EC launches €10M EIC Horizon Prize for innovative batteries for EVs; EU Battery Alliance progressing

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The European Commission (EC) has launched the fifth of six European Innovation Council (EIC) Horizon Prizes, on Innovative batteries for eVehicles, worth €10 million (US$12.3 The battery should also be of relatively low cost, durable, safe and fully recyclable. EU Battery Alliance.

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Volkswagen Braunschweig to build up to 500K battery systems per year for MEB EVs

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Volkswagen Braunschweig has been awarded the contract to further the development and production of battery systems for the Modular Electric Drive Modular System (MEB). The Braunschweig site has built up extensive know-how in the development and production of battery systems in recent years.

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RMIT researchers demonstrate working rechargeable proton battery

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Researchers at Australia’s RMIT University have demonstrated for the first time a working rechargeable “proton battery”. The rechargeable battery is environmentally friendly, and has the potential, with further development, to store more energy than currently-available lithium ion batteries.

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Cummins acquires Johnson Matthey’s automotive battery systems business; the two will collaborate on eLNO high energy battery materials

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has acquired Johnson Matthey’s UK automotive battery systems business , a subsidiary of Johnson Matthey that specializes in high-voltage automotive grade battery systems for electric and hybrid vehicles. Batteries Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty Vehicle Manufacturers

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Study suggests lithium and cobalt for batteries may face supply risks by 2050

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Lithium and cobalt are fundamental components of present lithium-ion batteries. The researchers present these results in the journal Nature Reviews Materials as part of a cost and resource analysis of sodium-ion batteries. … in: “Behaviour of Lithium-ion Batteries in Electric Vehicles.“

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Team develops high-capacity Li-ion sulfur battery; no Li-metal anode

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The “classic” high-energy capacity Lithium-sulfur battery is predicated on the use of a sulfur-based cathode and a Lithium-metal anode. ion battery using an enhanced sulfur–carbon composite cathode that exploits graphene carbon with a 3D array (3DG?S) Ion Battery using a 3?D?Array

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Boeing HorizonX invests in lithium-metal rechargeable battery startup Cuberg

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a startup founded by former Stanford University researchers developing next-generation battery technology for potential aerospace and industrial applications. Aviation Batteries Li-O2 Li-SulfurBoeing has invested in Berkeley, Calif.-based based Cuberg , Inc.,

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Fisker files patents on solid-state battery technology; anticipating automotive-ready from 2023

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Fisker’s scientists, including a co-founder of solid-state battery start-up Sakti3 (acquired by Dyson, earlier post ), filed patents this week (under a non-publication request) on flexible, superior energy density solid-state batteries. times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.

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New prototype rechargeable lithium-nitrogen battery

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a rechargeable lithium-nitrogen (Li-N–) battery with the proposed reversible reaction of 6Li + N– ⇋ 2Li–N. The assembled N– fixation battery system, consisting of a Li anode, ether-based electrolyte, and a carbon cloth cathode, shows a promising electrochemical faradic efficiency (59%).

New sensor tech for commercial Lithium-ion batteries could support >5x faster charging without compromising safety

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Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick (UK) have developed a method to assess the maximum current for commercial 18650 Li-ion batteries, using novel instrumentation methods enabling in operando measurements. Batteries Sensors

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SK Innovation to begin production of NCM-811 batteries

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Korea-based SK Innovation said it will start the first commercial production of mid-and large-size pouch-type NCM-811 batteries. —Lee Jon-ha, SK battery R&D center. SK Innovation currently supplies batteries to Mercedes-Benz, Kia Motors and China’s BAIC Motor Corp.

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UMD researchers create new architecture for solid-state Li metal batteries

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Researchers at the University of Maryland have designed a flexible lithium-ion conducting ceramic textile featuring fast lithium-ion conductors, good electrochemical stability, and scalable processing approaches to device integration for solid-state lithium metal batteries.

