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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

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

Fungal enzyme given catalytic role inside lithium–air battery

Metalloenzyme changes its structure in harmony with the pH of the battery, promoting oxygen reduction and evolution as required Including an enzyme in rechargeable lithium-air battery can improve the kinetics of internal reactions that previously limited the performance and durability of such electrochemical energy storage systems. This may nudge lithium-air batteries closer to powering electric…
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10th February 2020 0

Automotive sector showing increased interest in Nano One battery technology

Battery materials specialist Nano One Materials Corp (NASDAQ: NNOMF) has said that there is growing interest in its patented battery technology from the global automotive sector. The Armchair Trader first covered Nano One last month. Nano One is now reporting massive interest in its technology from the automotive industry as many car manufacturers are looking…
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7th February 2020 0

Lincoln And Rivian To Collaborate On New Battery-Powered SUV

After months of speculation, Ford has finally revealed what it plans to collaborate on with Rivian Automotive as part of the auto maker’s original investment in the budding electric vehicle builder. Lincoln, Ford’s luxury brand, will work with the Plymouth, Michigan-based EV maker to develop a fully electric sport utility vehicle. Though tight-lipped about the…
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5th February 2020 0

Less may be more in next-gen batteries

Engineers build full lithium-ion batteries with silicon anodes and an alumina layer to protect cathodes from degrading. By limiting their energy density, the batteries promise excellent stability for transportation and grid storage use. The process of developing better rechargeable batteries may be cloudy, but there’s an alumina lining. A slim layer of the metal oxide…
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3rd February 2020 0

UKBIC: Building complete for new electric car battery centre in Coventry

The first of more than £60 million of equipment has been delivered to the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) near Coventry, which will open later this year. The practical completion of the new 18,000m2 building has been achieved and phase two is now underway to add the production equipment, services and the internal finish…
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29th January 2020 0