New liquid alloy electrode significantly lowers operating temperature of sodium-beta batteries; improved performance

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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have devised an alloying strategy that enables sodium-beta batteries to operate at significantly lower temperatures. The new electrode enables sodium-beta batteries to last longer, helps streamline their manufacturing process and reduces the risk of accidental fire. The traditional design of sodium-beta batteries consists of two electrodes separated by a solid membrane made of the ceramic material beta alumina.

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Faraday Institution commits a further $31M to battery research to deliver commercial impact

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million will fund these refocused research projects, including targeting market opportunities and early-stage commercial development, in the following areas: Extending battery life , led by Prof Clare Grey, University of Cambridge, with researchers from the Universities of Birmingham, Liverpool, Oxford, Sheffield, Southampton, Warwick, Imperial College London and UCL.


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DOE awarding >$24M to 77 projects through Technology Commercialization Fund

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $24 million in funding for 77 projects supported by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The new TCF selections will expand DOE’s efforts to catalyze the commercial impact of the Department’s portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities. MetalTek International, Watertown, Wis.

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GE to Open Sodium-Metal Halide Battery Plant in New York

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GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt shows a sodium-metal halide battery cell at the press conference announcing the battery plant. GE says the planned facility will produce approximately 10 million sodium-metal halide cells each year—equivalent to 900 MWh of energy storage, or enough to support 1,000 GE hybrid locomotives. The first application will be GE’s hybrid locomotive, which will be commercialized in 2010. Sodium batteries are just the opposite….

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Researches developed EV batteries that store 6 times more charge than common ones 

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An international team of researchers led by Stanford University has developed rechargeable batteries that store the charge up to 6 times more than the normal currently available commercial ones. Researches developed EV batteries that store 6 times more charge than common ones .

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First Cobalt announces positive feasibility results for Canadian cobalt refinery expansion; first NA producer of battery-grade cobalt sulfate

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139 million after-tax net present value (NPV) using an 8% discount and 53% after-tax internal rate of return (IRR), representing a payback period of only 1.8 Sodium Treatment. However, it was determined that the amount of sodium in the effluent could be toxic to aquatic life.

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Rio Tinto declares maiden ore reserve at Jadar; major potential source of battery-grade lithium carbonate

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Jadar, one of the largest greenfield lithium projects in development, would be capable of producing approximately 55 thousand tonnes of battery grade lithium carbonate, as well as 160 thousand tonnes of boric acid (B 2 O 3 units) and 255 thousand tonnes of sodium sulfate as by-products per annum. The campaigns successfully produced unrefined lithium carbonate, boric acid and sodium sulfate at target recoveries without the build-up of detrimental species.

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CalSEED awards $4.2M to early-stage clean energy innovations

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Cyclonatix, Inc is developing an industrial-sized motor/controller to operate with either DC or AC power sources, for applications in electric vehicles, solar-powered pumps, HVAC&R, gas compressors, and other commercial and industrial machines which require high efficiency, variable speed/torque, and low cost. IdealabStudio is developing an Advanced Air Stirling Cycle-based heat-pump for air-conditioning and heating applications in commercial and residential settings.

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Industry study finds lead-acid to remain most wide-spread automotive energy storage for foreseeable future; new chemistries continue to grow

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With regard to overall storage capability and potential for further fuel efficiency improvements, the demand for larger battery systems based on lithium, nickel and sodium will continue to grow through the increased market penetration of vehicles with higher levels of hybridization and electrification. For commercial applications, harsh environments and heavy duty vehicles, high-temperature sodium nickel chloride batteries are a competitive option.

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3 MIT-led teams win DOE NEUP funding for next-gen nuclear technologies

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The award extends funding for the integrated research project (IRP) between MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison to develop a test reactor and, ultimately, a commercial high-temperature salt-cooled reactor, also called a Fluoride-salt High-Temperature Reactor [FHR].