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Bosch opts to outsource battery cells rather than to manufacture; disbanding internal efforts, selling Seeo

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Although Bosch intends to lead the mass market for electromobility that will emerge after 2020, the company has decided that the means to achieving that strategic end does not include manufacturing of the battery cells. Bosch 48V battery pack. Batteries Solid-state

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RPI team develops method to use paper-making by-product in lithium-sulfur batteries

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Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have now developed a method to use this cheap and abundant waste byproduct to build a components for lithium-sulfur batteries. Batteries Li-Sulfur

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ICCT assesses impact of EV battery manufacturing life-cycle emissions debt; policy implications

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Analysts at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) have reviewed recent research into the greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. Electric vehicle battery manufacturing emissions have been studied extensively. …

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J.D. Power survey finds China consumers increasingly enthusiastic about new-energy vehicles; ongoing importance of subsidies; battery worries

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A recent study prepared for the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism found that since 2015, China has been far the main market for electric cars (battery-electric and plug-in hybrid) followed by the EU and the US. Batteries China Electric (Battery) Policy Surveys

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Imec produces prototype solid-state Li-ion battery with 200 Wh/L; solid electrolyte applied as a liquid

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Imec, a global research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics, energy and digital technologies, has fabricated an innovative type of solid-state Li-ion battery achieving an energy density of 200 Wh/liter at a charging speed of 0.5C (2 hours). Batteries Solid-state

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Roskill: automotive batteries and stainless steel to drive nickel demand

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Despite this growth, the stainless steel sector’s share of nickel consumption is set to decline over the coming decade because of the rising importance of the battery sector. This will give demand for nickel in the battery industry a double-boost. Batteries Forecasts Materials

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Lightning Systems’ battery-electric Ford Transit on schedule for March deliveries; fuel cell range extender option

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Lightning Systems, a global developer of efficiency and emissions improvement solutions for fleets, announced that it is on schedule for March deliveries of its new battery-electric LightningElectric conversion system for Ford Transit. Conversions Electric (Battery) Fuel Cells Hydrogen

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Sion Power to begin production of Licerion Li-metal anode batteries late this year

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Sion Power will begin production of its patented Licerion rechargeable lithium metal battery in late 2018 from its Tucson facility. The result of our team’s efforts will be seen in a safe lithium metal battery that is in a class by itself. Batteries

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Researchers in Belgium develop new class of solid composite electrolytes for Li-ion batteries: Eutectogels

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Researchers at Hasselt University in Belgium are proposing a new class of solid composite electrolytes (SCEs) for Li-ion batteries: deep eutectic solvent (DES)–silica composites. Batteries Solid-state

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Nissan, Sumitomo open electric-car battery recycling plant in Japan

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Batteries battery pack Recycling plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) reuse energy storageThe town of Namie, in eastern Japan, was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011, and has struggled to recover from the devastation of that day. Almost seven years later, the first new plant in town is set to open, one contributing to clean energy and zero-emission vehicles to boot. Carmaker Nissan and an arm of the giant trading company.

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Electric car battery warranties compared

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It's one of the most frequently asked questions by anyone hearing about a modern electric car: do I have to replace the battery? With 15 years of experience in mobile phones and more than that with laptop computers, most buyers know that lithium-ion batteries lose capacity over time. Replacing phone or laptop batteries, generally for less than. lithium-ion battery pack Warranty plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Capacity Loss battery capacity

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Fisker unveils EMotion electric luxury sedan; prototype flexible solid-state battery cell; automotive-ready after 2020

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Fisker also displayed a working solid-state battery in a case and an actual bulk battery without a case. The working battery is half the size of a cell phone battery, 2mm thick and with superior energy storage. times the energy density of lithium-ion batteries.

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NIO launches ES8 battery-electric SUV; battery rental and swapping; NIO Pilot; base price $67.7K

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NIO officially launched the ES8 7-seat, 3-row (2-3-2) battery-electric SUV at an event in Beijing. A battery rental plan is available to NIO users, which provides a RMB 100,000 (US$15,000) discount on the purchase price of the ES8. China Electric (Battery

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MAN eTGE battery-electric van to be mass-produced from July onwards

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MAN, a member of the Volkswagen Group, is now selling a battery-electric van, the MAN eTGE. A 40 kW charging station fills a battery up to 80% in 45 minutes. Electric (Battery

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Some Chevrolet Bolt EVs get new battery pack for sudden loss of power: here's why

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It's every electric car owner's nightmare: the car indicates that remaining range has suddenly plummeted to zero, the battery pack stops providing current, and the car won't run. The problem has resulted in a program under which Chevy will replace the entire battery. Batteries Quality battery pack plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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UT Dallas researchers use 2D MoS2 as protective layer for Li-metal anodes in Li-S batteries; extended cycle life

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Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have used two-dimensional (2D) MoS 2 (molybdenum disulfide) as a protective layer for Li-metal anodes, greatly improving the performances of Li–S batteries. Batteries Li-Sulfur

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DNV GL launches JDP to drive marine Li-ion battery safety and adoption

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Classification society DNV GL has launched a Joint Development Project (JDP), designed to advance the understanding of the use of lithium-ion batteries in the shipping industry. Concerted lithium-ion Battery Risk Assessment. Battery Safety Testing Program.

