Volvo Trucks NA offers battery-powered parking cooler

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Volvo Trucks North America introduced a battery-powered parking cooler as a factory-installed option for its VNM 630, VNL 630, VNL 670, VNL 730 and VNL 780 sleeper models. Smart energy management software is also included and protects the engine’s starting batteries from being run down.

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Calendar: 9th International Symposium: Advanced Battery Power – Kraftwerk Batterie

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Researchers, developers and users from industry, science and research will be discussing the latest trends, studies and findings from battery research from 29-30 March 2017 in Aachen, Germany at the English-language Advanced Battery Power Conference. Thackeray from the Argonne National Laboratory (Reflections on the Evolution of Metal Oxide Cathodes for Li-Ion Batteries) are among the keynote speakers.

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A123: Increasing 48V battery power up to ~25 kW enables advanced mild hybrid capabilities with greater fuel savings

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Improving battery power to such as level would further enable hybridization to near-HEV levels as well as engine downsizing, thereby enabling fuel economy improvements beyond the current 10-15% MHEV limit. Right: Generalized MHEV topology with advanced high-power 48V battery packs.

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Johnson Controls’ Lithium-ion batteries power Hybrid Range Rover

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Johnson Controls is supplying the Lithium-ion battery pack for the Hybrid Range Rover ( earlier post ), announced in 2013. Production of the cells and complete battery systems is underway at Johnson Controls’ manufacturing facility in Holland, Michigan.

Norwegian shipping industry pursuing battery-powered ships

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The Norwegian shipping industry is teaming up to develop battery-powered ships. Electricity stored in batteries on board ships is another opportunity in the future energy mix and another technology race has started. —Narve Mjøs, Director of Battery Projects in DNV. The Viking Lady, owned by Eidesvik Offshore, will have a battery package installed this spring. Later on, Norled will install a battery package on board an existing diesel-electric ferry.

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Audi Presents Battery-Powered A3 e-tron Prototype

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The growth of Audi’s ever-expanding family of ‘e-tron’ electrified concept cars and prototypes shows no signs of slowing with two more additions joining the fold this month alone, the latest being the battery-powered A3 e-tron revealed this week.

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BP selects Tesla batteries for pilot storage project at US wind farm

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BP Wind Energy, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Rolling Thunder I Power Partners LLC, has signed a purchase agreement to install a high-storage battery at its Titan 1 Wind Farm in South Dakota. The 212 kW / 840 kWh battery, supplied by Tesla, will be integrated with the wind farm and configured to help manage internal electricity demands of turbines when wind isn’t blowing. The battery storage project is expected to launch at the site during the second half of 2018.

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DOE issues $10M incubator FOA for batteries, power electronics, engines, materials, fuels and lubricants

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VTO is seeking projects that address the major challenges to developing and commercializing batteries for plug?in energy batteries. ion batteries is approximately four times too high on a kWh basis; current batteries are two to three times too heavy and large, and high? energy batteries struggle to meet PEV cycle and calendar life requirements; and. ion batteries are not intrinsically tolerant to abusive conditions.

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All-Electric SRT Viper: Battery-Powered Supercar On Sale Now

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With hybrid supercars starting to appear at last--the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1 among them--many electric-car fans wonder when we''ll see another battery-electric supercar to follow the Tesla Roadster. One already exists, it turns out--and we didn''t even notice. You can literally put a plug-in electric SRT Viper in your garage today if you

DOE announces $26.6M SBIR/STTR FY15 Phase 1 Release 2 awards; fuel cells, batteries, power electronics and efficient combustion engines

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Of these, 16 are vehicle-related, encompassing projects developing batteries, power electronics and improved combustion engine technology including on-board reformers, and two are specifically hydrogen fuel cell-related. Fuel Cell-Battery Electric Hybrid for Utility or Municipal MD or HD Bucket Trucks (H2BT) The fuel cell bucket truck has no emission and saves 1,400 gallons of diesel fuel per year. Batteries Engines Fuel Cells Hydrogen Li-Sulfur Power Electronics