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Jervois to acquire SMP nickel & cobalt refinery in Brazil; concentrate from Idaho for refining, cobalt metal back to US

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Jervois intends for the SMP acquisition to transform it into a vertically integrated producer when the Idaho Cobalt Operations (ICO) commences commercial production. The technology is robust, well understood and commercially proven.

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Study identifies halogen-free superhalogen electrolytes for Li-ion batteries

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An in-depth study based on first-principles calculations by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University has shown that the anions of commercially available electrolytes for Li-ion batteries are all superhalogens. Their paper is published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition. They also found that the procedure outlined for Li-ion batteries is equally valid for other metal-ion batteries, such as sodium-ion or magnesium-ion batteries.

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Sadoway and MIT team demonstrate calcium-metal-based liquid metal battery

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The technology is being commercialized by a Cambridge-based startup company, Ambri. Normally there is a single “itinerant ion” that passes through the electrolyte in a rechargeable battery—for example, lithium in lithium-ion batteries or sodium in sodium-sulfur.

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Bolivia chooses ACI Systems as strategic partner to industrialize lithium deposits

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In 2013, COMIBOL completed the construction of a pilot plant for processing brines at the Salar de Uyuni, but commercial production was not expected until the fourth quarter of this year. YLB invited eight international consortia to submit proposals to. Potassium sulphate, magnesium hydroxide and sodium sulphate. Salar de Uyuni in the Andes in southwestern Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flat (10,582 km 2 / 4,086 mi 2 ) and holds the.

ARPA-E awards $43M to 19 energy storage projects to advance electric vehicle and grid technologies

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today’s thermal sensors, improving internal battery. Battelle will develop an optical sensor to monitor the internal. This internal. sensor will detect the magnitude and location of internal. modeling of the battery’s internal environment. optimize the operation of commercial-scale hybrid electric. more cost-effective solution for commercial vehicles. sources like solar and wind for small commercial and. Advanced Sodium Battery.

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Sulfur–TiO2 yolk-shell cathode for Li-sulfur battery shows best long-cycle performance so far

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The advantage of the yolk–shell structure is the presence of the internal void space that can accommodate the large volumetric expansion of sulfur during lithiation, thus preserving the structural integrity of the shell and minimizing polysulfide dissolution and enabling the high capacity retention. However, many challenges remain in developing a practical lithium–sulphur battery for commercialization. Electrochemical performance of sulfur–TiO 2 yolk–shell nanostructures. (a)

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European automotive and automotive battery industries call for extension of the exemption of lead-based batteries from the EU ELV Directive

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The recommendation by EUROBAT, the European, Japanese and Korean car industry associations (ACEA – JAMA – KAMA) and the International Lead Association (ILA), is backed by a series of studies on the technical benefits of lead-based batteries and their sustainability, which includes their 99% recycling rate in Europe and the general availability of the natural resources used to make up the battery.

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ASU team develops new solution for mitigating Li dendrite growth by tackling plating-induced residual stress

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Lithium-metal batteries are among the most promising candidates for high-density energy storage technology, but uncontrolled lithium dendrite growth, which results in poor recharging capability and safety hazards, currently is hindering their commercial potential. Almost all metals used as battery anodes tend to develop dendrites For example, these findings have implications for zinc, sodium and aluminum batteries as well.

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Modec Finalizing Joint Venture With Navistar for Class 2c-3 Electric Trucks

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UK-based Modec and Navistar International Corporation are finalizing a joint venture for the production and sales of electric Class 2c-3 commercial vehicles in North, Central and South America. Modec vehicles, manufactured at its Coventry-based plant, are designed from the ground up as an electric commercial vehicle. Modec has used both Zebra (sodium nickel chloride) and Li-ion packs in its trucks so far. President Obama announced the awards for the $2.4B

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Researchers propose new VO2 cathode material for aluminum-ion rechargeable battery

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Sodium-ion and magnesium-ion batteries, as new energy storage systems in portable devices, have attracted much attention of the investigators. Most recently, aluminium-ion battery with multivalent metal ions transmitting internally has been studied preliminarily. Schematic representation of the super-valent battery during charge/discharge process. Wang et al. Click to enlarge.