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Brazil’s Aerotec to invest ~$5M in Li-S battery company OXIS Energy; expanding into Brazil

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million) in Li-Sulfur battery company OXIS Energy. Established in 2005, OXIS Energy has developed, and continues to advance, an innovative Lithium Sulfur (Li-S) battery chemistry. Batteries Li-SulfurAerotec, a Brazilian Private Equity fund, will invest £3.75 million (US$5.2

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Nissan Leaf 30-kwh battery decline 3 times that of earlier electric cars: study

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One of the measures that kept its cost down was the use of passive air cooling for its battery pack, rather than the pricier liquid cooling used by other makers to keep battery temperatures within limits. Batteries lithium-ion battery pack plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Battery LifeThe Nissan Leaf, at least for the moment, remains the highest-volume electric car produced in history, with more than 300,000 sold.

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BMW Brilliance Automotive opens battery factory in Shenyang; 3rd battery factory in BMW Group production network

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the BMW Group opened a new “High-Voltage Battery Center” in Shenyang, China. The battery factory will supply the nearby Dadong plant, which is operated by the BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture and will produce the BMW 5 Series Plug-in Hybrid for the local market.

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Researchers develop energy-efficient process to recycle Li-ion battery cathodes

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Unlike the conventional chemical leaching or solid-state synthesis approach, the approach is much simpler and more environmentally friendly, and can easily process batteries with different capacity degradation conditions. Chen’s team is planning to work with battery companies in Asia.

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Mahindra and LG Chem collaborate on Li-ion batteries for EVs in India

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a part of the US$19-billion Mahindra Group, and LG Chem, Korea’s leading manufacturer of advanced batteries, are collaborating in the field of advanced Li-ion battery technology. LG Chem will also design the Li-ion battery modules for Mahindra Electric, which in turn will create battery packs for the Mahindra Group and other customers. In keeping with the investment plan already announced by Mahindra last year, a battery module plant is also under development.

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Chubu Electric Power, Toyota partner on reuse and subsequent recycling of NiMH and Li-ion electrified vehicle batteries

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and Toyota Motor Corporation have agreed to start a verification project that entails construction of a large-capacity storage battery system that reuses electrified vehicle batteries, as well as examination of the recycling of used batteries. Batteries Smart Grid

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City of Gdynia orders 30 Solaris Trollino trolleybuses with Li-ion battery packs for off-wire driving

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an electric drive powered by overhead wires—the Solaris vehicles commissioned by Gdynia will be fitted with additional batteries which enable driving off the traction line. Thanks to the batteries, these will manage to ride also on routes lacking traction lines.

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Jülich, ORNL researchers advance high energy density iron-air batteries

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A deeper understanding of the charging and discharging reactions is viewed as the key for the further development of this type of rechargeable battery to market maturity. Iron–air batteries draw their energy from a reaction of iron with oxygen. Batteries

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ION Energy acquires battery management company Freemens SAS

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Start-up ION Energy , a company building high-performance energy storage systems and electric vehicle infrastructure, has acquired the French battery management company, Freemens SAS. Their innovations and breakthroughs in life-extension of Lithium-ion batteries led to the founding of Freemens in 2011. FreeSafe Extended has three main features: battery cells management, power line management and advanced communications functionalities. Batteries

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Genesis unveils battery-electric high-performance Essentia Concept in New York

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Essentia is the brand’s first battery electric vehicle and features a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque, a robust, multi-motor electric powertrain, and a custom-tailored interior. Underneath the carbon-fiber monocoque of Essentia is a high-density battery pack and multiple electric motors.

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CMU study suggests difficulties in reaching targeted low price points for Li-ion batteries

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Historical prices and future cost predictions for lithium-ion batteries. The Tesla Model S, one of the most popular electric vehicles, has a battery pack that varies between 75 and 90 kWh, much larger than the 10.5 Batteries Manufacturing

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