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Plans revealed for battery powered Mercedes

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The automotive lithium-ion battery joint venture formed between Daimler AG and Evonik Industries last year, known as Deutsche Accumotive GmbH & Co. It is hoped that the lithium-ion battery systems will start to appear in Mercedes vehicles beginning in 2012. The site is close to Li-Tec Battery GmbH, another joint venture between Daimler and Evonik. KG Evonik Lithium-ion batteries Smart car

Nissan providing residual battery power forecast and use information services to LEAF owners

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introduced two services through the Nissan LEAF owners’ website and smartphone applications: one that precisely forecasts the LEAF’s remaining battery capacity when it arrives at a destination; and the other called “Minna no Syouhi Denryoku (Energy Usage Database)” (available in Japan and North America). By reviewing the battery level forecast and recorded energy usage at the same time, drivers can make a more accurate plan for charging until they arrive at their destination.

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UK’s Network Rail developing a prototype battery-powered train; trying Li-ion and sodium-nickel batteries

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The UK’s Network Rail, the company that runs, maintains and develops Britain’s rail tracks, signaling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts and 17 key stations, is part of an industry study into the feasibility of using battery electric trains on parts of the railway which have not been electrified. A battery-powered train could use non-electrified and diesel lines, and recharge their batteries at terminal stations—i.e.,

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Mercedes-Benz Introduces the Battery-Powered A-Class E-CELL; Production Run of 500

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Mercedes-Benz is introducing the A-Class E-CELL, a compact five-seat battery-electric car with a range of more than 200 km (124 miles) (NEDC), targeted as a family EV for urban areas. The E-CELL is powered by twin Li-ion battery packs with a combined capacity of 36 kWh.

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Electric Boats: As In Cars, Battery Power Offers Advantages On The Water

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The world now has something around half a million plug-in electric cars on the roads, and electric propulsion is slowly spreading into other types of transportation. One of them is electric boats, which have been around for more than a century but are now seeing renewed interest. Just as with automobiles at the turn of the last century

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Fraunhofer IAF develops first monolithically integrated GaN half bridge for voltage converters for e-mobility

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In power electronics components, this is the standard volt class for grid-connected electrical devices, ranging from tablets and washing machines to e-bikes and electric cars. A switching frequency of up to 3 MHz allows us to achieve a much greater power density.

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ARPA-E launches PNDIODES program to boost power electronics work

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has launched a new program—Power Nitride Doping Innovation Offers Devices Enabling SWITCHES (PNDIODES) ( DE-FOA-0001691 )—to fund transformational advances and mechanistic understanding in the process of selective area doping in the III-Nitride wide band gap (WBG) semiconductor material system. ARPA-E Electric (Battery) Power Electronics

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Mazda To Convert Three Mazda 2's to Battery Power

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Mazda is one of only a handful of companies who remain uncommitted to electric vehicles. Up until now, the company has shown little interest in anything with alternative propulsion. Over the past year, they have dismissed a possible hybrid model, then confirmed a hybrid model, discredited EVs and so on. Now, even Mazda has entered into the EV

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UK’s biggest trial of electric cars converts drivers to battery power

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Drivers taking part in the UK’s Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle demonstration (ULCV) trial were won over by the electric vehicles they drove, with an overwhelming majority reporting that they impressed by the vehicle performance. What’s more, of the 349 participating drivers, 80 per cent said they coul[.].

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Siemens and AES to form global energy storage technology joint venture: Fluence

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Fluence will operate independently of its parent companies, combining the capabilities and expertise from Siemens’ battery-based energy storage solutions group under the Energy Management division with AES’ subsidiary, AES Energy Storage. Together, the two companies have deployed or have been awarded 48 projects totaling 463 MW of battery-based energy storage across 13 countries, including the world’s largest lithium-ion battery-based energy storage project near San Diego, California.

