Sulfur-carbon nanofiber composite for solid-state Li-sulfur batteries

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Researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan have developed an active sulfur material and carbon nanofiber (S-CNF) composite material for all-solid-state Li-sulfur batteries using a low-cost and straightforward liquid phase process. Batteries Li-Sulfur Solid-state

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SGL Carbon to produce carbon fiber battery housing cover for BMW Group

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The BMW Group has selected SGL Carbon to produce a cover component for battery enclosures. This substantial multi-year order will include the production of an innovative glass-fiber-based cover plate for the battery housing for usage in a future plug-in hybrid model of BMW Group. Carbon fibers are ideal for especially stressed structures or load-bearing elements, such as the underbody panels and side frames. Batteries Electric (Battery) Materials

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LG Chem investing $53M to expand carbon nanotube production; targeting EVs and batteries

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LG Chem will invest about 65 billion KRW (US$ 53 million) by Q1 of next year to expand the production of carbon nanotubes (CNT) by 1,200 tons at its Yeosu plant in Korea. Batteries Manufacturing Materials

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Lightning Systems reaccredited under bp’s Advancing Low Carbon Program

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Lightning Systems, a leading developer of zero-emission powertrains, has received reaccreditation under bp’s Advancing Low Carbon (ALC) program. The ALC program was created by bp to encourage bp and its partners to identify lower carbon opportunities.

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C2CNT process converts flue gas from natural gas power plant into carbon nanotubes

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On 26 July, the first flue gas from the natural gas power plant, the Shepard Energy Center in Calgary, Canada, was directly transformed by the C2CNT process ( earlier post ) into carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes grown by C2CNT directly from carbon dioxide (SEM and TEM imaging).

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MIT engineers develop efficient means of carbon capture using electrochemical cell

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Researchers at MIT have developed a new, efficient way to capture carbon that addresses the inherent inefficiencies ( earlier post ) of incumbent technologies, due to their thermal energy losses, large footprint or degradation of sorbent material.

2019 124

Mercedes-Benz shops around for its battery cells—and goes carbon-neutral with them

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Earlier this month at the Frankfurt auto show, Mercedes-Benz announced that it would source battery cells from carbon-neutral production for the first time. Batteries

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Could carbon-fiber electric-vehicle bodies double as ‘mass-less’ batteries?

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Automakers seem to be in agreement that the ‘skateboard’ location for heavy battery packs—low and wide beneath the passenger floor—is the ideal layout for electric vehicles. Researchers in Sweden have examined the possibility of using the vehicle shell as a battery casing. Batteries future Carbon Fiber research

PNNL team pinpoints cause of dendrites and whiskers in lithium batteries; ethylene carbonate a culprit

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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have uncovered a root cause of the growth of dendrites and whiskers that plague lithium batteries, sometimes causing a short circuit, failure, or even a fire. Both can pierce the separator inside a battery. Batteries

2019 107

SGL Carbon receives substantial contract for composite battery enclosures from N American automaker

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Composite battery enclosures from SGL Carbon. The carbon fibers and fabrics as well as the assembled components come from SGL Carbon’s fully integrated value chain. The battery cases also need to be very stiff to support driving dynamics.

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Licht Group reports high-yield, low-energy synthesis of carbon nano-onions from CO2

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Stuart Licht ( earlier post ) report a process for the high-yield, low-energy synthesis of carbon nano-onions (CNOs) by electrolysis of CO 2 in molten carbonate. The source of CO 2 to produce CNOs can be industrial flue gas, or direct air carbon capture.

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Study links carbon fiber microstructure to Li insertion mechanism in structural batteries

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Carbon fibers have already beeen demonstrated as high-capacity Li-ion battery anodes, opening the way for their use as structural electrodes—i.e., The researchers studied the microstructure of different types of commercially available carbon fibers.

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Argosy Minerals announces first shipment of lithium carbonate from Rincon project

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lithium carbonate product from its industrial-scale pilot plant operations at the Rincon Lithium Project in Salta Province, Argentina. lithium carbonate product. Batteries Manufacturing Materials

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PNNL team develops carbon nanotube-silicon microspheres as high-performance Li-ion anodes

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Silicon is an appealing anode material for Li-ion batteries because it can hold about 10 times the electrical charge per gram compared to graphite. The composite electrodes of carbon-nanotube@silicon@carbon-graphite with a practical loading (3?mAh?cm Batteries

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NSF awards Saratoga Energy grant to advance production of carbon nanotubes from CO2 for batteries closer to market

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Saratoga Energy has won a National Science Foundation grant to scale up its breakthrough process for generating low-cost, top quality carbon nanotubes from carbon dioxide for use in making high-performance Li-ion batteries, such as those used in electric vehicles, grid storage, and military and aerospace applications. Manufacturers use carbon nanotubes as a conductive additive along with anode and cathode materials as part of the battery-making process.

