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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

New aqueous lithium-ion battery improves safety without sacrificing performance

As the lithium-ion batteries that power most phones, laptops, and electric vehicles become increasingly fast-charging and high-performing, they also grow increasingly expensive and flammable. In research published recently in Energy Storage Materials, a team of engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute demonstrated how they could — by using aqueous electrolytes instead of the typical organic electrolytes…
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23rd December 2019 0

ABB technology in 40 fast-charging stations across Sweden for Vattenfall

ABB is supporting leading European energy company Vattenfall develop a comprehensive electric vehicle charging network in Sweden, with a complete solution that includes both the fast-charging station and all the necessary grid connection hardware. The technology from ABB is now charging EVs at almost 40 public locations across Sweden for Vattenfall. As part of Vattenfall’s strategy to make…
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20th December 2019 0

JBL’s new solar-powered headphones promise ‘virtually unlimited’ battery life

JBL is crowdfunding a new pair of headphones that use an array of solar panels on their headband to offer potentially unlimited battery life under the right conditions. The Reflect Eternal headphones are live now on IndieGoGo and can be preordered for $99 with an expected ship date of October 2020. The crowd-funding campaign is…
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18th December 2019 0

Four New Energy Storage Technologies To Power The EV Revolution

Remember hows gasmobiles were a luxury item until the Ford Model T came along? No? Well anyways, electric vehicles are closing in on a similar tipping point. The sticking point is the cost of an EV battery, which remains stubbornly high compared to, say, the cost of a gas tank. That’s about to change, and…
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17th December 2019 0