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ARPA-E awards $30M to 21 projects advance new class of high-performance power converters

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CIRCUITS project teams will accelerate the development and deployment of a new class of efficient, lightweight, and reliable power converters, based on wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors. CIRCUITS projects will establish the building blocks of this class of power converter by advancing higher efficiency designs that exhibit enhanced reliability and superior total cost of ownership. SiC-Based Wireless Power Transformation for Data Centers & Medium-Voltage Applications.

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Axeon publishes free guide to battery power

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Axeon, Europe’s largest independent lithium-ion automotive battery systems supplier, has published a ‘Guide to Batteries’ to help industry stakeholders understand current battery technology and how it relates to the automotive sector. A world-leader in battery systems, Axeon is committed to providing clear knowledge and information on battery technology to promote greater understanding of how batteries [.]. Tags: Electric cars Axeon battery.

Sumitomo installs first large-scale power system using used EV batteries

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Sumitomo Corporation has developed and installed the first large-scale power storage system which utilizes used batteries collected from electric vehicles. in September 2010, to address the secondary use of EV lithium-ion batteries.

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Coritech Services orders Ideal Power’s bi-directional battery converters for DoD vehicle-to-grid program

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Ideal Power Inc., Coritech intends to install the battery converters in its bi-directional electric vehicle charging system for use in Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) applications for the Department of Defense (DoD). Electric (Battery) Power Electronics V2X

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New lithium polysulfide flow battery for large-scale energy storage

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Stanford / SLAC’s new lithium-polysulfide flow battery design compared to conventional “redox” flow batteries. The new flow battery uses only one tank and pump and uses a simple coating instead of an expensive membrane to separate the anode and cathode.

MIT team calls initial performance results of magnesium-antimony liquid metal battery “promising”

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Sectioned Mg||Sb liquid metal battery operated at 700 °C showing the three stratified liquid phases upon cooling to room temperature. Antimony is less costly and more earth-abundant than Bi and Te, but until now had not been demonstrated in a liquid metal battery.

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M5BAT 5MW storage system integrates multiple battery technologies

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electric utility company, battery manufacturers Exide and beta-motion and inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) have joined forces to build the first multi-technology, modular large-scale 5MW battery storage system. The unique feature of the M5BAT (Modular Multimegawatt, Multitechnology Medium-Voltage Battery Storage System) storage system lies in its modular design, which combines different battery technologies for optimal use. The E.ON

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Sandia researchers developing new family of metal-based ionic liquids for low-cost, efficient flow batteries

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Schematic of a redox flow battery. The ionically conductive ILs act as both electrolyte and active material in flow batteries, and are based on inexpensive, non-toxic materials that are readily available within the US, such as iron, copper and manganese.

Consortium successfully runs silicon carbide multiport DC-DC converter in EV

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The converter controls power flow between multiple energy sources and has been able to achieve efficiency of 98.7%, while increasing power density and reducing the size and weight of the converter when compared to silicon-based systems. This has resulted in a significant reduction in the size of the magnetic components and has enabled the converter to achieve an efficiency of 98.7%, a gravimetric power density of 10.5 kW/kg and a volumetric power density of 20 kW/liter.

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Rechargeable membrane-less hydrogen bromine flow battery shows high power density

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MIT researchers have engineered a new rechargeable, membrane-less hydrogen bromine laminar flow battery with high power density. The membrane-less design enables power densities of 0.795?W?cm 2 at room temperature and atmospheric pressure, with a round-trip voltage efficiency of 92% at 25% of peak power. For applications that require the storage of large quantities of energy economically and efficiently, flow batteries have received renewed attention.

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Stanford study quantifies energetic costs of grid-scale energy storage over time; current batteries the worst performers; the need to improve cycle life by 3-10x

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Using a new metric—“Energy Stored on Invested, ESOI”—they concluded that batteries were the worst performers, while compressed air energy storage (CAES) performed the best, followed by pumped hydro storage (PHS). Most importantly, for grid integrated storage, cycle life must be improved to improve the scalability of battery technologies. The data revealed that all five battery technologies have high embodied-energy costs compared with pumped hydroelectric storage.

