Month: January 2020

Explore the Battery Revolution!

Solid state batteries could change the seascape for deep-sea mining

In 1980, Dr John B. Goodenough unravelled the electrochemical reactions that would give birth to one of the single most important inventions of the 20th century: the lithium-ion battery. The first commercially viable rechargeable lithium-ion batteries were soon being produced by Dr Akira Yoshino at Sony. Without these tiny cells’ immense potential to store and…
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14th January 2020 0

Forget electric cars — e-bikes will be the top selling EV in the next decade

The next decade is going to be defined by a revolution of battery-powered transportation, and the vehicle that will lead the charge won’t be the Tesla Model 3 or even the wildly polarizing Cybertruck. And it definitely won’t be an electric scooter. It will be an electric bike. For years, electric bikes were relegated to…
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13th January 2020 0

Vehicle batteries provide new energy for households

Volvo Buses is now giving a second life to batteries from electric buses. In unique cooperation with Stena Property and Stena Recycling’s subsidiary BatteryLoop, bus batteries are used for energy storage and as an energy source in Gothenburg’s Fyrklövern residential complex. The project is a step towards a circular economy in electromobility creating new commercial…
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10th January 2020 0

Carlsbad’s Amionx inks licensing deal with Stanley Black & Decker for safe battery technology

Amionx’s SafeCore acts as a circuit breaker to prevent fires and explosions in lithium-ion batteries Amionx, a Carlsbad company that has developed technology to make batteries safer, has entered into a patent licensing agreement with power tool maker Stanley Black & Decker. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But it is the first publicly…
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9th January 2020 0

IBM proposes sustainable successor to lithium-ion battery

IBM has developed a new type of battery that’s free of cobalt, nickel and other heavy metals, avoiding the environmental and humanitarian issues related to lithium-ion technology. The battery is made from three materials that can be extracted from seawater, a much less invasive sourcing method than mining. IBM Research, the innovation arm of tech…
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8th January 2020 0

Declining Renewable Costs Drive Focus on Energy Storage

An oft-repeated refrain—the sun doesn’t always shine, and the wind doesn’t always blow—is sometimes seen as an impediment to renewable energy. But it’s also an impetus toward discovering the best ways to store that energy until it’s needed. Declining costs in available technologies have propelled interest in energy storage forward like never before. The price…
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6th January 2020 0