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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Velodyne LiDAR announces new design for miniaturized, low-cost solid-state LiDAR sensors using GaN technology

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Velodyne LiDAR announced a new design for a solid-state LiDAR sensor that can deliver a subsystem cost of less than US$50 when sold in high-volume manufacturing scale. LiDAR sensors that leverage this new design will be less expensive, easier to integrate due to their smaller size, and more reliable as a result of fewer moving parts. The design consolidates components and results in significant advances in sensor miniaturization, reliability, and cost reduction.

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EPFL team develops low-cost catalyst for splitting CO2

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EPFL scientists have developed an Earth-abundant and low-cost catalytic system for splitting CO 2 into CO and oxygen—an important step towards achieving the conversion of renewable energy into hydrocarbon fuels. Using only Earth-abundant materials to catalyze both reactions, this design keeps the cost of the system low. This is the first time that such a bi-functional and low-cost catalyst is demonstrated.

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. They use a rationally designed electrolyte additive complex that reacts with the Li surface to form the membrane. This comprises a thin amorphous “Li 3 PS 4 ” layer formed by using a low-concentration electrolyte additive.

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Saudi Aramco R&D proposes SuperButol as new low-cost high-octane blend component

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A team from Saudi Aramco Research and Development Center has developed a novel low-cost, high-octane gasoline blend component it calls SuperButol. In addition, the process helps to optimize refinery operations by valorizing low-value products.

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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. Since then, TM4 has designed three generations of wheel motors.

HyperSolar reaches 1.25 V for water-splitting with its self-contained low-cost photoelectrochemical nanosystem

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volts (V) of water-splitting voltage with its novel low-cost electrolysis technology. V or more is generally needed because of the low reaction kinetics. This lowers the system cost of what is essentially an electrolysis process. HyperSolar, Inc.

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Redpine Signals introduces multi-protocol wireless V2X solution with ultra-low power and low cost

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Redpine Signals has introduced a multi-protocol wireless solution with ultra-low power and a low cost designed to drive the emergence of the connected car. Redpine’s new WaveCombo solution enables dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) as well as non-DSRC applications while also featuring low power consumption ideal for use in bicycles, helmets, smart phones, and any such non-vehicular applications for rider as well as pedestrian safety.

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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. Xtrac has built three of the transmissions for test and development, and is closing in on final validation of the design, said Clive Woolmer, general manager of Xtrac’s automotive and engineering business.

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. Design of a PEM electrolysis cell. The tam calculated that the 3D printed component would cost $0.17

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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. This technique could open the door for a range of synthesis opportunities to produce low-cost 1D nanomaterials in large quantities.

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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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In a paper in Nature , they suggest that the use of such redox-active organic molecules instead of redox-active metals represents a new and promising direction for realizing massive electrical energy storage at greatly reduced cost. Cell schematic.

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

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Driveline engineering specialist Drive System Design (DSD) will introduce a new 48V e-drive systems concept for mild hybrid vehicles at the 9 th International CTI Symposium later this month. 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.”. Consumers and manufacturers are seeking lower cost solutions for hybrid powertrains.

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Hydrexia and HyGear partner on low-cost hydrogen distribution in Europe; solid state storage and delivery

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The agreement between the two companies allows for development and supply of a complete hydrogen generation, storage and distribution system with a lower cost product for customers. Hydrexia is entering the European market in partnership with HyGear with the intention of becoming a distributor of the lowest cost hydrogen in Europe. According to Hydrexia, its systems are about half the capital cost ($/kg-H 2 ) of compressed hydrogen storage.

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

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The learnings from the trial have already proven invaluable in selecting the operating strategy for the volume production system, which will be a second generation design, the partners said. 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.

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

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concentrations are low compared to what is currently. lower capital costs. technology to achieve aggressive capital cost goals of $100. copper ones, are also readily available and low cost. Schematic of a redox flow battery. Staiger et al. Click to enlarge.

SwRI, UTSA researchers show biochar is low-cost, effective method to treat fracking water

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Once the water is used, the flowback, or wastewater, must be treated to remove hazardous chemicals before it is stored, reused or disposed, which can be a costly endeavor. The adsorption capacity data is very useful for designing of large scale adsorption beds for flowback water treatment.

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

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Tata Technologies, a global provider of engineering services and product development IT, was selected by Michelin to display its electric MObility (eMO) engineering study EV as part of the Michelin Challenge Design display at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

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

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Graphene ESD will partner with the SBU Center for Advanced Sensor Technologies (Sensor CAT) to develop new supercapacitors designs for energy storage. 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. SBU will leverage its experience in electrochemistry and will be responsible for the design of the electrode and the electrolyte formulation. Lomiko Metals Inc.

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Toyota and Lexus roll-out low-cost automated braking safety packages on RAV4 Hybrid and RX crossover

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Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) and Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+) are designed to support the driver’s awareness, decision making and vehicle operation over a wide range of speeds. Taking high-level driver assist to the next level, the safety packages will be offered as a very-low-cost option and will be systematically introduced across nearly all US Toyota and Lexus models and trim levels, top-to-bottom, by the end of 2017.

