Japan team evaluates battery-assisted low-cost hydrogen production from solar energy

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Researchers from Japan’s NIMS (National Institute for Materials Science), the University of Tokyo and Hiroshima University have jointly conducted a techno-economic analysis for hydrogen production from photovoltaic power generation (PV) utilizing a battery-assisted electrolyzer.

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Fraunhofer researchers develop new low-cost dry-film electrode production process

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden have developed a new battery cell production process that coats the electrodes of the energy storage cells with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals. Batteries Solid-state

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USABC awards $4.8M to Zenlabs Energy to develop low-cost, fast-charge EV batteries

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in Fremont, California for development of low-cost, fast-charge (LC/FC) battery technology for electric vehicles (EVs). The contract award, which includes a 50% cost share, funds a 30-month project that began last month. Batteries Electric (Battery

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Tokyo Tech team develops low-cost germanium-free solid electrolyte for Li-ion batteries

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Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have devised a low-cost, scalable approach to developing all-solid-state batteries, improving prospects for scaling up the technology for widespread use in electric vehicles, communications and other industrial applications.

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Harvard team demonstrates new metal-free organic–inorganic aqueous flow battery; potential breakthrough for low-cost grid-scale storage

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The new flow battery developed by the Harvard team already performs as well as vanadium flow batteries, with chemicals that are significantly less expensive and with no precious-metal electrocatalyst. The active components of electrolytes in most flow batteries have been metals.

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UT Austin team devises new strategy for safe, low-cost, all-solid-state rechargeable Na or Li batteries suited for EVs

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With this glass, a rechargeable battery with a metallic lithium or sodium anode and an insertion-compound as cathode may require a polymer or liquid catholyte in contact with the cathode. BatteriesResearchers at the University of Texas at Austin, including Prof.

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TM4 receiving $3.7M to develop low-cost wheel motors

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million in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s (SDTC) SD Tech Fund, through the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, to develop low-cost wheel motors for electric and hybrid vehicles. The objective of this project is to design an in-wheel motor electric drive system with one of the highest power densities in the world, and at the lowest possible cost. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Motors TM4, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, is receiving $3.7

U of Waterloo team develops low-cost approach to stabilize Li metal anodes

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Researchers at the University of Waterloo (Canada) have developed a low-cost and scalable approach that tackles the stabilization of Li metal electrodes by forming a single-ion-conducting and stable protective surface layer in vivo. Li metal batteries offer promise as next-generation electrochemical storage devices for electric vehicle applications due to lithium’s highest specific capacity (3,840 mA hr g -1 ) and its lowest reduction potential (-3.04

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Researchers demonstrate use of 3D printing to produce and operate light-weight, low-cost electrolyzers

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The use of 3D printing allows construction of light-weight, low-cost electrolyzers and the rapid prototyping of flow field design. reported that the bipolar plate assembly is the highest cost component in the stack, representing nearly 40% of the overall cost.

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New Na-ion battery combining intercalation and conversion could be promising low-cost energy storage system

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Scheme of the new full sodium-ion battery, which combines an intercalation cathode and a conversion anode. A team led by Yang-Kook Sun at Hanyang University (South Korea), Bruno Scrosati at University of Rome Sapienza, and Khalil Amine at Argonne National Laboratory reports the development of a sodium-ion battery based on a carbon-coated Fe 3 O 4 anode, Na[Ni 0.25 The full battery operated reversibly around 2.4 Under test conditions, the battery showed 82.8% Batterie

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Georgia Tech team develops simple, low-cost process for oxide nanowires; superior separators for Li-ion batteries

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The process could significantly lower the cost of producing the one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures, enabling a broad range of uses in lightweight structural composites, advanced sensors, electronic devices—and thermally-stable and strong battery membranes able to withstand temperatures of more than 1,000 ˚C. Fabricated separators based on aluminum oxide nanowires enhanced the safety and rate capabilities of lithium-ion batteries. Batteries Materials Nanotech

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New low-cost bio-inspired nanostructured MoS2 catalyst performs almost as efficiently as Pt for hydrogen production

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While Pt nanoparticles represent the current benchmark for HER electrocatalysis, the elemental scarcity, high cost, and poor stability against nanoparticle coarsening and agglomeration impose practical limitations and motivate the need for a next generation of alternative HER catalysts.

