MIT researchers use neural networks to speed materials design; 5 weeks vs 50 years for flow battery proof-of-concept

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When searching through theoretical lists of possible new materials for particular applications, such as batteries or other energy-related devices, there are often millions of potential materials that could be considered, and multiple criteria that need to be met and optimized at once.

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Penn State Li-ion battery design could charge an EV in 10 minutes; asymmetric temperature modulation

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Penn State researchers have developed a lithium-ion battery that charges at an elevated temperature to increase reaction rate but keeps the cell cool during discharge, showing the potential to add 200 miles of driving range to an electric car in 10 minutes. Batteries

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Drive System Design presents design methodology for accommodating future uncertainty in EV powertrain design: ePOP

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UK-based automotive engineering specialist Drive System Design (DSD) will present a system-level approach for EV powertrain design in a paper at the 17 th CTI China Symposium in Shanghai from 23-25 September. Electric (Battery

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Novelis creates first aluminum sheet battery enclosure solution; flat-rolled, cost-effective design

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has developed the first aluminum sheet battery enclosure solution to address customers’ needs in the rapidly growing electric vehicle and battery markets. The design incorporates direct feedback from industry partners as well as automotive design engineers. Novelis Inc.

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Researchers virtually ‘unwind’ lithium battery; strategies for improving design of cylindrical cells

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An international team led by researchers at UCL has revealed new insights into the workings of a commercial Li/MnO 2 primary battery by virtually “unrolling” its coil of electrode layers using an algorithm designed for papyrus scrolls. Batteries

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Novel Li-metal electrode design could lead to more powerful solid-state batteries

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Researchers at MIT and their colleagues are proposing a new design for electrodes that, based on the long-sought goal of using pure lithium metal as the anode, could lead to longer-lived batteries with higher energy densities. The design is part of a concept for developing safe all-solid-state batteries, dispensing with the liquid or polymer gel usually used as the electrolyte material between the battery’s two electrodes. Batteries Solid-state

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Altair adds Sendyne battery system simulation software to support advanced EV battery systems design

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Altair , a global technology company providing solutions in product development, high-performance computing and data intelligence, is adding the CellMod Virtual Battery by Sendyne to the Altair Partner Alliance. The default battery model for CellMod is the Panasonic NCR18650A.

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IBM Research announces heavy-metal-free battery design; partnering with Mercedes-Benz R&D to advance the discovery

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IBM Research announced a chemistry for a new battery based on three new and different proprietary materials, which does not use heavy metals or other substances with sourcing concerns. The materials for this battery are able to be extracted from seawater, laying the groundwork for less invasive sourcing techniques than current material mining methods. exceeding the power level that lithium-ion battery technology can achieve). Batteries

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Robert Allan Ltd. designs new battery-electric pilot boat

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It features a fully electric twin screw drivetrain and a substantial bank of high energy density batteries that are recharged from shore power. This boat is suited for short run applications of 5 nautical miles (NM) or less and where there is time between jobs to recharge the batteries.

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ORNL VIBE open-architecture framework for improved EV battery design

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VIBE provides an open architecture framework for pre-experimental design simulation as part of the CAEBAT program. They operate and interact across the porous 3D structure of the electrodes (cathodes and anodes); the solid or liquid electrolyte system; and the other battery components.

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Mercedes-Benz gradually increasing battery production in Kamenz plant

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Local battery production is an important success factor for Mercedes-Benz AG’s electric offensive and the key element to meet the global demand for electrified vehicles flexibly and efficiently. Battery production at Mercedes-Benz subsidiary Accumotive in Kamenz.

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NREL develops Internal Short Circuit (ISC) device to help improve Li-ion battery design

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed and patented an Internal Short Circuit (ISC) device capable of emulating latent defects that can cause escalating temperatures in lithium-ion batteries and lead to thermal runaway.

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Researchers use copper ions to enhance performance of Mg battery

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However, Mg batteries suffer from sluggish kinetics and poor reversibility, making it difficult to achieve high volumetric capacity. Adding a copper ion improves performance of new magnesium battery. Beyond being cheaper, magnesium-based batteries would also be safer.

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SAKOR Technologies provides new dyno to U Houston for testing electric motor, inverter and control system designs

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a recognized leader in the area of high-performance dynamometer systems, recently provided the University of Houston’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a dynamometer test system designed to test motor and inverter designs for use in hybrid and electric vehicle applications.