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Lux: future use of wide bandgap materials in power electronics will reduce EV cost

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Power savings in plug-in vehicles versus total savings per car. Using wide bandgap (WBG) materials such as silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN)s for power electronics can improve efficiency and thereby reduce the high cost of battery packs, according to a new report from Lux Research. As silicon struggles to meet higher performance standards, WBG materials are benefiting critically from evolving battery economics. Electric (Battery) Power Electronics

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SwRI to demonstrate use of electric vehicles as part of emergency power microgrid under US Army SPIDERS program

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is a member of a team that was recently awarded a $7-million contract from the US Army Corps of Engineers to demonstrate integration of electric vehicles, generators and solar arrays to supply emergency power for Fort Carson, Colo. Demonstration (JCTD) called the Smart Power Infrastructure. independent from the bulk power grid (i.e., infrastructure from power loss. power during emergencies by. utility power.

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New nanoparticle copper compound cathode could enable low-cost, long-life and high-power potassium-ion batteries for grid storage

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Yi Cui has developed nanoparticle copper hexacyanoferrate (CuHCF) battery cathode materials that demonstrate long cycle life and high power for use in grid storage applications. Stationary energy storage systems that can operate for many cycles, at high power, with high round-trip energy efficiency, and at low cost are required. Potassium will just zoom in and zoom out, so you can have an extremely high-power battery. A team at Stanford led by Prof.

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PNNL team develops sodium-manganese oxide electrodes for sodium-ion rechargeable batteries

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low-cost Na-ion battery system for upcoming power and energy. Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries perform well, but are too expensive for widespread use on the grid. Sodium-ion batteries have been discussed in the literature. Na-ion batteries.

The Net-Zero Neighborhood: Advanced Energy Storage and Highly Efficient Photovoltaics Take Transportation Off the Gasoline Grid and Residential Off the Electric Grid

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Actually delivering commercially viable 500-mile batteries will require exascale computing—i.e., If we are going to create some of the batteries, you better be ready to crank out some cycles.” Tags: Batteries Power Generation Smart Grid Solar

Enova Introduces Next-Generation Omni-series Inverter; First US Government Order for Ze Van

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Enova Systems has introduced its next-generation of power electronics with the new Omni-series 200kVA-capable power inverter for hybrid-electric and all-electric medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Tags: Electric (Battery) Power Electronics The Omni-series inverter.

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A123 Systems to supply 1MW Li-ion grid storage system to Maui Electric Company; 2MW system for NSTAR demonstration

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Li-ion battery maker A123 Systems will supply a Grid Battery System (GBS) to Maui Electric Company (MECO), a utility serving residents and businesses on the islands of Maui, Lanai and Molokai in Hawaii. The system, NSTAR’s first battery energy storage project, is proposed for installation at a substation in Medway, Mass. A123’s GBS applies the technology used in hybrid electric transportation to meet the power sector’s growing need for energy storage.

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A123 Systems to supply Li-ion energy storage system to Dongfang Electric Corporation for evaluation for wind power solutions

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Li-ion battery manufacturer A123 Systems will supply a 500kW Li-ion energy storage solution to Dongfang Electric Corporation (DEC), the third largest manufacturer of wind turbines in the People’s Republic of China and the country’s largest exporter of power equipment. The government has set ambitions goals to increase wind power in China to about 170GW by 2020, and DEC looks forward to doing our part to help reach this target. Batteries Power Generation Wind

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PNNL study outlines requirements for grid storage, reviews four electrochemical energy storage systems: vanadium redox flow, Na-beta, Li-ion and lead-carbon

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published in the ACS journal Chemical Reviews , reviews in detail four stationary storage systems considered the most promising candidates for electrochemical energy storage: vanadium redox flow; sodium-beta alumina membrane; lithium-ion; and lead-carbon batteries. Lithium-ion battery.

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