today that they have signed an agreement to establish a joint company to research and development for battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The new R&D company, which will work on designing and developing BEVs (including platform) and its related parts, is anticipated to be established in

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31
Oct

A new concept could make more environmentally friendly batteries possible

Source:Chalmers University of Technology Summary:A new concept for an aluminium battery has twice the energy density as previous versions, is made of abundant materials, and could lead to reduced production costs and environmental impact. The idea has potential for large scale applications, including storage of solar and wind energy. Batteries (stock image).Credit: © Gudellaphoto / Adobe Stock A new concept for

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31
Oct

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019: Lithium-ion batteries

Lithium-ion batteries concept (stock image).Credit: © malp / Adobe Stock The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 to John B. Goodenough, of The University of Texas at Austin, USA, M. Stanley Whittingham, of Binghamton University, State University of New York, USA, and Akira Yoshino of Asahi Kasei Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, and Meijo

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21
Oct

Calcium batteries: New electrolytes, enhanced properties

Calcium-based batteries promise to reach a high energy density at low manufacturing costs. This lab-scale technology has the potential for replacing lithium-ion technology in future energy storage systems. Using the electrolytes available, however, it has been impossible so far to charge calcium batteries at room temperature. In the Energy & Environmental Science journal, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) now present

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18
Oct

Copper: Korea’s KCFT begins mass production of 4-micron copper foil for EV batteries

KCF Technologies of South Korea has begun mass production of 4-micron copper foil for electric vehicle (EV) batteries, claiming that it is the first company in the electro-deposited foil industry to achieve this landmark. The company had previously developed 6-micron foil in 2013 and 5-micron foil in 2017 under its former corporate identity as LS Mtron’s copper foil and copper clad

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8
Oct

Daimler stops the development of future internal combustion engines and bets everything on the electric car

Daimler, and therefore Mercedes-Benz, stops the development of future internal combustion engines and will now focus on the development of the electric mobility. According to Markus Schaefer’s statements to Auto Motor und Sport, in Daimler there are no plans for future internal combustion engine developments, although this situation could change. All of the attention and therefore most of Daimler’s resources will now go

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8
Oct

Is This The End Of The Lithium-Ion Battery?

Researchers have been in a race to find ways to improve lithium-ion batteries. They are also looking to develop alternatives to the lithium-ion battery that would be lower cost and more sustainable to manufacture. And they may just have found one. Aluminum-based batteries would be cheaper to make, because aluminum is the third most abundant element in the Earth’s crust after oxygen and

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8
Oct

Sandwich-Style Sulfur Electrode Improves Energy Density

October 7, 2019 | Researchers from the Beijing Institute of Technology have created a sandwich-structured electrode using a novel material that could make high capacity lithium sulfur batteries a reality. The research was published in APL Materials. Lithium sulfur batteries could be a higher capacity alternative to lithium ion batteries because of sulfur’s high theoretical capacity and energy density, but there are

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21
Sep

Scientists create edible battery made from freckles

An edible battery that could power medical devices put inside the body to treat diseases has been created using the skin pigment melanin. The researchers said they were able to build a prototype battery that could power a tiny 5 milliWatt device for 18 hours, which would be enough to gradually release a vaccine or to sense changes to bacteria in

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