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UK Consortium in £8M project to design EV powertrain for global market

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GKN Automotive, Drive System Design and the University of Nottingham are collaborating on an £8-million (US$10 million) project to design and develop a world-leading electric vehicle powertrain for the global market. Electric (Battery) Motors Power Electronics Transmissions

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Berkeley Lab team designs active polyelectrolyte binder that allows for a doubling in capacity of conventional Li-sulfur battery

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The new polymer binder allows a doubling in capacity compared to a conventional lithium-sulfur battery, even after more than 100 charge cycles at high current densities. Without this information, rational design principles for polymer binders remain obscure. Batteries Li-Sulfur

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Wärtsilä introducing portfolio of hybrid tug designs

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The technology group Wärtsilä is introducing a new portfolio of tug designs, to be known as the Wärtsilä HYTug series, with the emphasis on environmental sustainability. Notably, the enhanced efficiency enables the total installed main engine power to be less than with conventional designs.

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ORNL team proposes new electrode design to mitigate risk of battery failure in accidents; inspired by safety glass

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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are proposing a new design concept for lithium-ion batteries that introduces slits in the electrodes—a feature which may mitigate the risk of battery failure during automobile accidents. Batteries

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MIT-led team devises new approach to designing solid ion conductors; implications for high-energy solid-state batteries

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The new approach, described in a paper in the RSC journal Energy and Environmental Science , could accelerate the development of high-energy solid-state lithium batteries, and possibly other energy storage and delivery devices such as fuel cells. That’s where the new design principle comes in.

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New cathode design and understanding of electrolyte delivers greater efficiency in magnesium-ion batteries

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Researchers have achieved a significant boost in the storage capacity of magnesium-ion batteries through a new design for the cathode and a new understanding of the electrolyte. In an open-access paper in the journal Nature Communications , they report a battery chemistry that utilizes magnesium mono-chloride cations in expanded titanium disulfide. The battery demonstrates the reversible intercalation of 1 and 1.7 That altogether lowers the battery’s efficiency.

2017 74

Volkswagen introduces near-series design study of the MEB-based flexible quick charging station at Geneva

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The Volkswagen Group Components brand will be showcasing the near-series design study of its flexible quick charging station at the Geneva Motor Show. By contrast, when it is permanently connected to the mains power grid, the battery pack continuously and independently recharges itself.

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PNNL, GM team develops design principle for stable silicon anodes for Li-ion batteries

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A team from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), with colleagues from General Motors R&D, has developed a design principle for stable high-capacity Li-ion battery silicon (Si) anodes of controlled thickness swelling, and synthesized a porous Si/C-graphite electrode as an example. Experimental data from the porous Si/C-graphite electrode showed excellent agreement with the theoretical design. Batteries

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Could Tesla's million-mile battery help it undercut gasoline vehicles in sticker price?

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A new Tesla battery could achieve that, according to a new report. New low-cost batteries designed to last a million miles are being developed to enable Tesla to sell electric cars profitably at the same price or less than comparable gasoline cars. Batteries

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Alstom signs first contract for battery-electric regional trains in Germany

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Following this order, Alstom offers all types of traction systems on the market as well as the full range of emission-free drives, from efficient electric motors to hydrogen fuel cells and advanced battery traction. They will have a top speed of 160 km/h in battery mode.

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Caltech team uses computational topology optimization to design silicon anode structures for Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at Caltech have used computational topology optimization methods to design optimal multifunctional silicon anode structures for lithium-ion batteries. One method to improve the Li-ion battery performance is to replace the traditional graphite anode with silicon.

2016 78

Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop preliminary design study

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Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk released the preliminary design study for what he call “The Hyperloop”—a new high-speed electric transportation system targeted for the the specific case of high-traffic city pairs (e.g., Electric (Battery) Rail Research Sustainability

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Volkswagen tests AI-informed design process to cut weight—and flaunt it

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Shoppers want more range, and each extra kilowatt-hour of lithium-ion battery-pack capacity adds as much weight as carrying 2 or 3 gallons of extra gasoline around all the time. Electric vehicle makers face a weight dilemma.