2018 69

Mercedes' carbon-neutral future, Volvo's battery suppliers, Honda's EV: Today's Car News

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And Volvo names its battery suppliers. Volvo took an unusual step in naming its official battery suppliers for its upcoming electric vehicles, like the Polestar 2 and the upcoming all-electric version. Mercedes-Benz plans to go all-renewable—globally.

2019 105

Mercedes-Benz partners with Farasis for battery cells from carbon-neutral production

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Mercedes-Benz announced a partnership with China-based Farasis Energy ( earlier post ) for the supply of battery cells produced with electricity from renewable energies as well as recycling and the observance of human rights in the supply chain. Farasis uses electricity produced from renewable energy sources such as hydropower, wind and solar energy in the production of the battery cells. Batteries Recycling Sustainability

2019 65

Electric cars emit less carbon than average U.S. new car, everywhere in the world

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The answer is yes, but the carbon emissions per mile of an electric car—properly measured on a wells-to-wheels basis—are virtually always lower than those of a gasoline or diesel car. Carbon Footprint greenhouse gas climate change carbon dioxide electric utilities plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) wells to wheels

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New high-performance foldable cathode for Li-S batteries based on 3D activated carbon fiber matrix

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A team at Sun Yat-sen University in China has developed new high-performance, stable cathode for Li-S batteries consisting of a 3D activated carbon fiber matrix (ACFC) and sulfur. A commercial foldable activated carbon fiber cloth (ACFC) was used as cathode matrix.

Stora Enso building €10M pilot plant to produce hard carbon from lignin; electrode materials

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Stora Enso is investing €10 million to build a pilot facility for producing bio-based carbon materials based on lignin. Wood-based carbon can be utilized as a crucial component in batteries typically used in consumer electronics, the automotive industry and large-scale energy storage systems. With the new investment, Stora Enso will pilot the processing of lignin into a carbon intermediate for electrode materials. Batteries Biomass

2019 114

Volvo Cars inaugurates new battery assembly line at Ghent manufacturing plant

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Volvo Cars formally inaugurated a new battery assembly line at its Belgian manufacturing plant in Ghent, where it will start building its first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge P8, later this year. Batteries Electric (Battery) Manufacturing

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Group14 closes $18M in financing to scale-up silicon-carbon composite anode material

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The new funds will be used to scale-up manufacturing of a next-generation silicon-carbon composite anode material and advance into commercial production. When the automotive industry is fully electrified, there will be a nearly trillion-dollar battery industry, 25 times bigger than today.

2019 86

Sulfur-loaded carbon aerogel as cathode for Li-S battery offers improved cyclic stability

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Researchers at South China Normal University in Guangzhou have developed a novel composite of sulfur loaded in micropore-rich carbon aerogel (CA-S) for use as a cathode in Li-sulfur batteries. These issues limit the practical application of lithium-sulfur battery.

2016 97

Saint Jean Carbon building a high performance lithium-ion battery with recycled/upcycled material

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Saint Jean Carbon Inc., a carbon science company engaged in the design and build of energy storage carbon materials, and a battery manufacturing partner will build a high-powered full-scale lithium-ion battery with recycled/upcycled material from an electric car power pack and upcycled anode material from Saint Jean Carbon. Batteries Lifecycle analysis Materials Recycling Sustainability

2016 99

SABIC acquires majority stake in carbon nanotube business for energy storage applications

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BDS produces and commercializes MOLECULAR REBAR, a proprietary technology of modified carbon nanotubes that offers potential for enhancing the performance of energy storage applications using lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries. Batteries Nanotech

2019 115

Mazda electric car, Mercedes’ carbon-neutral batteries, the cheapest EV: Today’s Car News

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Daimler is shopping around for its battery cells but being very particular about what goes into them. Mazda is readying its first electric car for multiple markets. And Honda is greening its manufacturing in the U.S. This and more today at Green Car Reports.

2019 69

GWU research team C2CNT advances to the final round of the Carbon XPRIZE; CO2 to carbon nanotubes

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Stuart Licht, a chemistry professor at the George Washington University, and his team of researchers are among the finalists announced today in the $20-million Carbon XPRIZE competition. The carbon dioxide is bubbled into, and dissolved in, a molten carbonate bath.

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U Tokyo TFEP electrolyte solvent enables safer high-voltage, high energy-density Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at the Graduate School of Engineering and Graduate School of Science at the University of Tokyo have designed and synthesized a fluorinated cyclic phosphate solvent, 2-(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)-1,3,2-dioxaphospholane 2-oxide (TFEP), for use in lithium-ion batteries.

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Researchers convert atmospheric CO2 to carbon nanofibers and nanotubes for use as anodes in Li-ion and Na-ion batteries

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Researchers from George Washington University and Vanderbilt University have demonstrated the conversion of atmospheric CO 2 into carbon nanofibers (CNFs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for use as high-performance anodes in both lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries. STEP is an efficient solar chemical process, based on a synergy of solar thermal and endothermic electrolyses, designed to convert greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into a useful carbon commodity.