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OSU smart membrane could enable new category of high-energy, high-power energy storage for EVs

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In this context, we … compare the driving range of electric vehicles from a full recharge and note that the driving miles per recharge time (min) for commercially viable battery technology is ~0.1–0.4 It should be noted that the projected technology roadmap for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries lacks a practical solution to design batteries with high GED, SP and 100 s of MPM (as is typical of internal combustion engine powered vehicles).

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Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks Made from Food-Grade Natural Products; Edible MOFs for Gas Storage and Other Applications

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Suitable candidates include ordinary table salt (sodium chloride), the common salt substitute potassium chloride, or potassium benzoate, an approved preservative. It is even possible to use commercially available sources such as grain alcohol. Angewandte Chemie International Edition , doi: 10.1002/anie.201002343. A rendering of an element of a CD-MOF. Click to enlarge. A team of researchers from Northwestern University, UCLA and the University of St.

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Hydro-Québec and Technifin form partnership to license lithium titanate spinel oxide (LTO) technologies for Li-ion battery applications

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In particular, CSIR pioneered the discovery and early development of high-temperature sodium-metal chloride (“Zebra”) batteries and was an early creator of intellectual property that was core to the international commercialization of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

UK Technology Strategy Board Awards More Than 12M to 22 Projects to Speed Up Development of Low-Carbon Technology for Vehicles; Includes Gas Turbine Range Extender and Li-S Battery Cells

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We are funding innovative projects in a number of key areas which include internal combustion engine technologies, energy storage and management, lightweight structures and new propulsion technologies. High energy sodium-nickel battery cell for EV application (Acronym: NINACELL). Ptech Engines Ltd (lead), Tickford Powertrain Test Ltd, MUSI Engines Ltd, Concept Group International.

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ARPA-E awards $55M to 18 projects in two new programs: TERRA for transportation energy and GENSETS for distributed generation

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Breeding High Yielding Bioenergy Sorghum for the New Bioenergy Belt Clemson University, along with the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute and partners, will phenotype an exhaustive set of international germplasm and plant varieties. will advance improved commercial seed cultivars. The selected project teams are grouped into four areas of technology focus: internal combustion engines, Stirling engines, microturbines and solid state devices.

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Zytek Shows Electric A-Class Demonstrator with Uprated 55kW E-Drive; Developed in 10 Weeks

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Power is provided by two air-cooled sodium nickel chloride battery packs, integrated under the floor of the vehicle so they don’t compromise luggage space or vehicle stability. Zytek’s range of integrated electric drive modules allows the rapid development and cost-effective manufacture of electric derivatives for a wide range of cars and commercial vehicles up to 5.5

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NC State Researchers Developing Ozonolysis Pretreatment for Energy Grass Feedstocks

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At present, pretreatment techniques include physical, chemical, physicochemical and/or biological methods such as steam explosion; hot water extraction; sulfuric acid; sodium hydroxide; hydrogen peroxide; peracetic acid; ammonia fiber explosion (AFEX); and wet oxidation in addition to an emerging body of work on ozonolysis. The technique could open the door to making lignin-rich plant matter a commercially viable feedstock for biofuels, curtailing biofuel’s reliance on staple food crops.

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ARPA-E Awards $151M to 37 Projects for Transformative Energy Research

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Eagle Picher, in partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will develop a new generation of high energy, low cost planar liquid sodium beta batteries for grid scale electrical power storage applications. will develop a commercially viable process for the production of bio-butanol, an advanced biofuel, from seaweed (macroalgae). Scaling and Commercialization of Algae Harvesting Technologies.

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US DOE Issues Request for Information on Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Market Development; Reports to Congress on Program

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DOE is interested in distributed generation CHP projects that use fuel cells as a source of secure, reliable, clean power and heat as an alternative to steam turbines, gas turbines, internal combustion engines, or other traditional CHP prime source. The Program’s 2015 targets are $30/kW and 5,000-hour durability (approximately 150,000 miles of driving), which, it says, will enable fuel cells to be competitive with current gasoline internal combustion engine systems.

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