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Explore the Battery Revolution!

Plastic batteries that won’t catch fire set for mass production

Sanyo Chemical unit to start a new factory in Japan next year KYOTO — Japan’s Sanyo Chemical Industries aims to begin mass production next year of a new, fire-resistant type of rechargeable battery made almost entirely of plastic. A 15 billion yen ($136 million) factory for the new batteries is slated to begin operation in…
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21st 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

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

Researchers develop Li-S battery that could enable an EV to drive more than 1,000km on a single charge

Imagine having access to a battery, which has the potential to power your phone for five continuous days, or enable an electric vehicle to drive more than 1000km without needing to “refuel”. Monash University researchers are on the brink of commercialising the world’s most efficient lithium-sulphur (Li-S) battery, which could outperform current market leaders by…
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16th January 2020 0

Driving toward a healthier planet

Materials Day speaker Brian Storey describes how the Toyota Research Institute is embracing machine learning to advance the use of electric vehicles. With 100 million Toyota vehicles on the planet emitting greenhouse gases at a rate roughly comparable to those of France, the Toyota Motor Corporation has set a goal of reducing all tailpipe emissions by…
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29th November 2019 0

UK needs to act to prevent electric vehicle battery waste mountain – new study

Recycling technologies for end-of-life lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are not keeping pace with the rapid rise of electric vehicles, storing up a potentially huge waste management problem for the future, according to a new study. A review of lithium-ion battery recycling led by the University of Birmingham suggests that, while electric vehicles (EVs) offer a solution…
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8th November 2019 0

Graphene aerogel sponge promises battery boost

Researchers in Sweden have used a graphene aerogel to develop lithium sulphur (Li-S) battery that retained 85 per cent capacity after 350 cycles. Developed at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, the prototype consists of slices of porous graphene oxide aerogel in a cell battery that soaks up a sulphur-rich ‘catholyte’ solution. This catholyte…
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2nd May 2019 0