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Semcon develops prototype low-cost smart motor for turning any bike electric

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The units costs less than €100 (US$114) to assemble and can easily be transferred between bikes. To maximize battery life, the engine detects the cyclist’s pedalling and is only active at speeds between 7 and 25 km/h (4.4

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More details emerge on low-cost electric car from Renault-Nissan for 2020

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The two automakers have dominated global battery-electric car sales with the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe, as well as lower-volume models like the Nissan e-NV200 and Renault Kangoo ZE electric vans. The Renault-Nissan Alliance's plans for future electric cars are beginning to come into focus. But many of the automakers' electric models are due for. Renault plug-in cars Renault-Nissan

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DSD to reveal low cost 48V e-drive architecture concepts at CTI Symposium

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Dr. John Reeve, DSD UK Chief Engineer, will present a paper entitled “A study of compact architectures using multiple 48V e-drives to create a low cost 30–45 kW full hybrid system.”. For example, each additional electric drive and energy store (battery and/or capacitor) may be entirely self-contained, with its capacity and location optimally selected for its particular purpose and duty cycle. Consumers and manufacturers are seeking lower cost solutions for hybrid powertrains.

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Stanford team reports new low-cost, non-precious metal catalyst for water splitting with performance close to platinum

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Researchers at Stanford University, with colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other institutions, have developed a nickel-based electrocatalyst for low-cost water-splitting for hydrogen production with performance close to that of much more expensive commercial platinum electrocatalysts.

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GWU team develops low-cost, high-yield one-pot synthesis of carbon nanofibers from atmospheric CO2

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A team led by Dr. Stuart Licht at The George Washington University in Washington, DC has developed a low-cost, high-yield and scalable process for the electrolytic conversion of atmospheric CO 2 dissolved in molten carbonates into carbon nanofibers (CNFs.)

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Tata Technologies displays eMO low-cost city EV engineering study at Detroit Show

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kWh air-cooled battery pack. kWh battery pack, and has an estimated range of 100 miles (161 km). kWh battery pack, which is air-cooled via a small tunnel running forward from the base of the battery. Electric (Battery The eMO study.

Poland-based Romet Introduces Low-Cost NEV Prototype

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The two-seater is powered by two BLDC motors, with total power of about 4 kW, and is powered by a Li-ion or lead-acid battery pack, with a capacity of about 10 kWh.

Low-cost N-doped interlayer derived from loofah sponge enables high-performance Li-S, Li-Se and LiI2 batteries

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Researchers from Griffith University in Australia and Peking University in China have synthesized low-cost, hierarchically porous, and nitrogen-doped loofah sponge carbon (N-LSC) derived from the loofah sponge via a simple calcining process and applied it as a multifunctional blocking layer for Li–S, Li–Se, and Li–I 2 batteries. Thus, rechargeable batteries with high power density and energy density cathodes are crucial to electrochemical energy storage systems.

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New aqueous rechargeable lithium battery shows good safety, high reliability, high energy density and low cost; another post Li-ion alternative

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Schematic illustration of the aqueous rechargeable lithium battery (ARLB) using the coated lithium metal as anode, LiMn 2 O 4 as cathode and 0.5 During the same charge and discharge process, the temperature of this system will be much lower than that for conventional lithium ion batteries.

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Nissan And Mitsubishi To Join Forces On Low-Cost Electric Minicar

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Mitsubishi was the earliest maker to launch a modern battery-electric small car and sell it in volume, and Nissan has emerged as by far the world''s highest-volume seller of electric cars. Now the two makers have announced they''re teaming up to develop an inexpensive electric minicar. According to Nikkei, it will go into production before the end

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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. Cost is a greater concern.

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Georgia Tech study suggests unlinking EVs from CAFE and coordinating with power sector for low-cost benefits

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For the study, they define EVs as including both battery-electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) vehicles. The controlled charging of EVs can reduce electricity costs and improve the integration of wind energy.