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China team devises boron-doped carbon-sulfur aerogel with consecutive core-shell structures for high-capacity, long-life Li-S battery

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Researchers at Jiangsu Normal University in China have devised a boron-doped carbon-sulfur (BCS) aerogel with consecutive “core-shell” stuctures as a binder-free cathode for lithium-sulfur batteries. These problems result in low specific capacity and poor cycling life of Li-S batteries.

2018 99

Carbon offsets, silicon-wafer batteries, Porsche Turbo S plug-in: Today's Car News

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Porsche rolls out one very fast plug-in SUV, just after it outlined a carbon-offset program. And are silicon-wafer batteries a good idea? Could more moss clean city air? All this and more on Green Car Reports. The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is the quickest, fastest SUV ever presented from the performance brand. Perhaps it wasn’t. Today in Car News

Dual-Carbon Battery: Same Energy Density, Safer, Longer Life Than Lithium-Ion, Says Power Japan Plus

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In the search for better electric-car batteries, lots of lab research has to happen before anything can be announced. Today, a company called Power Japan Plus came out of stealth mode to unveil a new battery chemistry, with both electrodes--anode and cathode--made of carbon.

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EALABC paper outlines approach to 48V hybrid systems with advanced lead-carbon batteries

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The European Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (EALABC) is delivering a paper this week outlining the consortium’s approach to 48V hybridization at the 2 nd International Conference on Advanced Automotive 48V Power Supply Systems in Düsseldorf. 48V Batteries Hybrids

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Silicon/soft-carbon nanohybrid as high-performance anode for Li-ion batteries

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A team from Samsung R&D and Shinshu University has developed a silicon/soft-carbon nanohybrid anode material for high performance lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Addition of 5 wt % fluoroethylene carbonate (FEC) to the electrolyte improved the retention up to 81.3% Batteries

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UCSD study: under current policies, home energy storage would often increase carbon emissions

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Under current policies, home energy storage systems would also often increase carbon emissions, according to a study by a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Batteries Behavior Market Background

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Japanese start-up seeks to commercialize dual-carbon battery technology; anion intercalation

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Start-up Power Japan Plus announced plans to commercialize a dual-carbon battery technology, which it calls the Ryden dual carbon battery. Power Japan Plus says that its battery currently offers energy density comparable to a lithium-ion battery, but with a much more rapid rate of charge and the ability for full discharge over a much longer functional lifetime with improved safety and cradle-to-cradle sustainability. Both electrodes are carbon (e.g.,

2014 118

China team develops new high-performance cathode for Li-sulfur batteries

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Jian Liu and Prof.Zhongshuai Wu from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed Fe 1-x S-decorated mesoporous carbon spheres as a cathode material for lithium-sulfur batteries. Batteries Li-SulfurResearchers led by Prof.

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Researchers synthesize new 2D carbon-sulfur MAX-phase-derived material for Li-S battery electrode

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Drexel researchers, along with colleagues at Aix-Marseille University in France, have synthesized two-dimensional carbon/sulfur (C/S) nanolaminate materials. Sulfur-infiltrated carbon nanomaterials are currently considered promising cathode materials for Li-S batteries.

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Volkswagen striving to make production of the electric ID. carbon-neutral

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From a lifecycle view, this additional carbon burden is offset compared to the combustion engine vehicle during the use phase, as EVs rack up zero-emission miles that eventually pull the EV ahead of the ICE. Electric (Battery) Lifecycle analysis Manufacturing Materials

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Trojan Battery showcasing new lines of Smart Carbon deep-cycle batteries

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Trojan Battery, Co. will showcase its new lines of deep-cycle lead-acid batteries featuring Smart Carbon technology which addresses the impact of partial state of charge (PSOC) on cycling batteries in renewable energy (RE), inverter backup and remote telecom applications. Smart Carbon is designed to enhance life and performance of Trojan batteries operating in PSOC. Trojan Battery offers a portfolio of deep-cycle flooded, AGM and gel batteries.

Recycling diesel carbon nanoparticles for Li-ion battery electrodes

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In a paper published in the Journal of Power Sources , a team from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University report showing that diesel carbon nanoparticles collected from diesel engines can be chemically activated to create a porous structure. The resulting nanostructured carbon electrodes have a high specific capacity of 936 mAh g ?1

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Enter BMW — with Carbon Fiber

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BMW MegaCity Urban Electric Car To Be Built of Carbon Fiber. First, the raw feedstock to make carbon fibers–just call it a “polacrylonitrile-based precursor&# –is made in Japan by a joint venture between SGL and Mitsubishi Rayon and flown to the U.S. The actual carbon fibers themselves are fabricated at Moses Lake, after which they’re flown to Germany, where they’re processed into lightweight fabrics in Wackersdorf. 2009 BMW Concept ActiveE.

BNEF report finds hydrogen promising decarbonization pathway, but carbon prices and emissions policies required

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Note: Clean hydrogen refers to both renewable and low-carbon hydrogen (from fossil-fuels with CCS). Clean hydrogen can also be made using fossil fuels if the carbon is captured and stored, but this is likely to be more expensive, the report finds.

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