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New pomegranate-inspired design may bring silicon anodes for Li-ion batteries closer to commercialization

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Researchers at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, led by Professor Yi Cui, are proposing a new nanoscale design inspired by pomegranates for high energy capacity but large-volume-change lithium battery anodes such as those using silicon.

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AKASOL introducing new high energy battery system

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At the Battery Show North America 2019, AKASOL will present a wide portfolio of new solutions to the battery community. The company’s flagship product is the new high-energy lithium-ion battery AKASystemAKM CYC , which has entered serial development for the battery module and system.

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BMW i3 Tear-Down Videos Show Electric Car's Radical Design

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Videos Batteries Carbon Fiber plug-in cars youtubeBack in January, engineering firm Munro & Associates orchestrated a "tear-down" of a BMW i3 electric car at its facility near Detroit.

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Faradion receives first order for sodium-ion batteries for Australian market

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the leader in sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery technology, has received its first order from ICM Australia for high-energy sodium-ion batteries for use in the Australian market. Unlike lithium-ion batteries, Faradion’s sodium-ion batteries have exceptional thermal stability and safety.

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EV startup Atlis Motor Vehicles to host “Battery Day” to demo small-scale prototype of battery tech, XP platform

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Atlis Motor Vehicles, an electric vehicle technology startup designing an electric pickup truck (Atlis XT pickup), announced the first Atlis Battery Day event, where it will showcase early prototypes of its proprietary ultra-fast charging battery technology and 100% electric XP Platform.

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Lucid’s Atieva powers Formula E Season 6 with spec battery pack

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Atieva, the Silicon Valley-based technology wing of Lucid Motors, announced that the spec battery pack of its own design will power the entire 24-car Formula E field for the upcoming 2019/20 race season in association with its partners. Batteries Electric (Battery) Motorsport

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TIAX spins out Li-ion Advanced Battery Materials & Design Division to become separate company

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Lab-based technology development company TIAX will spin out its Advanced Battery Materials & Design Division on 1 May to become a separate company— CAMX Power LLC —to be co-located with TIAX and operate as its subsidiary. Batteries

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UCSD team offers roadmap of four challenges for solid-state battery commercialization

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In an open-access review paper published in Nature Nanotechnology , researchers at the University of California San Diego offer a research roadmap that includes four challenges that need to be addressed in order to advance all-solid-state batteries to commercialization. Why do batteries fail?

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Spreadable interlayer increases solid-state battery current density 10-fold, increases stability

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state lithium batteries (SSLBs) to realization, due to properties such as high ionic conductivity, stability under ambient conditions, wide electrochemical stability window, and inexpensive production. It is also very easy to apply the soft mass onto the lithium metal anode in the battery.

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NASA electric research plane designated the X-57, nickname: “Maxwell”; SCEPTOR

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NASA will test new propulsion technology using an experimental airplane now designated the X-57 and nicknamed “Maxwell.” The X-57 features 14 electric motors turning propellers, all of them integrated into a uniquely-designed wing. Aviation Electric (Battery

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Wärtsilä designing first hybrid propulsion system for fish farming ship

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Wärtsilä has been contracted to deliver the ship design for a new processing and transportation vessel to be built at the Balenciaga shipyard in Spain on behalf of Hav Line AS of Norway.

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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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Interplex introduces Cell-PLX battery interconnect systems

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Interplex, a leading provider of customized application solutions, has announced availability of the new Cell-PLX custom battery interconnect systems. As battery applications rapidly advance, flexibility and customization is key to success. Batteries

2019 93

GM reveals new Ultium batteries and flexible global platform for rapid growth of EV lineup

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The heart of GM’s strategy is a modular propulsion system and a highly flexible, third-generation global EV platform powered by proprietary Ultium batteries. GM’s all-new modular platform and battery system, Ultium. Ultium-powered EVs are designed for Level 2 and DC fast charging.

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Researchers demonstrate high-capacity Mn-rich Li-ion cathodes; a design pathway away from cobalt and nickel

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Researchers led by a team at UC Berkeley have demonstrated high-capacity manganese-rich cathodes for advanced lithium-ion batteries. Batteries

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Scania unveils modular battery-electric self-driving urban concept vehicle

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The cylindrical cell batteries are placed under the floor, thereby utilizing otherwise dead space as well as contributing to better weight distribution. With the low vehicle weight of less than eight tonnes, the range with present-day batteries is estimated at 245 kilometers.

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