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Graphene ESD to partner with Stony Brook to develop new low-cost integrated ultra-high voltage supercapacitors

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Supercapacitors bridge the gap between conventional capacitors and rechargeable batteries. The goal of the project is the development of low-cost integrated ultra-high voltage supercapacitor units by a high-rate reel-to-reel process. Lomiko Metals Inc. announced that Graphene Energy Storage Devices (Graphene ESD) has signed a research agreement with the Research Foundation of Stony Brook University (SBU).

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Xtrac designs new low-cost single-speed gearbox and differential for electric van

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UK driveline technology specialist Xtrac has designed a new, low-cost and efficient transmission for the StreetScooter GmbH electric vehicle business based in Aachen. It was a challenging brief as StreetScooter aims to build a low cost vehicle in relatively low volumes. Much of this pre-production manufacturing is aimed at a large scale appraisal by a major fleet operator prior to commencing low volume series production.

Gen 2 low-cost flywheel-based Torotrak KERS for buses en route to production in mid-2016

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Already undergoing detailed testing on rigs and in a new Euro VI StreetLite bus, the new KERS design is intended to further improve bus fuel efficiency and reduces the KERS weight and cost, helping to improve the bus operator payback. Using common materials and manufacturing methods, and removing the requirement for replacement batteries during service life, the flywheel-based technology can offer value and an opportunity for widespread hybridization.

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SPX and Aker Wade partner to develop new low-cost fast chargers for EVs

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A typical 100-mile range EV with a 25 kWh battery pack can add an additional 50 miles in less than 20 minutes, and deliver a full charge of 100 miles in approximately 40 minutes. The new charge station is designed to be a low-cost, wall-mounted indoor unit aimed initially at vehicle dealerships. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Plug-ins Smart charging

Ford concentrates on control strategies for low-cost start-stop system for Fusion

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In its quest to keep the system very affordable, Ford wanted to keep the supporting battery a 12V battery, but also didn’t want to compromise durability, said Birgit Sorgenfrei, Ford’s Auto Start-Stop program manager. The company focused heavily on developing control strategies not only to ensure smooth and robust restarts and driver comfort, but also to minimize the negative impacts of the start-stop duty cycle on the Advanced Glass Mat (AGM) battery.

Controlled Power Technologies and Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium to unveil LC Super Hybrid at Geneva show; low-cost “micro-mild” demonstrator

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The demonstrator further develops AVL’s efficient low carbon ELC concept ( earlier post ). liters/100 km (42 mpg US) fuel consumption achieved at lower cost than an equivalent diesel model. Advanced lead-acid battery system. The LC Super Hybrid demonstrator. Click to enlarge.

Novel NIST process provides a low-cost route to ultrathin platinum films; implications for lower-cost catalysts

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Using a battery of analytic techniques, including a quartz crystal microbalance, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy, the group found that the formation of the hydrogen layer was rapid enough to restrict deposition to the formation of a single layer of platinum atoms.

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TU Delft heading European collaborative RD project on high-energy, low-cost, high-safety Li-ion traction batteries

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TU Delft is heading a new project sponsored by the European Commission (EC) in which research institutes, universities and the battery and automotive industry from 8 European countries are collaborating to develop a new Li-ion cell for automotive traction purposes with the following characteristics: high energy density of at least 200 Wh/kg; low cost, i.e., a maximum of €150/kWh; and improved safety. Industry: Battery producer: GAIA Akkumulatorenwerke GmbH (DE).

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HyBoost demonstrator debuts at LCV2011; 50% by swept volume downsizing with low-cost electrification

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The HyBoost project vehicle was revealed for the first time today at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle 2011 event hosted at Rockingham, UK, demonstrating a combination of high-impact, low-cost electrical systems which offer the prospect of radical engine downsizing using electric supercharger and energy capture and storage technologies within an otherwise conventional gasoline powertrain architecture. HyBoost demonstrator. Click to enlarge.