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MIT engineers develop process that can treat produced water from gas wells at relatively low cost

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A new desalination process developed by engineers at MIT could treat produced water—deep water, often heavily laden with salts and minerals—from natural gas wells at relatively low cost. However, because all the water must be heated to the boiling point, while the condensing surfaces must be kept cold, such a process is energy-intensive and therefore costly.

Calysta Energy engineering organisms to convert methane to low-cost liquid hydrocarbons; BioGTL process

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Start-up Calysta Energy plans to use methane as a feedstock for engineered organisms to produce liquid hydrocarbon fuels and high value chemicals that are cost-effective, scalable and reduce environmental impact. Calysta says that in contrast to current algae- and sugar-based methods, a methane-based biofuel platform is expected to produce fuel at less than half the cost of other biological methods, allowing direct competition with petroleum-based fuels.

RAL proposes new efficient and low-cost process to crack ammonia for hydrogen using sodium amide; transportation applications

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The reverse reaction may have a similarly transformative potential, where the decomposition of ammonia into nitrogen and hydrogen enables the provision of hydrogen for a low-carbon energy economy. Arguably, this focus may have diminished the consideration of reversibility, cost, and practicality of use of these materials. The material costs, however, are very significantly less, the team observed.

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Use of a Low-Cost Electric Supercharger Could Significantly Reduce Smoke from Turbocharged Diesel Engines

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Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) is a UK startup working with switched reluctance motor technology to deliver cost-effective CO 2 -reducing solutions for vehicles. Its low inertia compressor accelerates from idle to a maximum of 70,000 rpm in less than 350 milliseconds.

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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The battery, which can be low cost and reliable in terms of safety, provides another chemistry for post Li-ion batteries, they suggest, and with higher practical energy densities than Li-air systems for supporting applications including electric vehicles and large-scale grid energy storage.

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

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SPX Service Solutions, a business unit of SPX Corporation ( earlier post ), and Aker Wade Power Technologies, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of advanced fast charging systems ( earlier post ), signed a letter of intent jointly to develop a new family of practical electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers for the global vehicle market. The new charge station is designed to be a low-cost, wall-mounted indoor unit aimed initially at vehicle dealerships.

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

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Platinum is a widely used industrial catalyst in automobile catalytic converters and hydrogen fuel cells as well as a key component in microelectronics, so the discovery may have widespread application in the design and manufacture of platinum-based devices.

New nickel-gallium catalyst could lead to low-cost, clean production of methanol; small-scale, low-pressure devices

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In their paper, they suggested that this is a first step towards the development of small-scale low-pressure devices for CO 2 reduction to methanol. If hydrogen production is to be distributed and produced in small-scale devices, it would be attractive if the subsequent conversion of H 2 into a liquid fuel could also be performed in simpler, low-pressure decentralized units. computational materials design.

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Bio-inspired molybdenum sulfide catalyst offers low-cost and efficient photo-electrochemical water splitting to produce hydrogen

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“If we can find new ways of rationally designing catalysts, we can speed up the development of new catalytic materials enormously” —Jens Nørskov. The team also optimized parts of the device, introducing a “chemical solar cell” designed to capture as much solar energy as possible.

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.

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

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The work, reported in the journal Nature , shows a possible design approach for cathode materials that move away from the current reliance on nickel and cobalt—which are limited resources and are associated with safety problems.

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Researchers develop technique to create new tailored molecule with high density of active catalytic sites; potential low-cost alternative to platinum for splitting water

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This technique holds promise for the creation of catalytic materials with high densities of active sites that can serve as effective low-cost alternatives to platinum for generating hydrogen gas from water that is acidic.

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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.

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. The LC Super Hybrid demonstrator. Click to enlarge.

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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Northwestern team develops new approach to catalyst design using SPBCL and DFT; new HER catalyst 7x more active than Pt

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It is a major challenge in catalysis to uncover structure–performance relationships that drive the design and optimization of high-performance/low-cost catalysts. However, as platinum is rare and costly, scientists have been seeking more affordable and efficient alternatives.

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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. Cost Model: ANL. Click to enlarge.

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Koito and Quanergy collaborate to design automotive headlight concept with built–in solid-state LiDAR

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a leading provider of LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions, are collaborating to design an automotive headlight concept with built-in Quanergy S3 solid state LiDAR sensors ( earlier post ). The Quanergy S3 is the world’s first and only compact, low-cost, automotive-grade solid state LiDAR sensor with high reliability and superior capability. Koito Manufacturing Co., the largest global maker of automotive headlights, and Quanergy Systems, Inc.,

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Researchers develop free-standing nanowire mesh for direct solar water-splitting to produce H2; new design for “artificial leaf”

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an “artificial leaf” to produce hydrogen—based on a nanowire mesh that lends itself to large-scale, low-cost production.

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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. Capacity and rate performance of CAM-7 cathode material.

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