Tata reveals low cost electric vehicle study

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The study comes in the form of a four passenger vehicle with an 18.4kWh battery pack that boasts a range of 100miles. As part of the 2012 North American International Auto Show inDetroit, Tata Technologies was selected by Michelin to display its electric mobility engineering study. It has a top speed of 65mph and can [.]. Green cars Latest news Tata Electric cars electric mobility electric vehicles Michelin North American International Auto Show Tata Motors

Initial Results of UK EV Driver Study Show Increased Confidence and Low Cost Recharging

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Six months into the CABLED trial (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrators) ( earlier post ), Aston University’s research reveals that drivers are travelling more miles more frequently and are undertaking longer journeys, indicating increased confidence and notably reduced ‘range anxiety’. The average cost to trial participants for recharging at home is between 25p and £1 (US$0.40 The low cost of ‘refuelling’ in relatively short periods of time reinforce this.

GM investigating ultracap-based Active Energy Recovery Buffer as low-cost mechanism to improve conventional vehicle fuel economy

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GM is exploring the use of an ultracapacitor-based Active Energy Recovery Buffer (AERB) scheme as a low-cost means to improve fuel economy in conventional vehicles; results of a simulation study presented at SAE 2011 World Congress showed improvement of up to 1.3% The issue with this approach is the impact of such charge/discharge cycling on battery life and also the effect of voltage fluctuations on the lamps and other low-voltage loads.

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ARPA-E awards U-M $1.9M to develop advanced low-cost high-efficiency engine; boosting, highly dilute combustion and 48V system

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The performance is projected to match that of a naturally aspirated engine and have a 20% increase in fuel efficiency compared to a turbocharged downsized engine, at a cost that is half that of a mild-hybrid system. If we improve the responsiveness of small engines, then we can push for more efficient cars at low cost. The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) will award approximately $1.9

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Construction starts on “Flybus” demonstrator; low-cost flywheel energy storage hybrid projects 20% savings in fuel consumption

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Construction has begun on the first “Flybus” prototype vehicle, designed to demonstrate the viability of a cost-effective alternative to battery-hybrid buses by using flywheel energy storage. Part-funded by the UK’s Technology Strategy Board as part of its Low-Carbon Vehicles initiative, the Flybus consortium brings together bus maker Optare, engineering consultancy Ricardo and traction drive technology specialist Torotrak.

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Cal Energy Commission awards $3.75M to early-stage clean energy projects; 9 battery projects

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nine battery-related efforts. The battery-related projects are: Coreshell Technologies : Thin-film battery electrode coating technology for lower costs and doubled battery life. NanoDian : Low-cost, safer, cobalt-free, nanostructured lithium-ion battery cathode material. EnZinc : Safe, high performance rechargeable zinc battery. Nrgtek : Energy storage with sodium iron flow batteries. Batteries

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VW Passat hybrid to prove low cost solution to CO2

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Low carbon technology firm, Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) has announced it is to build an super efficient hybrid version of the Volkswagen Passat. Teaming up with Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC), the organisations are to install ‘micro-mild’ hybrid technology into the family saloon model to prove the significant CO2 reductions possible at relatively low [.]. Green credentials Controlled Power Technologies low carbon Passat VW

Solid-electrolyte-based liquid Li-S and Li-Se batteries can deliver up to 500 Wh/kg

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The batteries use a Li 6.4 The current state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have an energy density of less than 300 Wh kg -1 and 750 Wh L -1. These issues have seriously impeded the development of Li-S and Li-Se batteries. Cross section of the battery. (B)

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WMG researchers convert used EV batteries into small off-grid ESS units

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Researchers at WMG, University of Warwick, have repurposed end-of-life electric vehicle batteries as small energy storage systems (ESS) for off-grid locations in developing countries or isolated communities. When an electric vehicle’s battery reaches the end of its useful life it is by no means massively depleted. It is generally accepted that an EV battery has reached end of life when its capacity drops to 80% of a fresh battery. Batteries Electric (Battery

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Ford partnering with Solid Power to develop solid-state batteries for next-gen EVs

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Ford Motor Company is teaming up with Solid Power ( earlier post ) to develop all solid-state batteries (ASSB) for next-generation electric vehicles. Solid-state batteries offer improved energy and safety as compared to current industry-standard lithium-ion batteries.

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